When it comes to a life in Christ, it’s equivalent and equal to living a life in the Spirit. Galatians 5:16 says “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Paul later tells us in Colossians 2:6 “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.” Both scriptures give us references to walking, in other words living in Christ is living in the Spirit. But before you can live in the Spirit, it’s important for God to produce a supernatural “wooing” so to speak in your heart. What can you expect in making a firm lasting decision to live a godly lifestyle in Christ? What is the purpose, what are the benefits? Let’s be honest, we tend to do more when we know there is some sort of gain, so what is there?
The first thing that you can expect in living for Christ and walking in the Spirit is:
Love: You can actually sense the love of God. Without the love of God we tend to share our bodies with anyone who is available, without the love of God we tend to treat others in disrespectful ways, we walk past them in Church and don’t bend our will to walking out a lifestyle of love. God’s love produces the ability to repent. The Bible says in Romans 2:4 “the goodness of God leads you to repentance.” In other words, when you examine your life and see what could have been and what should have been it compels you to make a serious commitment and dedication to live in and for Christ. The love of God is what saves us and compels us to serve Him in various ways and Ministries in your local Church, not the fear of being judged by God for not doing enough.
The second thing you can expect in living for Christ and walking in the Spirit is:
Blessings: Yup, you can expect blessings from God. You can expect natural and spiritual blessings. Let’s be honest, we expect and love more natural blessings as opposed to spiritual. If God said to you “would you like to have a new car or a better prayer life?” What would you pick? The truth is though, the biggest blessings in life apart from salvation is a greater prayer life, and it is a greater level of studying the Bible and knowing God in a more intimate and in depth way. God wants to take you to the next level in your walk with Christ, will you allow Him? Do you sense the fact that God loves you and wants to bless you? If not, just simply tell Him, He won’t get mad at you or angry at your unbelief, He loves to fix that.
The third thing you can expect in living for Christ and walking in the Spirit is:
Correction: Uh oh, that doesn’t seem good, I mean after all I am perfect right? Nope, nobody is perfect and everyone is a work in progress, but there is good news. The Bible says in Philippians 1:6 that “we can be confident of one thing, that God will complete the good work that He started in us.” Sometimes we don’t like to yield to the correction of God and don’t realize much of the pressure and even some problems in our life are designed to get us to say “Lord, are You speaking to me about something, do You want to correct me about something?” It’s imperative to know in your walk with Christ that correction will come and it is an evidence of the love of God and the blessings of walking in the Spirit. All of these things line up. Listen to what God says about correction: Hebrews 12:6 says “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth.” God corrects those who He loves. That’s you! He wants to correct you, but so often we fall into “despising the correction of the Lord” which Proverbs 3:11 says not to do. Have you resisted the correction of God in any way, shape or form? I know I have and honestly, He might be correcting some of you now, you can always tell because you can feel God tugging at your heart. Sometimes He can do it through a telephone call, a text message, a Facebook message, a video, a sermon, a tweet, your Pastor, Bible Study, prayer etc. etc. and all of these are vital tools to your spiritual growth. Allowing God to correct you, purge and cleanse you of your sins is the secret to spiritual growth and finding fulfillment and purpose in life.
However, supposing you aren’t walking with Christ, it’s important to know in order to partake of these blessings and benefits of walking in the Spirit, you must first accept Jesus Christ. The Bible says in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him would never perish but have Eternal Life.” In other words, all you have to do is believe that Jesus Christ died for you and can remove your sins because of His blood shed on Calvary’s Cross. Who would pass up such a blessed life? Do you want it? Do you crave it? If you do, just ask for it!