Walking in the Spirit doesn’t always look or feel good. Walking in the Spirit means we live with the inner knowing that what God says about us is true even if everything else seems contrary to it. For instance you might get a bad report from work or maybe someone says something about you that hurts your feelings. Walking in the Spirit isn’t changed or affected in any way because of these outer situations.
As a believer in Jesus Christ I am a brand new creature. I am no longer dead in trespasses and sins. According to the Word of God I am the righteousness of God in Christ. This is either true of me or it isn’t, and the reason it is true is because it is true. God tells us we are righteous because we have received he who is the righteous one, Jesus his one and only Son. That is all that is required for me to be made righteous.
When that old patriarch Abram believed God he was counted or reckoned righteous. It can never be because of anything he or we can do but rather because God says so. He says, “Here’s my Son, put your faith in him and you will be made righteous.” This of course runs contrary to most of what we have grown up to believe because most of us have always heard: Try harder, if you work at it you’ll become the best at it, and we should always strive to be the best at what we do. I’m not saying we shouldn’t give things our best, but what I am saying is when it comes to being righteous it cannot come from trying harder or self improvement. God’s righteousness is not something we can earn, or for that matter, it isn’t even something he can give to us. Jesus Christ is righteousness. In fact 1 Corinthians 1:30 tells us “But by his doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption…” In other words we aren’t so much given righteousness; rather we are receiving Christ himself who is righteousness. It’s a package deal. We get all Christ is when we get him.
So when it comes to us walking in the Spirit we may be temporarily distracted by outer appearances but they don’t have the final say. We are walking, knowing we are righteous, sanctified and redeemed, only because of who Christ is in us not because everything goes our way or looks and feels right all of the time. Sometimes, in fact, life doesn’t look or feel good at all, but those are the times we look to the Spirit to remember who we are in order for us to keep going. We walk by faith, knowing what is, not by sight in what appears to be.
Written by Louie