Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, Rom 8:4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Rom 8:5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
The Law tried to make us righteous by giving us a set of rules to live by, however, we were powerless to do so, because our flesh gained dominance in the absence of the Holy Spirit within us and a transformed nature. The Law and God are contrasted. God did what the Law couldn’t, thus we have come into direct contact with God as a substitute for the Law. Jesus inhabited sinful flesh, so he could condemn sin through his own death.
So now the power of sin has been removed through the death of Jesus, the goal of the Law, righteousness can be obtained. We satisfy God’s requirements by living in the Spirit. The nature of the Spirit is all that God is looking for in us.
We fulfill the requirements of God when we walk in the Spirit. The key to living in the Holy Spirit is to ‘set your mind on the things of the Spirit’. If our mind dwells on the things of the flesh, then we will live in the flesh.
This is a general rule in life; our thoughts determine our walk.
The ‘things’ of the Spirit are; the Word; Worship; Prayer; Ministry; Fellowship. These are things to not just know about but are things we ‘do’ – as in read the Word, sing worship songs, pray, fellowship, and do the work of the ministry.
When the flesh sends an impulse to do something, and we follow that impulse we are walking in the flesh. We need to not follow the impulses of the flesh, crucifying our flesh and its passions. This means denying ourselves those things we want to do. But when the Spirit prompts us to pray, we need to follow that impulse and so we learn to walk in the Spirit. If our mind is continually on the things of the flesh we will follow those impulses, but if on the Spirit, then we will follow the Spirit.
All the energy, wisdom, blessing we can get, comes from the Spirit. If we live in Him we will access all these . Apart from the Spirit we are fatigued, short on wisdom and working hard without favor and blessing on our efforts.
To live in the Spirit is to walk in the Spirit. This is to walk at the same pace, not faster, nor slower; walk in the same direction; this is making decisions in harmony with the Spirit, which are only discovered by the heart that is surrendered, believing and obedient.
Moving in the Spirit – by Phil Pringle