As a Christian, I enjoy wonderful freedom in Christ. It is truly the desire of Christ that I will be free. But I must not allow freedom to become a ‘license’ to sin. If I am not careful, desires of the flesh can wreak self-destruction. To prevent this the apostle Paul instructs me to walk in the Spirit. Now the question raised by most Christians is ‘How do I walk in the Spirit’? In today’s sermon, I am going to answer that question.
1. Study God’s word
Read Psalm 119:11 – We need to know the will of the Spirit before we can walk in agreement with the Spirit. We learn His will by studying His word.
A. It teaches us His will, (Psalms 119:9)
B. It warns us when we fall short of His will, (Hebrews 4:12)
C. It nurtures the soul, (Deuteronomy 8:3)
2. Watch and pray
Read Matthew 26:41 – There are three occasions in which Christians become most vulnerable. In these times watchful prayer helps to guard ourselves.
A. In times of great sorrow, (Luke 22:45)
B. In times of boredom, (2 Samuel 11:1-4)
C. In times of great need, (Matthew 4:2-3)
3. Resist the devil
Read James 4:7 – Jesus is our greatest example in resisting the devil. Prayer and God’s word were his weapons.
A. In prayer he found the strength to resist the devil, (Matthew 4:2)
B. In God’s word, he found the wisdom to answer the devil, (Matthew 4:3-8)
C. Finally, the devil left him for a short period, (Matthew 4:9-11)
I want to conclude my message with three applications I was able to draw from this great passage of scripture.
1. How to study the word?
I. Study regularly and systematically.
II. Write down your thoughts. Allow it to communicate the truths to your soul.
III. Prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit to shape your life after those truths.
2. How to watch and pray?
A. Important! Know your own weaknesses that the enemy will be glad to exploit.
B. Beware of the situation. Satan knows which weakness to exploit in each situation, (sorrow, boredom, dire need).
C. Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you in prayer.
3. How to Resist the devil?
I. Deprive him of any opportunities, (Ephesians 4:27)
II. Pay careful attention to his schemes, (Matthew 16:22)
III. Rebuke him in the name of Jesus, (Matthew 16:23)
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