Summary: This is a sermon on the Spirit-Filled walk from The Exchanged Life perspective that exhorts the believer in such a way that consistency will be your experience in the believer’s walk.
I shared with you this morning about the Spirit-Filled life in that it’s an abundant and fruitful life. The last principle had to do with the process of being filled. However, I must hasten to add that trying to reduce life in the Spirit to a formula is like trying to capture the wind. It’s a little hard to do. There’s a sense of mystery here that we’ll never fully understand. The truth is the moment you think you have reduced the Spirit-Filled walk to a formula it probably isn’t Spirit-Filled anymore.
My desire is to give you some different perspectives on the Spirit-Filled walk so that consistency will be your experience. So tonight I want to share with you 2 things: (1) What the Spirit-filled Walk is not and (2) What the Spirit filled walk is. So first of all let’s talk about 2 things the Spirit-filled walk isn’t.
I. What the Spirit-filled Walk Isn’t
1. The Spirit-filled Walk Isn’t license verse 17a
Paul said that walking according to the Spirit is not license. That is an excessive or undisciplined freedom constituting an abuse of privilege. As a Christian, you may see the phrase “You are not under the Law” and exclaim, “Wow, I’m free! Walking in the Spirit means I can do anything I want!” Not so. In the previous verse Paul said, “You may not do the things that you please.” Being led by the Spirit doesn’t mean you’re free to do anything you want to do. It means you’re finally free to live a responsible, moral life – something you were incapable of doing when you were the prisoner of your flesh.
A lecturer was once invited to speak to a religion class at a Catholic high school on the topic of Protestant Christianity. At the end of his talk, an athletic-looking, street-wise student raised his hand and asked, “Do you have a lot of don’t in your church?” Sensing that the student had a deeper motive, he answered, “What you really want to ask me is if we have any freedom, right?” Yes, he nodded. “Sure, I’m free to do whatever I want to do,” he answered. The student’s face reflected his disbelief at what the man said. “I’m free to rob a bank. But I’m mature enough to realize that I would be in bondage to that act for the rest of my life. I’d have to cover up my crime, go into hiding or eventually pay for what I did. I’m also free to tell a lie. But if I do, I have to keep telling it and I have to remember who I told it to and how I told it or I will get caught. I’m free to do drugs, abuse alcohol and live a sexually immoral life-style. All of those “freedoms” lead to bondage. I’m free to make those choices, but considering the consequences, would you really be free?”
What appears to be freedom to some people isn’t really freedom, but a return to bondage as Galatians 5:1 talks about. God’s laws, from which we seek to be free, are not restrictive, but protective. Your real freedom is your ability to choose to live responsibly within the context of the protective guidelines God has established for our lives. So, the Spirit-filled Walk Isn’t License. Secondly,