So may we never be arrogant, or look down on another, for each of us is an original… (Galatians 5:26 TPT) As His originals, our assignment is to keep being compassionate to those who still have doubts, to snatch others out of the fire to save them, to be merciful over and over to them, always coupling our mercy with the fear of God. As for our own lives, we must guard our hearts, and keep ourselves free from the pollutions of the flesh. That’s what a quick snapshot of “walking by the Spirit”.
Many Christians feel that walking by the Spirit is very difficult. My pastor, Dr. Lester Sumrall used to say, “God cannot bless ignorance. If God’s Holy Spirit is to function fully in our lives, we must have an open heart and a consuming desire to know all we can about the nature and role of the Holy Spirit.” Even though our flesh (our sin nature) and the Holy Spirit are opposing forces in constant conflict, God initiated powerful strategies to enable us to walk by the Spirit and dominate the sin nature.
Paul urges us in Galatians 5:16 to, “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” We have a sinful nature that is in conflict with the Spirit. It is important for us as followers of Jesus to understand that the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit and vice versa.