In our current reality, it is noteworthy that events that occurred nearly 2,000 years ago, within several weeks, literally changed everything for all of humanity. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and His ascension, we are offered eternal life. We are actually allowed to live the ascended life through our ascended Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Practically speaking of the believer’s life today, it presents hope as the Holy Spirit indwells them.
Among Christ’s last words to His disciples as these, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Christ is speaking of Pentecost, which the prophet Joel announced, some 600 years earlier, which would give birth to the New Testament church in the coming of the Holy Spirit to reside in all believers (see: Acts 2:1-3).
The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is descriptive, not prescriptive. In other words, the description of how the Holy Spirit came to those at Pentecost is just that. Today, a believer does not need to wait to be filled by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes into a person’s life at salvation permanently. The Holy Spirit empowers the believer to live a Christ-honoring life, but this does not guarantee that the believer will act this way. For a Christian to become more and more like Christ, he must yield to the Spirit Who assists him in prayer (Jude 1:20), leads him into righteousness (Gal 5:16-18), and produces fruit in him as he yields to the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23).
When a believer yields to the Spirit, she is said to “walk in the Spirit.” To walk in the Spirit means that we surrender control of our lives to Him, following His lead, by allowing Him to influence our steps. In Galatians 5:1-25, Paul speaks about this walk, where he concludes with these words:
“Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit” (Gal 5:24-24).
The hope for believers is found first, by the Holy Spirit’s indwelling, but continues as they rely on Him to guide them in thought, word, or deed (see: (Rom 6:11-14). This brings believers a hope awakening as the Spirit works in and through their life in power.
To walk in the Spirit, a believer must understand that sin keeps him from genuinely yielding to Him. Therefore, He must keep a short account with God (1 John 1:9). Since obedience and repentance make up the pathway to walking in the Spirit, the believer is to know God’s Word, the Bible, and in the Spirit’s power walk in its truth.
Simply stated, hope is awakened in us when we come to Christ and are filled with the Spirit. It continues as we partner with the Spirit, as our senior partner. We walk in Him by surrendering control of our lives to Him, following His lead, and allowing Him to influence our steps.
It is my honor and joy to journey in Christ with each of you. The Spirit’s indwelling is a fantastic gift given to us by Christ. Let’s encourage one another to “walk in the Spirit,” yielding to His leading, walking in His power, and glorifying God. Let’s allow this hope to awaken us. Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)!