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One very interesting verse in regards to walking in the spirit is Galatians 5:18:  “But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”

As New Testament believers, we are glad of the fact that we are no longer under the Law. What we have not always taken into account is how we are not under the Law. We know that Jesus fulfilled the Law and redeemed us from the curse of the law through His substitutionary sacrifice (Galatians 3:13) We are no longer under the law but under grace. (Rom. 6:14)

But is that all there is to it? Is there nothing more for us to do after we have accepted Jesus as our Saviour? What we must understand is that the work of Christ was to give us a new way of life. Living in that new life is not based upon our own good works. However, once we have stepped in to our new life, we must live in a new way than we lived in our old life.

That is why we must walk according to the Spirit. The old life meant living in the flesh, carnally minded. The New Life means living in the Spirit, spiritually minded. So as long as we live according to the rules, or the way, of the new life, we are no longer under the law of the old life.

God gave the Law to the Children of Israel because they did not have the inner-leading of the Holy Spirit. They were spiritually dead. God gave them the Law so that they could know and walk in His ways. The only way that they could live according to what was right and pleasing to Him was through observing the Law.

The Law was given for their good. The Law taught them about cleansing their food, their bodies, and household utensils. It taught them how to act toward one another, how to love and do right toward their neighbour. The Law instructed them in sexual purity, honesty in business affairs, and how to worship and live fully devoted to the Lord.

Without the Law, they didn’t know how to live in God’s ways. They had no leading without the Law.

Now, for those who have been reborn into spiritual life through Jesus, it is a different story. We have the Spirit of God indwelling and leading us.

John 16:13 says that the Holy Spirit has been given to lead us into all truth. We are not without leading in what is right and pleasing to God because we have His Spirit living inside us. As we live according to the Spirit, we are no longer under obligation to the Law. We have the inner-leading of the Holy Spirit teaching us right from wrong and to direct us in God’s way of doing things.

Malachi 3:6 tells us that God doesn’t change. The principles that He has laid out in His Word are as changeless and pertinent to us today as they were the day He established them. But now, through the agent of His Spirit, He has provided for us a far better way to live according tot those principles.

If we live according to the Spirit, our deeds will be right and pleasing to God. We will fulfill all the requirements of the Lord’s Word if we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

When we live according to the Spirit, the Law of God will be fulfilled in our life – only it will be accomplished by the inner-leading of God’s Spirit and not through the natural pursuit of the letter of the Law. We will act properly toward our fellow man, live a life of worship and dedication to God, eat what is good for us, practice good health, and even do the seemingly trivial things such as washing our hands when we are supposed to – not because we memorize and practice the Law, but because we are in tune and obedient to the leading of the Spirit.

He will guide us into all Truth – perfectly satisfying God’s will and desire in our life, keeping us from danger and calamity, and leading us into all the Lord’s goodness and blessing.

This is what it means to live in the Law of the Spirit of Life. It was for freedom that Christ Jesus set us free (Galatians 5:1 ESV) – and that freedom comes only through living in the Law of the Spirit of Life.

There is absolutely nothing that is more liberating than being led by the Spirit of God. It completely eliminates all guess-work. When we live and walk in the Spirit, we live totally free. Real freedom can only be realized through living according to the Spirit, because that is where the Life-flow of God abides and operates. Without that Life-flow, bondage to the law of sin and death is the result.

As you and I make it our pursuit to live according to the Spirit, keeping our mind set on God and allowing His Spirit to lead us in everything we do, we will know and experience the freedom that comes only by living in Him.

For the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus Has made us free!

First Love Ministries International aka FERVOUR
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Author Biography

Sharah LaGail Wyatt
Web site: First Love Ministries International
Sharah LaGail Wyatt is Founder and President of First Love Ministries International aka FERVOUR (based in Fort Worth, Texas), with an extensive background in the fine and performing arts and in ministry. She is a member of the International Convention of Faith Ministries (ICFM). As an anointed teacher, writer/author, graphic artist, musician and composer, she desires to lead people of all ages into the presence of God and into developing a lifestyle of faith, worship and intimacy with Him.

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