Salvation is a miraculous event! The Bible says that at the time of Salvation, we become a “new creation”* and receive a “new spirit.”* At the moment of Salvation, our spirit is made righteous and now we can begin living a new life towards God. This gift is given to us freely, it’s given fully and it’s given instantly.
To walk in victory over sin we must understand the great inheritance that has been given to us by God. Imagine the person who has been freely given a great inheritance of wealth but never withdraws it from the account! Yet, this is what many believers do. To “walk in the spirit,”* is to access that wealth that is available to us by the Holy Spirit.
We’re called not just to a one-time event called “salvation,” but also to walk out our salvation by living in relationship with God. In other words, we don’t just say, “No,” to sin but we say, “Yes,” to God by doing His commands*. It’s important to understand that the impulses of sin do not go away but the believer has the power to effectively challenge and resist them by the indwelling Spirit.*
“For those who live according to the ﬂesh set their minds on the things of the ﬂesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” Rom.8:5
Here’s a simple prayer to help get you started to set your mind; throughout the day, pray, “Holy Spirit, let me see what you see and feel what you feel about… ____________” (ﬁll in the blank with whatever subject or situation you are facing). Take time to intentionally listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying, and over time your awareness will grow as your walk in the Spirit grows. Now you’re living a life according to the Spirit, drawing from your inheritance, and renewing your mind day by day.
(*2 Cor. 5:17; *Rom. 8:11, *8:5-11, *Jn. 15:10, *Rom 6:11)