“You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ” (Ro 8:9, NIV). This great affirmation that the Holy Spirit makes regarding its undeniable presence in every believer, should take us to a deep worry about being sure that we are a temple of it. If we do not possess the Holy Spirit, then we will wonder around in a religious life without any security or belief that our future will be to see Christ in eternity.
The lack of the Holy Spirit in our lives makes our every-day life seem similar to the day-to-day of the non-believer. The Spirit says: “You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh,” meaning that we do not walk according to the flesh and worldly desires. We are also not affected by material phenomenon that manipulates the carnal life of men. No my beloved brother, we are different and we must (as a spiritual obligation in us) act spiritually in every situation of our lives. We do not live according to the flesh, which means: to NOT take the form or conduct of the natural men, instead by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body in order for us to be guided by God’s Holy Spirit.
We have been liberated from the slavery of the flesh by having received, through divine mercy, the spirit of adoption, which gives us the power to overcome and to destroy in us the desires of the flesh and triumph over Satan in our weak human bodies. Yes, even after our human weakness, with Christ in us we go from triumph to triumph, overcome adversaries, put down strongholds, drive out demons, and are healed by the power of faith, which operates in us through the Holy Spirit of God.
His words say: “the mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace” (Vrs 6). Since humans sinned, the egotism, which is the adoration and extensive thinking about oneself has always existed. I believe, without fear of being wrong, that never had the cosmetics industry flourished as it has now; it’s rivers of money that have been spent in grooming. This enormous worry about the outer appearance is growing every day. This also produces a slavery, which stimulates emotions and passions that do not come from God, instead from the devil, whose goal is to shift men’s attention to the flesh, since that is the means to neglect that which is of utmost importance, to live in accordance with the Spirit, which is eternal and permanent.
Beauty fades; the athletic form of the body losses its consistency and form, the body weakens and looses its motile qualities as the years go by. Yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day through the Holy Spirit, which allows us to enjoy of liberty, joy, peace, confidence, and the calmness of mind and life that God gives. Then, as a child of God, he allows me to give him joy and happiness by enjoying his power to my benefit: “… for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh 8:10).
This is what the Levites and priest used to tell Israel when the people understood the law of God and felt rebuked while crying and humiliating before God. The priests motivated them to: perform the words that they understood, that they would make God happy and that God’s power would be in their favor. History repeats itself, and we make God happy, allowing for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to produce in us those precious fruits so awaited by our God. That is because they show the victory of Jesus Christ over our mortal enemy, the devil. These fruits make the death of the beloved and begotten Son’s death in the cross, worth it. These fruits make my life pleasing to God and make me worthy to him.
What is the fruit of the Spirit?
The fruit is one, and from it are derived the rest. God’s cherished fruit is love, the contrary of hatred. This is the fundamental beginning of Christ’s gospel, let us read: “As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (Jn 14:34).
Love produces joy instead of sadness, peace instead of strife/war, patience in place of desperation, benignity instead of malignity, kindness in place of perversity, faith in place of incredulity, meekness in place of aggressiveness, and temperance instead of indulgence. Against such things there is no law because they are done through love and not through obligation. God’s word says: “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Gal 5:24). Halleluiah, this is the reason for walking in the Holy Spirit of God, to show that we are his property. May God bless you.