In my last post, I mentioned that John the Baptist said this concerning Jesus:
“A man can receive nothing, unless it has been given him from heaven…I am not the Christ…He must increase, but I must decrease.”1
If I am to truly discover the blessings of God in my life, Christ must increase in me, while I simultaneously decrease.
I also stated that, “God empowers me with the ability to think and act by humbling myself in His presence. I do this by recognizing that, I’m always in God’s presence.”
I think the difficulty I face in humbling myself is that I lose sight of God’s presence; I forget where I am. Spiritually, I am always aware of God’s presence, but in my mind and body, I tend to be more consciously aware of myself than God.
How then can I be more consciously aware of God’s presence in my mind and body?
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”2
Here Paul emphasizes the Greek word peripateo (per-ee-pat-eh’-o) which means, to tread all around, i.e. walk at large (especially as proof of ability); figuratively to live, deport oneself, follow (as a companion or votary):--go, be occupied with, walk (about).
In essence, I am to demonstrate in my daily life evidence that I have the ability to recognize I am continually in God’s presence, spiritually, intellectually and bodily. I have been made alive through Christ, for that very purpose; to walk by the Spirit.
All my life, my focus has been on me; what’s good for me, what I want, what I desire, what I seek for myself. This new life in Christ enables me to see what I was unable to in the past; Jesus Christ.
“...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith…”3
By faith, I’m empowered to focus my attention on Jesus, dedicating my life to Him in humble service. In the beginning, I find it most difficult to focus on Jesus, because my mind and body both seek gratification, demanding attention before God’s presence. Over time, my walk produces greater focus on Christ, training my mind and body to be silent before God’s presence.
How will I know I’m truly walking by the Spirit?
I will know because fruit will be produced in my life through my spiritual walk. The bible says,
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are naturally produced by the Spirit.
The purpose of the fruit of the Spirit is to replace the deeds my mind and body produce. As the life of Christ increases in me, those deeds which I previously committed so frequently, become less and less influential and desirable in my life.
I see now that God uses this Spiritual fruit as a source of spiritual food to nourish my spirit. Just as God used manna to sustain the Jews who wandered in the desert for forty years, He sustains me with the fruit of the Spirit. As I taste and see that the Lord is good, I find that I want more of Him in me: more love, more joy, more peace, more patience, more kindness, more goodness, more faithfulness, more gentleness and more self-control.
The key then is humility.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you at the proper time…”4
God is looking for those who will humble themselves in His presence. In doing so, I acknowledge that the presence of God, has become the constant in my life. If you’re looking for God to do something, He has! We have new life through Jesus Christ, guidance and direction from the Holy Spirit, and the fruit of the Spirit produced in our life.
Now it’s up to you to humble yourself in the presence of God, focus your attention on Jesus Christ, walk in the Spirit, and allow the fruit of the Spirit to be produced in you. Taste and see just how good God is.
How wonderful it is to taste and see that the Lord is good. I am in your presence Father; never am I hidden from You. I choose to commit my life in humility right now. I choose to walk in the Spirit; I am no longer led by the carnal thoughts, desires and need for gratification. Every moment of my life will be an opportunity to witness the fruit of the Spirit manifest itself in me. I thank You Father for Your Fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I rejoice Father that I am prepared to live my life humbly before You by Your love and grace. Amen.
- Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, By James B. Strong, S.T.D, LL.D., Riverside Book and Bible House, Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126
- The Ryrie Study Bible (New American Standard Version), Edited by Charles C. Ryrie, Moody Publishers, Chicago, Illinois, ISBN 0-8024-8920-6