Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17
When I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior, my life was radically changed. Having lived for my own desires my whole life, I was as far from walking by the Spirit as possible.
On December 8, 2013, I wrote, “.. I have not completely dedicated myself to His word and received him. I have been living for myself. There has been a void which I have been trying to fill with things that are unable to fill. I believe Jesus Christ is the only thing that will completely fill that void.”
This was nine days after I bought my first bible. Without having an understanding about what it means to be a new creation, it was apparent that God had already began this good work in me. My old self was dead, behold I was born again!
Thanks be to our God and Father, who is abounding is love and grace, made me brand new! And if you are also in Christ, then you too are a brand new creation. Being made new, we also have been given new desires. Paul wrote to the Galatians about these desires, and what it means to walk by the Spirit.
And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
Our old desires has been crucified. Dead. Gone! We now belong to Jesus. Our desires have turned from the temporary things of this world, to the eternal glories of God.
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
The greek word for evident is phaneros, which also means apparent, clear, visible, and manifest. When we are not walking by the Spirit, is is clear and visible by our life style, and by the things that we are pursuing. We try to fill our hearts with the things of this world which will never satisfy us, instead of seeking the One who we were designed for.
When we are born again, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, who dwells within us, and is our guarantee for the day of redemption. And when we live by the Spirit, our lives will produce the fruit of the Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
Notice the last fruit of the Spirit listed: self-control. From my ESV Study bible: Self-control is the discipline given by the Holy Spirit that allows Christians to resist the power of the flesh. We have the power we so desperately need inside of us in order that we can resist all of the works of the flesh.
And this brings me to my last point. God will never ask us to do something that we cannot do without His help.
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:7
The same power that created this world and all of creation, that resurrected Jesus from the dead, that saved us, is the same power that dwells within us. And by this very same power we are able to walk by the Spirit!
Thanks be to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), who dwells within us (Colossians 1:27), has given us everything that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). Forever worthy is He of all of our praise!