It is amazing to watch the development of a child’s relationship with his parents. At an early age, the child mimics his parents’ every move. He says the same things his parents say and does the same things his parents do. In other words, he becomes a mini version of his parents. But as he grows older, things may begin to change. Outside influences such as television, popular music and pressure from his friends can alter his way of thinking.
Conflicts arise when a child begins to distance himself from his parents’ values and way of thinking. Sometimes, a child’s thinking can move so far out of alignment with his parents’ that it’s difficult to imagine that he and his parents are related. This is true with many Christians today. They proudly wear the title of Christian, but their thinking doesn’t line up with the Word. Nothing that they say or do bears any resemblance to their heavenly Father.
As a born-again Believer, you should look exactly like God. You should think, speak and act like Him. In fact, you should be so much like your Father that people can’t tell you apart! When you act and speak like God, you are walking in the Spirit. Walking in the Spirit is not about adopting insincere gestures of piousness, such as jerking while you pray or refusing to work on the Sabbath. Rather, walking in the Spirit is an act of faith that begins with the Word. It is walking in the righteousness of God and walking in holiness. Walking in the Spirit is aligning your thinking with God and what He says in His Word.
In order to agree with God’s Word, you must first know God’s Word. Contrary to what you may have learned in the past, the Bible is not a book of restrictions designed to hinder your pursuit of happiness. Instead, it is a manual for transformation. You don’t read the Bible just to learn what not to do; you read the Bible to transform your thinking so that it lines up with God’s thinking.
To determine whether or not you’re walking in the Spirit, examine your thoughts. Basically, your thoughts are a reflection of what you know. The question is, What do you know? Do you know what the world says, or do you know what the Word says? When it comes to your finances, for example, do you know what the world says about making money, or do you know what God says—that He has given you the power to obtain wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18)? When it comes to your health, are you convinced of a doctor’s diagnosis of sickness, or are you confident that by Jesus’ stripes you have already been healed (Isaiah 53:5)? What do you know?
When you walk in the Spirit, you can defeat any fleshy thought that enters your mind (Galatians 5:16). As you continue to read the Word and adopt God’s thoughts as your own, you’ll begin to resemble your heavenly Father—you’ll be a mini version of God!