It is very apparent that most church goers do not know Jesus Christ at all because their character and conduct bares no likeness at all to Jesus. -Admin-
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 (NKJV)
Notice Jesus’ words when He described the abiding life:
“If anyone does not abide in Me …”
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you …”
“If you keep My commandments …”
Bearing Christlike character is not automatic. You are in union with the Vine and indwelt by His Spirit, but the process of developing godly fruit is conditional.
Christ’s character is reproduced in you as you not only live by the Spirit, but also “walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25 NASB). “Walking by the Spirit” is consciously depending on the power of the Holy Spirit. Dependence on the Holy Spirit is unabashed anticipation that He will conform you to the image of Christ.
“Walking by the Spirit” is turning over each area of your personality to His control. You do not become Christlike all at once. It is a process that allows the Spirit of God to transform your thoughts and conduct. The Holy Spirit will not overwhelm you. Rather, He will reveal a specific area that He desires to change. Your responsibility is to obey at each step.