“Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load,” Galatians 6:1-5.
Hopefully not to offend any, may we look for a moment, at another translation or interpretation of this statement. It simply says: That is, you who are responsive to the guidance of the Spirit.
Did it ever occur to most of us, that if we are not seeking to follow the leading of the Holy Ghost, we are not spiritual? If that’s true, and it is, then many of our programs and a lot of the things we might be following today, are not spiritual. We might accept it as such, or, believe someone who says they are.
May we ask a question; just how do spiritual people act. They act the way someone does that is trying to follow the leading of the Spirit. There is no doubt, that these are continually listening for the voice of the Holy Ghost; ready to halt everything and allow that voice to speak. These folk, “follow” the Spirit; they don’t attempt to “lead” the Spirit, where they think He should go. Even if they may fall short at times, spiritual people, manifest the fruit of the Spirit. They are doing like the apostles did; crucifying the flesh.
Freedom in the Spirit, is one of the greatest gifts, that we the people, could ever have. Having liberty, to move as the Spirit leads you to do, is an experience every believer should have. That is one reason that going to church, not so very long ago, was always so interesting and exciting. Seeing and hearing the Spirit in full operation, in full demonstration, was beyond description. We did not need entertainment; we didn’t need all of the latest gadgets or the greatest of talents. The Holy Ghost, always surpassed flesh.
Man, by himself, cannot discern the things of the Spirit. So, when we act on our own wisdom, our own steam if you will, we simple are not spiritual. Just because we seek to follow everything some other person says, does not make us spiritual. It only makes us someone who follows what someone else says. We like to quote a certain scripture, that begins with, “seek ye first, the Kingdom of God.” And what is the Kingdom of God? Why, it’s righteous, peace and joy, “in the Holy Ghost.” It means, that if we are not seeking to truly follow the Spirit, we could not possibly have righteousness.
Those who are spiritual, can “try the spirits,” to see whether they be of God. And no one can do that, if they are not full of the Holy Ghost. It does not need further comment, that those who are in the Spirit, continually renew, that which is in them; on a regular basis.
I’m afraid, we’ve spent so much time on talking about speaking in other tongues, we did not emphasize the truth, that the fruit of the Spirit, is how you really tell if someone’s genuine. That is why, the Apostle wrote to the Galatians, that “ye which are spiritual,” are the ones to restore people. It’s those, with the true fruit, of meekness.
Several years ago on here, you could not state that certain things we were seeing, were not spiritual in nature. You got beat down; but it was not by those full of the Holy Ghost; because they had already discerned, that this was true.
I read today, about the great White Throne judgment; when all the books will be open. I have to believe, that we are going to be asked, just how much did we truly follow the Spirit and how much, did we allow this Holy Spirit of God, to teach us. Spiritual people are full of love, meekness and gentleness; but, they don’t just take someone’s word for things. It is in their spiritual nature, to seek what the Holy Ghost says, also.
~ Robert Blackburn