First and foremost, the Holy Spirit lives in your spirit when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Then He will overflow through you when you are baptized in the Spirit. Secondly, we are exhorted to be filled with the Spirit and to walk in the Spirit. What does this mean? This means that we deny ourselves the right to do things our way and choose to do things His way. This is the high calling that God, who gave His all, demands of us, His children.
This is for our good as He knows it is difficult to live in a hostile world that Satan rules. Jesus has called us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him. Jesus did this when He walked on earth. He did only what He saw His Father doing. He said it is my bread to do the will of my Father in heaven. We too are called to do the same. He has given us His own Spirit to indwell our spirit so that we can walk by the Spirit.
When we allow His Spirit to have control of our spirit then we will be able to walk by His Spirit. His Spirit is able to act through us. His Spirit will sow His thoughts and feelings into us. We will feel His love and peace and not be influenced by our thoughts and feelings. Our thoughts and feelings are influenced by sin. He comes to renew us and cause us to think and feel like Him. When we feel compassion for others we know it is not us but Him. He gives us new thoughts that we know are from Him and not ours. In addition, this is the way we renew our minds and are transformed into the image of Jesus.
Finally, our will is the key to following His ways and not our ways. We must be prepared to surrender our will to Him. We must die daily to our will and say, “Not my will but your will Lord.” This is the process of sanctification. This is the only way to be transformed into His image. There is no other way. We have to walk in total surrender to His will. Any other way is a compromise.
This compromise is what we see in the church today. We have compromised with the world and are therefore no different from the world. The early disciples were rejected and seen as aliens. We are aliens in this world because we are different and walk according to a different Spirit. The spirit of this world is powered by the god of this world, Satan. We have nothing to do with him and he is fearful of us. In conclusion, His destiny is hell while ours is heaven. Let us walk according to the Spirit and be saved.