Dying to the Life of
the Natural Man and
Living Only to the Will of God
by Beulah Skinner
Upon receiving revelation truth from God, the believer's
spirit enlightens the mind so it can be communicated. Therefore,
to walk after the Spirit, we must have our mind set upon the
things of the Spirit.
When we are responsive and obedient to the Holy Spirit, the
Father provides His gift of faith. Then our mentality becomes
Spirit controlled and can detect any movement of the Spirit.
This is the reason our mind must always be alert to hear from
the inner man.
By living a crucified life through our identification with
Jesus in His death and resurrection, we unceasingly are to
put to death all the members of our body lusts, and quench
every tendency of our soul to lean on its own strength. The
Lord desires us to come to Him in a spirit of deep dependency,
to be completely submissive to His Holy Spirit and humbly
wait upon Him.
We must have a heart of utter trust in a complete reliance
upon the Holy Spirit. If our flesh is under the death of Christ
crucified, Satan cannot act. He knows that when our self life
is resurrected, or even if the "good" side of our
flesh (self righteousness) is allowed to live, he has a base
from which to operate. The cross must be an ever progressive
experience in our lives.
To walk in the Spirit is to quietly dwell in the Spirit and
not be influenced by our soul powers. The more the life of
the Holy Spirit flows into our spirit, the more the cross
will work and we will be delivered increasingly from our old
We are not only foreordained unto adoption as sons through
Jesus Christ unto Himself, but we are the very stones of the
building which is growing up into a temple of God.
How great is the destiny to which we are called. Through
our being indwelt by God, we are being built together for
a habitation of God.