Question: Is it possible to walk in the spirit twenty-four hours a day?
Answer: Absolutely. In fact, the more we walk in the spirit, the more we love to do so, because such a walk is sweet and refreshing and ushers us into the genuine rest of the good land. The chorus of another hymn written by A. B. Simpson says,
Oh! it is so sweet to die with Christ,
To the world, and self, and sin;
Oh! it is so sweet to live with Christ,
As He lives and reigns within.
However, in order to experience Christ in a living way, we must drop all the things of our background. We should not value doctrinal knowledge or religious forms. We may even have a certain gift, such as speaking in tongues, the interpretation of tongues, or healing; nevertheless, although the gift may be good, we must forget about this gift in order to experience Christ in a prevailing way. Paying attention to our gift rather than to Christ will hinder us. We should not pay attention to anything other than Christ Himself. We need to love Him, seek Him, and contact Him. Actually, if we are persons who love and seek Christ in a living way, we will have many good things, even many gifts, but we will not care for these things. Whenever we appreciate anything other than Christ, it becomes a problem. If I have the gift of speaking in tongues, it is easy for me to love it, appreciate it, and emphasize it. Then it becomes difficult for me to let go of my gift, and this gift frustrates me from experiencing Christ Himself.