Friday, January 25, 2013

Weekly Devotion: Walk in the Spirit

“If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25

Most doctors agree that walking is the best all-around exercise for our bodies. That should be no marvel to Christians, considering that the great physician also instructs us “walk in the Spirit” (Gal. 5:16). Walking is basically a deliberate, progressive, forward movement. Walking in the Bible often represents ownership of that which you are walking on / around, this is perhaps why God had Moses remove his shoes at the burning bush (Exodus 3:5), i.e. he was on God’s holy ground. Abraham was instructed to walk through the Promised Land to lay hold of the inheritance that God promised him.

“Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.” Genesis 13:17

Caleb claimed his inheritance based on what God said through Moses about the land that he had walked on.

“And Moses sware on that day, saying, Surely the land whereon thy feet have trodden shall be thine inheritance, and thy children's for ever, because thou hast wholly followed the LORD my God.” Joshua 14:9

The first mention of “walking” in the Bible was when the voice of the LORD God was “walking” in His garden that he had planted in Eden (Genesis 3:8). Many animals know this principle instinctively and walk around their territory, marking it as their own. Ever since the fall of man, Satan now “walks” to and fro, staking off his claim as the “god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4).

“And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.” Job 1:7; 2:2

As believers, we need to rise up and “walk” in the blessings that God has given us. We will never possess more than our “walk” appropriates. Health experts say it is healthy to take approximately 10,000 steps per day physically. We need to be walking a spiritual equivalent; to procure a life more conformed to Christ’s image each day. Job says that God keeps track of our steps.

            “Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps.” Job 31:4

There are times in the Bible that God instructs us to “stand” against or for certain things. There are times we are to “sit” and rest at the feet of Jesus and listen to the voice of God. There are also places where our life is like unto a race that we need to “run” with patience. But day-in and day-out, we need to be “walking” in the spirit, as a means of laying up treasure in heaven for that time when we will walk as joint-heirs with Christ in New Jerusalem, like the last mention of “walk” in the Bible indicates.

“And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.” Revelation 21:23, 24

Friend, do you have 100% assurance that you will “walk” in New Jerusalem with “them which are saved”? If not, would you be willing to take that step of faith right now in your heart of hearts?

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