Keeping In Step

In our relationship with Christ we often refer to it as our “walk”. Just as Christ called those fishermen by the Sea of Galilee to follow Him so many years ago, so He calls us even today. It is our duty and privilege to follow in the footsteps of the one who created us and ultimately went to the cross for us, redeeming us from the sin that separated us from God. On a daily basis we must seek to live the kind of life that Jesus lived. As John writes in 1 John chapter 2, anyone who claims to be in Christ must live as Jesus did. This means a life of love and self-sacrifice, becoming the servant of all.

For me, in my life, this is a very practical thing. I try to make it as much of a reality in my day-to-day existence as possible. I take very seriously the command of God to believe in Jesus and love my neighbor. I know that this is what is pleasing to Him and the proper way to be in relationship with Him. It is a covenant we have with God through Christ and our end of the deal is in believing and loving. Of course, these things can only be accomplished by the grace of God and we must rely on Him for everything. In doing so we attain that eternal life that He offers to us free of charge, that forgiveness that cost Jesus His very life.

In Galatians chapter 5 Paul writes that since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. It is important to be led by the Holy Spirit, as He brings the power of God into our lives. Jesus told His disciples in Acts chapter 1 that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them. It is this same power that we receive today when we are in Him, power for living a Christian life and being witnesses of Christ. The only way for us to grow in our faith and realize our God-given destiny is to walk in the Spirit. There is no other way. We cannot accomplish this thing on our own.

How exactly do we go about keeping in step with the Spirit? The Holy Spirit brings the knowledge of Christ and seeks to glorify Him as God in our lives. We learn about Him and His ways through studying Scripture and that is one of the main ways we can know Him and follow Him. By studying the word of God we will know what the will of the Lord is and we can therefore prayerfully strive to be in obedience to Him in our lives. It is in obeying the command of Christ that we find ourselves in step with the Spirit of God, for everything He does points us towards the Son. Therefore, we should seek to study and know the word of God, putting feet to our faith and walking it out in our lives.

Another way we can keep in step with the Spirit is through prayer and meditation. I don’t mean the kind of meditation the Eastern religions promote, emptying yourself and focusing on being one with the universe. Christian meditation is a matter of focusing all our attention on Christ and dwelling on His words, allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to us in His still, small voice. This is how we still our soul within us and find peace in a turbulent world. It is also where we will find answers to our questions and guidance for the decisions we must make in life. I believe this is just as critical as reading the word of God and should be a part of every believer’s life. Prayerful reflection can bring a whole new level of revelation to our lives.

In my life, I often feel the push and pull of a turbulent mind state. Having schizoaffective disorder kind of causes me to struggle in keeping my footing at times. I stumble and misstep but God always keeps me upright and moving forward. I have come to rely on Him to keep me in step with His Spirit and all believers must do the same. It is not something we can achieve solely in our own power but should be the goal of every believer. In this we will find our peace and achieve our destinies in Christ in this world. There is nothing we can do on our own. Everything must come from Him.

Following Christ has been my goal and desire for many years now. Through studying His word I have gained a knowledge of His will and His promises for the believer’s life. He promised, among other things, to send us the Holy Spirit and we are now in relationship with Him if we have trusted in Christ. He is the one who teaches us wisdom and empowers us to walk it out in our lives. Let us keep in step with Him, allowing Him to lead and guide us in all that we do today. Then we will bear fruit and be successful in our endeavors for God.

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