DAY 28: Sunday, May 10
Learning to Walk Again
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16
Have you watched a baby take their first step? They usually look unstable. They often pause to think about how it’s done before they take the step. But as they practice over and over, it becomes easier. And the result… they learn to walk!
Sometimes I feel like that unstable toddler in my faith. I find myself taking a step and falling down, allowing my sinful nature to get in the way of walking by faith. Galatians 5:24-25 says, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.”
As followers of Jesus we are to walk, or keep in step, with the Spirit of God. How do we know if we are? We see the fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. This fruit is the result of step-by-step crucifying our sinful desires and aligning our thoughts and desires to Christ’s.
How peaceful and joyful are you today? Are you feeling a little unstable? There’s good news! You can learn to walk again and have the amazing blessing of the fruit by allowing God’s Spirit to work in your life.
Steps to learning to walk in the Spirit:
- Ask yourself, “What’s controlling my thoughts?”
- Ask yourself, “Does that thought agree with what God says?”
- If it doesn’t, nail it to the cross.
- Replace the thought with truth from God’s Word.
At first you might feel unstable, but the more you do it, the easier it is and the more fruit you will see in your life!
God, I want to live the full life I can have through You. I want to walk step by step with Your Spirit. Help me, God, as I learn to nail my desires to the cross and walk with You. Amen.
Instead of using “I’m human” as an excuse to walk in the flesh, let us use “I’m saved” as a reason to walk in the Spirit.
By Susie Schumacher
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