Spiritual FitBit (Psalm 37:23)
Psalm 37:23, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.”
The thought then is how the path of a good man is established by the Lord. The word ordered has the basic idea of being ‘prepared’ or ‘established.’ God will guide and direct our steps. Walking in the Spirit involves at least three key characteristics. They are direction, dependency, and dedication and are necessary in our spiritual walk. The "steps" refer to the everyday course of a man's life. Steps are important, some more important than others. A baby's first step is a very special occasion. The steps a mountain climber takes on a cliff are very important, too. The steps we take in the dark demand caution. If we are walking in dark circumstances, we need reliance upon the Lord, or faith. If our steps have been influenced by distractions, then we need to refocus our mind and steps on proper goals. If our steps have been disobedient, we need to repent, lest we continue to get farther away from God. Keeping your steps in the right direction is vital for finishing your course in victory for Christ.
It happened in just a blink, with a quarter mile to go at the 2005 running of the Preakness. Afleet Alex had battled his way to the front of the pack when another horse cut in front of him, and their heels clipped each other. Afleet Alex stumbled, his knees buckled, his nose nearly went into the dirt, and his jockey, Jeremy Rose, hung on. "That's the closest I've ever been without falling. I thought for sure we were going down," Rose said. "The thought process was, I was going to get run over. Luckily, he came right back up underneath me." Afleet Alex not only recovered, he went on to win the race by nearly five lengths. The Bible sometimes refers to the Christian life as running a race in which we all stumble, and yet, if we hold on the Lord provides us sure footing and balance so that we will not fall.
The FitBit was launched to the market in 2008 and has done very well. The FitBit monitors your heart rate, counts calories burned, records distance, counts steps, and other features. What’s impressive is that it motivates people to actively work out and become a healthier person. And yes, we all want to be healthier. The Lord wants us to be healthier both physically and spiritually. How can we become more spiritually fit? Although there are more than three points, let’s look at these three.
1. Direction – (Psalm 32:8)
Psalm 32:8, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go.”
When we walk, we do so because we are headed somewhere. That is direction.
2. Dependency – (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding, and in all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.”
When we walk, we put one foot in front of another, leaning all of our weight on one leg for each step. That is dependency.
3. Dedication - (Matthew 16:24)
Matthew 16:24, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me".
That is the way it should be for all of us if we want to live a victorious Christian life. When we walk, and are attempting to go somewhere, we take continuous steps. One step is not walking. Continuous steps are. You have to keep taking steps in order to get someplace. That is dedication.
III John 4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” God delights in the path of the righteous. Even as a parent delights in the steps of an obedient child, so does our Heavenly Father.
In the Bible, God gives us specific instructions on what He wants us to do and where He wants us to go. Psalm 23:3b, “He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.” The Holy Spirit will lead you in your daily walk with the Lord. Galatians 5:25, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” Obeying and following His leading will help you immensely in living a victorious Christian life.
PRAYER, Father in Heaven, thank You that You can be counted on to guide me through my day. Today, I need to walk in the hope that only You can give. My way is unclear, my path sometimes feels like it twists and turns in confusing and busy ways as I wind my way along my journey. Show me Your ways, Lord. Show me how You would walk in these places. Remind me by Your Holy Spirit to look to You to guide me. In Jesus name, Amen.
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