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 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?
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 just as necessary in our spiritual walk.
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. God has promised to instruct us and guide us in the way we should go. That guidance is by His very omniscient eye. He who knows all and sees all knows far better than we the path to take.
2. Dependency – (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thy own understanding. 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. How often are we tempted to rely upon our own understanding of the issues of life. God’s advice is to trust in the Lord with all our hearts. In every decision and juncture of life, God’s wisdom is to trust Him or look to Him. Life is full of forks in the road. An individual who continually seeks God’s direction for each decision will never go wrong. We often get into trouble because we rely upon our own understanding for decisions which must be made. How can we go wrong when His guidance is so readily available?
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. True disciples are few in number. To be a disciple of Jesus Christ, there must be denial of self as well as a willingness to suffer even unto death. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ requires total dedication and self-denial. The word deny means to lose sight of one’s self and one’s own interests.
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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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship with Christ.