Walking With God
Spending time with God daily is very important. In fact, not doing so can be very detrimental to our spiritual growth and relationship with Him. Our walk and relationship with Him is not meant to be a “every now and then,” or “sometimes,” but rather consistent daily walk in relationship with our Lord and Savior. This must be done in order to know Him and grow. Imagine if a plant, the kind that needs sunlight, only received it sometimes or every now and then. What do you think would be the result of that? Of course it would not grow properly or get its necessities. This is the same for a person who is a Christ-Follower. How could someone believe they can grow in Christ and know God more without spending time with Him? Attending a worship service weekly is not enough. Being faithful to a worship service is good, but there is a call to know Him more. Therefore, a person must have a personal discipleship plan for themselves. These are the things known as the “spiritual disciplines.” For example, things like spending time in God’s Word, prayer, scripture memorization, etc. are all involved in this plan.
Walk By The Spirit
Galatians 5:16-17 reminds us that we are to “walk by the Spirit.” It says, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other.” Paul encourages believers to walk close to the Spirit, and thus, identify with the fruits of the Spirit. A person may ask, “What are the fruits of the Spirit?” In Galatians 5:22 Paul says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control.” Does our life look anything like this list in Galatians 5:22?
There are some practical steps to walking with God.
Prayer: Prayer is very important in growing closer with God and knowing Him more.
Scripture: Knowing God’s Word is vital to knowing Him.
Relationships: Being in relationship with other believers who will help you grow is important also. (This is where being in a small group really helps!)
How is your walk with God?
How is your relationship with God?
Does He seem distant or are you walking as close as you can to Him?
Do you need a set time to get alone with God to pray and read His Word?
Are you involved in a small group at church that helps you grow in your faith?