I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with long suffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
— Ephesians 4:1-6

We sustain intimate fellowship with our heavenly Father when we walk in step with God. A close relationship with Him brings us joy, peace, contentment, and purpose. Our walk with Christ allows other people see Him through our lives, and we make an impact for His kingdom.

What does it mean to walk with God?

The Bible describes the lives of righteous people who have an intimate friendship with God, characterized by divine guidance.

What defines a worthy Christian walk?

It is a walk that demonstrates our obedience to God, our faithfulness in reading His Word, and our belief in His promises. In our daily lives, we exhibit love, wisdom, faith, and transparency (Ephesians 5:15-16).

How do we walk in step with God?

  1. Surrender: Wholly submitting to God ensures our ability to walk with Him consistently.
  2. Sensitivity: Listening to the Lord is a vital part of enjoying intimate fellowship with Him throughout the day (John 8:28-29). The ability to hear His voice is an absolute essential for the Christian life.
  3. Studying: By learning biblical principles, we discover what pleases the Lord and which attitudes and actions to avoid (Ephesians 4:17-18).
  4. Supplication: Passionate, specific prayer is vital to walking with God.   Jesus often withdrew to pray alone in the early morning hours (Mark 1:35).
  5. Self-denial: We must die to the temptations of the world and allow Christ to live through us (Galatians 2:20).
  6. Service: Jesus gave of Himself by healing, befriending, meeting the needs of others, and ultimately by dying on a cross for the sins of the world (Mark 10:45). Our intimacy with Him naturally results in service.

Walking in step with the Lord means living in close fellowship with Him. An intimate relationship with our heavenly Father is powerful, and it requires that our obedience to Him on a daily basis. This is how we grow in our ability to overcome difficulties, witness effectively, resist temptation, and become more Christ-like.

Cultivate an intimate relationship with God

We all know the importance of reading the Bible and praying. But sometimes diligent students of the Word can let their prayers and study consume all their time with God. To avoid that mistake, try to include opportunities for quiet reflection. Leave room for His Spirit to speak to your heart. If you have time, take a few minutes to sit quietly before the Lord, and ask Him to speak to you.

Is He saying anything about your life or His character? 

“I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices: my flesh also shall rest in hope.” — Psalm 16:8-9

I challenge you to seek to develop an awareness of God’s presence as you go about your day.

 

Dr. Neil Anderson

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