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Walk Don't Run

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.  Galatians 5:25

Photo courtesy of pixabay.How I wished she just would follow my lead. I only wanted to protect her.

As I walked my dogs, one kept stride, walking calmly beside me. The other strained to walk ahead, pulling frantically all the while. I became frustrated with the one pulling because I wasn’t ready to move forward. I also knew what lurked around the corner: a neighbor’s menacing dog.

I often do the same in my attempt to walk in step with God. It’s a challenge to walk alongside Him, but wise. He sees what’s around the bend. I don’t. But what happens when I misstep and run headlong into a course of action that leaves me feeling frustrated? When I fail to walk in step with the Spirit?

All Christians have been there at one time. We pray, we wait for what we think is a reasonable amount of time, and then we move forward because we can’t wait any longer. We would rather do something than nothing. Something other than wait on God because in our estimation, His answer is too slow in coming.

Paul the apostle exhorts us to walk in step with the Spirit, not run ahead. One of the most difficult Christian disciplines is waiting because it requires patience. And being patient goes against our nature.

Thankfully, God doesn’t abandon us when we fail to heed His instruction and run ahead of Him. Quite the opposite. He works for the good of those who love Him and who have been called according to His purpose.

Walking in the Spirit is not something we achieve overnight. It is the consistent yielding of ourselves, our anxieties, and our presumptions to God—who neither slumbers nor sleeps.

Keep in step with the Spirit daily so you won’t find yourself frustrated and spent. You will be walking in stride with an all-knowing, all-wise, and all-faithful God.

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Nydia DiCarali

Nydia DiCarali resides in New York, has been happily married for twenty years, and is the mother of two teenagers, ages seventeen and fourteen. She has been a Christian for more than twenty-four years and has spent the last thirteen years teaching women’s Bible studies and coordinating retreats and conferences at her local church. She currently serves on the board of a Christian foundation in Long Island that serves women and children in crisis. Nydia also works for a Christian ministry that has recently opened an orphanage in West Africa. Through her involvement with these ministries, she has had the opportunity to create newsletters and provide website content. She loves to encourage others and believes if we allow ourselves to be governed by God’s Word, we can live as more than conquerors.