Daily Devotional “Focusing on Scripture And the Lord”
September 19, 2023
“Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16).
We must focus on God and His Word as we begin to walk by the Spirit.
Paul’s directive to the Galatians in today’s verse may sound like an impractical platitude.
But to the apostle this command was a foundational truth for how all Christians should live their daily lives.
The Greek for “walk” could be translated, “keep on continually walking.”
Life transpires one day at a time, and believers should routinely take each day one step at a time.
In walking by the Holy Spirit, our chief opposition is our own flesh (Galatians. 5:17).
Therefore, it is crucial that we possess the scriptural strategy for our spiritual walk and that we know how to practically and effectively carry it out.
The first part of our strategy has to be a daily intake of God’s Word.
Psalm 1:2 says that the man who walks on a godly path will “delight . . . in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.”
Meditation (patiently and thoroughly reflecting on a passage of Scripture) helps us effectively seal the Word in our hearts so we can obediently apply it and minister it in accordance with God’s Spirit.
Secondly, if we want to walk by the Spirit, we must focus on God and allow Him to renew our minds.
The key is found in Paul’s familiar command: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans. 12:2).
The believer who lives that way will undoubtedly walk by the Spirit because he will also be one who worships God “in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).
As one Bible teacher so aptly phrased it, “Find me a worshiper of God, and I will show you a stable man with his mind in control, ready to meet the present hour with refreshment from above.”
Pray today that the Lord would help you to begin removing everything from your life that is preventing you from worshiping Him wholeheartedly.
•Joshua 1:8; Psalm 19:7-8; John 8:31-32; Romans 15:4; 2 Timothy 2:15; and Hebrews 4:12 all refer to God’s Word. Read them and write down all the different things they say about the importance of Scripture.
•What should motivate you to have a better intake of the Word?
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