Stepping in the Light
My wife and I love to take the time to walk together. After dinner the other night, we walked over four miles and enjoyed each other’s fellowship. Getting out of the house these days (of shelter in place) is always enjoyable even if it requires some needed exercise.
A few days ago, we were unable to take our walk together because it was raining. While I was trying to exercise gratitude for the needed rain, it was still holding me hostage indoors. The only thing left to do was surrender myself to the 1500 piece puzzle my wife was working on!!
Needless to say, the sun finally came out and we were able to enjoy our walks together again.
I love the song titled “Stepping in the Light.” It is song #15 in our North Valley hymnal. My friend, we are to walk in the light as children of God.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
How can we walk in the Light?
1. We walk in the light as we walk by faith.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Twenty-first century Christians want to walk by sight and call it faith. It doesn’t work that way— it never has and it never will. This walk requires total and complete trust in the Lord. When this happens, we can sing from our hearts to the Lord, “Great is Thy Faithfulness!!”
2. We walk in the light as we walk in the Spirit.
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16).
As we walk in the fullness of God’s Spirit, there will be fruit that is evidence of this fact in our lives.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another” (Galatians 5:22-26).
3. We walk in the light as we walk according to the Word of God.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, And a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105).
The evidence of our love for God is manifested by our love for His Word. We should be daily growing in our relationship with the Word of God. If we despise or ignore certain aspects of the Word of God, we are, in fact, despising or ignoring certain aspects of God Himself (John 1:14, Acts 20:27).
4. We walk in the light as we allow God to order our steps.
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: And he delighteth in his way” (Psalm 37:23).
We should ask the Lord to order our steps every day and then be willing to adjust our own program or schedule as He directs our lives. Oftentimes, I believe we miss out on some of the blessings of God because we are so self-willed with our own agenda that we miss the steps He desires for us to take.
5. We walk in the light as we keep our eyes on Jesus.
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).
I’m sure we have all heard the statement, “If you want to be discouraged, look within; if you want to be defeated, look behind; if you want to be distressed, look around; if you want to be dismayed, look ahead; but if you want to be delighted, look to Jesus!!”
Peter had to learn this lesson when he stepped out of the boat and walked on water. If you feel like you are sinking in the storms of life and the circumstances around you, I’d like to encourage you to look to Jesus today.
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, From whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, Which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: He that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: The Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, Nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in From this time forth, and even for evermore” (Psalm 121:1-80).
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John Evertson, GSBC Campus Pastor
In June 2000, after graduating from Golden State Baptist College, John Evertson answered the call to pastor West Valley Baptist Church in Woodland, California. After 19 years, God moved Pastor and Mrs. Evertson to Santa Clara. Pastor Evertson is instrumental in the church and serves as the Campus Pastor for Golden State Baptist College to help guide the future servants of God. Pastor & Mrs. Evertson have four children — Josiah, Jeremiah, Joy, and Joshua.
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