Watch Your Steps


I  say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit, (Galatians 5:16, 25 NKJV).

Rachel and I sat on weatherworn steps leading down to a pristine beach. We had a front row seat as the morning sun stretched its arms over the horizon. She was hurting. I was attempting to love her back to health. Salty air. Salty ocean. Salty friend. It is hard to beat that combination when you’re soul sick.

Rachel’s life had taken some unexpected turns. Let me rephrase that. It wasn’t that her life “had taken” some unexpected turns, as if she had nothing to do with it. She had strayed from God’s path, and she had taken some unexpected turns. She had given in to sexual temptation, and as a result, had lost her marriage, the trust of her children, and many of her friends.  She had lost her true self.

As we sat on the bottom step with our toes buried in the cool sand, we stared out at the glassy ocean and pristine beach. It was if Jesus had spoken, “Peace, be still,” and the wind and waves obeyed. The sand, airbrushed smooth by the night breeze, had not yet been disturbed by vacationers’ feet, kids’ buckets and sunbathers’ chairs.

Rachel spotted a set of tire tracks running close to the water’s edge. Four shallow ruts. Parallel indentations. Ruts that never deviated in distance one from the other, as far as the eye could see. If one swerved, they all swerved in union

“I wish life were like that,” she whispered.

“Like what?” I asked.

“Like those tire tracks,” she replied.  “Us and God. God and me. Always moving in tandem. Side-by-side.  Hooked together. Moving in same direction. Connected. Easy. Perfectly aligned.”

We sat in silence, staring at the tracks, both knowing the reason her tracks had deviated from God’s. She had detached herself from the Master chassis and made tracks of her own. She had willingly let go of God’s hand and walked away.

The Christian life is often referred to our spiritual walk. “Walk by faith and not by sight,” Paul encouraged the Corinthian church (2 Corinthians 5:7 NASB). The NIV translates this same verse, “For we live by faith, not by sight.”

Paul wrote to the Galatians, “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit,” (Galatians 5:16, 25 NKJV).

Again, the NIV translates these same words: So I say, walk by the Spirit,and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Since we live by the Spirit,let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

I love the idea of keeping in step with the Holy Spirit. What a wonderful way to live life…walking in step and keeping time with the Holy Spirit’s pace.

You face decisions throughout your day that determine whether you walk in tandem with Jesus, or in sync with the world. [tweetherder]Steps become a lifestyle; a lifestyle becomes a legacy.[/tweetherder] So watch your steps and leave a legacy with no regrets.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, help me to walk in tandem with You today. Forgive me for the times I’ve wandered away and rebelled against You. Thank You for Your mercy and grace that allowed me to return. Help me choose my steps carefully today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

What do You Think? 

I don’t know where you are in your walk with God today, but if you are not where you want to be, His hand is extended to draw you back on the right path.

One of my favorite old gospel songs is Just a Closer Walk with Thee. Meditate on these words today, and if you know the tune, sing it right where you are!

Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

I am weak, but Thou art strong,
Jesus, keep me from all wrong,
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.

When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more,
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom’s shore, to Thy shore.

If the words to this song are your prayer, click over to my blog and say, “Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.”

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71 Responses to Watch Your Steps

  1. bjerles May 27, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Let it be Lord, Let it be!

  2. Tana May 27, 2013 at 12:54 pm #

    Let it be, Dear Lord, let it be! I am weak, but Thou art Strong!

  3. Betty Stephens May 27, 2013 at 12:56 pm #

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  4. Alicia Haywood May 27, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

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  5. Belinda May 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    Let it be, Lord, let it be! Sharon, thank you for all the devotions you write.

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  12. Peggy Clement May 27, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

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  13. Jeannie May 27, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

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  16. Nancy Beneteau May 27, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

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    I am too tired to try my own path. I can’t do it with my Dear Lord.

  17. Michelle Jefferson May 27, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

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  19. Mimi May 27, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

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  22. nancys1128 May 27, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    What a wonderful devotional today. Perfectly timed, as only God can do.

    Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

  23. Sarah May 27, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Let it be, dear Lord, let it be!! We praise You Jesus and give thanks for ALL You are in our lives!! 🙂

  24. Robin May 27, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

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  25. Anne Marshall May 27, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

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  27. Erica May 27, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

    Let it be, Lord, let it be. Hallelujah! I needed this today thank u so much

  28. Ardis Samuel May 27, 2013 at 7:24 pm #

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  29. Margie May 27, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    Let it be, dear Lord, let it be!!!
    He’s such an awesome God!

  30. Rozita May 27, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

    Let it be, Dear Lord, let it be! Help me always to trust your lead.

  31. Delores Cassell May 27, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

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  32. Marilyn May 27, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

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  33. Barbara May 27, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Let it be dear Lord, let it be for my husband and me!

  34. Sharon May 27, 2013 at 9:18 pm #

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  37. Dianne May 27, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

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  38. Leigh May 27, 2013 at 11:25 pm #

    Let is be, dear Lord, Let is be!!! YOU are in control, so I keep my eyes fixed on you, and you only. PTL!

  39. Dusty May 27, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    LET IT BE DEAR LORD, LET IT BE!!
    Every day, every hour, every minute, every word, every
    decision….let me be influenced only by You, taught only
    by God and fueled only by Your Spirit!! AMEN!!

  40. Linda May 27, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

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  41. Sharon May 28, 2013 at 12:28 am #

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  42. Lisa Harness May 28, 2013 at 12:30 am #

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  43. Ash May 28, 2013 at 2:00 am #

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  44. Diane May 28, 2013 at 10:17 am #

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  51. Ter May 28, 2013 at 3:20 pm #

    Oh Dear Lord, let it be, let be! Praise be to you my Lord!

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  55. Linda May 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm #

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  56. Elba May 28, 2013 at 11:47 pm #

    LET IT BE DEAR LORD, LET IT BE…….AMEN!

  57. Isabel May 29, 2013 at 12:58 am #

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  58. Beverly May 29, 2013 at 12:59 am #

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  59. Yolanda May 29, 2013 at 5:37 am #

    I got my husband covered. Dear Lord so shall it be. Let it be, Dear Lord, let it be! I am weak, but Thou art Strong

  60. Anne May 30, 2013 at 6:39 am #

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  61. Tina Rodeheaver May 30, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

    Thank you for this.
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  62. Hannah May 31, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    Daily walking close to Thee,
    Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

  63. Lizzie Haggans June 4, 2013 at 11:46 am #

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  65. Susan June 4, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

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  66. Kim Hayes June 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Let it be, Dear Lord, let it be! Keep me always in tandem with thee.

  67. Ingrid June 4, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

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  68. LeAnne Aragon June 4, 2013 at 7:39 pm #

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