The .Com Diet: (Part 2)

Monday, July 09, 2012


If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25)

WALKING: GET GOING

Baby’s first steps. Walking across the stage to receive a diploma. Walking down the aisle to get married. These “walks” of life all signify a time of celebration and transition. What about our spiritual walks? Do we rejoice when each other’s walks lead us closer to the Lord or are we tripping one another, or stumbling over each other’s feet?

We often take walking for granted until we stub a toe, break a leg, or get into an accident that leaves us immobile. When we’re having to hobble on one limb or hold on to someone to brace ourselves, then do we realize how important and freeing it is to walk upright and not need someone’s assistance to help us get going.

It’s the same with our spiritual walks of life.

None of us will ever be able to walk perfectly; however, we will all need the help of the Holy Spirit to convict us of unnecessary sin pounds and to walk with us toward complete wholeness in Christ. Every good diet plan begins with walking. In Galatians 5:25, the word says, if we live in the Spirit—that’s by the guidance and teaching of the Holy Spirit—let us also walk in the Spirit. This means we should be in step with the Spirit. Wherever He leads, we shall follow. If He says no, then we don’t go!

When it comes to walking in the Spirit, we should all get in the habit of asking ourselves these three questions:

Where am I walking? What way am I walking? Who am I walking with?

Where you walk

Where does your walk take you? Are you being led down alleys of anger or up streets of service? The places you are being led to can very well determine who’s leading you. If you notice that you’re going in the wrong direction and the Spirit convicts you of sin that you need to remove from your path, you may have to transport yourself to another place. Walk, in Ephesians 5:15, means to deport yourself. Is there a situation that you need to walk out of, so that you can walk into a better one? Get going into the right direction by being purposeful about where your feet are stepping. This includes where your thoughts are taking you as well. It may be time to change your mind and develop the mind of Christ.

Way you walk

Remember the childhood saying, “step on a crack, and break your mama’s back?” In order to look good in front of your friends, you would jump the lines in the sidewalk and avoid the cracks that were before you. Satan places cracks in our lives. Those cracks are called temptations and not only are they meant to slow you down in your walk, they’re meant to break you down. Be careful of the way you walk. Are you at a stand still or do you have some pep in your step? Are you looking back, or are you walking forward with a purpose in mind? Is the Spirit directing your walk, or is your flesh leading you? Satan’s cracks may not break your mama’s back, but they do break your Father’s heart.

Who you walk with

What crowd surrounds you? We’ve said this before; you are most like the 5 people that are around you. Think about that for a second; is the crowd you walk with leading you to Christ or away from Him (Psalm 1:1)? Are you all causing mischief or crafting mercy? Maybe you’re the opposite. Perhaps you are walking alone and have no one to walk with. God provides counselors and friends for us all to lean on (Proverbs 27:9, 17; Galatians 6:2) so that we do not walk alone in this world.

You may not know how to walk yet. Maybe you are a new babe in Christ, maybe you have not put on Jesus in baptism (Galatians 3:27). But just like the mama that takes her child by the hand; just like the counselor that guides a student through high school; and just like the father that walks his daughter down the aisle; your God will live in and walk in you (2 Corinthians 6:16). Take the Lord at His word, place confidence in the Spirit’s leading and model the life of Jesus each step of the way; it may not mean that your walk is now perfect, but you are now in perfect alignment towards complete wholeness.

The Spirit is alive and active, so get going! If you’re walking, in the Spirit, you’re living! As soon as you get spiritual activity into your regimen, you’ll begin to drop off weights and put on healthy spirit muscles. You can’t half step; you must be all in towards complete wholeness. Let your walk be upright, let your words and thoughts be appropriate, and let your appearance radiate liveliness and joy. Also, keep in step with one another, as you follow the Spirit and become FILLED with Him (Ephesians 5:15)!

When you become God’s child, you’re no longer under the power of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). Your desires won’t rule you, but the Divine will move you. Begin today walking circles around the enemy that stands around you, by walking in the Spirit that lies within you.

Questions to consider:

1. Where and in what direction have I been walking lately? Do I need to make a U-turn?
2. Are my friends, associates, family, or others that I walk with, leading me in an uncomfortable or unholy direction?
3. Where would I like my walk with the Spirit to take me? (Ex., deeper study and prayer life, more intimate relationship with the Father, towards helping and serving others, etc.)
4. Who are the 5 closest people to you? Where is each of their walks leading you? Where is your walk leading them?


* We want to thank you all for joining us for the .Com Diet, a plan to Complete Wholeness in Christ. As we walk through this journey, feel free to share your thoughts here on the blog or connect with us via our Facebook page. We would love to learn more about you so that we may all grow together in the Lord! *


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3 comments

  1. Thank you from Australia.

    I am printing and passing these studies on to my sisters as well as enjoying them my self. But I seem to have missed (or maybe deleted accidently) The .Com Diet ( part one)
    Could you possible send it to me please. God bless all your effort to serve Him in your corner of His vineyard.
    Christian love.

    Dorothy Simmons

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    1. Good Late Evening Dorothy,

      We pray this email finds you doing well and in great spirit! We thank you for the greetings form Australia! What a Joy! Thank you also for the feedback regarding The .COM Diet! This has been a wonderful time of study! Next week we look at Worship! The Holy Spirit is revealing so much through His word and we are just following His leading!

      Here is the link to Part 1 http://www.swapministries.org/2012/07/com-diet-part-1.html

      We pray these lesson bring you closer to the Savior!

      Blessings,

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  2. Loved reading this. Keep up the great work!!

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