“Walk” Defined

CPX2121.TIFThe last post I made sent me on a “walk” study of God’s Word. I really wanted to dig in to how walk could be defined, how we are called to walk, how not to walk, and ways others have walked that we can learn from. I have only scratched the surface, but I thought I would post where I am at so far. I basically did a search for “walk” and then read each verse along with the verses surrounding it to make sure I had the proper context. The yellow text below are my take away’s from each:

Mark_7:5  And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?”

The religious leaders insisted that the people practice the traditions of men as a means of righteousness.

Mark_12:38  And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces

The religious leaders loved to be noticed – Jesus warned of their pride and arrogance

John_8:12  Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Jesus promises that those who follow Him will have the light of life

Acts_14:16  In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways.

Just because God allows men to live in such a way that is unpleasing to Him doesn’t mean He approves of it.

Acts_21:21  and they have been told about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or walk according to our customs.

In the next couple verses after Acts 21:21, the believers wanted Paul to demonstrate to the Jews that what they heard is wrong. Even believers sometimes want to go along with the world to avoid problems.

Romans_4:12  and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

It is all about faith! Trusting in God. Things we do are an indicator of our faith and trust in God, we don’t do things to earn favor with God.

Romans_6:4  We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

When we are born again we will be different, we will be “new” and we should live as a “new” creation in Christ. We will not continue in sin, instead we will live for righteousness.

Romans_8:4  in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

There is a way that is the wrong way to live, and a right way to live. Those that have put their faith in Jesus walk by the Spirit, the Holy Spirit lives within them and they are impacted by the conviction and guidance of the Spirit in their life and how they live their life. Those that walk by the flesh are creatures of instinct, focused on satisfying the desires of the flesh with disregard to sin and the consequences of their sin.

Romans_13:13  Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.

We are to live a certain way, we are to live “properly”; we are to avoid these things listed in Romans 13:13. This verse is followed up with another verse that tells us to “put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh”; we are to completely trust in Christ similarly to trusting in a parachute when jumping out of a plane. We are not casual or flippant about grabbing a parachute as we jump, we strap it on tightly, making sure not to be separated from it when we jump since we know that the parachute is the only thing that can save us from sure death. Do you cling to Jesus like that?

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