Do you yearn for a closer walk with God? For a greater understanding of what it means to let Him live through you? For the marks of His presence in your life?
Have you ever felt God calling you to a closer walk with Him? After hearing the call, have you ever found yourself not knowing exactly what to do. Where to start, or where He was taking you, but knew you needed to listen and take that first step, and He would guide the way?
When you’re constantly walking with someone, you’re going to understand them better than you ever did. You’re going to know their heart. Walking with God is not just a time in the prayer closet, it’s a lifestyle that we can only obtain through Jesus Christ.
We have been created for a purpose, and it is not until you realize, embrace, and walk in our God-given-calling that we can begin to live a life of fulfillment and enrichment that we so richly deserve.
There will come a time in our spiritual walk when the Lord disrupts our plans. When He is trying to guide us in a new direction. His preference is that we would sense His presence, His leading, fully surrender to Him, and walk in His plan and purpose for our lives.
If we want to abide in Jesus, we must walk as He walked. The Bible says, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked” (1 John 2:6).
Walking with God is often used to describe the Christian life. Galatians 5:16 says, “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Colossians 2:6 tells us, “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.”
In Micah 6:8 we read, “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Importance of Walking with God
Do you know the importance of walking with God? As Christians woman, it is our heart’s desire to walk faithfully but the challenge is truly understanding how to do this, right?
Remember, David had a unique devotion to the Lord. God looks at the heart of man while man foolishly tries to work his way into favor with God. God reads the hearts or the inner most thoughts and desires of all humans. In spite of the flaws, David had the passion and the hunger for God. He always desired to please and bring honor to his God. The same applies to other biblical character that found favor with God: Rehab was from the wrong side of the tracks. She was a Gentile and a prostitute, but she was used by God and saved because of her hunger for God (Joshua 2:15-24).
There are many strong women in the Bible who depended on God more than themselves. Some had to lie to save others, and others broke tradition to do the right thing. Their deeds, as guided by God, are recorded in the Bible for all to read and be inspired by.
God is always trying to draw us closer to him. He wholeheartedly desires to walk with us daily! He wants your life to be transformed into a joyful relationship with him regardless of the circumstances we live in.
As you draw close to God, he will not likely take you up to heaven as he did Enoch. However, he does desire to reveal the beauty of his face to you. As we walk with him, he will open the Scriptures to us through the Spirit of wisdom and revelation and reveal to us the light of the glory of God that is to be found in him.
When we walk with God, it is designed to establish us in an intimate friendship with him that is walked out through the course of our everyday lives. The goal we’re after is an everyday walk of unbroken communion with our Lord and friend.
How much of your day is devoted to walking with God and living a life pleasing to Him?
As women of God, He has called us to be effective in the world, and grow closer to Him… together? God desires for us to spend time with him. Our relationship with God will become stagnant if we do not make it a priority.
From the very beginning, God had a relationship with Adam and Eve that found them “walking in the garden in the cool of the day” (Genesis 3:8). God created man for the enjoyment of a walking relationship that involved companionship, dialogue, intimacy, joint decision-making, mutual delight, and shared dominion. God longs to walk with you, which is why his arms of grace have been pulling you into a closer walk with him.
To Walk with God demands maintaining continuance communication with Him. It requires letting go of anything that would be a distraction. Many people ask how they can make sure they are walking with God throughout the day.
As Christian women of God, it is our heart’s desire to be more like Jesus, and to walk Only by walking with God can you find the will of God for your life.
Walking with Jesus, The Bible tells us about women who were disciples, leaders, teachers, prophets, and preachers. What can we learn from them? Considers some of the women who walked with Jesus. As women you will see what an intimate relationship with God looks like day to day. God longs to speak to you, and it is our right and honor to hear His voice.
Just like Adam and Eva walked with God in the cool of the day, we can walk with God as well.
What Does It Mean to Walk with God?
God created us for fellowship with Him and He desires us to walk with Him (Micah 6:8).
If you go on a walk with your best friend, what do you do during your walk? What will you say? What will you laugh about? Besides the obvious, walking, you are having a conversation, sharing things that are on your mind, and listening to your friend do the same as you head to your destination. You stay focused on what each other is saying and do not get distracted.
God loves to be in relationship with us, and we can converse with Him through prayer and reading His Word, hearing His love and gaining His wisdom for us as we live our lives here on the earth (Psalm 32:8; 1 John 3:1).
The Bible talks about how Enoch walked with God and how he pleased God.
In the whole of the Bible, only five passages refer to Enoch, two of which are genealogies. Although we do not find a lot written about Enoch, what we do have is significant.
Genesis tells us, “Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So, all the days of Enoch were 365 years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him” (Genesis 5:21–24).
So, what set Enoch apart? How was he able to live a godly life in an ungodly world, in a time that was characterized by sexual perversion and uncontrolled violence? We find three important principles at work in Enoch’s life that we can apply in our own lives today.
Enoch walked with God, he was well-pleasing to God, and lastly, he was a witness for God. As Enoch walked with God and pleased Him, he had a testimony and a witness. Every woman has a testimony to the world (our lives). People are watching us. They are observing us. And we should give a lot of thought to that. Before we can effectively witness for God, we must first walk with Him.
It is every woman’s desire to walk with God and to please Him. To walk with God means you agree with Him and His ways (Amos 3:3).
To walk with God means that you and God agree about your life. “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3, KJV). To walk with God means you have aligned your will with His and seek every day to consider yourself “crucified with Christ”
We can improve our own walk by learning what made them so exceptional.
Adam and Eve Walked with God
God shows us what he desires in our walk with him starting with Adam and Eve. God would walk with them “in the garden in the cool of the day” for the purpose of fellowship and enjoyment. They took a physical walk together- they were speaking together and sharing thoughts. I like to daydream about how that would feel. God walking by my side, asking me how my day went, pointing out a gorgeous plant or flower, and encouraging and teaching me.
No one is perfect, but when you are walking with God your desire should be to see your own selfish desires die for the sake of seeing God transform you more into the image of His Son:
Are you ready to embark on a journey of walking with God?
How Can I Walk with God Every Day?
I believe when you interact with God throughout the course of the day, feeling His presence and power, and receiving His strength and guidance. Your spiritual growth is related to your walk with God.
Walking with God every day is a step-by-step process, and, similarly, the Christian life is a day-by-day process. To walk with God, you must read His Word every day. Just as you must exercise faithfully to see physical results, so you must walk with God faithfully to grow. To walk with God during the day, all day, every day means being right with Him.
“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:” Colossians 2:6
Walking with God also involves talking to Him. Just as walking with a friend lends itself to conversation, so God desires that we converse with Him through prayer. Bring your needs and struggles to God when you spend time with Him, and then continue to pray throughout your day as you walk with Him. Spend time walking with God daily to grow in your Christian life.
Eph. 5:15-16 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Are you ready to embark on a journey of walking with God?
Walking with God means adjusting ourselves with his will.
We will not ever be perfect, but we can make our heart’s desire to be pleasing to God. When we walk with him, we cannot drag along our bad life choices and habits. When we are aligned with his will, we do not want to! God’s ways will be reflected in our thoughts, actions, and choices.
How Can I Be Consistent Walking with God?
When we allow the craziness or laziness of the world into our lives, we often find ourselves asking, “Why am I not as close to God as I want to be?” When we sacrifice consistency in our relationship with God, we not only begin to miss God, but we also begin to miss the work He is doing on our behalf.
The apostle Paul reminds us that even “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot disown Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13). God is always working in our lives, but if we do not spend time tuning our hearts to His voice, we will miss when He speaks. Want to grow closer to God? Be consistent. Consistency Brings Us Close.
Consistency is the key to close relationship in our everyday lives and our spiritual lives. Consistency in our time with God starts with simple changes, but those simple changes can make a significant impact. Consistency in the walk of the Spirit is what produces the power of God.
- Find time to be alone. Set aside a time to spend with God every day without distractions.
- Be consistent. If you can watch the same TV show every week, make it to the same job every day, or remember to eat, you have what it takes to be consistent. God wants to spend time with us daily. When you are consistently in God’s Word, you will only grow closer to Jesus!
James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” Are you as close to God as you want to be? If not, are you consistent in your relationship with Him? Consistency is not found in how much of the Bible you can read or recite, but in the commitment to spend time in God’s Word and in His presence on a regular basis.
The Benefits of Walking with God
If we are spending a daily walk with God in His Word, in prayer, in close communion with him, those around us, our family, friends, and associates, will see that we have been in the presence of God, and walking with Him.
“…Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord and please him in every way, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God…” Colossians 1:10
The benefits and results of walking with God far outweigh a life of not walking with Him. There are many benefits of being in a relationship with God. For example, He forgives your sins, heals you, redeems you from the pit of hell, crowns you with love and compassion, and satisfies your desires with good things (Psalm 103:1-5). The result is an abundant life that bears fruit for the Kingdom of God.
Walking with God means that you are blessed, and you have access to His great promises, which He has given in His Word. A life with God is one of righteous living because of the transformation that comes by His Spirit, who lives in us.
There are five benefits of walking with God and how they affect our lives.
1. Eternal Life
One of the best benefits we have of walking with God is that we can be sure we have eternal life. That is the life that goes beyond the one we live on earth to the one we will live in Heaven with God.
A classic Bible verse that reminds us of one of the best benefits of walking with God is John 3:16. It tells us that God so loved the world that He sent Jesus to die for us so that we will not perish, but have eternal life. Our relationship with God is never-ending because we become part of His Kingdom when we get born again, and His Kingdom lasts forever.
Do you daily (hourly?) tell God your concerns, hopes, dreams, struggles, and thanks? Are you consistently asking for his direction and timing?
2. Divine Wisdom
Our human wisdom has no comparison with the wisdom of God. When we have a relationship with God, He puts His Spirit in us, who then gives us divine wisdom (Colossians 1:9). He enables us to live a life that pleases Him, and we bear fruit in the work that He has called us to do.
Divine wisdom helps us increase our knowledge of God so that we can trust Him more each day. We need the understanding that comes from the Spirit of God because we sometimes face situations where we do not know what to do.
When you do not know what to do, or you have confusion in your mind, ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will.
3. Access to God’s Promises
By walking with God, we have access to His precious promises that we see in the Bible. The promises of God are “in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:20). As a believer in Jesus Christ, you can ask that every promise given to you by God in His Word, be fulfilled in your life.
God wants His children to live the abundant life that Jesus came to give us (John 10:10). When we declare God’s promises into our lives, they manifest and bless us tremendously, and the glory goes to God.
4. Hearing God
Many people ask how one hears God, and this is because they do not understand how it happens.
We hear God speak through His Holy Spirit, who dwells in us. Before Jesus left the earth, He told His disciples that they had the ability to recognize the Holy Spirit, because He would be with them and in them (John 14:17). It means that every child of God can hear God speak to them.
We long to hear God speak to us every day because we know that He has amazing things to tell us about our lives.
Hearing the voice of God is comforting, and it reminds you that you have a loving Father who cares about you and will always be with you.
5. An Ordered Life
When you walk with God, your life is organized and orderly because God orders your steps. Proverbs 20:24 says that the Lord directs our steps, or in other words, when you walk with God, you shall always go in the right direction.
Those who walk with God know where they are going, and they do not lose their way in life. Isn’t it great to know that the Lord is by your side, and if you are on the wrong path, He will redirect you? You may not always know where God is leading you, but you can be sure that you will never get lost. No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, know that you are not alone. The Lord is with you. Allow yourself to turn to Him, to seek His guidance for each of your situations.
Walking with God requires the following three things.
To walk with God daily, you must be committed. Commitment keeps you going even when you do not want to pray or reading your Bible.
It is easy to get distracted by the pleasures of the world and forget to nurture your walk with God. Having a focused mind will remind you that you need to set time aside to spend with God; it will keep you away from distractions.
3. Yielding to the Holy Spirit
When we allow the Holy Spirit to transform our hearts, we can walk with God all the days of our lives. The Spirit of God helps us obey God and keep away from anything that hinders our relationship with Him. The journey of faith is not an easy one. But thank God, we have the Holy Spirit, who is our Helper.
BIBLE VERSES ABOUT WALKING WITH GOD
- Genesis 5:22-24 ESV
Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. 24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not,[b] for God took him.
- Genesis 6:9 ESV
These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.
- Genesis 13:17 ESV
Arise, walk through the length and the breadth of the land, for I will give it to you.”
- Genesis 17:1 ESV
When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless,
- Leviticus 26:12 ESV
And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people.
- Deuteronomy 5:33 ESV
You shall walk in all the way that the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess.
- Deuteronomy 6:7 ESV
You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
- Deuteronomy 8:6 ESV
So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him.
- Deuteronomy 10:12 ESV
And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
- 1 Kings 2:3-4 ESV
and keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn, 4 that the Lord may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack[a] a man on the throne of Israel.
- Psalm 1:1 ESV
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
- Psalm 15:1-2 ESV
O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill?
He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart;
- Psalm 26:2-3 ESV
Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and my mind.
For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness.
- Psalm 23:4 ESV
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
- Psalm 56:13 ESV
For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
- Psalm 81:13 ESV
Oh, that my people would listen to me, that Israel would walk in my ways!
- Psalm 86:11 ESV
Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.
- Psalm 89:15 ESV
Blessed are the people who know the festal shout, who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face,
- Proverbs 4:12 ESV
When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble.
- Isaiah 2:3 ESV
And many peoples shall come, and say: “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
- Isaiah 2:5 ESV
O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.
- Isaiah 35:8 ESV
And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.
- Isaiah 43:2 ESV
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.
- Jeremiah 7:23 ESV
But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.’
- Micah 4:5 ESV
For all the peoples walk each in the name of its God, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.
- Micah 6:8 ESV
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
- Malachi 2:6 ESV
True instruction[a] was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity.
- 2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
- Galatians 5:16-17 ESV
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
- Ephesians 4:1 ESV
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
- Ephesians 5:2 ESV
And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
- Colossians 1:10 ESV
So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
- 1 John 1:6 ESV
If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
- 1 John 1:7 ESV
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
Reflections: Whom do you walk with? Do you want daily with God? What might make walking with God a more natural habit for you?
Heavenly Father, I praise and glorify You, my God. I thank You for the promises and hope of Your word. Thank you for Your promise to walk daily with me.
Lord, I thank You that You will guide and teach me, as I let Your word and truth turn my heart from sin and renew my mind in goodness and truthfulness.
Show me Your ways, Lord. Show me how You would walk in these places. Teach me Your paths of grace, mercy, integrity, and love.
Help me to grasp Your ways so I can walk securely in them, even in the valley of darkness. Lord, I need to know Your perspective. Help me, Lord Jesus, to focus on Your ways.
2 Corinthians 6:16 I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.
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