Devotional

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” – Galatians 5:25.

Have you ever watched a precision military drill squad? They are always in step. But if you tried to march with them, stride for stride, step by step, the outcome would be disastrous. If we would have a hard time keeping in step with a drill team, how do we keep in step with God? 

Because as the Psalmist confessed, “…I’ve been out of step with you for a long time, in the wrong since before I was born.” (Psalm 51:5 Message) We can probably relate to this all too well. The Lord turns right, and we go left. He walks upward, we turn downward. He picks up the pace and we lag behind a little bit. So as we get started, as we take those first steps in the direction of what God has planned for us, the next challenge is to stay in step with the Spirit as we step forward.

The Holy Spirit not only speaks the words of Jesus to you, but He actually is the one who leads and directs your steps into the abundant life that Jesus promised. Paul wrote, “But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you….The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you….”  (Romans 8:9, 11). The Holy Spirit is the conduit of life from God into your heart. He is the one who controls your thoughts, attitudes, words, and actions as you follow His leading. He will direct your steps through all the complicated paths of life. 

So today, be encouraged that the Spirit is with you and beckoning to keep in step with Him. Like a bicycle, He is pushing His pedal down, and now it is your turn to push your pedal down. Like a dance, you and God move together in sync. So dance with Him. Pedal with Him. Talk with Him. Live with Him. And you will naturally keep in step with Him. One step at a time.

My prayer is you will keep in step with your Holy Spirit today—not lagging behind or trying to run ahead, but keeping in step.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does it mean to you to be in step with the Spirit?
  2. What can we do this week to be more in step with the Sspirit?