Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
(540) 473-2325

The Joy of Walking

The cure for the winter time blues involves a lot of walking. Walking is good for the body and the mind. It allows us to put to use those meals which we have consumed throughout the day. It invigorates us and it also allows us the joy of clearing our mind of our daily cares. The Bible says bodily exercise profits us.

There is another kind of walking; spiritual walking. It is prescribed over and over in the Bible. It too is good for the body and the mind. It allows us to put to use the teachings which we have consumed throughout the day. It invigorates us, and it allows us the joy of clearing our mind of our daily cares. The Bible says this kind of walking is in the realm of godliness and it “is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and that which is to come.” I Tim.4:8.

When we are baptized we demonstrate before our new brothers and sisters in Christ that we are devoted to walking as Christ walked. We have chosen the One whose walk was in all ways upright and godly. Jn.8:12 “Then spoke Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world; he that followed me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

The principle New Testament word, walk, is peripateo. It is a compound word made up of the preposition, peri, which means to circle or encompass, and pateo meaning to tread or to walk. This term speaks of one's overall conduct. It is not only how we conduct ourselves when in church or when among Christians. It is how we conduct ourselves among the unsaved, and it is how we conduct ourselves when in private. It is both overt conduct and covert conduct.

The Bible gives to us mandates and prohibitions regarding our new walk in Christ after salvation. These mandates and prohibitions are not options, nor are they temporary. They become our new lifestyle after salvation. They become the walk of the creation we are in Christ Jesus.

Mandates

This walk involves the mandates of walking in the Spirit, [which by the way is the only way we have the power to conduct ourselves in proper Christian conduct], Gal.5:16; to walk worthy of God, I Thess.2:12; to walk as children of light, Eph.5:8; to walk in honesty, Rom.13:13; to walk by faith, not by sight, II Cor.5:7; to walk in good works, Eph.2:10; to walk in love, Eph.5:2; to walk as children of light, Eph.5:8; to walk circumspectly [upright] not as fools, but as wise, Eph.5:15; to walk in truth, II Jn.4; and to walk after the commandments of the Lord, II Jn.6.

Prohibitions

There is also a walk that we are prohibited to walk once we are saved. We are not to walk after the flesh, Rom.8:4; not after the manner of men, I Cor.3:3; not to walk in craftiness, II Cor.4:2; not to walk by sight, II Cor.5:7; not to walk in the vanity of the mind, Eph.4:17; not to walk disorderly, II Thess.3:6.

I don’t know about you, but there appears to be plenty of godly exercising in the word of God. Let us not be spiritual couch potatoes. Let us be walking for the Lord now, both mentally and in good works for him for one day we will walk physically in the light of the heavenly city Jerusalem, and on streets of pure gold, Rev.21:21; 24.

The Pastor
March 2013

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