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Keeping in Step With the Spirit - Paula Morrison

Paula writes about the importance of continual reflection during our spiritual walk and suggests ways that we can remain attuned to the Spirit.



I love summer in New Zealand. For me, it is a time of rest when I can relax and read books I have wanted to read all year.


It is the a time to reflect on the goodness of God and His guidance throughout the previous year.


It can’t be autumn already can it?


I believe as Spirit filled believers it is important to reflect on our spiritual walk as each step is directed towards His purpose for our lives. We are on an adventure of a lifetime and we need to spiritually renewed day by day.


If only we had a spiritual fit bit to track this inner growth by our steps.


In Galatians 5:25, Paul writes: “Since we live by the Spirit let us keep in step with the Spirit”.


In the first half of this chapter, Paul talks about the freedom we have in Christ. Then, in the second half, how that freedom looks as we live by the Spirit. The take out: as children of God we are free to follow His promptings rather than rules and regulations.


So, how do we keep in step with the Spirit?


1. Be Devoted ❤️


From Moses through to Jesus there is the commandment to Love the Lord our God with all our heart soul and minds (Luke 10:27). God wants our love and devotion more than anything else and then for us to love our neighbour as ourselves. Additionally, Paul reminds us of our spiritual resurrection and to set our minds on things above not on earthly things (Colossians 3:1-4).


I believe as Spirit filled believers it is important to reflect on our spiritual walk as each step is directed towards His purpose for our lives. We are on an adventure of a lifetime and we need to spiritually renewed day by day.

For me, that starts from the moment I step out of bed and pull back the curtains. Acknowledging the presence of my Heavenly Father and looking to Him first before anyone or anything else - including coffee and my iPad.


I seek the perfect peace of Isaiah 26:3 in a world that is far from peaceful.


It is giving control of my day to God and praying more of Him nd less of me. It is prayer throughout the day, worship in the car and it is not just talking but listening. I have learned that keeping in step with the Spirit is minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day by; the grace of God.


2) Be disciplined 🏃‍♂️


Hebrews 12:1: “Let us run with perseverance the race set out before us.”


Being married to a marathon runner means I know the discipline required for a long-distance run. According to my husband, the three key requirements are: having a plan, having the support of others and having knowledge of the outcome.


I suggest God’s Word, God’s people and the end goal (heaven) are the analogous three key requirements for our Christian walk.


When we spend time in His Word, He directs our steps each day (Psalm 119:105). In a world full of deception, we need the truth of God’s Word to keep our feet on the narrow path.


I will be honest: I am one of those people always on the go with a lot of commitments. Can’t we all relate to being busy? But, the question we should be asking ourselves is: what are we busy doing? I don’t want to be working in vain, for all my efforts to be worthless (Philemon 2:26). I want to be busy fulfilling my God given purpose, to be doing something of eternal significance.


In our world today, amongst all the distractions, time management is an essential factor

in our growth as Christians.


Satan can’t steal our faith, but our growth can be stunted without our feet being firmly planted in church. How we love and spur one another through the ups and downs as a church family testifies to the presence of His Spirit to those outside of the church.

We often get bogged down in our circumstances. But, let’s remember that we are pressing towards the goal to win the prize that is heaven. We can rejoice that we are

never alone or without help or hope.


3. Be directed 🙏


“For we live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).


Sometimes it feels like we have come to a dead end and don’t see the path ahead. It takes faith to step through doors when we don’t know what lies ahead. For my husband and I, this year God has guided us on a new direction which no one is more surprised about than us! Yes, we feel daunted, but we know that He will strengthen our weakness and guide us on this new path.


The line of the old hymn rings true for us: “Trust and Obey for there is no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey”


No matter what plans I have, I remind myself it’s crucial that I listen to that still, small voice and allow His Spirit to interrupt my plans.


So, how are we tracking spiritually?


Already the white pages of our diaries or the blank spaces on our phone calendar are filling up. Summer is over and the year is well underway. Are we listening to His Spirit guiding us gently forward?


If we seek Him in everything we do, remain devoted and disciplined, He will guide us and keep us on the right path.


Isn’t that what we all seek?


Paula is a Speech Language Therapist with pre-schoolers who have disability. She and her husband, Jim, have been part of Windsor Park since moving from the UK 20 years ago. They are parents of two teens and have recently become Team Leaders for Year 9 Youth. Writing is a new thing but one which she is enjoying as a way of expressing how God speaks and leads her in everyday life. // Photo: AJ Curtis

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