So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Galatians 5:16 (NIV)
A new study finds that compared to others around the world, Canadians don’t walk anywhere near as often. What’s more, there’s a huge gulf in our country between the most active and most inactive. The study used step counters, or accelerometers, on smartphones to assess the walking habits of people in more than 111 countries. It found that the average number of steps taken each day was approximately 5,000, or the equivalent of 4 kilometres. But many countries, including Canada, fell well below that standard.
Health experts tell us that walking is the healthiest activity there is. Canadians need to do far more of it. That goes for physical walking and spiritual. What does that mean? Listen to what the apostle Paul says in Galatians 5:16: “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” The Holy Spirit, third person of the Triune God, dwells in all who have received Jesus Christ by faith. His presence in us guides us daily. He takes us into God’s Word, and brings it alive in us. He speaks into our daily lives, helping us to remember God’s Word and walk in victory. He continually calls us to a life that honours the Lord Jesus in thought, word and deed. It is natural for sinful human beings to live to gratify the things that bring pleasure to the flesh, but that draw us away from our Creator. As we walk with the Spirit, He gives us the power to say no to temptation and to walk in victory day by day. Invite Him to join you in your walk with the Lord today. He will guide you.
These have been words from the heart.