First Steps

2 Corinthians 5:7, Galatians 5:25 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

Which is it? Do we walk by faith or in the spirit? In this comparison between natural birth and spiritual birth, this may be the most difficult comparison to understand. In the natural we have experience and expectations. We often see the results we expect and know exactly how to act in those moments.

Walking by faith not by sight indicates that those natural expectations and experiences no longer apply. You must trust that you have heard God and believe God and in those moments move on blindly. If you were blind folded in your own home you might well be able to feel your way around but could you cook a meal?

Walking in spirit is asked of those who already live in the spirit. Their senses have been exercised to a point where their walk would look more like a person who had been blind from birth. They are trained and have prepared a home to allow them to walk confidently as they are able to cook their own meal.

Those first spiritual steps might well be met with a certain amount of insecurity much like a toddlers first steps. We might look for someone to hold our hand but in the case of the spirit it should be God’s hand and not that of a pastor, priest or parent. This is why it is important to know the character and person of God who dwells in your heart first. It makes walking by faith so much easier.

Much like the natural world there will be those around you that will try and help you walk, will call you to walk, and will expect things of you that you might not be prepared to do in the spirit.

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