Watch Your Step! (A Step-by-Step Guide)

We’ve all had that miserable experience of stumping your toe on the way to the bathroom in the dark. It is no fun and yet it reveals the importance of watching our step and having the necessary light to see where we’re going. The Christian life in the New Testament is often referred to as our ‘walk.’ Also, early Christians were known as, ‘The Way’ (Acts 9:2). On top of that Jesus referred to Himself as, ‘The Way’ and called us to, “enter by the narrow path” and not the broad one that leads to destruction. He said, “the way is hard that leads to life” (John 14:6; Matthew 7:13ff). This is important. We must remember that true believers are really the only group going against the tide of the world, the flesh, and the devil. We are walking on God’s path, and yet how easy it is to stumble and lose our way. Thankfully, we have a Good Shepherd who goes after the one lost sheep and we have fellow believers who help rescue the wandering among us (Matthew 18:12; James 5:19-20). I’ve heard it said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. The trouble is, we are often like the wandering Israelites on this journey; stumbling here and there along the way, refusing to go when God says and often foolishly wanting to go back at times. So what are some practical things we can do as God’s redeemed people to, “run with endurance the race that is set before us”? The following is a list of verses predominantly from the wisdom books of the Bible (with other passages mixed in) which I’ve divided into a step-by-step guide for us. This list assumes that we’ve been born again by the Spirit and are on the path of the righteous. It is also implied that we are, “keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.” Each of the verses are taken from the English Standard Version of the Bible. It is my prayer that this guide helps you in your Christian walk.

  1. Acknowledge your tendency to slip, wander, and drift
    • “But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped.” -Psalm 73:2
    • “…their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel.” -Galatians 2:14
    • “she does not ponder the path of life; her ways wander, and she does not know it.” -Proverbs 5:6
    • “passing along the street near her corner, taking the road to her house” -Proverbs 7:8
    • “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”- Hebrews 2:1
  2. Pray for steady steps to walk in God’s way
    • “Keep steady my steps according to your promise, and let no iniquity get dominion over me.” -Psalm 119:133
    • “Teach me your way, O LORD, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.” -Psalm 86:11
    • “…see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” -Psalm 139:24
    • “Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.” -Psalm 25:4
    • “Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”- Jeremiah 6:16
  3. Consider the only two paths available 
    • “The path of the righteous is level; you make level the way of the righteous.’ -Isaiah 26:7
    • “In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.”- Proverbs 12:28
    • “I will ponder the way that is blameless..” -Psalm 101:2a
    • “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble.” -Proverbs 4:18-19
    • “the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” -Psalm 1:6
    • “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” -Proverbs 3:6
    • “in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” -Ephesians 2:2-3
    • “Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!” -Ephesians 4:17-20
  4. Let His Word be your guide
    • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” -Psalm 119:105
    • “When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies” -Psalm 119:59
    • “Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.” -Psalm 119:35
  5. Watch where you’re going
    • “Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” -Proverbs 4:25-27
    • “The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.” -Proverbs 14:15
    • “Let not your heart turn aside to her ways; do not stray into her paths,” -Proverbs 7:25
    • “do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths,” -Proverbs 1:15
    • “Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil. Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on.” -Proverbs 4:14-15
    • “Guard your steps when you go to the house of God.” -Ecclesiastes 5:1a
    • “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!” -Psalm 119:9-10
    • “I hold back my feet from every evil way, in order to keep your word.” -Psalm 119:101
    • “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,” -Ephesians 5:15
  6. Follow in His steps
    • “My foot has held fast to his steps; I have kept his way and have not turned aside.” -Job 23:11
    • “My steps have held fast to your paths; my feet have not slipped.” -Psalm 17:5
    • “So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous.” -Proverbs 2:20
    • “Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.” -1 Peter 2:21b
    • “If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” -Galatians 5:25
    • “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” -Galatians 5:16
    • “Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.” -Romans 13:13
    • “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” -Ephesians 4:1
    • “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” -Colossians 1:10
    • “…sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away” -Colossians 3:5b-8a

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