James Madison: Where We Walk

July 17 


“To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.”  James Madison

Where do you walk? Are you a grass walker? A side-walk walker? Do you like walking in sand without shoes or on a nice, level road? Do you take the beaten path or the path less traveled? Do you blaze your own trail or look for the way with the clearest signs and the straightest direction to where you’re trying to get to?

 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.                                                                                                                              Galatians 5:16

Where we walk and how we do it says a great deal about us as individuals. It reveals our distinct personality traits and can often be an interesting commentary on the manner in which we approach life. There are as many ways and places to walk as there are different personalities.

“He who is void of virtuous attachments in private life is, or very soon will be, void of all regard for his country. There is seldom an instance of a man guilty of betraying his country, who had not before lost the feeling of moral obligations in his private connections.” – Samuel Adams

Spiritually, however; this is not the case. There is only one way to walk and one path to travel and that is by the Spirit of the Lord. He walks away from any desire not originating from God, the Father. All things not OF God must be counted against God and if I am to be called a son and heir, then to I must begin seeking the path He travels and exactly how my Lord, Jesus walks it. The only way to successfully navigate this path is BY His Spirit. By turning away from anything I may desire, I begin to travel into a territory so foreign to my flesh that it will resist me at every turn. I must closely examine each desire within my heart. I must capture every motive that those desires bring with them and bring them before God’s Holy Spirit and simply ask the question: does this belong to Him? When the answer is “no”, quickly toss it aside and never let it stain your hands again. The most difficult things are sometimes the smallest of actions but when I no longer have any desires left, I might find that the walking grows so much smoother. What I want to do should cease to matter but admittedly… at least for me, that is still a ways down the path! Thankfully, I DO have the desire to do just that! Peace today! SAG

Today’s Scripture: Galatians 5:16-18

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.

18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.


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