Posts Tagged ‘Spirit’
The Benefits of Walking Uprightly
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
–Psalm 84:11 NKJ
What does it mean to “walk uprightly”? Let’s begin by defining all the key words from this passage:
- Sun—open, public light
- Shield—defense, cover, surrounding
- Glory—abundance, riches, honor, dignity, reputation
- Good—pleasant, agreeable, valuable
- Withhold—keep back, deny, hinder
- Walk—go, proceed, lead
- Uprightly—complete, whole, entire, sound, healthful, unimpaired, innocent, having integrity, what is complete or entirely in accord with truth and fact.
This verse is telling us that AS you “walk uprightly”—actively taking steps in faith to fulfill your purpose with integrity; surrendering completely, fully, sincerely, and wholeheartedly—God, who is Spirit, will be like sunshine to light your path, a shield to protect you on your way. God will give grace for your journey and provide the Spirit’s glorious presence. Spirit will supply all good things to meet your needs to fulfill your purpose.
What else will you get?
You Will Receive Illumination, Revelation, and Protection
If you conduct your life in such a way, endeavoring to remain honest with yourself and others, you will “tabernacle” with the Divine and dwell on God’s holy hill (Psalm 15:1-2). This speaks of spiritual communion that leads to an elevation of consciousness— revelation that furnishes the direction and guidance you need to make progress on your unique path.
God stores up a treasure of wisdom for the one who walks uprightly, shielding her, guarding her path and protecting her (Proverbs 2:7-8), ensuring that she walks safely and securely (Proverbs 10:9; 28:18) leading her along a straight course (Proverbs 3:6; 15:21).
You Will Receive Expanded Vision and Material Supply
“He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil: He will dwell on high; His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; Bread will be given him, water will be sure. Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; They will see the land that is very far off.”
–Isaiah 33:15-17 NKJ
By walking uprightly (stepping out in faith bravely, sincerely, and wholeheartedly), you will “dwell on the heights,” where you will experience an advantage in vision and enjoy the utmost safety and security, as in a fortress.
Bread (and the sustaining word of God—Matt 4:4) will be provided abundantly for your needs, and water (refreshment and insight) is certain.
You will encounter God in beauty, sweetness, pleasantness, joy.
You will see “the land that is very far off.” You will peer clairvoyantly into the future, knowing what lies ahead and where you are to go.
“Is the Spirit of the Lord restricted? … Do not My words do good to him who walks uprightly?” (Micah 2:7 NKJ) God will not restrict the Spirit’s prophetic word to those who walk uprightly. Spiritual direction and guidance are vital to fulfilling your purpose effectively.
Step Out for Direction and Support
A favorite passage of mine has always been:
“The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step]. Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him.”
–Psalm 37:23-24 AMP
You cannot steer a parked car; it must be moving to head one direction or the other. Likewise, if you want direction, you must begin to walk, to take steps.
As you walk uprightly, God is delighted and will attend your every step, directing you and protecting you. Even if you stumble, Spirit will support you and keep you on the path.
Shall We Dance?
When a couple waltzes, one must lead. Your partner, the Spirit of God, is feminine in principle and must be led. You can stand hand in hand, face to face, until the music is over—but if YOU do not step out and begin to dance, Spirit will not move! Only when you take the step and lead will Spirit accompany you and weave a beautiful rhythm and pattern into your future. (See James 4:8a.)
Invite Spirit to dance to the music of your purpose, and see what beautiful moves you will together make.