One Step at a Time

By Pastor Karen Adams

Psalm 37:23 says “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and He delights in his way”. God orders the steps of a good man. It’s amazing to me that it doesn’t say “God orders the LIFE or even the DAY of a good man, but it says he orders the STEPS of a good man.” He is concerned about every little detail and every little step of your day”. He wants to take the lead in your life.

Romans 8:14 says “For as many are LED by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God”. We must recognize that the Spirit of God’s role is to LEAD. We pray for the Lord to guide us every day but many times only to the places we want to go. It’s like dancing. If a woman tries to take the lead, she ends up stepping all over the man’s feet. If we allow the Holy Spirit to take the lead, whether you are in a season of the waltz or the foxtrot you can enjoy the dance, because He is leading.

The definition of the word step in the dictionary is simple. “a movement made by lifting your foot and putting it down in a different place.” It refers to small movements. There are steps in life that we can’t skip. You never started in 7th grade skipping grades 4, 5, and 6. You are promoted one grade level at a time. In our spiritual lives, we often want to skip steps that God is ordering for us. So many times the Lord has to speak to us and say, “Hey, you skipped a step. You need to go back and do that again”. Shortcuts often cause us to end at destinations we never intended to be. We miss what the Lord had for us- new experiences, new skillsets, and new revelations of Him.

Steps and order are mentioned in another verse. Psalm 119:133 says “Order my steps in Your Word and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” What a heart! Order my steps in Your Word! Order in our lives according to the Word of God must consist of first, seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Order in our lives must follow biblical patterns of putting the spirit first, soul (our mind, will and emotions)second, and the body to follow. To get our steps right we have to allow the Holy Spirit to establish order! Things are never in order when you put soul first, body second and spirit last.

I challenge you today. Give the Holy Spirit permission to LEAD. When He leads He establishes order, and once we have His orders we can begin to take ONE STEP AT A TIME to be all that we can be in Him!