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By Jeff Roman
As outdoorsmen, men and women what are all the things they tell us walking is good for. They tell us it’s good for our health, like lowering our blood pressure reducing our cholesterol helping our vascular and breathing, making our muscles stronger and strengthen our minds, and it slows the pace of life down, and if you’re walking with somebody it draws you closer to them. Closer to them and getting to know them better and be able to hear them with out all the ruckus of the world going on. All this is no different when you are walking with God. 
Ephesians 2/10 for we are his creation,created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them. 
Just like when you and your spouse or friend go out on your morning or evening walks, spending time together. They get to find out what’s really on each other‘s minds, how their day went, they’re able to talk to one another without the disturbances of others around. They can focus on each other without the hustle and bustle of the television being on, kids in and out of the house, trying to prepare a meal and all the other ruckus around. Out on that walk it’s just them, full concentration. That is the same way when you walk with God, the  two of you have full concentration on each other. You will be able to hear more what  God is trying to tell you. You’ll understand his words better when it’s just the two of you walking together. When you have that alone time, that is what I’m talking about, alone time, with full concentration, with God in your heart, it’s just you —and Him — together —things become clearer. It will draw the two of you closer. 
Hebrews 10:,20 - to let us continue to come near with sincere hearts in the full assurance that faith provides, because our hearts have been sprinkled plane from a guilty conscience, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. 
Keeping a close walk with God also helps with our sin or the lack of. When we have God in the forefront of our mind and we are with him we are less likely to sin. We all know that if we have somebody looking over our shoulder, like our bosses, employers, the banker even our spouses and children, friends and family, watching our every move we are more apt to do things correctly. When there is no visible means of awareness from anyone around us that’s when we fall and we do things we probably shouldn’t or take the easy way out or just plain don’t finish jobs that need to be done or worse yet, we create a sin. If we have God in the forefront of our minds and He is with us, walking with us on a continuous basis, we will get the jobs done that need to be done, we will create an environment for others that is healthy and  we will take sin out of our lives.
Romans 13–13 let us walk with decency, as in the daylight, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual impurity, promiscuity, not in quarreling and jealousy. 
Unlike in walking, which is much quieter, when we are running and we have everything full speed ahead it seems that that’s when things get jumbled up, we are trying to connect with God and we can’t do it running at full speed. We all know as well as I do, when life is running at full tilt and there are 100 things to do, finding time with God is hard, finding time to walk with God is harder, and when those things happen and you don’t get that time that’s when it seems the problems occur like unnecessary health issues and accidents, jobs and tasks that need to be done don’t get done, then there’s that devil in the back of your head causing sin. You have all seen that cartoon or in the movie where the devil will pop up on the left shoulder and Jesus pops up on the right shoulder and then they have to decide who they’re going to listen to. It seems that when you are running you will look to the left and if you are a walking you look in the right direction. And if you should happen to stumble and make the wrong decision remember this.
 John 1/9 if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. But then we have to get back in that walk with him. 
I can’t write here and tell you that life is not hectic, does not have scary moments, is not going to be frustrating and feel like a jumbled mess at times but I can write here and tell you that if we walk with God, He will give ease and comfort to those that are willing to know Him and walk with Him. And I know this is true because we are told in
Colossians 1: 10 “so that you might live in a manner worthy of the Lord and be fully pleasing to Him as you bear fruit while doing all kinds of good things and growing in the full knowledge of God. You are being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might, so that you might patiently endure everything with joy.”
As Luke told us in his gospel message
10: 25-28 -you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself. And if you do this, you will live. 
So if you haven’t done it, set aside some time each day to walk with God, and see the great place He will lead you. To eternal life with Him - in heaven. 

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