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What Happens When You are Walking in Truth?

Hey! I’m glad you’re here because we’re back with our final post in our Study on the Pursuit of Holiness series. We talked about pursuing God and learned how to “be holy as I am holy” and then learned more on the truth about holiness that will challenge us. Today’s study is focused on what happens when you are walking in Truth according to the Bible. We’ll cover what it means to walk in the truth and how walking in the truth is part of pursuing God.

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Chasing after the holiness of God isn’t easy. No one ever said it would be but it is possible. Holy Spirit desires that you live a holy life that pleases God, and you can, with His help. But first, let’s quickly review what has been studied so far.

Quick Recap

So far, we have learned much about the pursuit of the holiness of God and what our response should be to God’s command to “be holy as I am holy.” And, we have been challenged in learning that God’s command is not a choice but a demand.

Here’s a simple fact:

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I know, this sounds like we don’t have a choice. But, in a way, we do because we can ignore God and not have a relationship with Him, or we can be obedient.

But, I don’t think that is why you’re here, reading this. Do you know what I think? I think you want to walk in holiness, to be found walking in the truth of the Word of God. And you want to make sure you are not doing something wrong.

I truly believe that you want to pursue God and His holiness.

Are you asking yourself if it is possible to live a holy life that pleases God? Do you have days when you think it can’t be done? If so, then stick around as I think you may be surprised at how close you are walking already in holiness.

Read this quote from Jerry Bridges, in his book, Pursuit of Holiness:

Holiness is not a series of do’s and don’ts but conformity to the character of God and obedience to the will of God.

Jerry Bridges, Pursuit of Holiness, 1978

So, if holiness is obedience to the will of God, what is it that you and I should be doing? Aren’t we doing it already? Maybe. Maybe not. Let’s see…

First, Ask the Holy Spirit for Help

Since your desire is to be walking in God’s truth, I’m sure you realize that you can’t do this alone. Remember that the Holy Spirit is your Comforter, Teacher, Counselor, and your Helper. The first thing you do is seek His help so you can walk in the truth.

There’s a battle going on right now between your will and your flesh. I’m sure you’ve noticed there are times when you do the things you shouldn’t do and the things that you should do, you simply don’t do. Oh, you’re not alone in that! That’s me, too! Paul also had those days as he wrote in Romans 7:15

For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. NASB.

Sin is a constant struggle that we all deal with but we don’t have to battle it alone. Holy Spirit is here to help you and I to stay on track.

What is Walking in Truth?

As Paul and John taught the believers about walking in the truth or walking in the light, we, too, are to be walking in truth. But, to do that, we need to know what it is.

Walking in truth is obeying God’s Word, reading it, studying it, doing it. 

Simply put, do your best to be Christ-like in your words, deeds and responses.

I mentioned this before but I’d like to mention it again. The more often we meet with God and study His Word, our understanding of the Word and our faith in the Word will grow. This will result in having the same attitude that God has towards sin.

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Are you able to spend time in His Word often? Do you want to read His Word in small chunks of time? How does reading the Bible over 3 years sound to you? You may like this idea. I can send you 6 emails over 6 weeks that will provide you with the complete 3 year Bible Reading Plan in small chunks. In fact, that’s what I call it. Small Chunks Bible Reading Plan. Follow that link to read more about it.

Why Should You be Walking in Truth?

In recent studies on Ephesians and Colossians, I came across several verses that spoke of “walk worthy” or “walk in the Lord” that need to be further examined. To do this, we need to go to where it all began and that is with the commandments. Come, let’s check out these verses in context.

There are many references to Old Testament verses that speak of walking in truth. Here’s one to look at, “walk in all the ways which the Lord your God commanded you,” Deuteronomy 5.33. This verse, in particular, mentions a promise, did you notice that? It says that if we keep the commands, we may live a long life. I like that promise, do you?

Other verses in Deuteronomy remind us to “walk in his ways” and to “fear him”. (Deuteronomy 8.6; 10.12-13) This reference to “fear” does not mean to be afraid but to have reverence for God.

Let’s dig in deeper in Deuteronomy 10.12-13 as it also mentions to “serve him” and to “keep his commands and statutes”. Jesus summed it up in Mark 12.30-31 (KJV) when He said

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.


So, why should you be walking in truth? Out of reverence for God and to be obedient to His commands and statutes.

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What Walking in Truth Means

Paul elaborates on how to walk in the Lord when he wrote the books of Romans, Colossians, Ephesians, and Galatians.

While Paul wrote the most about walking in truth, John also mentioned it a few times as well.

While there are thirty verses to look at, let’s focus on the 10 highlights of what walking in the truth means and what it doesn’t mean.

At a Glance

What Walking in Truth IsWhat Walking in Truth Is Not
Walk in the light; have fellowship with other believers (1 John 1.7)Holding on to anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication, lying to one another (Col 3.8-9)
Abide in Him, walk as He walked (1 John 2.6)

Walk and please God; walk honestly (1 Thess 4.1-12)
Walking in the vanity of mind, with the understanding darkened, ignorant of God, having a blind heart, being lascivious, uncleanness and greedy (Eph 4.17-19)
So walk in truth and in the commandments (2 John 4, 6)Lying (Eph 4.25)
Bear one another’s burdens (Gal 6.2)Speaking corruptly (Eph 4.29)
We walk in the flesh but do not war in the flesh but practice self-control and know who the real enemy is (2 Cor 10.3-6)Practicing fornication, all uncleanness, covetousness, filthiness, foolish talking, jesting, no immoral or impure person, covetous man who is an idolater (Eph 5.3-6)
Walk in love; walk in the light; walk carefully (Eph 5:1-15)Practicing immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry (Col 3.5)
Be filled with the Spirit; giving thanks (Eph 5.18-20)Being drunk with wine in excess (Eph 5.18)
Speak truth (Eph 4.25)

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal 5.22-23)
Holding on to bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil speaking, malice {clamour means big words, loud threatenings and hurtful words that cause bitterness, wrath and anger} {evil speaking means all railing, reviling, reproachful speeches} {malice means rooted anger which leads to plans to do mischief to others} (Eph 4.31

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Walking in Truth is Pursuing God

Wow! What a list! We could study several of these verses in detail for an in-depth study but I think you get the picture, right? To revere God, to be holy like He is, we need to take on the characteristics of God. And this list gives you a great basis to build character as you walk in holiness, would you agree?

When you pursue someone, it’s because you want to be with that person, right? And, when we pursue God, we want to be with Him but our sinful nature is a barrier between us.

So, in your obedience to being holy and blameless, your walk, your conduct is an indicator of your interest in pursuing Almighty God. Christians are known by their love. They demonstrate God’s love because they want to be like Him. They want to be with Him. This is you, too.

You love God and in pursuing Him, you have pursued holiness. Your walk proves that.

But don’t stop there. Go deeper with God! Continue to pursue holiness. Keep on walking a walk that shows your allegiance to God.

There are many more verses in the Bible that speak of how we ought to conduct ourselves. Without writing the Bible out, this partial list is a great start.

Words on a paper always seem easy. It’s the doing part that is hard. So many things distract us, interfere with our good intentions and sideline us.

We know the devil comes to kill, steal and destroy and when you make the effort to be holy as He is holy, you can be sure satan will be coming after you. Stand firm against the enemy.

BUT GOD…allow the Holy Spirit to strengthen you, to uphold you, to preserve you and to sustain you. You can do this with HIS help! You’re not alone in your walk.

Additional Reading

This is the final part of our 4-part Study on the Holiness of God. You can read the related posts, scattered throughout this post, or click the links below.

Related Posts:

The ACTS Way: Pray the Word7 Steps for You to “Be Holy as I am Holy”
ACTS Prayer Model1 Simple Truth about Holiness that will Challenge You
How to Pursue God in 2 Important Steps

That’s a Wrap

There you have it, a great list of verses to direct you in walking in the truth. You now know that you should be walking in truth out of reverence for God and to be obedient to His commands and statutes.

So, to answer the title question, when you are walking in the truth, you develop Godly characteristics, you hate sin as God hates sin, and you draw closer to God through reading and studying the Bible. This is walking in holiness.

Don’t forget to download the full list of 30 Verses for Walking in the Truth.

So, after reading this, what would you say is your biggest challenge to walking in holiness? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, please.

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