God’s Promise – The Lord Determines Our Steps

God Promises to direct our steps through the Holy Spirit that dwells in us, but do we listen?

I count my steps every day, well honestly – most days, oops – some days. My goal is 10,000 steps a day. I have control over whether I meet my goal or not. Some days I am successful and some days not. Early in my career I also attempted to count the steps it would take to move up the career ladder, social ladder, and life’s ladder. I read Proverbs 16:9 time and time again but felt that my success rested on the amount of work I put in, selecting my own steps and direction. I wish my Pastor, the books I read, and the conversations I held would have clarified what this scripture meant in practical terms.

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Practically speaking, I would have met with our Lord (in prayer), who is more than a mentor, and asked for guidance about my selection and will to succeed. I would have begun to understand that my will would have taken a back seat to God’s Will for my life. I would have learned that His Will and His Promises were pertinent to my life’s journey.

It was more than once that God led me in one direction, but I chose another only to find myself back at the same point until I ‘got it’ and accepted God’s Will and His direction for my life. Intuitively I knew that God determined my steps, but was too headstrong to accept it. The grass looked greener elsewhere. I now know that I was caught in the principality war.

Bible1Through (intentionally) studying the Bible, I learned that the Book of Proverbs was written to direct our daily living and shift us from relying on our own free-will to the Lord’s Will, allowing Him to govern our steps.

How many of us have taken the circuitous route to find that it was, in some respect a circular route, leading us back to the platform we climbed steps to reach, only to find we were on the wrong platform and the steps we chose were not planned by our Lord and Savior?

BibleGateway.com, NIV, New Bible Commentary puts it this way, “In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”

Who determines your steps?

God’s Promises – The Holy Spirit will direct our steps.

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SPIRIT- TRUTH

“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”
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John‬ ‭16:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

God Promise – I Will Always Love You

Our Heavenly Father loves us, why can’t we accept this Truth? Why do we doubt? He knows we are sinners. He sent His Son to redeem our souls. We are not perfect, we are a work in progress. He knows that after all, He created us. He knows our every thought. We can’t hide what we do or what we think, yet He loves us anyway. All we have to do is open our hearts and receive Him. While some promises are unconditional and some conditional, means some require something from us, His LOVE is unconditional and is pure TRUTH.

“One of the greatest privileges as a child of God is that we can have the heart of our heavenly Father. We don’t have to wonder how he feels about us. We don’t have to wonder if he will guide us. We don’t have to question whether he loves us or cares about us. Through the Holy Spirit, we have continual, free access to the heart of God. May your relationship with God go deeper and become freer as we learn how to have God’s heart.” (First 15)

He did not create us to worry or fear, raise your hand and surrender. We were created to worship Him because he is our Lord. No more complaining. His Word is True. Trust in the Lord.

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Scriptures – BibleGateway.com

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Wisdom

God has bestowed wisdom upon all Christians. According to Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary, ‘wisdom’ is defined as understanding and prudence. As we mature as Christians, our spiritual wisdom also matures. We begin to discern situations differently, we can examine the environment of principality wars and how it impacts our lives.

Wisdom is affected by our desire to either apply free will, our own thoughts and direction, or to counsel with our Lord, and apply His Will to our situations or circumstances.

Wisdom also dictates our desire to apply the Fruit of the Spirit as our guiding or core principles to our lives, behaviors, and decisions. Wisdom is the ability to live life fully. Solomon, the author of Proverbs 1-29, scribbled Jesus’ words in 8:12-13:

“I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.”
Proverbs‬ ‭8:12-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Or, the NKJV states it this way:

“I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And find out knowledge and discretion. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate.”
Proverbs‬ ‭8:12-13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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Charles Stanley explains these verses like this, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil. As we grow spiritually, we gradually change from trying to stop doing the evil thing that we really want to do, to actually hating the evil thing so that we no longer want to do it.” (Charles Stanley Life Principles Bible)

 

The Fruit of the Spirit describes how we should govern ourselves. Wisdom frames our thought process during our transitional behavior, from hating our carnal nature to eliminating our sinful nature, to identifying when we are backsliding, to embracing the entrance into our new Christ-like nature.

“Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil.”
Proverbs‬ ‭4:26-27‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

As Christians, we sometimes find ourselves falling into sin, not intentionally, but because we are not paying attention. God calls us to stay spiritually alert at all times, which includes focusing on our life’s direction.

In closing, again we find ourselves pondering the principles of obedience, dependence upon the Holy Spirit, examining free-will, God’s Will for our lives, and His Promises that fulfill our life. Wisdom is the key to attaining God’s Will for our lives. Without wisdom, we have no vision (Proverbs 29:18) for our lives, and without vision we perish, choosing to live in cardinality and separate from the Lord.

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Proverbs 4:7 KJV – Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Proverbs 2:6 NIV – For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

James 1:5 NIV – If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Colossians 4:5,6 NIV – Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.

James 3:13 NIV – Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.

Daniel 2:23 NIV – I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.

Proverbs 13:10 NIV – Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

Eph 5:15-16 NIV – Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

James 3:17 NIV – But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

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Resources – Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary; Charles Stanley, Life Principles Bible, NKJV (quotes and paraphrased)

Images – Google Images, LAB’s Personal Photography

Scriptures – Holy Bible, BibleGateway.com

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Thoughts as I work on Part 3, God’s Will -God’s Promises

What does get rid of filth and evil mean? Filth and evil are those thoughts and practices that are not of God, and in most cases, the things that internally send an alert, a sense of uneasiness or a pang of guilt.

Don’t ignore them. From my experience, we live to regret them and often are placed in similar situations to revisit them in the form of a repeat challenge. This is the story of free-will.

It is the Holy Spirit in us that is convicting us of sin. John 16:8.

The Holy Spirit enters our lives when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The Spirit of God produces the Fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-23, a topic of many of my Posts.

The Fruit of the Spirit should characterize the life of Christ in us.

Questions to ask yourself before taking action:

  • Do I follow my will or God’s will for my life?
  • Do I want to experience peace in my life?
  • Am I willing to give up the ’old man,’ controlled by my ego?
  • Will I yield to the flesh and carnal life, or to the Spirit of God?
  • Will I surrender my life, receive Christ in my life, pick up the Cross, and enter the Kingdom of God?

It’s more than a matter of perspective. It is a matter of choice (free-will). It is a matter of life or death.

God’s way will save your soul, and you will experience peace in your heart. Your way leads to a life of misery and eventual (eternal) death.

“By an act of faith, you must receive Christ. You must give him the total life, your intellect, your emotional life. Your will must be bent to His will…But as many as received Him, to them who gave the right to be children of God, those who believed in his name.” John 1:12. ~Billy Graham

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Quote – The Fruit of the Spirit, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, October 28, 2011

Scriptures – Holy Bible

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Jesus Christ Saves Sinners

Jesus Christ came to save the souls of sinners. So many feel His purpose was to save Jews from sinning, but the truth is, He and his disciples scoured the known world to save souls, all souls. No one was excluded, there were and are many ethnicities and religions in world. There are churched and unchurched souls, believers, backsliders, nonbelievers and the totally lost. Never feel you cannot share the Good Word, even for comparative purposes. You never know what your sharing will spark.

God sent himself in the form of His Son to save us sinners. We will sin until we die. It is our nature, but thank God, because Jesus was crucified, we received the gift of redemption. Share the fact that our God is a loving God, the only God that does not punish and gives salvation.

In many cases, casual conversation and demonstrating who Christ is through our actions works better than banging a Bible over the heads of those we are trying to reach. Be open, kind, thoughtworthy, meek/gentle and in control when sharing the Word or testifying about your relationship with our Lord. Those we are trying to reach are watching us. Remember we are sinners saved by grace. We had to accept Christ as Our savior too.

Have a blessed day. Don’t forget to put on your armor, the whole Armor of God. Ephesians 6:10-18.

Liberation Through Action

While growing up we always wanted to make our parents proud of us. Do you think Christ is pleased when listening to us speak, holding conversations (with others or internally), or observing our actions? Accomplishing Colossians 3:17 is more difficult than it sounds.

How many times have you caught yourself getting ready to say something that flies in the face of God, or actually said it? Far too often if you’re like me.

Sometimes age engenders degrees of wisdom in various parts of our life. When we are younger, this tends to be an on again, off again process. We get busy running from one thing to the next, trying to meet deadlines, spending time with friends, and raising children. We lose sight of our relationship with God and say and things we later regret.

To this end, I’m practicing eliminating this type of talk with some success and find it liberating.

I’m also practicing weighing my actions before taking action. Not easy, but when accomplished, it is definitely satisfying.

Care to join me? It’s more than an exercise. It’s establishing your life in Christ.

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Colossians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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