WATCH YOUR STEP!
I was recently reminded of the importance of my steps along with the directions they may travel. It also came to me that I am not nearly as in control of where they take, as I think I am. I think that I can walk several paths at the same time and that is ridiculous. God indeed created man with two feet however He attached both of them to one body with one directional system. Being one of those who now understand how most of this works and being from a former life. Woe! Yes, I said it! The previous life in which I died was the life before I surrendered all to Jesus and the life, I now live is for Him. In my previous life, my steps were dictated by the flesh of this world carrying this body into misery and destruction and the life I now live faces the same earthly situations with a brand-new attitude. For example, get inside any room at night and turn out the lights, as you stand in total darkness your flesh chooses to panic while your spirit man chooses to wait until you get a sense of direction by remembering what you saw when you entered. The difference between the two is the old you wanted what it wanted when you wanted it because you wanted to see. However, when that didn’t happen, you charged forward with only one goal, get you out of the dark at any cost. The new you ask for help from the Holy Spirit who keeps you calm and thinking clearly so you might define each step before it’s taken. The psalmist understood this when he penned Psalms 119:133 (NLT), Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by evil. Everything works better, with a little thought.
Early in my masquerade of walking with Jesus, even though my feet had to move in the same direction my brain kept getting them to change paths to satisfy the will of my flesh. I was one of those who bought into fake it till you make it. Some Christians even encouraged me to follow the practice in hopes that I would surrender. I can see the merit behind the thinking but in reality, they are turning new converts off in trying to turn one on. Yes, I know Jesus went after the one but He didn’t jeopardize the 99 when He went. I often think about those who watched my life and went to hell for trying to be like me. Think about it, 2 to 4 hours a week and my dues are paid with the church and I’m okay with God all the while I am the same me before I said the prayer. To the sinner, it is the best of both worlds, until it isn’t. What doesn’t matter during all this hypocritical behavior will become a big deal when our last step takes us before the ultimate judge (GOD) where we will be held accountable for every step we’ve made. 2 Corinthians 5:10 (NLT), For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.
Far too many of us don’t think about the influence we have on others simply by walking down the street and the main reason they choose not to think about it is because they don’t want to know. You see, we know down deep that once we walk through the depths of who we truly are, decisions have to be made and change will inevitably follow. With every step I take I am being observed by someone and if I’m in God’s house many people will not be looking for the good in me. (churches are like that) A dilemma that caused me a ton of inner turmoil in the beginning. I wanted to be like Jesus and didn’t know how and quite honestly church wasn’t the best place to figure it out because I became a people pleaser instead of pleasing Jesus. I can remember becoming so frustrated that I gave up and turned to comfort (which was drinking.) My steps took the path of least resistance to a place I hated but I understood, which gave me comfort. My problem became where do you turn when those who can help, either speak so much King James that they are speaking in tongues or you can tell they would simply like not to get involved with you. Truth is all I ever wanted was someone to care enough to be honest with me and just be themselves. I am super slow and I learn best by example ergo, if you’re living Jesus, I’m going to follow your steps. 1 John 2:6 (NLT), Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. Today I surround myself with people who live it!
Abba Father, Please help us to understand that our next step could easily be the step that brings us face-to-face with you. Teach us to see the importance of our steps as we journey through this land. Have us to receive that which is written in 1 Peter 1:14 (NLT), So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” May our steps draw others to you. Amen
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