How am I walking in Jesus today?
By Robert Schaetzle
I asked myself this question the other day while seeking some quiet time from His word. I’ve found each day if we begin with purpose to want our Lord to do the steering, and direct our heart, our steps will find their way in His strength and favor.
Now I am very confident in Him, that is my Lord Jesus, as He directs my path, however, I have to recognize moments like this when it appears my Lord was challenging me possible to new horizons. He does that for each one of us, not that we’re going to be stepping out setting the world on fire, but rather, challenge our way of thinking.
God never tempts us, but He will help us to see Him more clearly. To view Him from our heart with better vision of just how He holds us up and cares for us.
There are moments in our faith walk when God is reminding us to be steadfast in trust, He’s continuously asking us through His prompting to reach out more from our heart. Through faith, take the hem of our Lord Jesus and grip tightly, not letting go to look back, bur rather look forward with hope to let Him stimulate our countenance into joy, love, laughter, bringing calm to our anxieties and doubts.
There’s a sure deliverance and security of the righteous
In Psalm 37:23-26, [RSV] again our Lord says to us, ‘The steps of a man are from the Lord, and he establishes him in whose way he delights; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord is the stay of his hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging bread. He is ever giving liberally and lending, and his children become a blessing.’
He takes such delight when we come to praise and thank Him for His presence and power to carry us along life’s journey. Always be certain, we’re never alone, and He takes great pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His steadfast love.
We’re reminded so of His wonderful work of Him creating us from such passages as from Psalm 139: ‘For Thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mothers womb. I praise Thee, for Thou art fearful and wonderful. Wonderful are Thy works! Thou knowest me right well; my frame was not hidden from thee, when I was first made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth.’
We’re to never forget, ‘Greater is He that created us.
Where’s your citizenship?
The Apostle Paul reminds us; ‘Our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.’
Waiting on our citizenship often means, He’s waiting for us, to call out to Him, almost as if to allow us to recognize, it’s by His provision, and power, that we’re to rest upon.
You know, all this beauty of His creating us doesn’t mean He did something special for us then left us, for us to figure out what the rest of life should be all about.
We’re His workmanship to be continuously growing and learning to do good works, finding our joy in living, and not in just waiting for him to take us home.
For sure we’re all filled with anticipation of this wonderful event, that is to pass out of the perishable nature and put on the imperishable body waiting for us, but in the meantime, God is not finished with us yet.
Remember when Mary and Martha lamented at first, over the death of their brother Lazarus, but our Lord, in His timing, brought greater faith, not only to Mary and Martha, but to the multitudes, because He delayed His coming to Bethany. The point being, that God wants us to understand, our citizenship in Him also means, as we take up residency in Christ Jesus, we’re relying upon His resources, His power.
For Mary and Martha, it was to recognize the life we live, is given from above, so the life we now live in the flesh, is by faith in God’s infinite power and grace.
So, our citizenship which is in heaven, also translates into resting in His Strength. Paul said it best in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things ‘in Christ’ who strengthens me.” Does the picture become more clear?
A passage of scripture I pray often is Isaiah 41:10, ‘Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, , I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.’
Who bears us up?
In a similar way, we have to ask ourselves this question. A couple of weeks ago at our Wednesday morning prayer time, I asked this same question to those group of faithful prayer warriors, “Who bears us up?”
Psalm 68:19 shares, ‘Blessed be the Lord who daily bears us up; our God is a God of salvation; and to God, the Lord, belongs escape from death.’
I shared with them that because of our Lord’s obedience to do the Father’s will, through His own suffering and death at the cross, we’ve come to understand so clearly, He not only provides us the way of escape of eternal death, but truly bears us up through each days circumstances.
What we have left here on this earth is for us to recognize the measure of His precious love to us, and be challenged in our faith walk to allow His Holy Spirit to enable us, that is for Him to give us joy in realizing His presence and meeting us where we’re at.
Having this unity of the Spirit is to understand and desire Him to be more the controller of my life, and your life. What I refer to as ‘interdependency’ even as with one another. This too, is faith at work, if we only recognize it.
Too often people think the only souls working in ministry are those behind a pulpit on Sunday morning, or those serving in the mission field. But in fact those we love and are closest to each day of the week are doing “God’s Work.” We are all very blessed with those who give of themselves to help provide and serve. Even as you’re kindness reaches out to those next to you, whether at home, work, or some social function, you’re displaying a unity of His Spirit to encourage and increase to your own faith walk.
So, as I ask, “How are you walking in Jesus today?”.. We can all reply “we’re growing and learning as we’re learning to lean on Jesus!”
Yes, a man’s steps are ordered by the Lord, and He does establish us in the way He delights, yet, we should recognize He’ll not abandon us, or leave us. We’re His children. He is ever giving liberally and lending, and we, His children, become a blessing in His gracious care.
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