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Walking Our Own Way

Acts 26:15-16

“I said, ‘Who are you, Master?’ “The voice answered, ‘I am Jesus, the One you’re hunting down like an animal. But now, up on your feet—I have a job for you. I’ve handpicked you to be a servant and witness to what’s happened today, and to what I am going to show you.

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How do we know we are headed to the things of God?  How do we know that we are making a difference for His Kingdom?  When does it become completely clear that we are doing God’s will? I don’t have all the answers to these questions and there is a multitude of different answers that we could come up with.  I feel that as it is stated in Jeremiah 29:11 that our purpose was already planned out before we were even born.  That’s a hefty revelation for some especially when we all have our own plans and desires for our lives.

 

So many of us become Christians’ yet we still want to do it our way.  We seem to think we have such a better way of doing things than God.  For some reason we think that our plan is going to work so much better than God’s. May I take a moment to remind us that He is the creator of the UNIVERSE?! He is the director of our steps IF we allow Him to.  As we go about trying to make our plans work, He waits patiently for us to reach the dead ends.  He waits like a patient father waiting for a wayward child to come to their senses.  He waits and waits until we figure out we just cannot do this thing called life on our own.

 

If I have learned anything in 43 years of life, I have finally grasped the idea of surrender.  In order for me to know where to go next, I have to surrender my life.  Yes, my WHOLE life, not just parts of it…ALL of it.  Such a hard revelation at times.  If I ever want to do anything for Jesus, I have to be aware of the fact that my life is not my own.  It never was and I will never be able to put my own restrictions on it if I have said yes to Jesus.  I am no longer at a crossroads in this area, especially after all the good things which have happened since I learned to apply the principle of surrender in my life.  If I had not surrendered my marriage situation I would not be happily remarried right now and on the journey of a life time!

 

I encourage all of us to just surrender.  Surrender your life.  Surrender your will.  Surrender your emotions.  Surrender who you think you should be to God and see if He agrees.  If we want to do anything for Jesus on this earth, we have to choose to stay surrendered to His plan for our lives.  If we want to see people with healed hearts and renewed minds, we have to remain surrendered to God’s Plan, not our own.

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Amplified Bible (AMP)

Psalm 23

A Psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.

2 He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.

3 He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him—not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.

4 Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with [a]oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.

6 Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.

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Today’s message is simple, walk with Jesus and you will always be in marvelous light, never fearing the darkness.  I was in Sunday morning worship recently and I kept hearing, “walk with Me” over and over again.  Then I felt on the following church service to take the 23rd Psalm and personalize it to fit in with the walk with me theme.  I was so excited after I wrote it out.  It showed clearly how much detail God puts into our daily lives.

If only we could take hold of the peace which comes from following after Jesus.  He promises to lead us beside still waters and walk with us in green pastures.  He also promises to sit us among our enemies at a feast and anoint us with oil.  All these promises should lead us to a life of walking in peace and love.  We should be content while walking with Jesus along the still waters and peaceful meadows.  Why are we not allowing ourselves to dwell in this place of safety?

Who knows the true answer to this? Probably no one, there are probably a million answers to the reason we don’t walk in peace.  We all can take our personal experiences and give an answer as to why we don’t trust in the 23rd Psalm and they would all make perfect sense.  Walking in the green pastures and beside the still waters is a choice.  Yes it’s a promise from God but it is up to us because of our free will we get to choose if we want to accept it.  Below I have translated the 23rd Psalm as I felt I was hearing it.  I pray it may speak to your heart and give you some insight into what God wants you to see in your walk with Him.

I am your Shepard, because of Me you will NOT lack.  Walk with Me and see the green pastures.  Walk with Me and let Me show you the still and restful waters.  Walk with Me and I will refresh and restore you.  Walk with Me in righteousness to honor My Father.  Yes WE will walk through valleys of death but walk with Me and there will be no fear.  I will protect you and give you comfort.  Walk with Me to the table that has been set before you with your enemies.  Walk with Me and I will anoint you with oil until your cup overflows.  Walk with Me and you will only find goodness and mercy and unfailing love forever.  Walk with Me to your dwelling place, My Fathers House.

Run or Walk?

Romans 8:38

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
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What is fear? Is it real or just imaginary?  How come some of us fear one thing and others are fearful of different things?  I guess since we were all raised in different homes we learned to fear separate things.  For me, water is a fear.  I get to about chest high and a panic state arises in my spirit and I begin to really feel the fear.  I know in my heart that God did not give me a spirit of fear, so why I am I still afraid of the water?
Fear keeps us from doing so many things.  It surely is an enemies tool against our lives.  Some of us even fear spiders which are millions times smaller than we are, how is that even possible?  What about those who are afraid to leave their homes, they are bound to a fear which mobilizes them.  There is a fear for pretty much everything on earth and we either need to choose to live without fear or just avoid the snares all together.
Tonight as I was hanging out in the pool, I tried once again to deal with my fear. I know where my fear started, it was when I was about eight years old and was thrown off a boat in hopes that I would learn how to swim.  Then to add to this fear and keep me there, my son had a near drowning experience when he was six.  This summer I walked farther into Lake Michigan than I had ever done, but somehow, the fear is still lingering.  All I can do is surrender it once again to God for I know He has a plan to remove the fear.
What are you afraid of?  Do you run from your fears or do you walk in quiet confidence knowing God did not give you a spirit of fear?  I think this is a subject which hits all of us.  I can’t say that I have ever met anyone who has no fears, it just proves that Satan is hard at work trying to keep us from doing the things God has set out for us.  We at some point will need to come to terms with our fear and face it instead of running from it.  We will need to stare it right in the face and speak truth to it, the truth that if we are with Chirst, we have no fear.
I myself want to get over this fear of water.  I will keep pressing in each time to be able to conquer it.  I no longer want to run, I want to take this fear of water by the hand and walk out what God has promised me….A Spirit without fear!  Are you ready to face a fear or two?