Walk

Walk is exercise.  I love to walk around the zoo, the art museum, the park…

Jesus wants us to walk in a very special way – let’s look at some scripture that will help us understand what that means.

In John 8:12 Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”  Jesus was speaking to the Scribes and Pharisees after the woman caught in adultery (John 8:1-11) was brought to Him. Remember they asked Him what should be done. He said if any one of you is without sin let him be the judge. We know the story, every one of them walked away. Jesus wasn’t finished at that point. He had come to help them see the truth, but their hearts were hardened. They could only see someone who was wanting to change their lives and they weren’t having any of it. They resisted and remained in the darkness of their sins. In other words, they chose to walk in darkness.

I, and I hope you, have made a different choice. I want to walk in the light. I want to live a life that follows Jesus. Paul had some thoughts on this issue:

Romans 6:4  “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” So what does it mean to walk in the newness of life? It means caring for and serving others with deep, considerate feelings rather than thinking only of ourselves. Our culture does not want this. We live in an all about me world and thinking of others before ourselves is not acceptable. Yet, if we want to become more like Jesus isn’t that what He wants of us? Isn’t that exactly what He did when He allowed Himself to be put on that cross? He thought of us first. To walk in the light is to put others first.

2 Corinthians 5:7  “We are to walk by faith and not by sight.” This kind of walking is about making something a habit. We are to make reading and knowing the Word such a real part of our lives that we can’t imagine walking in any direction that is not built on the Word.

Galatians 5:16  We walk in the Spirit when we place our lives in His total control. We are to walk totally in the truth. In John 8:31-32 Jesus says, “You are truly my disciples if you keep obeying My teachings and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” We are to trust in only Him through His Word and depend completely on Him.

Ephesians 5:2b “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God”.  The walk of this verse is a reference to our behavior and actions. When we behave like Jesus, we are showing unselfish, unconditional love that always puts others first.

Colossians 4:5  Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.” Outsiders are those who are not Believers. This verse is about our conduct when we are speaking to those who don’t believe. In verse 6 Paul goes on to say, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.” In our walk, as we talk with those who are not Christians, we are to carefully choose our words so that God’s Word is honestly spoken.

3 John 4  “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” We, as believers, are to live according to God’s Word no matter the circumstances. This kind of walking is not about personal reputation or power. It is about knowing God’s Word and commands so well that in every step of life we submit to the Truth.

2 John 6  “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love.” Can you think of a time that Jesus was disobedient to God’s commands? I can’t. He spoke with His Father often and always did as He was told. Not only that, but everything He did was done because of His great love. I don’t know a single person walking this earth today that can say every step they take is because of their love, first for the Father, then for the people around them who need to know the Father. We should be aspiring to that every moment of very day!

Abba, Father, our trust is in You. Help us know and trust Your Word so we can walk as Jesus did. Show us how to walk step by step faithfully with You throughout the days ahead. Keep us totally focused on You and Your Word. Make it so in Jesus’ Name. Amen and Yes!

Every Day Matters

What are you doing today?

How do you spend your days? Is every moment busy with a to-do list that is stress-producing and overwhelming? Do you know we are being held accountable for every minute we’ve been given on this earth?

 Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:15-17

We have no idea what tomorrow will bring. Asking God to show us how to live each day filled with wisdom and not foolishness should be part of our prayers every day.

Abba, Father, grow us and show us the purpose You have for our lives. Help us live each moment with Your Word as our guide.

Forever Forgiving

How often must I forgive?

Do you find yourself asking forgiveness for the same thing over and over? Do you find yourself forgiving the same thing in someone else over and over? That’s actually what this verse is about.

Peter asked Jesus how many times he had to forgive his brother and Jesus replied, “I tell you not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Jesus was saying forgiveness is not a one-time thing. He wants us to forgive as many times as it takes.

We are to forgive just as God did and does. Over and over again!

Abba, Father, remind me of Your kind of forgiveness every time I’m tempted to be unforgiving. Give me a kind, compassionate, forgiving heart.

What D’ya Know!

I Know…

What do I know?

I know that the sun will come up every morning until Jesus returns and provides all the light we need.

I know that I am loved by the Lover of my soul.

I know I am redeemed, equipped, gifted, and forgiven.

I know I am given all that I need for a good life because God’s Word is alive and active in me.

I know I am a child of God and that I can go to Him with every joy, hurt, and question in my heart.

I know that He knows you and me! Do you?

Abba, Father, I know You are all You say You are! Help me to be all You want me to be.

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Good God

God is good all the time…

God is good because that is simply what He is. Of course, He does good things for us. We can totally, always count on that.

We tend to see good in a positive light. Yet, His goodness is always there. He is good not only in the best of life but He is good in the worst, too. You might be asking, how can that be?

When I talk about being a cancer survivor people often say isn’t God good? Of course, He is, but cancer isn’t.

When Ray and I talk about our first home being destroyed by a tornado, with me in it, people say isn’t God good? Of course, He is, but we had nothing. No home. No clothing except for what we were wearing. Nothing…but God!

In Psalm 46:1 King David writes these words: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. Therein lies the answer to God’s goodness. He is always near in our darkest, scariest, most fearful moments. We can take refuge in His strong arms and know that He wants to be there for us. He is with us in the light of day, in the calm after the storm, in the happiest, most joyful, love-infused times of our lives.

Best of all, no matter what is going on around us, He is good!

Abba, Father, no matter what is happening in life at this moment we know You are near. Let Your goodness and mercy follow us all the days of my life. Draw Me Close To You!