Walking in His Light

Walking closer with Him day by day

Month: April 2016 (page 2 of 3)

“Constant Prayer” (4.13.2016)

1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray without ceasing.

Constant communion with God should be part of every Christian walk. Every new hour should find our hearts and lips turned toward heaven. This activity is essential to walking with Christ. Through ceaseless prayer, we become one with the Savior and draw ever nearer to Him.

Prayer is our lifeline to the throne and it is a shame we don’t utilize it more often. In fact, our lack of constant prayer doesn’t even make sense. Why would we willing limit or refuse the opportunity to converse with the King of Kings?

This is a priceless opportunity we ought to never waste again. Throughout the rest of this week, try to make it a point to pray without ceasing. Talk to the Lord throughout your day. Tell Him your trials, troubles, and fears, and experience the power of constant prayer.

Further Reading – Luke 21:36 – …pray always…

“How Can We Judge?” (4.12.2016)

1 Samuel 16:7 – But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.

We are quick to judge. We are constantly judging looks, intelligence, and means. Just by looking at someone, we form opinions and draw conclusions. Nothing escapes our judgmental eyes. But, we have no right to do these things. We are unqualified to judge.

The only true way to judge someone is by understanding his heart and the only one who can see and understand the heart is God. The only thing that is even worth judging we can never know. And, quite simply, because we don’t know we can’t judge.

If you are ever tempted to judge those around you, remember how little our judgement of the outward appearance matters. It is only God’s thorough judgement of the heart that holds any value.

“Assured of Victory” (4.11.2016)

1 Samuel 17:2-4 – And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines. And the Philistines stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley between them. And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.

The Philistines went into the valley of Elah confident, even cocky. They thought their champion, Goliath, was more powerful than anything the Israelites could ever bring against them. With such formidable help on their side, they had no reason to fear the Israelites. They could go into battle almost entirely assured of victory.

We should also be as self-assured as the Philistines. Though we go into a valley of battle, we can remain calm, because our help is more powerful than anything the opposition can throw at us. The most powerful force in the universe has promised never to leave us and to always help us. He is our shield, buckler, and our defense. From our physical to our emotional well-being, nothing escapes His care.

With our Helper beside us, we have no reason to be afraid. The King of Kings is our ally, our champion, and our strong tower. Because of Him, we can boldly go forward, without fear and assured of victory.

Further Reading – Hebrews 13:5-6 – Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

 

“Heavenly Compass” (4.10.2016)

When someone is lost, one of the best tools to have is a compass. If followed correctly it can lead him safely to his destination. But, if ignored, that individual can be lost forever. As Christians, the Bible is our compass. It shows us the right path and helps us when we are lost. And, just like a standard compass, if we ignore the Word, we could be lost forever. The Bible is always true and will never lead us astray. A lamp to our feet and a light to our path, it leads us in the way of righteousness, helping to walk ever closer with Him. Don’t attempt to walk your Christian journey without the aid of God’s Word. Instead, follow the heavenly compass, whose needle always points true.

Further Reading – Psalm 119:105 – Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

“Reserved In Heaven For You” (4.9.2016)

1 Peter 1:3, 4 – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you

Thanks to the Lord’s mercy, we are heirs to eternity’s greatest inheritance. This inheritance cannot fade, be corrupted, or be defiled, and no power on earth can ever take it away. It is this inheritance Jesus went to prepare and reserve for us. It is this inheritance that should be sought above all else, and it is this inheritance that endures forever.

Do not let such a wonderful gift pass away. Instead, seek it first, last, and everything in between. Claim God’s eternal, undefiled inheritance reserved in heaven for you.

Further Reading – John 14:1-3, Titus 3:3-7

“A Mile in His Shoes” (4.8.2016)

1 Peter 2:21 – For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

According to an old saying, you must walk a mile in a person’s shoes before you can truly understand them. The saying may be old, but the concept is sound. In order to truly know someone, you must know their experiences, trials, perspective, and personality. You must do, think, and see as they do.

The same principle applies to our spiritual lives. Many wish to know and understand the nature of Christ. They search high and low, hoping to finally understand His character, and despite learning about Him, they never fully know Him. The only way we can know Christ, is to do the things that He did, walk in His footsteps, and mirror His example.

If we follow the pattern of Christ, walk a mile in His proverbial shoes, we will know Christ. Not only will we know Christ and His character, but we will become like Him, righteous and holy. Wait no longer. Copy Him. Walk in His way and in His example. He beckons you to follow.

Further Reading – 1 John 2:6 – He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.

John 13:15 – For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

 

“His Everlasting Love” (4.7.2016)

1 John 3:1 – Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…

This verse is a testament to God’s love for us. Because of His love, we are able to enjoy the lofty position of a child of God. His love is so great, He was willing to give His only begotten Son to grant us salvation and eternal life. No other love can match the length and breadth of God’s love for His children.

God’s love extends to you. Before you were even known on earth, Christ loved you and died for you. He has promised to always be with you, leading and guiding you. He cares for your every need and feels your hurts and tears. If ever you are tempted to believe you are alone and unloved, remember the Lord’s everlasting love for you.

Further Reading – Romans 8:38-39 – 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

“Let Us Love” (4.6.2016)

1 John 4:7-8 – Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.

Hatred and malice have no place in our hearts, for we are commanded to love. There are no exceptions to this rule; we are to love all as Jesus loved all. There should not be any conditions on our love either. Our love should be free to all regardless of the circumstances. This abundant, freely-given, Christ-like love is the true mark of a born-again child of God.

No matter past history or present temperament, love the people around you. Put away any animosity or treasured grudges out of your heart and ask the Lord to replace it with His love. And, knowing His love and knowing Him, you will not be able to keep from sharing His love with those around you.

Further Reading – 1 John 3:11 – For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

“Spiritual GPS” (4.5.2016)

John 16:13 –  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth…

GPS has been one of the greatest advancements in personal transportation. You simply input your destination’s address into the device, and detailed step-by-step instructions lead you there. It’s almost impossible to get lost. Some devices even aid you in other ways, providing detours, traffic advice, and speed limit information. These tools make driving, especially for long distances, much easier.

The Holy Spirit is kind of like our spiritual GPS. It leads us and guides, showing us right from wrong. He gives us support during temptation and helps us discern between good and evil. In Him, we have step-by-step, detailed instructions telling us exactly how to walk in His light. Why, then, do we choose to disregard His wisdom in favor of our own? There is no logical reason. When we disregard the Holy Spirit’s guiding in favor of our own wisdom, we are sure to lose our way.

Brothers and sisters, let’s take advantage of this wonderful gift given to us. We don’t need to struggle to find the right path in our strength when we have the guiding truth of the Spirit of God. Heed His instruction instead and you’ll never go astray.

 

Further Reading – John 14:26 –  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things…

“Your Body, a Temple” Part 2 (4.4.2016)

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 – 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

It is up to us to maintain a holy, healthy dwelling for the Holy Spirit. But, we cannot do it in our own strength. Our flesh is weak, we are deeply rooted in sin, and we are reluctant to change. However, our unchanged bodies are no place for the Spirit of God. How can we, who are comfortable in our sin, somehow become a fit body temple?

Before our bodies can be changed, our minds must be changed into the likeness of Christ. We must surrender our will to the Lord and allow Him to put His character in us. This new mind does not desire the things that defiled us before. Instead, it longs to walk closer with the Master. Once our minds have been changed to desire a holy, healthy body-temple, it becomes a matter of obedience. The Spirit of God has already promised to lead us into the right way, it is up to us to trust Him and obey.

Do not become discouraged by a less than ideal body-temple. Your current state does not have to be permanent; change is possible. Now is the time to decide whether to change or to stay the same. The Lord longs to make us all into holy temples of God. All we have to do is surrender.

Further Reading – Romans 12:1 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

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