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Let us walk in the light of the Lord

‘Those who walk with God, always reach their destination’ (Henry Ford 1863-1947)

 

千里之行,始於足下 (A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Laozi)

When you walk into a room, how do you walk?

Do you walk slowly, with a measured purposeful step, or a heavy determined stride?

Do you swagger or strut into a room, like a cowboy walks into a saloon, and try to command the attention of everyone in their?

Do you rush into a room, like you have some important news, hoping that everyone will stop, and think that you are important?

Do you walk quietly into a room without any fuss, in the quiet authority of a man who knows who he is?

We do not need to walk in the same way that the people who belong to the world do. Paul reminded the Roman Christians of this, when he said, ‘Do not be conformed to this world’ (Romans 12:2 NRSV).

We need to be different to the people of the world who choose not follow Jesus.

We need to stand out from the crowd and be different from those that do not know Jesus as Lord of their life. We need to be blazing beacons of light, that shine out into the darkness, showing people of little or no faith, the path they need to take; the path that leads them to an everlasting life of redemption and Salvation through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

There is something for each of us, whether we know it or not, and all we have to do to receive it, is believe and trust in God. What we will then have access to, is a gift from the Creator of the entire universe.

What, you may ask is this wonderful gift?

It is a plan for each of our lives. A perfect plan, from God, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you‘ (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV), and these plans were made even before we were born, ‘all the days ordained to me were writen in your book before one of them came to be‘ (Psalm 139:16 NIV).

There is a plan even for those who do not yet trust God or believe in Jesus, and chose to live their lives for their own benefit. God does not play favourites; there is a plan for each and every one of us.  

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD.’ (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV). The ‘you‘ used there is meant for all of us.

The Psalmist David knew this, ‘Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us’ (Psalm 40:5 NIV).

Not only does he have a plan, but we are not alone in that plan. ‘I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go’ (Psalm 32:8 NRSV).

So how do we get access to this wonderful plan?

David knew this also, ‘I desire to do your will’ (Psalm 40:8 NIV).

To get God’s plan, working in our lives, we need to be in tune with him, we need to trust him, and we need to follow him.

We need to walk with God.

We need to, ‘walk humbly with our [your] God’ (Micah 6:8 RSV).

As Christians, when we walk, we are not alone. We are ever alone, for as God told the people of Israel, the same is true today, ‘I am the LORD your God… I will walk among you’ (Leviticus 13 & 12 NIV).

God never walks away from us, it is us who walk away from him, He is always with us, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’ (Hebrews 13:5 NKJV).

As God has said; “I will live with them and walk among them” ’ (2 Corinthians 6:16 NIV).

As followers of God, people watch us, some watching to see what makes us different, others, watching and waiting for us to make a mistake, so that they can say, ‘I thought you were a Christian’.

We are not perfect by any means, though we should strive to be. Jesus told us to, ‘Be perfect, therefore‘ he said, ‘as your heavenly Father is perfect’ (Matthew 5:48 NIV).

We are a walking imperfectly through life, as a ‘work in progress‘. We are not finished product.

Life is not a 100m sprint, it is a marathon to be run at a steady pace, so that we do not burn ourselves out. We walk through life, and as we do, we need to ‘press on towards the goal’ (Philippians 3:14 NIV). We all need a place to aim for, the light at the end of the tunnel, or a personal goal, something that is worth it. Our eternal hope in Christ Jesus, is the main goal.

Let us stay true to the words of the Bible, and the teachings within.

Let it be always said of us, ‘The law of truth was in his mouth, and injustice was not found on his lips’ (Malachi 2:6 NKJV).

Arrive at the pearly gates

There’s a better version of me
That I can’t quite see
But things are gonna change
Right now I’m a total mess and
Right now I’m completely incomplete
But things are gonna change
‘Cause you’re not through with me yet

This is a redemption’s story
With every step that I’m taking
Every day, you’re chipping away
What I don’t need
This is me under construction
This is my pride being broken
And every day I’m closer to who I’m meant to be
I’m a change in the making

Wish I could live more patiently
Wish I could give a little more of me
Without stopping to think twice
Wish I had faith like a little child
Wish I could walk a single mile
Without tripping on my own feet
‘Cause you’re not through with me yet

From the dawn of history
You make new and you redeem
From a broken world to a broken heart
You finish what you start in everything

Like a river rolls into the sea
We’re not who we’re going to be
But things are going to change

I’m living a redemption’s story
With every step that I’m taking
Every day, you’re chipping away
What I don’t need
This is me under construction
This is my pride being broken
And every day I’m closer to who I’m meant to be
I’m a change in the making

I’m a change in the making
I’m not who I’m going to be
I’m moving closer to your glory

Change In The Making (Addison Road – Stories #2)
Jeff Pardo / Alli Rogers / Jenny Simmons

downloadFather, we thank you that you are always with us. Thank you that you were with us, even before we even thought about you. We know that you will never leave us, and ask that you help us to stay on the path that you have for our life, help us to always see that what you have planned for us is better that what we could ever plan ourselves. Help us to light the way for others to find you and accept you as their eternal Salvation.
Saviour, friend, redeemer, light of the world, Abba, Father, all these names and more we know you by, but the most important knowledge, is that through Your Son we are saved, and for t hat we are truly thankful.

Amen

 

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