Walking on a Tightrope

image2It’s like walking on a tightrope. However, I know God is Faithful. I trust Him in getting me to the other side.

1 Corinthians 1:9 (ESV) tells us “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Have you ever had a moment where you’ve thought about a truth in the Word of God so strongly that you feel God whisper to your heart? Recently, I had that happen to me as I was contemplating faith.

It’s so easy to have faith in God when everything is going well. Unfortunately though, we live in a fallen world and things aren’t always going to go like we want them to {or like we plan for them to go}.

As I was contemplating God’s faithfulness recently during a financial trial, my mind recollected all the times past that we had experienced God’s faithfulness in this same area.I can testify to God’s faithfulness. My family has experienced it over and over again in various areas of our lives. Being a one-income family brings with it certain sacrifices, and definitely tight spots every now and again. But this I know – God is faithful!

As those times of the faithfulness of God flooded my mind, this is what I heard God whisper to my heart during this current situation we were facing…

Yes…this is how I want to live! My God is faithful and I choose to stand on that faithfulness when times of trial come my way. Actually, I see these times as opportunities to TRUST God. This is my prayer for you as well, dear friend!

“God is faithful”

Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

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He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

I think of Micah 6:8 as a “bottom line” statement that is repeated throughout scripture in different ways. It holds straight answers for those who really want to know how to please God. God is saying here, “look, you don’t need a new word from me, I’ve already told you what I require.” Let’s take the three requirements and see how they might apply to our own situations.

1. Act justly: In other words, live according to justice and do what’s right. Now before we happily skip on to the next part because we’ve got this one covered, let’s ask a few questions.

Do I owe anything to anyone?

Have I cheated on my finances, taxes or legal obligations?

Do I tell the truth?

Have I “done right” by people? Treated others as they should be treated.

Are there sins that need to be confessed and turned from?

Am I living by God’s moral law?

I have to be honest and tell you that I was jolted out of bed at 5 am the other morning to make of list of things I needed to make right. I couldn’t sleep. I know I owe someone – I need to pay it. I’ve said I would do something for someone and have not fulfilled my promise. I got a pretty good little list going. I have to live ~where I always ask myself what would Jesus do?

2. Love mercy: Some translations say, “love kindness.”

Am I merciful to others when I have it in my power to help someone?

Do I live in such a way that others are first, and I am last?

Do I see my material blessings as a means to bless others?

Do I give of myself only when it is convenient?

I’m so aware that I don’t LOVE mercy! I sorta like it when it’s convenient, but I can’t say that my actions reflect the heart of God in all circumstances. Being merciful and loving kindness should be my way of life, no matter where I am or what I’m doing. That’s His will for me.- I always have to think what would Jesus do?

3. Walk humbly with your God: Live in complete dependence upon a holy, righteous and awesome God. He alone deserves glory.

Do I make decisions based on how they will benefit me, or God’s kingdom?

Do I feel the need to take credit for the wonderful things I’ve done?

Do I feel I “deserve” a particular job/ministry/position/recognition?

Do I rely on my good deeds to count, when my heart is far from Him?

Walking humbly doesn’t fit too well in our culture. We now must tweet our every stellar action, and post photos of our accomplishments on our own websites. We’re so aware of personal marketing that even parenting has become fodder for the “look at me” society. I fight the urge to look really spiritual and all put together for the people who frequent my blog. Do you struggle with this, too? I think all of this lops over into our spiritual life. I want to be willing to be nothing, if it means glorifying Him. Again, I ask myself what would Jesus do?

Finding God’s will for your life is really pretty simple. It starts, and ends, with your heart. When you begin applying the paradigm found in Micah 6:8, you’ll be amazed at how clear things become. As for me, I feel like I’m waking up in the middle of heart surgery…and although I’d like to jump off the operating table, I know my heart needs fixing and I have to trust the process. I want to embrace all that God has for me, and that means obeying what He’s already shown me.

Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly

Love your sister in Christ

Would you take some time to ask yourself some hard questions? Work through the things that God has “already showed you.” Let this be a foundation for Him to build on, and I have a hunch that all the rest of His will for you will fall right into place.

How does this scripture speak to where you are at?

Get Back on Track with God

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There are ups, downs, and unexpected turns. Though you may go back along a trail you have been traveling, the one thing you don’t want in your Christian walk is to get off track spiritually.

One of the biggest struggles that we faces is when we get off track is reconciling with God.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)

We all have come to those times in our lives where we get off track or don’t know which direction to go or a trial that feels so big it knocks us off track.

Here are some steps to help you get lined back up.

1. Recognize and understand what is happening to you. – That discomfort with your current life, that stirring in your heart and that guilty feeling that just seems to be haunting you is the Holy Spirit convicting you and trying to get you to repent. That is part of the role that He plays. God does not wish for anyone to perish but that ALL should come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).

2. Remove elements from your old life. – This will be tough. Some of your friendships/relationship may have been genuine and you may have weathered storms together. But to be clear, if you want to move forward in your Christian walk you MAY HAVE to cut those cords. The main reason being you run the risk of being pulled back into the world again and embracing your old lifestyle. The bible is clear “bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Corinthians 15:33). In the next verse, 34, it says “Come back to your senses as ye ought and stop sinning”. By nature, we are sinful. The devil knows our weaknesses so what better weapon to use against us to trip you up? Don’t play into his hands!

3. Go back to church.  The day that you decide to do this all sorts of reasons why you shouldn’t will pop into your head – “Everyone would be looking at me”; “What if all the back seats are taken and I have to sit up or close to the front?” “What about the questions – how will i answer them?” When this happens, bear this in mind: it is the devil’s intention to keep you where you are currently. It is his intention that you continue living that lifestyle of sin.

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20) Don’t give him any room –  get up and go!

4. Find a Bible study or Get back to regular Bible reading and praying. – This is how God speaks to us and how we speak to him. John 15:4 (NIV) says “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” It is only by staying close to God that we can stay on the right track.

Let me tell you.  The devil only wants to destroy you but Jesus wants to renew you and give you abundant life. Come back to Him today

Do not let anything hold you back from God and His forgiveness and grace. Don’t let the pleasures of sin deceive you. In time, sin will bring you pain. Also, do not let doubt or guilt hold you back, for He promises you.

Take the right track for your journey to eternity.

Be Blessed

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