Micah 6:8 (NLT)
No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
If only life were as simple as doing what I right, loving mercy and walking humbly with My God. Life is that easy, but I choose to complicate it. I had an appointment yesterday afternoon. Of course, moments prior to my departure an administrator called me to task which delayed my leaving five or so minutes. Not a problem, I still had plenty of time to make it across town or so I thought. On my way, I encountered an unusual amount of traffic for this time of day along this particular road. I checked the time and then scanned my brain in case I had forgotten something. Nope, couldn’t think of a reason. The flashing lights another mile or so down the road told the store, there had been an accident. Two cars collided, nothing major just a fender bender. However, everyone driving along felt the need to slow down and survey the damage for themselves creating a horrible traffic jam along the way. There was no reason to stop as both vehicles had been moved into a parking lot. The officers were working with both parties as one man stood on the side of the road waving cars along and urging them to keep going. How many times do you see other accidents occur because people do not keep their eyes on the road but another accident along the way? This only creates more of a bottleneck along the way. The Lord is clear in His Expectation for us. Do what is right. Love mercy. Walk humbly with Your God. Life can be just that simple if we could only get over ourselves.
Deuteronomy 11:22 (NLT)
“Be careful to obey all these commands I am giving you. Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him.
The world is constantly changing but not for the better. We are in a state of transformation by the Power of God in our life which is a good thing. The only constant unchangeable factor in our life is God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit – the Triune God. The problem is that we cannot seem to keep our concentration on Him but shift our sights all around at any given time according the circumstances that we face. As Paul said, “I want to do what is right, but find I continue to do the wrong thing.” (Romans 7:21) The struggle is real for every man and woman even those who walk by faith.
Matthew 14:27-31 (NLT)
But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
The walk of faith is the process by which we learn to love and trust the Lord more and more. We sing about faith. Step out on faith. Sometimes we fall in our faith. It is all part of the process and I believe why we are granted new mercy each day. Peter jumped out of the boat as believers we need faith every time we get out of bed to carry us back to the solitude of rest. This is not always an easy endeavor. Peter walked on water with Jesus Christ right there with him and still failed to totally trust the Lord so is our endeavor to learn to trust the Lord in every single step that we take. If God recorded every moment of our life before we were born (Psalm 139:16) this surely includes every single step that we take each day as we learn to live our life moment to moment with Jesus. This is how we walk in righteousness. This is the ONLY WAY to remain in right standing with God!
Acts 3:2-6 (NLT)
As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”
People have taken up two crutches in life hoping that they will carry them through. Human confidence and self-confidence rest under each arm. Both are equally dangerous and lead us to a fall. The Word of God warns that putting our confidence in unreliable people is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot. (Proverbs 25:19) To qualify this statement every person who you know is unreliable compared to the One you have found in Jesus Christ. He will never leave you or forsake you. He does not have bad days. His Sacrifice indicates that He ALWAYS has had your best interest in mind. So to put our trust in anyone other than Jesus Christ is misplaced trust and confidence. We should not be surprised when they fall or let us down because they are only human and plagued by sin just like us. There is NO ONE like the Lord so we have no right to expect them to be or it is clearly our fault.
The second crutch is self-confidence. We must live in the Light of God’s Love and not the light of self-love. (Isaiah 50:10-11) This is promoted by pride. Even the righteous grab hold of it sometimes calling it the Power of God when it is nothing more than mindset and willpower. Your strength will fail you. I promise it will. You will become weak and weary. You know the Lord wants you to keep walking by faith but the wind and rain are hammering you so you begin to sink. Our confident hope is only as strong as its basis who is Jesus Christ. He is the best beneficiary of all of our love and trust. We must learn to hold nothing back investing every single step we talk in following Christ even when others let us down or we let ourselves down. It is time to get up and walk in the Name of Jesus!
I John 2:10-12 (NLT)
Anyone who loves a fellow believer is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble. But anyone who hates a fellow believer is still living and walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having been blinded by the darkness. I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus.
To do what is right, to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God will always require love which always requires forgiveness. Forgiveness is probably the biggest obstacle that keeps us from walking in the Light of His Love. Love always requires forgiveness beginning with Jesus Christ. He forgave us of every sin that we ever committed on that Cross enabling us to enter the Presence of God once more and enjoy a right relationship with God the Father once more. We must forgive to love. Forgive those who left us. Forgive those who let us down. Forgive those who just don’t understand. Forgive all the users and abusers. Forgive ourselves. This opens the roadways of love in our life so we are free to walk in the Light of His Love every day and in every step. To keep walking in love will require that we love Jesus more than anyone else and that we love everyone else more than we love us. This creates and promote the fullness of joy and peace that passes all understanding in our life. We no longer are interrupted by what goes along the side of the road but remain focused on the Highway of Holiness that leads us home day by day and step by step.
John 13:34-35 (NLT)
So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
To be disciples of Jesus Christ and prove to be Children of God – we must walk in love. Every single day in all our ways with each step and every single breath, we must be love at all times.
John 8:12 (NLT)
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
To find live and have abundant life requires that we become Children of the Light no longer walking in darkness again. God’s Word is a light for our feet. (Psalm 119:105) Faith becomes confident hope when His Word proves to be true in our life. Do not be distracted by what is going on to the right or the left but get focused on what lies ahead for you that God has planned and prepared for those who seek Him wholeheartedly. (Jeremiah 29:1-13) It is a good plan with a future and hope reserved for those who get up and walk. It remains the hope of those who keep walking through the wind, rain and storms of life never once taking their eyes off Jesus Christ. Walk in His Love today. Walk in the Light. Do what is good. Love mercy. Walk humbly with our God!
Hosea 14:9 (NLT)
Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.