Step by Step

Step by Step

Psalm 37:22-24 (NIV) The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.

 

Step by step. Each day, each moment in complete faith and total trust that the Lord is holding our hand. Is it possible? How can we live in step with God? There is no other way than to live hand-in-hand and heart-to-heart with Jesus. His Ways are not our ways. (Isaiah 55:8) The Lord promises in Isaiah 42:16 that He will “lead the blind by ways that have not known, on unfamiliar paths to guide them, to bring light to the darkness, and to make rough places smooth. The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him. It’s funny how we misinterpret it sometimes our relationship with God. Thinking that the Lord is on a power-trip and expects us to join along by doing exactly what He says, and acting how He tells us to with no thought or regard beyond our daily activities. The truth of the matter is that Jesus wants to walk with us and talk with us each and every day. He wants to guide us over the mountains through the valleys avoiding the pitfalls so we can be with Him forever. His actions of grace and mercy are covered in a love so fierce that it cost every single ounce of His Blood and Breath in His Body to make possible. Legions of angels obey His Command without a second thought. He doesn’t desire a slave but rather to find His Beloved.

 

Religions around the world lay out rules, regulations and doctrine to tell people how to reach the Lord and maintain a righteousness that is often much greater than what He is after. The Lord wants our heart. Every effort fruitless if we do not love Him and seek Him wholeheartedly. Have we lost our heart? Have we forgotten that our steps ordered by the Lord are for a future and hope? Meant to free us from bondage and give us freedom to love, it is in each step that we make such a choice. These are the steps the journey that lead us to life if we choose it. The Lord is seeking your hand today. He wants to hold it and guide you step by step to forever. He wants to be your Beloved today leading you to the everlasting. It begins with just one step.

 

Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV) Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.

 

The Lord knows exactly what He has planned for our life. It contains a future and hope that is obtained by those who seek Him wholeheartedly. (Jeremiah 29:11-13) He cannot and will not forget because God wrote it all down as He created you and gave you breath. Your purpose is established along with each promise firmly attached. (Psalm 139:16) It is with this very thought that we choose to decide if our life is truly predestined or if God’s Word is just another fictitious fairytale of happily-ever-after’s that never really happen. We decide. It is the moment that we choose to step forward and reach for His Hand to allow the Lord to guide us through life that we say, “Yes!” to this awesome plan. The truth of the matter is that before we agree, the Lord has already been ordaining steps for our recovery. He pursues with His Goodness and Unfailing Love long before we accept it. (Psalm 23:6) He alludes to this very fact in Psalm 139:7-12 which if you think about it is precisely what makes Romans 8:28 possible. He knows everything about us and our full potential which He strives for each day regardless of our position on the matter so when we finally do say, “Yes!” to His Amazing Love, we step right into the purpose and plan made for us from the beginning.

 

1 Samuel 17:32-37 (NIV) David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

 

David was sent by his father to take supplies to his brothers and check on their well-being, not to fight a Philistine giant. I don’t believe his father would have sent his son, if he knew what was coming. David obeyed his father. Once he arrived, the giant began to hurl insults not against the Israelites particularly but against God. The Israelites were afraid of the man for obvious reasons. However, David did not see the giant’s size or hear his threats. What he heard was his insults and offensive words against his God. David did not train for battle in the ranks of armies or under king’s orders. David spent great amounts of time alone in the field tending sheep, communicating with the Lord, and his heart showed the results. Though he was small and inexperienced in stature, his heart was strong and confident in the Lord.

 

When Saul heard the audacity of David, he commanded an audience with the boy. David detailed his short resume. He told of the lion who threatened his sheep even carrying one off in his mouth. David killed the lion and took back the sheep. He also had killed a bear. Hardly a Philistine warrior classified as giant. But see David knew in his heart that it was not by his power or might that these animals were overtaken but by the Power of the Lord working on his behalf. So to David the Philistine was just next in line. I wonder sometimes if in our daily activity that we miss the fact that God is training us for battle. Could it be that in each step even the agonizing ones or those that seem pointless that Jesus is preparing us for the next giant that presents itself?

 

2 Samuel 6:12-15 (NIV) Now King David was told, “The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing. When those who were carrying the ark of the Lord had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf. Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of trumpets.

 

What has happened here? The boy who killed the giant is now the king. So there is purpose and meaning in each step. Just maybe even the ones that don’t make sense, arrived on impulse, or ridiculous in nature have a meaning in the future not perceived in the footfall. King David was bringing the Ark of God home. This ark represented the Presence of God coveted by His People. Every six steps, they would stop and offer a bull and fattened calf to the Lord. Be reminded this is Biblical times and there was no McSacrifice or Sacri-fil-a (which of course would have been closed the Sabbath). Sacrifice was a messy and lengthy process engaged in every six steps of their journey. David wearing his priestly ephod danced with “all his might” every step of the way. His dance was so intense that his wife literally despised him for his flagrant disregard of dignity. Oh well! David danced anyway.

 

What if we decided to worship God every step of the way? What if we decided to fully repent “ever six steps” of the way? To praise God with wild abandon no matter who was watching. To not be silent about the greatness of our God no matter who might be listening or how it might impact them. I am not talking about preaching to others. Singing in the choir. Or any other action or requirement regarding other people, what if you completely surrendered every single step of your life to praising, worshiping and honoring the Lord? Surely He would reach down and grab your hand or mine. He couldn’t help Himself because He promised in His Word.

 

I Kings 18:36-39 (NIV) At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.” Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench. When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”

 

Elijah stepped forward and prayed. It is in the first step forward that we claim our greatest victory for in that moment the seed of faith planted in our soul grows just a little. Now Elijah had totally set up himself for a mess or a miracle. Not only was he outnumbered, but he made it impossible for anyone to steal God’s thunder or take His Glory. When the Lord honored his sacrifice, there was a great revival in his midst. God is the God of Impossible. His Power is manifested in our weakness. The moment we can’t – He will! What if rather than obeying God to confront the prophets of Baal, he ran and hid in the cave first. All those people would have died serving a worthless idol.

 

Your journey in life is never solely about you. There are people along the way that you have the light for their darkness, the water for their cup and the answer to their problem because we are all called to build the Kingdom of God – not churches or congregations but a living, breathing and moving body – the Body of Christ. This is how we become one with Jesus. To love Him with all our heart and others the same way every step of the way.

 

Proverbs 16:3-4 (NIV) Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. The Lord works out everything to its proper end—even the wicked for a day of disaster.

 

Today I commit my life including each and every step to you, Lord. Why don’t you give it a try too? There are many details in my life that do not add up to the vision and purpose that I know the Lord has written on my heart or shown me in my dreams. Though I know what He is saying, my life is not showing such results. So I must wait on the Lord to fulfill His Promise. What I cannot do is lose sight of the importance of each step that leads to fulfillment. Every single move I make is included in the sum total of my outcome. The only way that I ensure I arrive to that place of purpose, God’s Perfect Plan is to give Him each step completely. I must praise Him in the hallways before the door every opens. I must love Him enough to worship Him when nothing is working out. I must remain faithful and trusting when the giants are big and the storm clouds looming. Loving, praising, worshiping, dancing, and desiring the Lord each and every step of the way. If I do this, successfully following the Lord, I will make it to my purpose. I will discover every promise. He will hold me when I trip. He will keep me from falling when I stumble. He will make the way! So today Lord I will step forward and give my life to you again. I will secure each step in You! Lord, lead me by your Spirit step by step!

 

Proverbs 4:11-13 (NIV) I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.

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