Psalm 37:23-25 (NLT) The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly. What does it mean to be godly? To be godly means to come from God. Christians also believe it to be those who follow the Word of God and do the Will of God. It is synonymous with godliness, religious, pious, holy and good. But if it truly means to come from God or be like God it applies to all people including all mankind equally. Are you godly? Yes, you are. No, I don’t know what you do in secret. I have no idea if sin is hidden deep inside your heart. I do not have a clue if you go after God wholeheartedly or not. It is not my place to judge. What I do know is that according to the Word of God? We are all godly people.
Genesis 1:26-27 (NLT) Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
God created us in His Image. Every human being was created to be like God. In Colossians 1:15-16, it takes it one step further by saying that “everything was created through (Jesus) and for him.” We were created through Jesus us making us in His Image. When I was created, God recorded every single day of my existence in advance. (Psalm 139:16) He provided everything I would need to live this life. He even gave me the grace to get through it. (2 Corinthians 12:9) The Lord promises to perfect that which concerns me. (Psalm 138:8) He also says that He will make good from every detail of my life. (Romans 8:28) What keeps us from that which the Lord God prepared for us? We have no identity. We do not know who or whose we are so we live for lesser things accepting compromise rather than pushing for completeness. Choosing comfort over risk, mediocrity rules our life. Called to divine dominion over our situation and circumstances, instead choosing bondage to the things of the past. God is calling us to press past all these things and to see that God is in control. The Lord is directing our steps. He knows our destination.
I Peter 2:21-25 (NLT) For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. Once you were like sheep who wandered away. But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.
If God directs our steps, why are we stepping into trouble, trials and turmoil all the time? Why doesn’t God let the godly step over such things and by faith leap into the greater things that He promised? God laid our life out as steps with good reason. In each and every step, there is something for us that we need to endure. The provision is there. The prosperity is there. A life built of footsteps rather than faith leaps lead to trust and confidence in the hope that we have. It forces us to look deep within and examine our faith for validity. Those who do not “need” God tend to wander time and time again.
God called you to do good. It may mean suffering sometimes. There are real Christian believers suffering torture and martyrdom for Christ around the world. However, believers must suffer daily in order to achieve the goodness that He has called us to. See our flesh gets in the way. It is a hostile takeover. We must crucify our flesh day by day. It is in each moment and with each step that the enemy tempts us and toys with our thoughts. He wants to derail us. He creates distractions and detours to try to lure us off course. We were created with divine purpose in the image of God with great potential beginning with a prospering soul. Our soul cannot prosper where the Spirit of God and His Word do not prevail. Each day there is a choice between blessing and cursing. God has given us freedom through His Son, Jesus, to choose. Love is freedom. Freedom is not forceful.
We are to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. He knows that we are not perfect. He paid the price for our imperfection and inability to live a perfect life so that we could have a godly life again. Raising our standard of living from indebted prisoner to soul set free in the One I love. Are you tired of fighting the good fight of faith today? Does it feel like you are taking two steps forward and three steps back? Are you convinced that something you have done or not done is keeping you from the Goodness of God?
I Peter 2:25 says, “But now you have turned to your Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.” Psalm 23 begins with “the Lord is my shepherd I have all I need.” The chapter ends with the promise that God’s “goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life.” Don’t be discouraged today. You can hold your head up. He is with you. All through the ups and downs in Psalm 23, the Lord indicates that He is right there. Walking with you, guiding you and even keeping you in your darkest hour celebrating you in the enemy’s camp.
Matthew 16:18-19 (NLT) Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”
Peter wrote I Peter as a letter to “God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners.” Peter the “rock” upon which Christ said that He would build His Church and that no powers of hell would conquer it. It doesn’t say that the powers of hell would not come against Peter, but it says that the enemy could not conquer him. Peter was a fisherman called by Jesus. He left his nets behind to become a fisher of men. Peter followed Jesus. He walked with Him and talked with Him daily. Yet, Peter still had his struggles. He struggled with faith sinking just a few steps out of the boat in the storm. (Matthew 14) Peter was challenged by forgiveness. (Matthew 18) He did not understand or embrace submission. (John 13) Peter did not keep all his promises to Jesus. (Matthew 26) In our Lord and Savior’s darkest hour, Peter denied even knowing him not once, not twice but three times just as Jesus had predicted. (Matthew 26) When Jesus died and rose again, Peter was in hiding. Finally disappointed, discouraged and desperate, Peter left the ministry to be a fisherman again. (John 21)
It was there that Jesus met Peter on the beach to remind him of his purpose to resurrect the dead potential inside of him. All those mistakes and missteps along the way, yet Jesus still asked Peter to be His Church and feed His Sheep. In Acts 1 and 2, Peter becomes the rock as promised by Jesus Christ. There was purpose and power in each step that led Peter from the fishing boat to become a founder of the early church. Each step taught him more and more about God’s Grace and Love. You will never escape God’s Purpose and Plan for your life. It is written and recorded for all eternity. You can run from it, but you cannot escape it. You can hold back, but eventually the Spirit in you will press on. You have divine potential because God made you that way.
Proverbs 16:9 (NLT) We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
I wonder what would happen in the life of believers and community called church if rather than constantly complaining about our current condition, fighting our circumstances and deliberating every single situation in our life, we trusted the Lord. What if we truly believed that every step of our life is predetermined and masterminded by God? Would we walk in freedom from worry and doubt? Would stress and anxiety fall off of us? Yes all this would happen. Such a perspective would allow us to see the blessing in each moment and promise in each step because the Lord is doing more than we can ask or think. We just have to trust Him in each step rather than trying to always take huge leaps of faith. Truly a leap of faith to you is only as single step to God.
God’s Plan for your life has a future and hope that is beyond your present day experiences. By seeking the Lord wholeheartedly beginning with His Word – it becomes a lamp to our feet and light to our path. We begin to see what the Lord is doing in each step which allows us to wait on the Lord in peaceful submission and total surrender. It is His Spirit inside of us that expands our ministry when coupled with the Word and expressed by faith. We have everything we need to live a godly life. It is the divine investment made at the time of our creation. It was effected when God placed eternity in our heart and made the Way for us to get there. It doesn’t matter what you are going through, the Word of God says that you will get there if you do not give up. It doesn’t matter how impossible things seem because with the Lord all things are possible if we will just believe.
God is with you. He has not abandoned you. He is with you every step of the way overseeing our journey. When we turn to Him, we find the fulfillment of purpose, resurrection of potential and dead dreams come to life that begins to prosper and satisfy our soul. What are you waiting for? The Lord is right there with you. He is ready to release His Blessing on your life today. Look how many times Peter messed up along the way, yet God still remained faithful to His Promise. His Hand is extended to you – faith will reach out and take it as Jesus leads, loves and provides His Blessing, Glory, Honor, Healing, Deliverance, and Prosperity in each step.
Proverbs 2:20-21 (NLT) So follow the steps of the good, and stay on the paths of the righteous. For only the godly will live in the land, and those with integrity will remain in it.