My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Where does our walk take us?
How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the
wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of
(Psalms 1:1 NASB)
But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
(Psalms 1:2 NASB)
He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And
in whatever he does, he prospers.
(Psalms 1:3 NASB)
The Psalmist reminds us that God has prepared paths for us, if we
simply choose to take those paths. There will always be those around us
who will encourage us to go in a different direction. The wicked will
be giving us counsel -- only we probably won't think that they are
wicked. Instead we will believe that they are trying to give us wise,
earthly advice. It will probably sound rather reasonable and logical to
us, but if it is not God-directed, then what is it? Of course we think
of those who are sinners -- those who are truly taking a path to
destruction and most of us want to head off in a completely different
direction and then we might run into scoffers. They taunt us and tease
us about the decisions we've made. They make us second guess ourselves
as we go along the path but we are invited into the Lord's path. To
find this way we must be willing to meditate on him day and night -- and
in doing so we will find incredible delight and joy. We will discover
that his path is not that of this world but we will rise about that and
be amazed by God and what he can do! And by planting ourselves in him
-- we will be fed day and night by the waters of the Holy Spirit,
leading, guiding and directing us into eternity.
The hours flew by yesterday as we shared in the open-house at
Moscow First Church of the Nazarene. Chuck and I reminisced about the
years we had spent there and the people whose paths had in some way
brought them to Jesus and to the church. There were many who were not
there yesterday, because today they have found their eternal rest. But
there were also those who weren't there because they have chosen to take
different paths and no longer find their path leading them to Christ.
It doesn't matter where we live in this world or what we do, the call
to follow God is the same! The temptations along the way are the same.
The world is constantly calling out to believers to walk a path which
may seem a bit easier, or is advertised as being more fun. But where
does that walk take us? What is hidden behind the next hill? Do we
know? Of course we don't, and that's the ploy of the enemy. He tries
to get us to walk down a path that will lead to destruction because we
can't see what's hidden behind the next curve. God doesn't work that
way. He asks us to trust in him; to plant ourselves in him and allow
the Holy Spirit to lead us, guide us, and feed us on a daily basis.
Then, we will walk the paths that he has prepared for us and even when
life throws things at us, he will be with us, helping us and leading us.
It's Sunday morning -- where will your walk take you today?
Lord, I pray for an outpouring of your Holy Spirit as we worship
today. May you come here -- and around the world. We desperately need
you to draw people back to the path which they have chosen to leave.