This is what Yahweh, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel says: I am the Lord your God, who teaches you for your benefit, who leads you in the way you should go.
Isaiah 48:17 (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
The number one failure in our lives as Christians, is obedience. Consider the span of eternity. Yes, I know, it’s in fathomable, but as you attempt to ponder it, contrast against it, our life spans behind that very backdrop.
Our life simply disappears in the scheme of God’s eternity. One we share with Him, if an only if, we have given ourselves to Him. In doing so, we are called to this obedience.
So lead the way Lord! We will follow.
Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.
Colossians 4:5-6 (HCSB)
I waited patiently for the Lord, and He turned to me and heard my cry for help. He brought me up from a desolate pit, out of the muddy clay, and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.
Psalms 40:1-3 (HCSB)
Carefully consider the path for your feet, and all your ways will be established. Don’t turn to the right or to the left; keep your feet away from evil.
Proverbs 4:26-27 (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
I was blessed with this passage this morning and had to share as we all seek to be following the path which the Holy Spirit guides us.
Those who trust in the Lord with all their heart, seek to be obedient to His direction via His Holy Spirit living in us. We read, His Word, we listen in earnest to our pastors and spiritual teachers, as the convey the insight that God has given them. And then we apply.
It was called ‘The Way’ by the early church. Many fondly refer to it as the path God has set out for us. But what we are called to do is simply obedience. Responding, without hesitation, to that which He directs us to, via His Spirit living in us.
Here is some encouragement to that end!
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (HCSB)
For the eyes of Yahweh roam throughout the earth to show Himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His.
2 Chronicles 16:9a (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
He ‘shows’ himself strong for those whose hearts are completely His. It’s half of this verse, but just that statement alone, reveals what so often puzzles us when we are trying to understand why it is that those who are lost can’t see the writing on the wall.
The answer is that it takes God revealing Himself to us to see what is obvious when you are in communion with Him.
Jesus said “Cast not your pearls to the swine”. It is pretty fair guess that He got that sage advice from God the Father.
Jesus also said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock, waiting for those who will to answer and let me in.” Therefore, God ‘is’ always willing to reveal Himself, but being ‘all knowing’ He reads the heart of humankind, with crystal clarity. He knows when that heart is open to His message and will reveal His heart at the proper time.
It is when we have surrendered our will to His that He fully unveils His Glory and Grace.
Now to the one who works, pay is not considered as a gift, but as something owed. But to the one who does not work, but believes on Him who declares the ungodly to be righteous,, his faith is credited for righteousness.
Romans 4:4-5 (HCSB)
Note from Kip…
It is a Gift of God, not earned by our works. Grace, Grace; God’s Grace!
Lord, You will establish peace for us, for You have also done all our work for us.
Isaiah 26:12 (HCSB)
Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.
Galatians 6:10 (HCSB)
My brothers, do not show favoritism as you hold on to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.
For example, a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and a poor man dressed in dirty clothes also comes in.
If you look with favor on the man wearing the fine clothes and say, “Sit here in a good place,” and yet you say to the poor man, “Stand over there,” or, “Sit here on the floor by my footstool,” haven’t you discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?
James 2:1-4 (HCSB)