Recently I read a book called Hinds Feet in High Places by Hannah Hurnard, and it was a wonderful read. One of the things that I learned is that no matter what turns and twists come in the way, as long as the main character keeps her eye on the Shepherd and her promise for the Lord, she will do whatever He says. It was difficult for her and hard for her to do, but she did it because she loved God. One thing though is that through the different trials and tribulations, there were enemies coming after her and some in her own mind that kept her from going from time to time, but because the Shepherd was kind, patient, gentle, and authoritative with her from time to time and He always showed that He loved her, then she was able to make it through anything.
Similarly in our Christian walk, we have Jesus who comes into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who is there to help us walk the Christian life. He is there for to establish a relationship with God and to teach us and to guide us. The wonderful thing is that there is room for error. There is room to grow. Luke 2:40 says – 40 And the Child grew and became strong in spirit,filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
The first step to know if you are on track is to examine –
1) Your faith walk – Ask yourself what do you believe to be true about Jesus and does that line up with the Truth?
That leads up to the second thing to focus on –
2) Reading the Word of God – Do you take time to read, study, and look for rhema or revelation in the Word of God, and get to know who Jesus is?
3) Prayer and Fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit – do you know how much the Holy Spirit is a comforter and loves those who love God? He wants to spend time with you. Talk to Him, reach out to Him, get to know Him. Do not grieve Him for He is sensitive. Obey the quiet and gentle nudgings of the Holy Spirit as they lead and guide you.
4) Examining your love walk and relationships – How do you walk in relationships toward others? Do you show forgiveness or do you hold on to grudges? Are you incorporating the God kind of love – Agape, with others. Do your love toward God, even to others? The one commandment that Jesus gave was to love God with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul, and all your strength and love your neighbor as yourself. When you judge others you bring condemnation to yourself. So be quick to forgive. Let your heart not be burdened by other people’s mistakes.
5) Do not give into condemnation, but allow repentance – God gives us the grace to make mistakes that even when we aren’t obedient because we are still growing He still gives Jesus’s nurturing heart that says, “Have they condemned you?” to the Adulterous woman, and after her saying “no”, she said, “Neither do I condemn you” – “Go and sin no more”. We all have sinned and will probably keep on sinning because the Word of God says that a man that says he does not sin is a liar. No one is perfect like Christ, so the ability to repent and pray to God concerning the issue. Allow yourself to make mistakes and if you do make mistakes don’t let anyone make you think that you don’t love God or that you have to prove your love to Him. The Holy Spirit knows that you love Him if you are led by the Spirit.
In Romans 8:1 it says There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Later on the Word says in the same Chapter –
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”[c]
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
6) Trust God, His Holy Spirit, and His Word and not man – Let God be true and every man a liar. It is good to listen to pastors at the local church or on television, but be like the Bereans and search out the Scripture and test everything they say to see if it lines up with Scripture. Keep a guard on your heart and your mouth so when someone else says something that does not line up with Scripture accept their right to make that mistake and even though they may be preaching a lot of things based on their personal experience and what the Word of God says, then when they twist Scripture, don’t get offended – if you can correct them, but don’t let it develop a root of bitterness in your heart. I’ve learned this from personal experience- i.e. Post on Dangers of Preaching out of the Soul.
7) Allow God to change your heart and to take on the Fruit of the Spirit – Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness, and Self-Control that are seeds which are already implanted in your heart.
8) Through praise and worship of God be built up in the hope of an eternal calling and an eternal hope and purpose to know that despite all that we go through and suffer it is worth it – 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
God knows you so well – He knows every sin before you even commit it – He knew that Adam was going to fall, He knew that the Israelites were going to be complaining and murmuring all the way along the wilderness.
9) Stay humble – the beautiful thing about making mistakes and realizing that you have made mistakes lets you know that you are not perfect and that no one else is. The Bible says that the sin that God hates the most is Pride- or exalting the self. If we exalt the self- instead of the Spirit we’re in for a time when God will humble us down with His super nail file, or sander until we are His perfectly shaped vessel.
10) The Greatest Law – Love never fails !!!! Jesus’ love never failed you, so if you let His love grow in you then it will never fail you or let you down. It will cause you not to make mistakes.
If there is an area where you are failing here is a prayer for you –
If there is an area where I am missing the mark and not changing cause me to see it according to the way You see me as a redeemed child of God. Help me to grow and to change and to nourish and to grow closer in an intimate walk with You. Help me to seek after You with all my heart until I find You and help me to be able to live out this Christian walk. Lord God I thank You for being patient with me even when I have been judgmental and critical of others, judging others for their failures, and if there is any area not please reveal even that to me. Help me to stay humble and obedient to the Law of Your Love, and the quiet promptings of the Holy Spirit. Help me to grow and be patient. Help me to endure through all the sufferings and trials and tribulations and persecutions that come. I thank You that You are the rod that carries me and the staff that guides me through the wildernesses and this bold adventure you have called my life. Thank You for picking me up when I fall down. Help me to walk the Christian life. Thank You Father, You are gracious and slow to anger,
In Jesus Mighty Name I pray,