GET TOGETHER- THE STEPS OF THE REDEEMED ARE ORDERED
Ps 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. (NKJV)
Let me ask you a question. Have you been born again by repenting of your sin and putting your faith in the precious shed blood of Jesus Christ to save you from your sins? The Apostle Paul talks about this in Ro 5:9 “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. (NKJV) If you have I have some good news for you today! This passage in Ps 37:23 is talking about you child of God! When Jesus died for our sins on the cross and rose from the dead He positioned us to receive all the promises of God that He has given to His children. 2Co 1:20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. (NKJV)
On the other hand we do have to walk by faith for those promises to be fulfilled in our lives. There may be some circumstance going on in our lives today that to be honest the Lord didn’t order, but the forces of evil have come against us to keep us from walking in the steps that the Lord has ordered for us.
Let’s say a young man or woman has been given a lot of talent to glorify God through participating in athletics. Then the enemy comes and tries to get the young man, or woman off the steps that the Lord has for them by tempting them sexually, or in some other way. The young man or woman can use this as an opportunity to humble themselves before the Lord, or they can succumb to all the attention they are getting and fall to the temptation.
Sometimes the enemy may try to get us off the path that the Lord has ordered for us through sickness, sudden calamity, or by other means. Sometimes it can be through busyness. It can also come through apathy. So how do we stay on the path and fulfill the plan that God has for our lives? How do we walk out those steps that are ordered by the Lord? Here are three that come to mind at the present time as I am writing this. Certainly there are many more means of God’s grace that are steps to help us to stay on the right path, but these three will be very helpful to us.
1. First of all we make sure that He is first. He is the one that we desire to please. Not to get saved, but because we are saved. He has made us a promise and it is impossible for Him to lie. Joh 15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. Know that you have been chosen by him, appointed by Him, and anointed by him to bear everlasting fruit.
2. We don’t try to know the Bible for head knowledge alone but we meet with Jesus in the Scriptures. Through the Holy Spirit he meets us in every word: Heb 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
3. Stay involved in your local church. I see a lot of things about what the church is doing wrong, but I praise God that when I had an unexpected medical situation come up last week that the love of the people in not just our congregation, but others was so overwhelming that a couple of days when I was in recovery mode they were praying, sending texts, and encouraging me. There is a reason for this passage: Heb 10:25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (NKJV)
Let me give you an example of what I just mentioned. I had a procedure done on my heart. It was not a major procedure. However, for a couple of days after that I felt dingy from the anesthetic that they gave me. It brought back memories of when I used to do drugs many years ago. My thoughts were that is how people get addicted. They feel bad after the drugs wear off and then they want some more. I am thankful that as a believer in Christ these resources, weapons, and tools were available. As I said earlier these are just some of the means of grace that the Holy Spirit uses to help the righteous stay on the path that God has ordered for us. It would take a lot more room to list them all today.
Don’t forget that God has your steps ordered so draw on the weapons of our warfare and stay on the path. Believe that the Lord Jesus has awesome things set up for you. Not just awesome things, but eternal things!
Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus we thank You for paying the price for our salvation and for all that our salvation entails in this life and in the life to come. Help us to stay on that path that you have ordered. For we know that it is an eternal and glorious path.
In Jesus Name
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