Just Keep Walking

Just Keep Walking
Walking in the Spirit of Truth & Freedom

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand. Psalms 37:23-24 (NKJV)

I don't think anyone of us have escaped the condemning thoughts of the enemy.  It could be as simple as looking a little to long at something you're not suppose to, or hanging around the wrong people and making a bad choice to go along with something you knew to be wrong.  Fact is, it could be any number of things that we have participated in that can be used in an attack against us.

Condemnation from the enemy can paralyze us in our Christian walk as well.  Satan and his emissaries know this, and that is why they use this counterfeit tactic.  I say counterfeit because he has no right to do this.  Condemnation is for those who die in their sin - those who have not accepted the cleansing of Christ's blood through salvation.  Only one righteous judge reserves the right to judge, and that is Jesus. For those of us who are "In Christ," and who love God, there is no condemnation.  

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. Romans 8:1 (NKJV)

It is really simple when you think of the premise with which Satan works - if he can get you to believe that you are doomed, or beyond the love of God, then you will be tempted to stop walking with God.  I don't mean that you will openly denounce God (although many have resorted to this), but that you will simply stop having fellowship with Him out of guilt, and eventually lose your passion for Him and His Word.

King David was a man who made some huge mistakes - mistakes that some would have said were far too great for him to ever be used by God.  He had committed adultery and then murder to cover up his sin, and he had thought he'd gotten away with it.  That is, until God sent a prophet to confront him on his sin.  David confessed it before the Lord, and he repented of his actions.  

Q:    Why would God use David, knowing that he would do these things?

A:    Because even though David had fallen into sin, he desired to truly be a man of God - he was a man after God's own heart.

...He raised up for them David as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, "I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.' Acts 13:22 (NKJV)

God knows our heart, and it is our heart that He cares about and looks at rather than our outward appearance.  When we give our heart to the Lord, and ask Him to come in and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, He does!  He has made this promise to us.  There is no maybe - only "Yes" and "Amen."

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)

I know that I am not perfect - I fall and make mistakes just like any other man.  But it is my desire within my heart to know and love the Lord on a greater level every day.  That will mean trials, and tribulations, some suffering and pain as God shapes me into the person He desires - a person that reflects Jesus Christ.  

I can confidently know though that through my life's journey, that God will guide my path and see to it that I make it through each of the tests I will face.  We are told in Psalms that, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand."  That assures me that God will take care of me and that He will not cast me down when I make mistakes.  It says that He will hold me up with His hand - that same hand that was scared for me and bled for my sin.

Hey Christian, if you have, or are suffering from guilt, I want to encourage you to keep your eyes on the Lord.  Hold fast to His promises and His protection.  Don't listen to the enemy and his lies.  God can and will forgive you for all that you have done if you would simply come to the cross and seek His mercy, His grace, and His forgiveness. Just keep walking in the freedom that He has provided for you - freedom from the bondage of sin.  Just keep walking with Him daily - seeking Him for your strength, wisdom and guidance.  That's what it means to walk in the Spirit.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about God's faithfulness to those who love Him according to the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you living in guilt from poor choices you have made?  Are you walking in a way that God has chosen for you?

APPLICATION: Let God's forgiveness wash your guilt and shame away for good.  There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.  God said it, and that settles it.  Confess your sin, repent and start walking with Him in the fullness of life that He has planed for you.

Father, Thank You for Your forgiveness of my sin.  Thank You for the joy of knowing that I have been declared righteous by the blood of Your Son.  Help me today to remember that when I make mistakes and fall short of Your glory.  Help me to walk in victory over the enemy's lies so that I may be a light unto others.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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