by Dr. Charles Stanley
Monday July 25, 2005
How to Walk Wisely
Last week we learned the ABCs of walking wisely before God. Now it is time to move ahead toward developing a consistent Christ-centered lifestyle. What are its characteristics?
Determination. Walking in wisdom does not happen automatically. We must decide ahead of time to pursue godly living wholeheartedly.
Focus. To stay on the path of God's will, we must fix our attention on God's Word. As we meditate on Scripture and absorb its truths, our minds will be aligned with Christ's and our choices in tune with biblical principles.
Spirit Sensitivity. With close attention to Scripture and a steady determination to live a holy life, we will be more sensitive to the Spirit's promptings. He is our guide, who communicates the direction we should take.
Trust. Sometimes God's choice for us does not appear sensible. It may seem foolish or require sacrifice. Belief in God's perfect wisdom is necessary if we are to walk according to His plan.
Courage. Some things God requires of us may cause us to react with fear. As our trust in Him deepens, our courage will grow, and we will discover the joy of embracing His choice for us.
Perseverance. It is one thing to start out on the right path; maintaining the correct direction over the course of a lifetime is something else. Through dependence on the Lord, we can persist and choose wisely over a long period.
Wisdom-walking requires that we continually practice a few basics: know God, trust Him, listen, and obey. Is this your pattern for living? Remember, a lifetime of godliness develops one choice at a time.
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