He Leadeth Me: Lessons in Belief and Obedience
- Thursday, September 03, 2009
Stay on the Path
My journey of faith has taken me through some new territory in the past three or four years: great upheaval, physical suffering, depression, hopelessness, and confusion. Nonetheless, by God's grace I will keep pressing forward on the journey and keep passing those milestones: I will choose to obey, and I will choose to believe. I will have faith in God, Who never leaves me nor forsakes me. I will choose to love my enemies, and I will believe that what God says is true—even if I can't "see" it yet.
Two simple stories. Two significant milestones. An ongoing journey of faith. He leadeth me, and He leadeth you, too, and we, His children, follow Him. Let's stay on the path—by faith.
Can you recall your first steps on the journey of faith?
I encourage you to set aside some time to wait on the Lord—in a quiet place, all by yourself. Quiet your soul and listen with your heart. Ask your heavenly Father to remind you of ways that He has taught you lessons of belief and lessons of obedience as He has matured your faith. Write down the memories as they come to mind. Thank Him, and ask Him to continue to guide you "in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake." (Psalm 23:3)
Your Father can show you ways that He has taught you His lessons. He leadeth us; by His own hand He leadeth us. Meditate on these precious truths from God's Word.
"Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations." Deuteronomy 7:9
"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it." I Thessalonians 5:23-24
"Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." I Peter 1:18-23
"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Hebrews 11:6
"Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; and being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him." Hebrews 5:8-9
"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me." Hebrews 13:5-6
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