I am learning to walk centered on the path God has for my life.
Matthew 6:33-34 (NASB)
"But continually seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Matthew 6:31-34 (NLT) "So don't worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern."
"So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today."
One of the biggest steps in our walk with God begins with trust. Do we really believe that God will do what He says He will? In our rational thinking, it makes perfect sense to trust God. The conflict many of us have is our rational thinking. It does not line up with what we really believe in the core of our being. HOW WE BELIEVE life really works.
Our God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow because God is a God of Truth. God's truth never changes. This is how we have the three persons of God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit and yet they are the One God. There is no separation in the truth of Jesus and the truth of the Father and the truth of the Holy Spirit. They are One in Truth. It is the truths of man that change with new knowledge, social acceptance and political movements.
As we seek His kingdom, which is a spiritual kingdom of righteousness, peace and joy on the earth today, He gives us all the mercy and grace we need to grow and learn how to apply His truths to our life. The better we become at applying kingdom principles in our life we will notice they have a tangible effect on the world around us. It takes effort and constant practice to put God in the center of everything we do.
As we practice applying the truths of God we are learning into our choices and lifestyle, we can trust God to lead us and help us grow out of any wrong thinking we have or have picked up along the way. All the while, God is teaching us His values and putting His character in us. We are being transformed from who we were with all our baggage of lies, our wrong thinking and self-deceptions into the man or woman we have been created to be all along.
Even though we are growing to express godly love, forgiveness and grace toward our fellow man and our thinking about ourselves and others improve, we must never forget that we have no righteousness of our own. We wear Jesus righteousness, always and His alone. It is Jesus, our defender, who presents us innocent of sin to our heavenly Father.
When we start thinking we are righteous on our own we are in for a revelation from our heavenly Father. The grace He gives us enabling us to walk in Jesus righteousness on the outside we continually carry on the inside is lifted from us as much as is needed for us to recognize the truth of our own fallen nature which is guaranteed to rear its head. When we are past our hard-headed stubbornness and pride He restores us giving us the grace to live fully in Him. Even when misguided by our pride we are always fully redeemed and forgiven in our willful rebellion against God.
Our God is the Perfect Father, who loves us completely and always wants the best for His children, no matter what we have done. As sons and daughters, we are learning God's sense of order about the family we are now a part of, our self and the world around us. We can trust the love of our heavenly Father and His mercy and grace as He molds and shapes us into who we have been created and purposed to be.
It is only the truth we know being applied in our life and toward others that gives us true freedom. As our understanding and comprehension of how completely we are loved grows we want to become a son or daughter that honors their Father and God in thought, word and deed.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?
How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?