“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.”
Psalms 1:1-3 NASB
I have spent a lot of time walking through my spiritual Jordan at flood stage. Each day is a step of faith as I get up and get going. I reflect on the latter stages of my dad’s dementia and I recall the daily power the Lord gave me to survive. There have been many times when I have had to call upon the power provided from above. I try to be intentional in studying the Scriptures. I find that in them is the truth of how I am to be.
I have found that doing an annual reading through of the bible has helped to bring the word of God into my innermost parts, where I can call seupon it when I need to know His truth. It is like a really good spiritual marinade where I am soaking and being infused with the flavorful goodness of the Lord.
Walking in the spirit is so much easier when the mind is transformed. It becomes my new nature. In the past I had to trip the switch to go into saint mode. My God was in a compartment, separated from the rest of me.
I love psalm one. When I read it I see a cautionary tale as a believer is devolved as he walks, stands and sits with the ungodly. Each step is a new marinade, a different soaking as the influence of the Lord, begins to yield to the influence of evil one.
As I have grown in the faith, I find that I am more likely to seek the fellowship of people who are walking in righteousness. It is actually easy, as many of the people who might be a bad influence tend to avoid me.
We are in a time when the flesh is being called upon and referenced like never before. The emotions and the tyranny of the now are driving people to make huge decisions with no eye toward long term consequences. Our world is not constant. Every precedent we set now will be used against us later on.
So many are resorting to solutions bound by the flesh and not those of God. We seek the political solution for the spiritual problem. We come up short. All the things that we are witnessing are the opening salvo of a long dark trial that the world will face. I can tell things will get worse. They are not going to get better.
Believers, now is the time to focus in on the Lord like never before. Instead of seeking the political influencer or the pundit, seek the counsel of the One who has the answers. Focus on life in Christ, focus on building a durable faith, genuine and focused on the word of God. In the dark days ahead, that is what will help you get through. We are definitely heading for darker days. “Whoever has an ear, let them hear…”
Rejoice today in the freedom that you have to worship. Sing loud to your Savior, (unless you are in California) and lift up holy hands. Encourage your fellow believers, pray for one another. If ever there was a need for intercessors, it is now.
Make the most of each day, walk with the godly, evangelize the lost, love with the power of God. History is being rolled up like a rug. Time is short. Do the work while it is still light. The sun is going down.
“Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.”
John 12:35-36 NKJV