When we walk in the light of God's truth, everyone can see our good works; but rather than extolling us for our efforts, they will give the Glory to God (John 3:21; Matthew 5:16).
People know there is something different about a Believer - at least they should know we are different from the world, unless we are still walking in the flesh (Galatians 5:15-26).
However, there is a great deal more to our walk with Christ than surviving trials and doing good works. Our intimacy with God increases daily, through deprivation and abundance.
We learn wisdom from His guidance and we fall in love with Him more and more each day. Throughout times of both oppression and victory, our walk remains at a steady gait, because of our personal relationship with the God of the universe.
Even when we think we are experiencing a dry spell, this is only a time of companionable silence with the Lord. He is waiting for us to break out in songs of praise and words of love and adoration for all He means to us and all that He does for us - even all the little things, which we often do not notice or tend to take for granted.
Moses warned the Israelites of this very thing. They continually took God for granted, especially during peace-filled times of blessing and tranquility. Humans always tend to trust in their own resources, especially during good times; and then we fall into the rut of selfishness and pride (Deuteronomy 8:10-18).
We see from the Israelite's wandering in the desert that we often bring trials and hardships on our self. We reap the negative attitudes and behavior, which we allow Satan to perpetuate in our thoughts, words and actions.
However, our goal is to walk through each day trusting in the guidance of God's Spirit. This way we side-step the pitfalls and rejoice continually in His blessings in both the lean and the bountiful times.
Father God remind us to continually trust in You, and to follow Your direction for each moment of our day (Proverbs 3:5-6). When you bless us, we tend to trust in our own ability, to take credit for the victories. We forget that we need You for every breath we take. You desire to be more than a "fireman" to douse the flames of the issues of life and to keep them from consuming us.
You offer us an intimate relationship with You every moment of the day. We feel Your love cascading over us like a waterfall, Your peace wrapping us in a safe cocoon in the midst of life swirling by all around us, and Your righteousness replacing the negative thoughts, choice and emotions which normally direct our life.
Thought for the Day:
Thought for the Day:
Regardless of our earthly circumstances, God leads us in a level path because of the insecurity of life in this world. - Psalm 27:11