Memories of summers past fill my thoughts these days as I near the last year of my fifties. I am older than my parents were when they owned property on an island in Howe Sound, BC, a beautiful getaway where for years we tented, hiked, picked huckleberries, swam in the unpolluted salt-water, lanterns shone across the picnic table and flashlights were used if we were going out on the trail in the dark. There was nothing and nobody on the island to hurt us but it was always scary for me if we visited friends around the bay and had to walk ‘home’ in the dark.
The twinkling stars and moonlight interrupted the dark as my sisters and brother and I hiked the trails we knew by heart. One of us girls (usually) had a flashlight and it was comforting to know we could switch it on if the darkness was too thick. The pools of light would be in circles at our feet and the trees and bushes were just shadowy shapes outside the circle. When we shone the flashlight outside of our immediate circle, always we would see sets of two lights scattered among the trees. The eyes of the deer were reflecting the light back to us and even though sometimes I was scared, they were gentle, harmless creatures who knew we would do them no harm.
God’s word is a lamp for our feet, giving light on our path so we know where and how to walk. Just as a flashlight illuminated our trail in the dark, as we declare and vocalize His words over our circumstances, His word of power will have an effect. His word will break open the darkness and He will show us the snares the enemy has set, enlarge our path so our feet do not slip and most of all, He will fill our hearts with courage to follow Him. He will mold and shape our hearts so they become soft, pliable and completely yielded to Him.
At His side, we will stay, intent and listening for His heart to speak.
The lamp of His word gives light to our feet in our present, right where we are path. Would you like to walk in concert with Him and nevermore stray?
“There is a time of transitioning ourselves from the broad way to the Highway, a time of putting away the nature and desires of the old man and learning to become skilled in the putting on of the new man, walking adeptly with the full armor of God and clear focus.
Having learned the ways of God, let us determine in our hearts that we will keep them. There is One who walks forever with us, sticking closer than a brother, continually interceding for us and holding out to us the Lamp of Truth.
It is truly liberating when we no longer cry out for grace and mercy to cover us but, instead, live out of the fullness of the Holy Spirit within us. Purity then brings forth unity as we have learned to live being empowered and emboldened by the Spirit’s holiness.
We flow with Him with grace and beauty, doing His bidding, answering His beckoning. We have reckoned ourselves dead to sin and fully alive in Christ. Childish ways are put behind us; we step up to the plate of maturity, recognizing our places as sons and daughters in the Kingdom of God. We think, speak and act differently than before. We are clothed in love and humility and everything about us filters and flows through them.
Our flesh and our souls harmonize with our spirits and this unity serves as our protection. We have been consistent in our concentration to be fully persuaded by the precepts of our Father.
As we run our race, pressing on and pressing in, we begin, through perseverance, to lay hold of the eternal things that Christ Jesus has already attained for us. We run the race, not having eyes flitting about and arms flailing, but rather, with tunnel vision, keeping our eyes on the goal and knowing that gaining the prize will cost us discomfort to our flesh.
Maturity and fruitfulness walk together, having had as constant companions Grace and Knowledge. Grace enables us when we need to experience the sufficiency of the Almighty, and Knowledge is the foundation Wisdom and Righteousness build upon. The one who is all-knowing has prepared and established a path for us and shown us how walk upon it.
Allow His word to be the bait that captures you, His love be the hook upon which your life is held. Learn to walk in Hs ways. Learn to trust Him. Learn to lean into Him and feel the weightiness of His presence. Let Him set you as a precious jewel as in the breastplate of the High Priest. Forever He holds you close to His heart; forever He is reminded of you as His shoulders bear your weight.
Can You Hear Him?
In your times of darkness, recount how the word of God has been a light to your feet and caused you to see the path you were to walk.
Has it been hard for you to consistently observe and do the word of God in the face of rivalry? Have you been aware of any differences when you make the decision to speak the Word only and begin to offer your sacrifices of praise?
Do you find that when you are consistently spending time in the word of God that the snares of the enemy become visible? Why do you think that is?
Does it fill your heart with joy to realize that nothing can steal the word from your heart – do you understand that they are your inheritance and belong to you?
Have you been learning to flow with the Holy Spirit and develop a keener awareness of Him speaking to you? Are you applying yourself to listen for His Voice?
Can you hear Him as He stamps your heart with the imprint of His love and the truth of His Word?” Excerpt from Beckoned by the King, Psalm 119:105-112 where the Hebrew alphabet for this section of Scripture is ‘Nun’ which is likened to concentration.
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