A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, May 26, 2015
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.” – Psalm 37:23
Too many of God’s children are more concerned about missing it, rather than walking in His tried, tested, and true Promises. My brothers and sisters, this should not be! Place your confidence in the Lord God Almighty Who will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). The psalmist King David steadies our steps on the sure Word of God as he establishes “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him” (Psalm 37:5).
One of my wife and my almost-daily declarations is “Father, we thank You that You will not allow us to miss it. We thank You that our feet are permanently bound to the steps You have ordered for us, and you will not allow us to veer to the right or to the left; but You keep us in the perfect steps that You have established for us, keeping us in Your perfect way and perfect timing. We thank You that You will not allow the devil, any demon, any opposing force, any person, not even us to cause us to deviate from the steps you have ordered for us. In Jesus Name, Amen and Amen.”
I have said many times before that God is not a “gotcha” God. He is not going to promise you one thing and then do something contrary to His promise or pull the rug out from you. If one of my children asks me for directions, I am certainly not going to give them wrong directions! So how much more will our Perfect Father not steer us wrong?!
Matthew 7:11 backs up this truth as it secures the way: “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!” Guidance from God and ordered steps from above are certainly good gifts!
As my wife and I were discussing this some months ago, she brought forth wisdom (as she often does). She said “God provides us directions, but where we go wrong is when we stop along the way and ask a person for directions, which is how we end up getting lost.” There is a difference between asking for directions, which come from God, and seeking confirmation and clarity from Godly people. God puts people in our path for this latter purpose, and also to speak truths and prophecy to us which serves as sign posts, guide posts, and markers for our already God-given and established path. When we ask people for directions, as well meaning as they are, sometimes they give us the wrong ones.
Too many times, when we misstep, we think we missed it. “Not so!” declares the Lord. Just like when programming destination into our gps, we may take a wrong turn, but this device will recalibrate for us, plotting a new path, and ultimately getting us to our final destination.
Trust your GPS (God Positioning System). You may make a misstep, which is a misplaced or awkward step (© 2014 Farflex Dictionary), but your Faithful and Mindful Father will recalibrate for you, get you back on track, and won’t allow you to miss it.
“But wait a minute, Brother Matt,” I hear some of you saying, “Isn’t making a misstep the same as veering to the right or to the left, which is what you and your wife declare to the contrary?” And this is a good question. The answer is no, because God is outside of time. We need to start looking at things with our spiritual eyes from God’s eternal perspective, and not with our temporal sight which limits us to the temporal viewpoint which is within time.
God looks at us from His intent, which is His expected end for each of us. This expected end is what our Creator spoke into us before He formed us and knit us together in our mother’s womb. “‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,’ saith the Lord, ‘thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end’” (Jeremiah 1:5a, 29:11).
Think of it another way: a sports team can make it all the way, having a perfect record. Does this mean that every single play that every single player made was perfect? Not at all! Players fumble, strike out, miss the goal; but overall they can still have a perfect record of all wins and no losses.
This is what Jesus Christ has done for us. Although we fumble, miss the mark, drop the ball, or cause a penalty, the Son of God and Son of Man Who lives within every believer has caused us to have a perfect record; because it is He Who has already made the way for us through His life, death, and resurrection. It is the Christ Who has already secured our eternal destiny, and is with us every step of the way.
Father, we repent for not being fully confident in Your Word, Who is Jesus Christ. We come into agreement with the apostle Paul who confessed with conviction: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). In Jesus Name, we thank You that our steps are ordered by You, and because we commit our way to your Most Perfect Way, that you keep us in Your steps, and will not allow us to miss it. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to believe the Word of the Lord concerning you. Determine to walk in your Father’s Way that He has established for you. Confess daily your agreement with what the Creator of the Universe has already decreed and declared concerning you. And continue to fight the good fight of walking in your Daddy’s footsteps; for God, your Perfect Fit, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2015, unless otherwise noted.