Be careful dear ones where your feet tread. Here in Arizona during the hot summer months we need to watch carefully on all sidewalks and yards for fire ants. Being bit by even one is a bad experience. I know firsthand because one summer I walked into a group of them, wound up with 11 bites on one ankle. First couple of days were ok and then the true misery set in. I cannot put into words the pain and itch associated with them. I couldn’t sleep much less go for long without scratching an itch that could not be satisfied.
Our spiritual walks need to be careful ones too. In Joshua, the LORD says this after the forty years of Israelite wilderness wanderings……..
JOSHUA 1: 3 “I HAVE GIVEN YOU EVERY PLACE WHERE THE SOLE OF YOUR FOOT TREADS, JUST AS I PROMISED MOSES.”
Joshua was facing a huge obstacle bringing the Israelites into the Promised Land, but can you imagine Joshua trying to fill Moses’ shoes?
How often do we follow after someone’s steps only to discover that we will never measure up? How often do we think if I would have done more, or tried harder that there would have been better success!
Steps of success……..we all want them, we all strive for them, we all seek them. But what if seeking them is exactly our problem?
What if when we skip over GOD’S truth for us and walk ahead of HIM who created us and go against the grain of what we were designed to do, what if then, we are headed for disaster?
Our steps of success in GOD’S eyes are laid out before us in Joshua and they were there long ago, preserved for us to see and understand now in 2019……..
JOSHUA 1: 7 “ONLY BE STRONG AND VERY COURAGEOUS TO OBSERVE CAREFULLY THE WHOLE INSTRUCTION MY SERVANT MOSES COMMANDED YOU. DO NOT TURN FROM IT TO THE RIGHT OR THE LEFT, SO THAT YOU WILL HAVE SUCCESS WHEREVER YOU GO.”
OBSERVE CAREFULLY DEAR ONES.
And there it is too……..”that you may have good success wherever you go.”
Do we blindly step where we don’t see GOD’S purpose for us? How do we walk in HIS steps, because JESUS’ ministry was and is today…….a success.
We don’t see one another in our current culture – we are too darn busy looking at our cell phones or looking at some type of screen! Yes, screens of success are coveted today in 2019. They are our measure of success in this world.
But JESUS came to blow the world’s definition of success out of the water!
JESUS came so that we, as the Body of Christ could truly look at the world through HIS eyes and not through the world’s screens!
The Body of Christ itself is full of broken and weary people…….people with heartaches, people with disease, people with a desire however, to follow JESUS CHRIST. CHRIST broke for us on the Cross. Fully embrace that fact and you will see your success, your steps, not measured by the world’s ways, but by HIS ways.
JOSHUA 1: 7 “ABOVE ALL, BE STRONG AND VERY COURAGEOUS TO OBSERVE CAREFULLY THE WHOLE INSTRUCTION MY SERVANT MOSES COMMANDED YOU.”
The Body of Christ is full of broken souls walking each their own paths, their own steps that GOD has ordained for them and yet always walking towards CHRIST’S outstretched arms embracing them.
BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS DEAR ONES.
Our steps of success are measured in our willingness to humble ourselves to one another, to be broken and loving with one another……..to observe one another carefully!
CHRIST OBSERVED CAREFULLY EACH AND EVERY ENCOUNTER HE HAD. HIS SUCCESS WAS IN THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL AND IT IS OUR SUCCESS AS WELL.
CHRIST lives today, in us and around us! Today HE is alive and the success of the GOSPEL lives on! Our success will be in spreading the GOSPEL and it’s light wherever we go. Be HIS light.
JOSHUA 1: 8-9 “THIS BOOK OF INSTRUCTION MUST NOT DEPART FROM YOUR MOUTH; YOU ARE TO MEDITATE ON IT DAY AND NIGHT SO THAT YOU MAY CAREFULLY OBSERVE EVERYTHING WRITTEN IN IT. FOR THEN YOU WILL PROSPER AND SUCCEED IN WHATEVER YOU DO.”
The GOSPEL, plus careful observation, plus steps of truth, equals success for us! Until we fully embrace the absolute TRUTH, our steps are not headed in the right direction……..so walk carefully dear ones……..HIS success is ours only when we intentionally follow in CHRIST’S footsteps. HIS word is plain and simple beloved ones: FOLLOW ME!
JOSHUA 1: 9 “HAVEN’T I COMMANDED YOU; BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS? DO NOT BE AFRAID OR DISCOURAGED, FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU WHEREVER YOU GO.”