HAPPY NEW YEAR! How lovely it is that I get to write to you all again. I hope you are faring beautifully well and that you are drawing into a deeper closeness with God this year already.
Are any of you a “New Year Resolution” type gal or guy??? If yes, I’d like to know what some of yours are. If no, I’d like to know why. (Of course, sharing in either case is completely up to you, but I hope you do. 😉)
I am not a New Year Resolution gal . . . hahaha. I feel like some people are very surprised at that. I think I came to that thought some years back when I started to think, “well why wait till the start of a certain date to do something I know I want to do or I know will benefit me?” January 1st could as well be November 27th and either day is a new day that the Lord has made and if God leads me to something new on either day, I’d like to tackle it then. For example, I began something new on like the 27th or 28th of December last year because a friend had inspired me to do so by her actions. I feel like a New Year resolution gal or guy would have said, “Oh great idea. Come January 1st, I’m going to begin X” – do you guys think the same? Well, maybe, maybe not, but that’s my reason. Plus, I’m all for being realistic in my commitments rather than doing it just because.
What I am though, is a believer in Seasons – life seasons. Different seasons with different levels. I think I can say even the Bible agrees with this one. Ecclesiastes 3:1.
This actually brings us to what I’m going to be sharing with us today. I shared this message with my family and friends over the Christmas holiday and I believe God wants to also give us the same charge as we embark on the new season or new level of the same season that He brings us into this year.
If I could give this any one title, it’ll be [you guessed it], “Walking Intentionally with God.” I’ll be sharing from Ephesians 4:17-32; 5:1-20. No fear, we won’t be digging into these verses all at once! Starting from today, I will share and breakdown the passage verses by verses.
I link the passages so if you click on the highlighted verses below, you should be able to read them directly and return to this post 😊
VS 17-19: The gentiles glory in the futility of their thinking. Yet, they think they are wise because they actually do sound wise, but they live in ignorance from the life of God. They have darkened hearts and are insensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. They are greedy and regard their opinions above God’s. It’s easy to imagine these people as outrightly demonic or explicitly evil people, but if we really look at this, this verse is referring to everyday friends, peers, colleagues that we encounter. People whose thinking and morals sound rational and just, even we ourselves find good reason in them and might rationally want to agree.
But here’s the issue. When you pair that point of view with what God’s instructions in His Word says, it absolutely does not line up. God instructs us to test every spirit to see if it is of God (1 John 4:1). A lot of “controversies” going on in our generation these days stem from people believing there are various moral or ethical ways to live by, but in living intentionally with God, He gives us a standard to follow. And most times, these standards are clear, even when they do not entirely make sense or seem just.
In walking intentionally with God, and intentionally wanting to please Him, we must recall that the rules of living that He set is THE way. And as much as the devil would like to convince us that some of them are unkind or inconsiderate, we must recall that the Almighty One can do no wrong. Job 34:10 says, “Far be it from God to do evil.” Job 4:17 says, “Can a mortal be more righteous than God?” Spoiler: the answer is NO. He is our Creator. He has dictated from the start what goes and what doesn’t go. And even when He doesn’t reveal reasons to us, we must remember it is all for our good (I hope to do a Bible Study on this soon, “Trusting the will of God.” Because the extent we believe God’s plan is for our ultimate best affects the extent to which we obey His commands).
We must recall that “The fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom” Proverbs 9:10. A person who does not fear God can have earthly wisdom, but not wholesome [Godly] wisdom. We can know whether people fear and have a regard for God by the words they say, by their actions. To live intentionally for God, we CANNOT afford to take “way of life” advice or point of views from persons that do not regard God, from those that do not place Him in the highest of highest. He is not just some “big guy upstairs” or “the universe.” He is GOD. No matter how unfair the devil tries to paint His instructions, we must fight to remember that we mortal humans cannot be more righteous than Him. His way is THE way.
When we live our lives with this perspective, we will look like fools to the people of the world, and even to some other “Christians.” But remember, we must constantly choose whom we will serve, who we will live our lives pleasing: Others? Ourselves? or GOD?
“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15.
And, that’s it for today folks! I hope you check back in tomorrow for a continuation of this “Walking [Intentionally] with God” series.
Stay blessed and a blessing,