February 20, 2010

Steps of Faith DEUTERONOMY 10:12-13

The Bible portrays the Christian life as a walk. It speaks of walking in the Spirit, in God’s ways, in love, and in truth. Our lives, then, shouldn’t be stagnant; they ought to move and develop to be increasingly like Jesus’. Scripture calls this “sanctification.”

But what if you feel that you’re going backward instead of forward? Do you know how to turn around? Only by faith in Christ can any of us move in the right direction. Here’s how to correct your course:

– First, have assurance that God keeps every promise. The Bible contains an amazing number of guarantees for believers, including wisdom for the asking, God’s constant presence, and peace when we focus on Him.

– Second, anticipate the Father’s response. In other words, prepare for what He will do because of your confidence in His promises.

– Third, be aware daily of His involvement in your life. By spending time in the Word, prayer, and meditation, you will become sensitive to what He is doing.

– Fourth, pray boldly because you are God’s child (Heb. 4:16). Approaching the Father in such a manner isn’t a prideful confidence, but an overflow of your assurance in Him.

– Finally, obey the leading of the Holy Spirit. This is the true test of your belief—in fact, the Bible says that without action, faith is dead (James 2:17).

Can you sense that your life is progressing and you are maturing into Christ’s likeness? Or do circumstances and character traits seem to hold you back? God promises to continue making His children beautiful throughout their lives. You can resist Him or cooperate with His gracious work in you.