We acknowledge the Lord with every step we take; we are aware of His presence. We look to Him; we look for Him; we trust Him. He is looking after us. We acknowledge Him because He matters to us. We do not ignore Him; we welcome all that His presence in our lives represents.
We welcome His input and His instructions as we do whatever He has asked us to do, in obedience and with joy. We acknowledge that He is with us at all times: in the midst of our conversations; at our dinner table; in our times of recreation and in all that we do. We know what it feels like to be in the midst of others we know and be ignored when our presence is not acknowledged. When we are not acknowledged, we do not feel welcomed. When we acknowledge the presence of the Lord, He knows He is welcome, and His will and His way become visible.
When we acknowledge the Lord, we place Him above others and ourselves. Everything that can be lifted up over Him is brought low, under His authority. The more we are aware of Him, the more we humble ourselves and His grace increases in our lives. The more we are aware of ourselves, the more pride increases to hinder our path. He delights to direct our paths. We ask and trust the answer that comes when our attention is focused on Him, from glory to glory!
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”
God is with us in our daily activities and as we are aware of His presence–we welcome Him in everything we do. We fellowship with Him moment by moment and don’t meet with others without Him. There are also times when we purposely focus on spending time alone with Him. It’s in these times of intimacy that we are transformed by His glory.
Hanging out with Jesus enables us to become like Him. The same is true with other relationships. We become like those we hang out with and without realizing it pick up habits or expressions from those companions. We must guard against anything that conflicts with the Christ-like character we are developing day-by-day. We are able to discern and break free from wrong associations as we increase our time with the Lord. Our holy boldness, surety in our steps, and ability to withstand opposition increases as we grab hold of who we are in Christ.
It is not our training or our education that makes us effective for the Kingdom. We are effective because we receive His knowledge and wisdom as the Holy Spirit coaches us in the things of the Kingdom. The boldness birthed from the confidence we have in Him is visible and tangible. As we fellowship with Jesus and have communion with Him, His characteristics become ours from glory to glory.
Acts 4:13 “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”
We are new creatures in Christ. Old things have passed away. This position we have in Christ is finished, but the possession of it is accomplished in our daily walk. With each step, we learn we are finished with what is truly gone.
To know, count as completed, that we are dead unto sin but alive unto God through Christ, is demonstrated through baptism. As our whole body goes in the water, we identify with His death on the cross. As we are raised up out of the water, we identify with His resurrection. Our old man is crucified with Him that henceforth, we should not serve sin. When we are dead, we are freed from sin. The outside shows what we believe our new birth has done on the inside. The old no longer exists. We can check the list of what used to be in our lives…before Christ, and place a checkmark next to done showing it is complete! The truth we know sets us free.
Our profession brings forth the possession of His promises because of our position in Him. Let’s not let what is dead hinder what is alive. Let us continually ignore what no longer has any power. The words we speak and believe in our hearts express this truth as we walk in this newness of life from glory to glory!
Romans 6:4 “Therefore we were buried with him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”
As we walk by faith, we obey God’s instructions regardless of what we see in the natural. It’s as we obey Him that the reality of His word is manifested. The more we walk with the Lord, the more we come to realize the transformation He has done in our lives. It unfolds as we go. It’s not shown to us before we walk, but it’s revealed as we walk.
In other words, someone cannot bargain with the Lord saying, “when you heal me completely, then I will obey you,” or “when you do this or that, then I will do this or that.” Our obedience to God is not conditional but comes from total trust in His word. He is our Lord and we trust Him to take us to wholeness with every step we take in His name. Without knowing the end result, we recognize the changes the Lord has done in our lives as we walk with Him.
It’s sometimes difficult to take a step of faith that God asks us to take, but our desire is to always obey Him. His way is always the best way, the only way, the way, the truth and the life! It’s as we go that we grow! Sometimes we go through things just so we can see that we are no longer who we used to be, that we have changed. As we go, others start seeing the healing of the Lord in our lives, in every area, from glory to glory.
Luke 17:13-14 And they lifted up their voices and said, ‘Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!’ So when He saw them, He said to them, ‘Go, show yourselves to the priests.’ And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.
Counting the provisions of God helps us appreciate what He does to a greater degree. It’s in the counting that we process and truly recognize how much He has done.
We can be so busy going from one thing to another that we don’t have time to stop and assess the blessings we walk through day by day. The best time to do so is at the end of each day, before we go to sleep. As we recount His provisions in the spiritual, emotional and natural realms, we recognize the abundance of what He has done. We can then trust Him in more areas where there may be a need.
There is always something more to seek, but what we have may be forgotten tomorrow. Today we have so much to rejoice over: what the Lord has done that we know about, and what we may not know about, blessings of what happened and of what did not happen. If we are counting more trials than blessings, let’s take another count taking no thought for tomorrow and no regrets for yesterday, from glory to glory!
John 21:11 “Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three; and although there were so many, the net was not broken.”
We should make decisions with no doubt. If we sense uncertainty, we must wait until we attain God’s peace. If it’s only 80%, wait for the 20% hesitation to be resolved. It might be something He will show us that we need to work on before going forth; the timing might not be right or all the pieces might not be in place. Whatever the reason, if we wait for total assurance, we will walk in the best God has for us.
We must pay attention to the check marks because some, if not considered, will become roadblocks. We can overlook some because they seem insignificant. We cannot ignore anything that hinders our peace. The Lord leads us not to move by giving us a lack of peace. If we realize we have taken a direction we were not sure of, we humbly surrender the situation to the Lord. He will show us what to do.
It is to be differentiated from self-doubt which comes from our carnal nature. The reservations are then pertaining to us and often come after we have made a faith decision. We pray for the Lord to remove any doubts so we can hear and move with surety in our steps. Let’s take heed to the precious witnessing of the Holy Spirit. He will guide us into all truth. We can depend on Him, from glory to glory!
Matthew 14:30-31 “But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’ And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ ”