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Monday, March 25, 2024

Walking with God



 

Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?

—Amos 3:3

 

 

I cannot go by what I experience in this world or the emotions I feel. Those experiences and the feelings they evoke are not the truth about my life. If I choose to allow what I experience in this life or what I feel about myself to define me, then I attempt to make the Word agree with me. No matter what I experience or feel, the Word is truth and unchanging. I cannot walk with God unless I agree with Him.

 

We have ideas about God that may not be biblical. We have perceptions of ourselves that may not be biblical. If we are not agreeing with God, we block Him from working in our lives. We block the Word from producing fruit in us. We block God’s blessings.

 

I don’t want to live by what I experience or feel. I choose to live by what God says about me in His Word. I choose to believe that in my born-again spirit, my sinful nature has been crucified with Christ, and Christ has given me His new life. He who had no sin became my sin so I could receive His gift of righteousness (Galatians 2:20, 2 Corinthians 5:17, 21). When I choose to agree with this each and every day of my life, God’s truth becomes the foundation of my life and not what I feel, or what others think, or what my life experiences have taught me to believe.

 

I am so blessed in Jesus. Because of Him, God no longer imputes sin to me (Romans 4:8). That old person is dead. I am a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Jesus has presented me blameless and without fault to the Father (Ephesians 1:4). It is incredibly difficult to feel I am without fault. I know where I fall short. But Jesus didn’t fall short for me. His work was perfect, and it was finished. I choose to let His Word tell me who I am and not what my feelings tell me. 

 

There was that one moment in time when the grace of God found me—that one moment when He came down to me because I couldn’t go up to Him. And that one moment over two thousand years ago changed everything in my life. It was not just a moment. It was THE moment that became MY moment. I found new life instead of death. I believed by faith, and it was credited to me as righteousness (Romans 4:16-25). I was justified by faith in the finished work of Jesus, and not by what I do (Romans 3:28). Jesus is now the lifeblood of my heart,  and I know there is nothing I can do to improve on the gift of His grace.

 

If I agree with God—if I walk in faith with Him,  the fleshly feelings of the old person will not have the power to control me (Galatians 5:16). I surrender to Christ who lives in me. By faith I put on my new life created in His holiness and righteousness (Ephesians 4:24). I will live by the faith He has given me (Galatians 2:20, Romans 12:3). I will walk by faith in who Jesus says I am and not by what I experience in this life.

 

The flesh will continually try to claim me all the days of my life. But Jesus died once for all my sins (Romans 6:10, Hebrews 7:27, 9:12, 10:10). He paid the debt of sin that was against me long before I even existed. He died for the sins of my past, the sins now, and the sins to come. (Hebrew 10:10-14). If I try to prove to God my own merit and righteousness, I void the power of His grace (Galatians 2:21). I fall from His grace back into the law (Galatians 5:4). God gave the law to reveal my sin—my offense to God—not to cleanse me of it. His grace abounds more (Romans 5:20). Only the gift of Jesus’ innocent blood for my sins has the power to cleanse me. It is only Christ living in me who empowers me to live a life of grace greater than my sin. I choose to surrender to the righteousness He has imputed to me. I choose His grace over sin. I believe I am dead to sin but alive in Christ (Romans 6:11).

 

Does what I believe agree with what God says about me?  The absolute eternal truth of God’s unchanging Word challenges my human experience and what I feel is true. I may not feel righteous, but the Word says in Christ that I am (2 Corinthians 5:21). I may not experience healing or feel healed but the Word says in Christ that I am (1 Peter 2:24). And the Word goes on and on in every area of my life challenging my human experience and telling me that God’s grace is greater.

 

I have no reason to live in shame. I have no reason to fear. I have no reason to worry. Christ is my living hope (1 Peter 1:3). I am joined in my spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17). He is in me, and I am in Him (John 17:23). I am secure in His unchanging truth! I am victorious in His love for me! He is my peace and joy! Jesus has credited me with His gift of righteousness. Nothing stands between me and my Father. As Christ is in this world, so am I (1 John 4:17). This is who I am. Jesus, my hope of glory, lives in me (Colossians 1:27).

 

There is one moment that cost Jesus His life. It was not just any moment. It was the moment everything changed. And that one moment is true from now to eternity. 

 

My friend in Christ, God thinks no more highly of someone else than He does you. He wants to walk with you. He wants you to know in your heart the new life that is yours. That moment in time at the cross changed everything. The Word will challenge your perception and your understanding. Don’t change the Word because it does not agree with what you experience or feel. If you sow untruth in your heart, you reap death. If you sow His truth, you reap life. Agree with God. Keep on agreeing with God every moment of your life. Keep on receiving His truth in your heart. Never stop walking with Him.

 

© 2024 Lynn Lacher

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