Monday, June 02, 2014

June 2, 2014 … Walking Carefully

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 153

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please go this video link to hear The Gettys, Keith, writing and Kristyn singing By Faith, reminding Christians we must walk by faith and not by sight in following Christ - every step carefully following His path in life.

Highlight Passage – NKJV: Ephesians 5: 15 [NKJV] …  
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. … 17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Highlight Passage [Context] – NKJV: Ephesians 5: 1-17 [NKJV] … Go to this link 

 Reference Passages #1 Proverbs 3: 5-6 …  
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; 
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. 

Reference Passages #2 … Yes … AGAIN!! … Luke 9: 23 …  
23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. …“

Reference Passages #3 Ephesians 5: 1-2 …  
1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

Reference Passages #4 2nd Corinthians 5: 6-8 …  
6 So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. 

My Journal for Today: My Our Daily Bread devotional for this date took me back to a reminder of a very important truth in Christian living; and that is … we must walk carefully in this world. And I can just sense some of you – right now - saying … “Duh, who doesn’t know that?!” And you’d be right if you’re feeling that way. It’s an evil world we live in; and Satan is going to do everything he can to trip us up or misdirect us along our path in life.

The word picture I often use to remember this reality is of being forced to walk through a minefield where some live mines may be dangerously buried in the field. And I ask anyone, given this scenario, … “Would you want to be the first one to walk through the minefield; … OR … would you rather follow someone who has a mine detector?” Well, again, “DUH!!” … It’s a no brainer, right?! And even if one was following another with a mine detector, we’d walk very carefully, wouldn’t we?

And that’s essentially what Paul was trying to get across to the believers in Ephesus as he was exhorting them to “walk circumspectly” in those evil times, which is a warning that is extremely, if not more, pertinent in these times in which we live. I say again, don’t we know that Satan is going to do all he can to divert us, misdirect us, or get us to follow him rather then for us to seek out and follow God’s ways? Of course he is! So, we’ve got to do all we can to walk by faith as Kristyn Getty sings in the song linked above. [see also 2nd Cor. 6: 7 above]

And when you take in all the truths from Scripture reference above, I will pray we all walk carefully today through the minefield we will have to navigate today.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, may all of us who walk by faith, walk that walk ever so carefullly by following You today! … Amen

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