Walk This Way:  Walk a Path of Immortality

Walk This Way: Walk a Path of Immortality

Every day you and I face a variety of choices regarding the path we take.  Many things influence our decisions for both good and bad, yet God wants us to choose daily to walk according to His ways .  Over the next 23 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Walk This Way”, with the prayer that it helps you to grow in your walk with God as you pursue a greater understanding of the path He calls you to.

Here is day nine with an important reminder that walking God’s way will lead you on a path of immortality.

Walk a Path of Immortality

“In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.
Proverbs 12:28 (NIV)

How long do you expect to live?  How long would you like to?  How much effort do you put into increasing your lifespan?  Do you know of people who have been labeled immortal because of the impact of their life on others long after they died?  What do you think it takes for a person to leave a godly legacy?  Is there a connection between the way you walk in this life and the path to immortality?

The Bible teaches that immortality is found on a path that follows the way of righteousness.  In seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, we can be adopted into the eternal family of God!  As you pray, ask God to help you examine the ways of your life compared to His righteousness.  Pray that you would daily choose a path that leads to immortality as you walk with Christ.  Pray that the path you walk would not only lead to eternal life, but that it would leave a legacy that illuminates the path for the generations that will follow you.  Pray that the people around you would join you on this path.

In prayer,

Tom  

Walk This Way:  Walk a Path of Humility

Walk This Way: Walk a Path of Humility

Every day you and I face a variety of choices regarding the path we take.  Many things influence our decisions for both good and bad, yet God wants us to choose daily to walk according to His ways .  Over the next 24 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Walk This Way”, with the prayer that it helps you to grow in your walk with God as you pursue a greater understanding of the path He calls you to.

Here is day eight with an important reminder that walking God’s way will lead you on a path of humility.

Walk a Path of Humility

He has showed you, O man, what is good.  And what does the LORD require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8 (NIV)

What comes to mind when you think of humility?  Do you think of strength or weakness or something in between?  Who do you know that you would describe as humble?  What about their life makes you think that about them?  Is it possible to be humble and a great leader at the same time?  Why or why not?  How do you think others would rate the level of humility that you exhibit in your life?  Would you be willing to ask them?

God speaks through the prophet Micah and says that one of the things He requires from us is that we would walk humbly with Him.  Perhaps one of the reasons He says that is because humility is necessary to do the other parts mentioned — act justly and love mercy.  As you pray, ask God to help you have an accurate view of who you are in His eyes.  Pray that your faithfulness in being who God has called you to be will help you live in humility.  Pray that your identity in Christ would allow you to live in a way that you don’t feel the need to prove yourself to those around you.  Pray that your life would be lived in such a way that people would know you as humble.

In prayer,

Tom  

Walk This Way:  Walk a Path of Holiness

Walk This Way: Walk a Path of Holiness

Every day you and I face a variety of choices regarding the path we take.  Many things influence our decisions for both good and bad, yet God wants us to choose daily to walk according to His ways .  Over the next 25 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Walk This Way”, with the prayer that it helps you to grow in your walk with God as you pursue a greater understanding of the path He calls you to.

Here is day seven with an important reminder that walking God’s way will lead you on a path of holiness.

Walk a Path of Holiness

And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness.  The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.
Isaiah 35:8 (NIV)

Have you ever been turned away from a place or event because of a restriction on who could enter or attend?  How did it make you feel?  Have you ever been invited into a place or event that is normally restricted?  How does that feel?  What do you think about restaurants or places that have strict dress codes to enter?  Have you ever not gone somewhere because you didn’t want to conform to the expected standard?

God talks about a place of gladness and joy for those are redeemed.  A place where those ransomed by the Lord will walk in holiness.  It is a highway for all who would choose to walk a path of holiness in Christ.  As you pray, ask God to help you pursue a life of holiness that can only be found in Jesus.  Pray that you would daily put aside the garments that are stained by sin.  Pray for the wisdom to do away with all foolish thoughts and actions.  Pray that you would not falter in your walk as you allow God’s holiness to cover you.  Pray that the people around you would follow your example in walking a path of holiness.

In prayer,

Tom  

Walk This Way:  Walk a Guided Path

Walk This Way: Walk a Guided Path

Every day you and I face a variety of choices regarding the path we take.  Many things influence our decisions for both good and bad, yet God wants us to choose daily to walk according to His ways .  Over the next 26 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Walk This Way”, with the prayer that it helps you to grow in your walk with God as you pursue a greater understanding of the path He calls you to.

Here is day six with an important reminder that walking God’s way will lead you on a guided path.

Walk a Guided Path

When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you.  For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life.
Proverbs 6:22-23 (NIV)

Have you ever been lost?  How did you get “unlost”?  Have you ever visited a place only to discover later that you had missed some of the best parts of that location because you didn’t know where they were?  What could you have done to facilitate a more complete visit?  How do you feel when someone asks you for tips on how to best enjoy something that you have already experienced?  Does that feeling change if you find out they didn’t follow any of the advice you had given?  Why?

Many times we miss out on the best part of our journey because we fail to look to God as our guide in everything.  God says that His words and commands should be a guide to our path in every area of our life.  As you pray, ask God to help you follow His instructions for the path you should be walking.  Pray that the godly teaching of right and wrong would guide you into wise decisions about how you will live.  Pray for the courage and humility to admit to God that you are lost and ask Him to guide you.  Pray that the way you live your life would guide others to Christ.

In prayer,

Tom  

Walk This Way:  Walk a Path of Goodness

Walk This Way: Walk a Path of Goodness

Every day you and I face a variety of choices regarding the path we take.  Many things influence our decisions for both good and bad, yet God wants us to choose daily to walk according to His ways .  Over the next 27 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Walk This Way”, with the prayer that it helps you to grow in your walk with God as you pursue a greater understanding of the path He calls you to.

Here is day four with an important reminder that walking God’s way will lead you on a path of goodness.

Walk a Path of Goodness

Then you will understand what is right and just and fair — every good path.
Proverbs 2:9 (NIV)

What is your standard for determining if a thought, a word, or an action is good or bad?  When you hear of someone being called a good person, what qualities about them come to your mind?  What are some tangible expressions of goodness that a person could show to you?  How often do you do those things for someone else?  How does wisdom from God help you to purify your definition of goodness?

Solomon says that God gives wisdom so that we would know how to walk a path that is right and just and fair — a path of goodness.  As you pray, ask God to fill you with a wisdom that can only come from Him.  Pray that your life would reflect goodness from His point of view.  Pray that you would be more concerned about how you represent the goodness of God than you are about others being good to you.  Pray that you would seek to know and do that which is right and just and fair.  Pray that the people around you would know the goodness of God because they see it expressed in the path you walk each day.

In prayer,

Tom  

Walk This Way:  Walk a Path of Freedom

Walk This Way: Walk a Path of Freedom

Every day you and I face a variety of choices regarding the path we take.  Many things influence our decisions for both good and bad, yet God wants us to choose daily to walk according to His ways .  Over the next 28 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Walk This Way”, with the prayer that it helps you to grow in your walk with God as you pursue a greater understanding of the path He calls you to.

Here is day four with an important reminder that walking God’s way will lead you on a path of freedom.

Walk a Path of Freedom

I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.   I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.
Psalm 119:32, 45 (NIV)

Do you usually think of laws as giving freedom or restricting freedom . . . Or some of each?  Why?  How do you feel when you find yourself in a situation that you are unsure about what is allowed?  How much freedom do you desire in the way you live?  How much freedom do you tend to allow others to have in the way they live?  How would your life change if you were to daily view God’s commands as “safety rails”, giving you freedom and protection to live life at full speed within them?

David says that he can walk about in freedom, even run in the path of God’s commands, because he seeks out God’s laws.  As you pray, ask God to help you see His love through the commands He has given.  Pray that you would learn to love the laws of God as you understand more fully their purpose in protecting you and giving you freedom.  Pray that you would help others to walk that same path of freedom without binding them with rules of your own making.  Pray for wisdom to not use your freedom as an excuse to sin or as a stumbling block to others.

In prayer,

Tom  

Walk This Way:  Walk a Path of Fellowship

Walk This Way: Walk a Path of Fellowship

Every day you and I face a variety of choices regarding the path we take.  Many things influence our decisions for both good and bad, yet God wants us to choose daily to walk according to His ways .  Over the next 29 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Walk This Way”, with the prayer that it helps you to grow in your walk with God as you pursue a greater understanding of the path He calls you to.

Here is day three with an important reminder that walking God’s way will lead you on a path of fellowship.

Walk a Path of Fellowship

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
1 John 1:7 (NIV)

Who do you enjoy spending time with?  Why?  From your perspective, what makes a person a good friend and someone you want to spend time with?  Of the qualities you just listed, how many are present in your life on a consistent basis?  What do you think of the statement, to have a friend you must first be a friend?  Are there times you can be a friend to someone that does not yet know how to be a friend?

Relationships with people are hard for me but I suspect that you know that because they are probably difficult for you too.  It is often our faults, our sins, that destroy the fellowship we long for with one another.  God says that when we walk in the light of Jesus we can walk in fellowship with one another because He cleanses us from all sin.  As you pray, ask God to help you walk daily in fellowship with Him.  Pray that you would know the fellowship of God’s presence as you forgive and are forgiven.  Pray that living in God’s forgiveness would help you to walk a path of fellowship with the people around you each day.

In prayer,

Tom  

Walk This Way:  Walk a Fearless Path

Walk This Way: Walk a Fearless Path

Every day you and I face a variety of choices regarding the path we take.  Many things influence our decisions for both good and bad, yet God wants us to choose daily to walk according to His ways .  Over the next 30 days I will be sharing from the devotional journal, “Walk This Way”, with the prayer that it helps you to grow in your walk with God as you pursue a greater understanding of the path He calls you to.

Here is day two with an important reminder that walking God’s way will lead you on a fearless path.

Walk a Fearless Path

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4 (NIV)

What things tend to fill you with fear?  Where is the scariest place that you have ever walked?  What made you so fearful there?  What brings you comfort and peace when you are in the midst of frightening circumstances?  What gives you the courage to overcome your fears?  How would you walk in a way that shows no fear?

For most of us, having a trusted friend with us in the midst of our fears can be a great help and comfort.  We gain courage in knowing we don’t have to walk our path alone.  In the familiar twenty-third Psalm, David says he can walk a fearless path because he knows God is with him.   As you pray, ask God to continually remind you of His presence in the midst of all your fears.  Pray that your trust of Him would grow as you recognize His ever-abiding presence.  Pray that your life would be lived in a way that you become the presence of Jesus that someone else needs when facing their fears.  Pray that  you would not be distracted in your walk with God by fear but that you would enjoy a fearless walk with Christ.

In prayer,

Tom