Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Step #3 - Ask for the Ancient Paths

Welcome friends! I am glad you found my blog and I pray that my writings will guide you to finding peace in the presence of God and thankfulness in your trials so that you can live an abundantly free life in Christ.

The winner for January's book give-away is... Jody at http://fotojojo.blogspot.com/ Congratulations!  Please contact me by email with your address before the end of February and I will send you a copy of Jesus Calling!

For the month of February, I will be giving away a copy of The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian.  So, leave a comment on my blog and you will have the chance to win this fabulous book.

Now on to my topic:

For the past couple weeks, I have been walking you through some of the key steps that are essential to finding healing and deliverance from the pain and perpetual problems that plague so many believers in the body of Christ.  This is Step #3 - Ask For The Ancient Path and walk in it.  If you missed Step #1 and Step #2, you can read them here.

More than half the battle in life is knowing what to do, which way to go and how to get there.  Most likely, you are standing at a crossroads today.  In one direction, you see huge mountains looming; in the other direction, a deep pit and neither way seems a good option. 

You may be paralyzed with fear to take a step in either direction.  As you stand at the crossroads and look, learn to ask God which path to take.  Relying on your own understanding will only weigh you down with anxiety, fear and disbelief.  When you TRUST in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, then and only then, can you walk the high road above your circumstances as He directs your path. (Proverbs 3:5,6)
This is what the Lord says:
Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is,
and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.
Jeremiah 6:16
The ancient paths have ascents and descents.  There will be places that are grassy and some that are rocky.  Sometimes it will be dark and sometimes it will be light.  The path will be wide at times, but often, it will be so narrow you must carefully place one foot in front of the other.  Alas, there will be times when you stumble and fall.  Resist the temptation to give the object in your path, that caused you to trip, a swift kick, thereby injuring your foot (hint: it's not a rock).  In order for your steps not to falter, you must hold tightly to God's hand.
As for God, His way is perfect;
The Word of the Lord is flawless.
He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
He enables me to stand on the heights.
He broadens the path beneath me,
So that my ankles do not turn.
Psalm 18:30,33,36
 Give up the illusion that you deserve, and that there actually is such a thing as, a problem-free life.  Part of you is still hungering for the resolution to all your difficulties.  This is a false hope!  Peace is found when we learn to respond correctly to these difficulties, when we walk the ancient high road above our circumstances. 

If God were going to resolve all our difficulties, He would not need to enable us to stand on the heights.  As He told His disciples, "In this world you will have trouble, but take heart!  I have overcome the world". (John 16:33) When things go "wrong", thank Him for this spiritual blessing wrapped up as a trial and allow Him to pour his power and unfathomable peace into your life.

Each day, many times a day, we will find ourselves at a crossroad where we will need to call on the power of the Most High God.  Have you not heard, He will command His angels concerning you.  They will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

If you make the Most High your dwelling - even the Lord who is my refuge -
Then no harm will befall you,
No disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command His angels concerning you
To guard you in all your ways;
They will lift you up in their hands,
So that you will not strike your foot against a stone.        Psalm 91:9-12
You can never draw close to God or get to know him well unless you spend time alone with Him.  God has much to speak to you, paths to show you, healing to give you and peace to lavish upon you, but unless you draw aside from the busy-ness of your day and spend time alone with God in quietness and solitude, you will will miss it.  Even Jesus, himself, spent time alone with God!  If He had to, how much more should we!  

It is in these times alone with God that you see what "making God your refuge" looks like.  It is in these times alone with God that He imparts His wisdom to you and clearly shows you which path to take.  When you encounter God this way, you learn to keep your mind steadfast on the Lord and He lavishes His perfect peace upon you.  He will keep you in perfect peace because you trust in Him.  (Isaiah 26:3)  Please also see my post Year In Review to learn how to spend time alone with God.

A prayer for you to pray:

Lord, enable me today to trust you with every aspect of my life.  Show me the ancient paths, what the good way is and enable me to walk in it.  May I not lean on my own understanding, but acknowledge you in all my ways so that you can direct my paths. 

I am desperately aware of my need for your power in my life in order to walk the ancient paths.  Make my feet like a deer, able to go on the heights.   Broaden my path so my ankles do not turn.

Your Word says that if I make you my refuge, no harm will come near me.  Teach me what it means to make you my refuge.  Thank you for commanding your angels to guard me and hold me in their hands.  May I never come out from the covering of protection you have placed on my life.  I stand amazed in your presence, O Lord, My God and my redeemer.

Grace and peace be yours in abundance today~

1 comment:

C. M. Turner said...

Nena, thank you for commenting on my incourage post in the forum. It really means so very much to me. Reading your reply made me cry. Psalm 91:9-12 is exactly what I needed. Thank you~