The Bible tells us, in Matthew 26:28, that just before Peter denied Jesus three times, the Scriptures says that he was following Him from afar.
“And Peter was following Him (Jesus) from afar, even to the court of the high priest. And having entered within, he was sitting with the guards to see the outcome.“
As Christians, meaning Jesus disciples (His followers), we are to follow in His footsteps (see 1 John 2:6); and in the Hebrew culture it means to follow close enough to literally be covered in His dust.
The Winning Walk
REGAINING LOST GROUND
Have you noticed it can take thirty minutes (or less!) to get outside the will of God, and thirty years (or more) to get back to the place you were before sin invaded your life?
When we lose spiritual ground, when we retreat before the enemy, when we revert to our old ways, it is tough going back.
We may confess, make restitution, and start over again with a clean slate, but somehow we don’t feel the presence of God like we did before.
Joshua experienced this. He led Israel to a great victory at Jericho. Then God’s people suffered a crushing defeat at Ai.
When the sin at the root of that defeat was exposed, Joshua dealt with it. Then he humbly received instructions on how to win back the city he had just lost.
It was nothing like the way he won Jericho. Joshua learned that following a holy, awesome, powerful God is not a cookie-cutter proposition.
One day is not just like the next. One victory does not become the prescription for all victories.
Not only did God have a plan for the re-capture of Israel’s lost ground-He had a word of tender encouragement to his defeated leader.
“Do not fear or be dismayed,” He told Joshua.
Defeat is no cause for fear or depression. We will experience defeat in the Christian life, but it is not a permanent condition.
It is only a temporary setback. Even when a Christian loses the battle, his God has won the war.
…go up to Ai; see, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, his people, his city and his land.
This is why our continual 24/7 connection with God (see 1 John 5:17), through the Holy Spirit, and our daily immersion in God’s word are BOTH vital to every single Christian.
We were made to have this continuous relationship with God, and without it we are ALL like fish out of water, flopping around on the shores of life looking for our way back home.
We also must realize that when we go against God’s will and purpose, for our life (NOTE: this is what the nature of sin is), there are inevitable consequences that have a ripple effect to all those around us, including those in our family.
As Christians, this is something we all do by virtue of the fact we are human and are therefore constantly having to battle against our old nature, in our flesh; nevertheless thank God that He has made provision for us in 1 John 1:9, which says that “if we confess our sins He is faithful to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
This is key and is something that we ALL should keep centermost in our mind, that because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, on calvary’s Cross and His poured out blood, that the accuser of the Brethren has lost all of his Leverage and that God has taken our sin and placed it as far as the East is from the West (see Ps 103:12), and so now there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ!
Nevertheless in the natural life there are always consequences to having strayed from the Path, and the above devotional is talking about what some of those consequences are.
As Christians, we must always recognize that the enemy is always trying to push us off course and cause us to compromise.
Just as it is with a pilot who is flying from LAX to Hawaii, he has to constantly monitor his course and direction of flight because there are always cross winds and headwinds that are seeking to put him off course; and consequently 90-plus percent of his time is spent monitoring and correcting his course and direction.
The same is true for us as Christian, and the way we achieve our course correction is by daily repentance, meaning to daily adjust the way we are thinking, through our meditation and immersion in God’s Word.
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SB SALT & LIGHT MINISTRIES