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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Prepare the Way"

Date published: 07/22/2013
  
Psalm 85:13 “Righteousness goes before him, and prepares the way for his steps.”  (NIV)
 
The decisions you make as a Christian reflect the position God holds in your life.  God loves you and desires to be the center of your life, but decisions, priorities, possessions, and relationships can quickly displace God as your center.  When God is your center, “righteousness goes before you.”  Allowing Jesus to be Lord of every aspect of your life not only places Him at the center of your life, but also allows the Holy Spirit to work righteousness in you.  When you accept Christ as Lord and Savior, righteousness is imputed into your life making you right with God.  God sees you as if you had never sinned.  But even though you are righteous before God, you continue to live in your old body that is being made righteous through sanctification (becoming like Christ).  The process of becoming like Christ occurs by you yielding every aspect of your life to Him so that Christ can take control and transform your life.  The natural process of sanctification is reflecting Christ in your life as He actively works, molds, directs, and uses you in a mighty way for His purpose.  Allowing Christ to be Lord of your life allows Him to “prepare the way for your steps,” because it is Christ in you – not you – who is directing your steps for victorious Christian living.  Paul described this in Galatians 2:20a, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”  Do not be a follower of Christ who places Jesus on the periphery of your life where your relationship with Him is one of convenience instead of vital sustenance.  When Jesus is on the periphery, righteousness is not going before you because it is you who is still directing your steps.  This changes God’s focus to bringing you into closer relationship with Him.  It is hard for God to use you when God’s place in your life is secondary.  Do not allow Jesus to be the 911 of your life – but the very food of your life.  Job 23:12 professes, “I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.”  Begin each day before Jesus so that He can pour His life into you, letting “righteousness go before you” “preparing the way for your steps.”  
 
Jeremiah 15:16 “When Your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear Your name, O LORD God Almighty.”  (NIV)


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