Psalm 1:1 – Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
The medical community tell us that walking is one of the best exercises we can do. It’s good for the cardio-vascular system, while being low-impact on the joints. There are many kinds of benefits to walking. But there’s more to it than just the physical man. What about the spirit and the soul? In the days ahead, we’ll be looking into the dynamic world of walking by faith and walking in the Spirit. Open your hearts to what is to come.
We’ll walk with Adam in the cool of the day, with Nehemiah as he scopes out the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls, with Elisha leading the blind Syrians, and with Noah in the ark. We’ll travel with Jesus on the Emmaeus Road, with Philip in the desert, and Israel in the wilderness. And we’ll accompany Israel around Jericho, Jesus to Bethany, and a rich young ruler who made a terrible choice, teaching us a dynamic lesson.
In this first Second Miler of this series, I urge you, I implore you, I exhort you with “longsuffering and doctrine” to put on your walking shoes, stand upright on your feet, set your eyes upon Jesus, and follow together with me in this journey into the victory that belongs to us, I am reminded of a statement made by Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. He said, “I would not give a fig for simplicity on this side of complexity, but I would give my life for simplicity on the other side of complexity.” In our upcoming walks, we will take many simple steps through the filter of complexity so we can arrive at that priceless and treasured place of the simplicity of life that arises from deep experience. It is there, in that simplicity after complexity, that the greatest manifestations of God’s power, peace, and provision await those who will step into it.
Prepare yourself. We’re going deeper in this series than usual; perhaps deeper than some have ever been. What awaits us is glorious revelation, deeper insights, and the potential for more powerful manifestations of our heavenly Father’s grace, compassion, and mercy that we have known, and possibly ever considered. My boast is not about my revelation, or my writing. It is about what I know about my God, His covenant, and His will to bless and enrich our lives. I once heard a mentor say, “The best is yet to come.” When he said it, I actually thought the best had already been and was waiting for us to catch up. Now I know that God has not finished with His Church. The identity as the “glorious Church” still awaits our attainment, and we WILL attain to it. Father said we would.
Manna for Today – Psalm 1:1-6; 1 John 1:7-9