Tag Archive | walking with Jesus

Ancient Paths

Thus says the Lord,
“Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths,
Where the good way is, and walk in it;
And you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ — Jeremiah 6:16

There must be an explorer side of me because I have always enjoyed, when I had a few extra minutes to waste, taking new roads I’ve never gone down. I am talking about literal roads here. In doing so I’ve found different routes to get home or to a certain part of town, and found places I would not have found, like a park or golf course, etc., if I had not taken that road.

Well, that is all good when you’re in a vehicle but another story when on foot. I love to walk, enjoying God’s creation and I have had some wonderful talks with my Savior, Jesus Christ, on these walks. Yesterday my walking self met with my exploring self.

For the past eight months, minus the dead of winter months, I have walked the same path several times a week. It is a good four mile walk with hills and flat land and some beautiful scenery. Yesterday, being absolutely beautiful and with an expectant 85 degree high, I thought it to be a good day to walk. Now know that I hadn’t done four miles in about 3-4 months.

So, as I am walking the — let’s call them the ancient paths — of familiarity I get to a crossroad. I’ve been there before. We all have experienced crossroads in our lives. Those times when a decision has to be made that will affect your whole life. My decision was to take the road that I had often wondered where it went. That choice affected the next hour and forty-five minutes of my life. When I finally realized where I was, I was still two miles from home (give or take a few inches. At this point every inch was a challenge).

Did I say that the decision to take that path, the one that veered from the ancient path, affected the next hour and forty-five minutes of my life? Well that’s not actually the whole truth. I was exhausted. Today I’m a little sore. Decisions in our life affect more than just the moment we make them.

Want to make the right decisions? Stand by, watch, examine that way. See, search, ask of the Lord and godly people for wisdom to know what path to take. The ancient paths are good. Find them in Jesus, the Word, our Bibles. If you walk in the knowledge of the Lord, seeking His wisdom and walk in Him you will find rest for your soul.

The choice is yours. Will you choose to walk the ancient path with Jesus or say, “We will not walk in it“?

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Thank you, Jesus, for the experience and your Word that brings You to life. And thank you Jana for encouraging me to write a devotion on the subject of my exploration.

Whom have I in heaven but You?

Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides (with) You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the  strength of my heart and my portion forever. — Psalm 73:25-26

Have you experienced and ever been able to say that you were so close to Jesus that He truly was all you desired? You could see nothing of this world as any value compared to walking with Jesus?

Those times were the best times of my life but unfortunately my flesh is weak and fails, my heart means well but it also fails. But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good besides You.” — Psalm 16:2

Thank You, Lord, for Your mercy , grace and strength.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Describe What Great Things God Has Done

 “Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you.” So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him. — Luke 8:39

Do you have a testimony to share with someone today? Has God done anything for you today?

Sharing our testimony of faith is more than sharing how we came to know God through Jesus Christ by believing in Him and confessing our sins. It is wonderful to accept Jesus as our Savior but our testimonies of faith get better and better as years go by when we focus on our relationship with Jesus.

Walking with Jesus everyday and seeing how He is at work gives us a voice to share with others. If we are not drawing near to the Lord we are not seeing Him at work. Drawing near allows our eyes to see the things He sees, to have the mind of Christ, and experience the joy of the walk. It is hard to keep quiet when we are overjoyed by something. When awesome things happen in our lives we are quick to share the good news. It should be the same with our walk with Jesus. When we keep seeking Him daily we experience Him daily and so in turn we have something to share daily. The challenge is to be able to share something everyday.

Jesus told the man to return to his house and describe what great things God has done for him but he went proclaiming throughout the whole city. That is the effect of Jesus on your life when you are surrendered to His will in your life. You can’t contain yourself. You need to share the great things He has done. To God be the glory!!!!

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon