In His Word 10-29-2012

What catches you up? What causes you to stumble? What is holding you back from achieving what God intended for you to do?

For those who know me; you have seen that I tend to trip up physically now and then and it is usually when I am striving to do too much on my own. God allows this to happen I think to strengthen me in my spiritual walk, or to get my attention at times.
Some days I think to myself “what am I not learning in this trial or test I keep going through?” because it seems the exact same thing keep happening.
Throughout the Word of God we can see that God used many people who got caught up in the cares around them, some for the good of His people and some to pull them back into submission.
No matter what I go through because I am a self surrendered Christian I know that my God is in control.
I can know that if I make a mistake and trip on my path that my God will send help!
This week I found this physical evidence to support the spiritual view I received in the Word; I tripped and fell and immediately three pairs of hands came reaching down to help me up. Sure some may have been there just because I was in the way of the path but it amazed me how strangers reached out to help. Our God is the same today as He was in the Word!

Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision,“Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.”
So the Lord said to him, “Arise and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. Acts 9 :10-11

When Paul, formerly known as Saul was blinded by the Light of Christ he did not get left laying there on the ground. He was not made to stumble in the darkness alone, but God sent him to Ananias to receive help. What is more, God sent Ananias to Paul to heal and to help him. Now Ananias was not too pleased with this idea at first; Saul was on the road to Damascus to capture and kill Christians! Ananias could have stumbled here and said no way I will not obey, but he didn't. Thought he questioned God's choice of people to go to he still chose to obey. He continued on the path to do the will of the Lord.

And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.”
Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done to Your saints in Jerusalem. And here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on Your name.” 
Acts 9 :12-14

Just think for a moment; what if Ananias had not gone to Saul/Paul out of fear? How many of us related to Paul's words and were drawn to Christian living because of it? How many of us were out there thinking that we had to do works to get to Heaven? How many of us thought we were “doing the right thing” who may have not made it to truly knowing God if Ananias had not helped Saul see as Paul? Ananias had to do what Proverbs 3:5-7 tells us to do; to trust God and not try to understand it, just do it!
What about Esther? What if she had tripped up and allowed fear to stop her from going before the king? A nation could have been wiped out in a day.
What if Joseph had not spoken up about the interpretation of the dream when he was in jail?
So many people are affected when we stumble and do not choose to rise up.

Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. Micah 7:8

This verse is a song many of us can sing as we read it, but do we really think about what it says? If we fall we shall rise because the enemy can't keep us in darkness but instead the Lord will light the way for us to get up!
So what is stopping you today from rising up and stepping out in faith to claim the promises, the directive orders, or to follow the path that God has so ordained you to go on?
If blindness did not stop Saul, if the threat of dying did not stop Esther, if the idea of going back to the dungeon did not keep Joseph from speaking out what God had shown him; who are we to stumble and fall and cry that we can't get up? We don't have to worry we have the one true Life Alert!
We need to just call out the name of Jesus and He will send help! Then we need to dust ourselves off and keep on walking, knowing that God will pick up any pieces that we dropped.
God used my friend's daughter to pick up the sassafras sticks I had purchased before tripping, they went flying to the ground as I did and broke into pieces inside the bag. They did not fall apart because there was a plastic seal around them, sort of like the Holy Spirit who kept me from falling apart as I fell. You see I have fallen a couple times this year and keep injuring the same area, but praise God I have feet to walk on, I have strong legs and knees. I know this because though I fell on them I was not even injured! Though I am weak in my hands My God is enabling me to type today with very little mistake and rewrites! I sit here amazed at the ease that my fingers are typing on the keyboard, because really they were in worse condition before I fell. Saul was in worse shape too before he fell and saw the Light; he was blind in the spirit before he was blinded physically by the Spirit.

When we trip up on something mentally, or emotionally in our lives we often do not see what God is doing because we are caught up in the problem.

Maybe your problem is financial, or physical illness or even a broken heart; its not what happened but what you do through this time that matters. When the tire is flat on your car you can either leave it and allow the rim to get damaged while you are driving around or you can stop and fix the flat.

Often when we come up against a problem we will try to ignore it and allow life to continue 'normally' thinking that it will just go away. It won't. We need to deal with the thing that tripped us up and fix it so that it does not happen again. As for me, I am assessing what needs to change; my shoes. I have decided I need to find shoes that will not allow me to trip up on their edges, that will not snag themselves on the corner of a wooden sidewalk. The tread was worn and I did not realize how easily it would be to slip or stumble on the path last summer, and I did not realize how far the sides stuck out that caught the edge of the wood causing me to stumble this weekend.
The bad thing is that I fell, the good thing is I can fix the problem and go on.

Now I can see that if I kept the same shoes I would probably fall again. My choice is to focus on reviving or correcting my steps, in this case by buying new shoes. What if it were an emotional problem I was having; how do we over come the problem of an emotional injury?
We assess the problem and ask God what to do to fix it. That's what I did with my shoes, I assessed the problem and asked God how to I stop falling? Then I saw my shoes, I accept that this is the problem. Now my job is to fix it by getting new shoes. 

For fixing a broken heart we sometimes need to read some good scriptures, sometimes we need to fix it by prayer and worship; God knows our hearts and listens to us cry out, as we clean out the old feelings, hurts and wants, He will fill them with joy, peace and contentment to be where He wants us to be. For fixing a hand I put on a brace, it causes me to rest it and give it time to heal. Whatever it is that God has for you to do be ready to step out and do it, no matter what tries to trip you up.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your direction in our lives. Thank You that we can trust You to give us direction and hope for tomorrow. Give us this day the strength to go on, in Jesus name, amen.

Suggested Readings: Acts 9: 1-35, Micah 7:1-20, Psalm 35:1-28 and Proverbs 3:5-8