One Step at a Time -In His Word 3-25-13

One Step at a Time- In His Word

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9

God is faithful to forgive, are we?
Lately I have heard a lot of people say “ I am a changed person...” either in movies, T.V. Or other social situations I have heard people profess that they have changed. It made me examine my life and see what I have changed, good and bad, and what needs changing.
I know that my God is faithful and just, and I know that I have things that I must change in my life in order to become that person that God intended me to be.

It is so easy to say “I am going to change...” but it is not always easy to do what we know needs to be done.
Let's look at the small things we can do to create a habit of change.

I am going to change... my shoes!
That may seem like a small thing, but as I have personally found a change of shoes can change your walk. Recently I found myself tripping over things, I found that the shoes I had for about a year, not cheap either, had managed to become too big for my feet. I did not know this was possible, but I went out and bought new ones and have since found my feet on solid ground.
Sometimes our lives need just a small change to make a big difference.

Once we begin making changes why not take another step? Due to at least one of my falls I ended up in Physical Therapy. This step has caused me to rebuild areas that were injured in ways I never would have thought of myself. I feel pain treat that area, but it turns out that sometimes we have to treat a totally different area in order to heal the injury.

As I have mentioned before; we sometimes may need to change who we are hanging around with in order to change our speech. It can also change our thought process. If I am listening to slang a lot my writing will come out slang-filled. If I am around kids more than adults I will find myself taking like a kid. I change the way I feed my brain, my soul, my heart by adding in more Biblical talk or songs, more godly reading and viewing then I change my thought process. It takes exercising my brain though to remember to stop doing, hearing or viewing what I have done in the past.
It is all connected in one way or another so that one area effects another.

So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.  You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world.But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. In this new life, it doesn't matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. 
Colossians 3:5-11

So what can we do to change in a big way? A life change? We can move on from a past hurt, or offence we have taken to something someone has said about us. Just dump it! It is so easy to wallow in self righteous pity and think we deserve to feel bad. Yes that is what I said. We can sometimes find pleasure in felling mad at someone because it makes us feel power over our lives. I really do not think that is what God wanted when He gave us the directions to put on the new man. Nor when He told us to forgive our brother 70 times 7.

Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Ephesians 4:21-23

We are told by Jesus that we are to forgive the trespasses that people do to us, and move on. Do not give in to the anger or frustration you are tempted with; give it to God and move on to a new step in your life.

And don’t let us yield to temptation,but rescue us from the evil one. ”If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.” Matthew 6:13-15

Maybe you are the one who is reading this article today and thinking of someone or some occasion that caused you to fall to temptation; maybe you are harboring anger or frustration at the person whom you have decided caused this to happen? Or maybe you slipped on a mountain and found yourself in the valley below wondering what in the world happened to all the joy you were feeling only moments before. Whether physical or emotional, or even spiritual; valleys can feel awfully deep and cause us to focus on the suffering instead of how lovely it was on the mountain top, or even how glorious it looks from where we sit. 

Today lets take a step to get out of the valley. We can't fly out, it takes steps, one at a time cautiously walking, climbing and then we will get back to the top.
 Sometimes the Lord will pick us up and carry us to the top, or another level but most often we have to walk through our lives step by step, day by day, glorious moment by moment.
What we began as a decision to change took one small step toward the mountain top.
The continuing steps from that first step brings us to the path that leads us upwards to gain ground and live closer to Him.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for drawing us one step at a time. Thank you for helping us to get out of the valley and back up to the top of the mountain to go on with each new day enjoying Your precious presence in our lives. In Jesus name, amen.
Suggested Reading: Colossians 3:1-25, Matthew 6:1-34, Ephesians 4:1-32 and Psalm 23:1-6.