Focus: Standing firm
Psalm 37:23 (NKJV) The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delights in His way.
God is doing a beautiful work in you. Your recovery is worth every ounce of effort you can contribute. Your job at this point, is to stand firm in the progress you have made and not underestimate the strength of your faith. You must rest in the Lord and praise Him continually regardless of your circumstances.
All of the negative forces that war against you are completely powerless in the presence of praise. Keeping your eyes fixed on Jesus, you will be rewarded with His mercy. Make worship and adoration your chief occupation. Regard it as your first priority—the most important thing on your ‘to do’ list. If you want the Lord to ‘go before you’, you need to praise Him ‘before you go’. By offering Him praise, He comes closer. His Spirit hovers over you and around you.
When your heart is filled with praise, you are covered with the protective shield of God’s glory. Your life is ‘hidden’ by His holiness. When you walk in holiness, the blinding light of the presence of God surrounds you. Evil can’t come close to you.
On the other hand, if you choose the company of those who are not walking in the Spirit—you open yourself to many evil forces. If you could see with your spiritual eyes—you would not want to leave the presence of God. You wouldn’t want to walk into a pit of snakes or venture close to a raging fire—yet, this is what you are doing when you are enticed and attracted by evil. So, keep your distance from evil. Don’t put yourself in a position that could cause you to falter. Have a healthy respect for how much you have overcome and stay in the middle of the path. Don’t allow yourself to walk on the edge of the road. Stay in the place of safety. Honor the freedom you have received and hold your ground.
Nothing is worth the time it would take you to recover from a relapse. Take no risks. Some doors have been closed to you that will never be open again. This is the doing of the Lord—not an accident or failure on your part. God sees your future and He knows what is best. He has His eyes on your victory and has purposely removed some options from you in your best interest.
Don’t mourn over the things that didn’t come to pass as you had hoped. Set your sights on the good things ahead. Those things you had hoped for were fleeting pleasures that didn’t offer an eternal weight of glory. Stay on course! You have a purpose yet to be fulfilled. The best days are not behind you—they are yet to come.
Open your heart wide to receive the transforming blessings of God. There is no limit to all He desires to pour out on you. There is much to be done and you will be of much use to the Master if you will allow Him to fill you more fully. You may have been filled in the past, but your capacity has deepened. As your capacity increases—there is room for a greater infilling. So, receive. Breathe in the Holy Spirit of God. Take His abundance into every part of your being. Let there be no empty places—no hidden recesses that have been unpenetrated by His power.
Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Draw from His strength each day for every trial you meet. Peace and joy will be yours as you walk in the divine favor that is the reward of obedience. As long as you are connected to your source and are moving in obedience, you will not lack power.
Continue to show compassion and forgiveness to those who have wronged you. The more you are able to release them, the more liberated you will become. Be the example. Be eager to humble yourself. Always give the benefit of the doubt. Remember the model of mercy portrayed by your Savior and Lord.
Stay in the moment. Don’t run ahead of the purposes and plans God has for you. Don’t miss the blessing of today by allowing your thoughts to be consumed with the future. Live in the present. Embrace this moment in time. It is not to be wasted. There is light to be had in this hour.
Your life is a miracle. You have been redeemed. There is nothing to fear or regret. You are loved with an everlasting love. You are held by invisible arms of protection and security. Nothing will harm you if you will stay in the place of shelter. Put aside all doubt and anxiety. God will not allow you to see a bitter end. All He is looking for is the childlike trust of your hand in His—and your feet taking step for step with His.
Almighty God is your healer and provider. He has given you the blood of the Lamb and the Name of Jesus as unfailing and powerful tokens of His faithfulness. His Holy Spirit is your teacher, comforter, and guide who is ever present.
Declaration: I will delight myself in the Lord and allow Him to order my steps. I will stand firm as an overcomer and find new strength by daily recalling the promises of God and all He has done for me.
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