Wednesday, March 09, 2005
In Him, we move, live, and have our being…
We go through our days confronted by a series of choices. As long as we are making choices that are acceptable to the Father we feel no hesitation. If we consider a course that is harmful (to our self or others) we will experience a “check” or sense to not go there. We can heed the check or we can ignore that check and live with the consequences of walking in our own way. These consequences need not be dire but we will see our plans fail or our expectations not be met. This is not a big deal. We learn to follow the Lord’s leading by our mistakes as well as our successes.
The Father knows this is part of the process---this is why Christ died for all our sins everywhere; past, present and future: “For Christ died for sins once and for all, the righteous for the unrighteous to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,” (1Peter 3:18)
As we gain experience in listening to the Father’s leading we will make fewer mistakes. We will learn to listen better and turn more quickly.
In the end there is no substitute for dependence on the Father’s life as our only life and resource for living: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)Living independently from the Father is bankrupt living. There is no legitimate for walking apart from the moment by moment resting in dependence on the Father for all things. This is the way we were meant to live. There is the ONLY way we can live effectively.