Micah 6:6-8 (NLT)
What can we bring to the LORD? What kind of offerings should we give him? Should we bow before God with offerings of yearling calves? Should we offer him thousands of rams and ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Should we sacrifice our firstborn children to pay for our sins? No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Mama said that there would be days like this. Actually, Jesus warned us that there would be days like this. He told us that we would like in a world where sin was rampant and love grown cold. (Matthew 24:12) The Lord warned us of trials, temptations and diverse measures that would rise up in our lives. This should come as no surprise. Human beings are the ones who made prosperity into what we thought it should be – not the Lord. As our soul prospers is lost in the “blab-it-and-grab-it” era of the church. With a failing economy, faith is gone and hope waning as we speak it but no longer receive it according to the things of this world. There is no temptation that has taken us that is not common to man. Jesus Christ bore the full weight of our transgression so that we would never feel the harsh hand of judgment. He opened the door to the sin that once held us captive. The Lord took a stripe for every sickness and disease that we would ever encounter. A crown of thorns was driven into His Head so that we could have the Mind of Christ one day. However, some days we become lost. Wandering around without real meaning or purpose, when God created us with a purpose and plan to prosper in spite of ourselves and independent of this world. On the days that seem overwhelming filled with more than I can bear, I picture Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. Her ruby red slipper just trying to find their way home as she walked along a pathway of gold. She whispered as she walked, “Follow the yellow brick road.” At first it is only a hushed breath but with each step her hope is renewed until she breaks into a song once again.
What is required to enter the Kingdom of God? In the overtaxed and underrated world in which we live, what do we have to offer the King of Kings and Lord of Lords when we live paycheck to paycheck and even that is a stretch sometimes? What does He desire? We are to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God. When you don’t know what to do in the midst of chaos, turmoil and endless circumstances – maybe this could become our mantra. “Do what is right, love mercy, and walk humbly with My God.” It has a nice ring to it. There is a song by Ron Kenoly that says, “If you catch hell don’t hold it, if you’re going through hell don’t stop.” Seems logical enough! We must keep it moving to enjoy the Promise and Prosperity of God in our life.
Isaiah 54:9-10 (NLT)
“Just as I swore in the time of Noah that I would never again let a flood cover the earth, so now I swear that I will never again be angry and punish you. For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the LORD, who has mercy on you.
Change can be a difficult thing in our life. We think we desire change until it begins to move things around in our life. The trick is to allow change but not to be moved. We must learn to live what we believe rather than dependent on the circumstances of life. Things change. They are always changing but God uses His Word, Will and Way to transform us. Change can be random. It can be radical. But when it comes to Jesus we will be transformed. Why? There is a plan in place and activated in your life from the moment that you were created. It didn’t matter that you were not a planned pregnancy – you are a planned existence. We exist in Jesus Christ. Even before we called on the Lord to be our Savior, we live and breathe and exist in Jesus Christ. He is the Word that was made flesh to come live among us and demonstrate God’s Love for us so that we in turn would love Him back. God’s Love for mankind is faithful and forever. His Promise to bless us is never broken. If we are not blessed, it is by choice.
Deuteronomy 30:15-18 (NLT)
“Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. For I command you this day to love the LORD your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy. But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy.”
God has given us the right to choose between life and death every single day. We decide if we prosper or experience disaster. God will bless those who choose to dwell in His Promises. But for those who choose the things of this world, they are subject to the enemy by choice. I want the blessings of God in my life. I want His Word to work in me and through me. I must choose each day who will be the Master of my life. Will it be me or Jesus Christ? Once I decide who that is, I will live what I believe. By choosing life in Jesus Christ, I choose to have His Promises. (Psalm37:3-4) He becomes my existence. In Jesus, I will live, move and exist. (Acts 17:27-28) If we believe that God’s Word is true and never returns to Him without accomplishing what He sent if forth to do (Isaiah 55:11), then I must live like it. We can learn the Word. We can know the Way. We have His Will. But until we decide to live, move and exist in Jesus Christ – we will not be changed or transformed as we should. Belief means action. It should change the course of our life to line up with our core values because we believe. (Hebrews 6:1-6) What do you believe today? Not sure, then how is your relationship with Jesus Christ? Do you know Him like a co-worker who you only meet with on certain days to accomplish certain things? Or is He like a family member or close friend who shares most of your life, but there is still some “me” time reserved just for you? Make Jesus Christ your everything and everything will change in your life according to His Word, Will and Way.
I John 2:12-14 (NLT)
I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus. I am writing to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I am writing to you who are young in the faith because you have won your battle with the evil one. I have written to you who are God’s children because you know the Father. I have written to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I have written to you who are young in the faith because you are strong. God’s word lives in your hearts and you have won your battle with the evil one.
Victory is not mine because I am a strong person or even a good one at that. Every personal victory I have in this life is because of Jesus Christ. I can do nothing on my own. That does not mean that there are not some days that I fall down, scrape my knees or get dirt on my face. There are a lot of those days in my life especially lately. My life is like a series of spinning plates high above my head on long poles. Some days I have them all under control and other days they just keep crashing on my head. That doesn’t mean that I am a failure just human. God does not require perfection. He knows us. He is well aware of our weaknesses and rebellious nature yet He loves me anyway. I love these verses in I John 2. They are like a shout out to every believer no matter where they are in their walk with Christ reminding them that God is faithful and filled with unfailing love. It is reminding us that a win is a win. You are victorious whether you run across the finish line or crawl broken, battered and bruised to the end. With Jesus Christ – you are victorious so do not be moved.
Colossians 1:15-18 (NLT)
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.
Make Jesus Christ first in everything. That is my desire today. When I walk into work, I will be chanting, “do what is right, love mercy, and walk humbly with My God” so when the chaotic rush tries to overwhelm me I will not be moved. I will continue to sing this in my heart, “do what is right, love mercy, and walk humbly with My God” when the circumstances of life try to change me that I will remain yielded to the transforming resurrection power of Jesus Christ. I will find this in His Word to remind me such a commitment yields promises and blessings as I choose not to be moved. Instead I will be moved by His Spirit to walk in victory that only comes from knowing Jesus more. His Power will be manifested in my life by faith in God that demands action. (Hebrews 11:6) Everything exists by His Power (Romans 11:36) so there is nothing in my life that the Lord cannot do. When all hell breaks loose in my life, which seems to be moment by moment, I will be still in the Presence of God as I do what is right, love mercy and walk humbly with my God.” (Psalm 37:7-8) I will not be moved by the circumstances, trials, or troubles of this life but He will move me with the Power of His Love.
Psalm 27:4-8 (NLT)
The one thing I ask of the LORD—the thing I seek most—is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. For he will conceal me there when troubles come; he will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me. At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the LORD with music. Hear me as I pray, O LORD. Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”