Navigating the world as a Christian

I never realized how hard it could be to navigate the world once I was saved. In the beginning things are usually easy but when you live in this world long enough, it has a tendency to try and change you. Slowly, lying becomes a daily routine, anger, jealousy, selfishness the norm. Its just the way the world works which is so different from God’s kingdom which is built on sacrifice, the most important sacrifice of all time through Jesus Christ. God’s Kingdom is, guided by the fruits of the Holy Spirit that is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self control; yet in the world, faith is an idea of fables and love an unknown word in many men’s hearts.

This world thrives on pride, judging, selfishness, greed, in addition to that it rewards those who walk in line with its fruits. When you walk in the fruits of this world the further you get to God for the Lord searches men’s hearts (Proverbs 5:21 For your ways are in full view of the Lord and he examines all your paths). But the moment when you choose to surrender and obey God, it almost always feels like a bag of suffering was dumped at your door. Its because God commands us to do the opposite of what the world does and to stick to the narrow gate that few will walk through (Matthew 7:13-14).

13. “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only few find it.”

Matthew 7:13-14

I can honestly tell you that the narrow gate can get tough at times, for there are many troubles that you are bound to face when obeying God, from betrayal, insults, hatred etc. just as Jesus faced. Because of this many end up twisting the word of God to fit their situations to avoid facing the agonizing truth in their own mind. Sadly, because of this many end up deeper in sin and further from God that even the difference between right and wrong is hardly visible.

But this is a reminder to not to follow the wide road but to stick to God and His word, He will guide you through this world by His Spirit. God’s word has promised to provide for us and to make a way out for us when we are tempted and God through His Spirit will help us overcome all things despite our weaknesses. The truth is God’s word is alive till today and if many sought it they would find true freedom, freedom from sin and death, freedom that is not without pain and suffering but even in suffering we are assured that God will never leave us or forsake us. And that freedom is better than what this world can offer. We should focus on our end goal which is heaven and that is an assured promise a greater reward than anything anyone could ever receive from this world.

Our deepest hurts,

Can teach us to intercede for one another within the body of Christ. We can imagine, how it feels to go through loss, grief, injustice, betrayal, illnesses and various forms of pain. And this can be enough to lift someone else in prayer with love and concern in our hearts for those we pray for. Realising we don’t desire to see anyone go through what we have gone through, we keep them lifted in prayer.Doing our best not to keep intercession as an after thought but just as important as all our other prayers.

God Speaks you just need to listen

God speaks in the most unusual and unexpected ways. He can speak in a still small voice or through His word in the Bible or through the guilty voice in the back of your mind that warns you when you stray from His path, He can be the thunder in the night or speak through the sudden changes in seasons or even through pandemics such as this.

The Lord does speak to us. We just need to learn to listen to Him and to understand His message. And through the Holy Spirit we shall be able to discern His message accurately without confusion. God speaks everyday sometimes in the most unusual ways and other times in usual ways, we just need to be ready to listen to His voice.

Develop an obedient heart that learns to listen and obey the words of the Lord. Learn to surrender to His Holy Spirit so that He may guide you to understanding the message spoken.

There are many voices we can listen to in this world, we can listen to our own voice which may at times not be driven by the desires of the Holy Spirit, the voice of everyone around you which may or may not be correct hence you need discernment when it comes to listening to others, the voice of the evil one who tries to control our lives with fear and other evil thoughts and the voice of God that gives peace to all who listen to Him. So learn to listen to Him

The voice of God reassures us, comforts us, guides us and calls us to obedience to His will. The Lord is truth and from Him flows truth, He is life and from Him flows life and He is the way and from Him we can find the path to follow for our lives. Commit today to obey the Lord and when you hear Him do not harden your heart instead listen to Him.

The lies from the past that tempt us to sin.

When you still were living in darkness, there were many lies you allowed into your spirit to the point that they became natural to you. Darkness became natural to you and you had become children of darkness. You identity was rooted in things of darkness such as lying, sexual immorality, addictions etc.

But now that you are saved and are brought into the light. You now know through the Holy Spirit what is good and evil. You know the patterns of darkness and you avoid them. Yet still the lies from the past come to act as temptions to you to fall into sin. For example being tempted to lie even if its just a little or to drink just a little if you used to be an addict.

You will be tempted with the things that had kept you in darkness for so long, the things things that made you fall in the first place. Now is when you must stand guard to be able to recognize those lies from the devil. Because the lies wont stop, instead they will keep on coming to you till the day you give in and return to darkness because thats where the devil wants you to be. You must avoid giving in to sin because its the very thing that separated you from God.

Instead resist the devil and He will free from you James 4:7. At the end of the day you must ask yourself if this lies are worth losing the relationship you have with God. Theres a reason why you were removed from that life, dont look back and fall for the same things that doomed you to death in the first place.