At this stage of life, and I have a lot of life behind me (although I’ll never get old!), I’ve looked back over my years and my walk with Jesus and thought about what has given me the ability to keep breathing when life is difficult. Especially if one difficulty leads to another and another.
What is it that causes us to walk in faith throughout our lives? What keeps our focus on those things that will sustain us on into eternity? How do we allow God to use every circumstance in our life to draw us into a deeper walk of faith?
Here in part 1 are the first 5 things I’ve come up with:
- Purpose. We must make sure we are following the Lord’s purpose for us rather than personal goals that do not line up with His desires. Seek His greater life purpose than just what you believe you are equipped for. (Psalm 139:16)
- Practicing His presence. Reminding ourselves not to stop talking to Jesus once our “quiet time” is over for the day. Since He lives in our hearts, we have access to Him and His wisdom 24/7. Don’t leave Him out of even the mundane tasks of life. (Psalm 139:7-12)
- Person of the Holy Spirit. Never forget that our indwelling Lord is a person, not an it. I learned that well into my spiritual walk! He is that part of God that gives us access to the throne. (Acts 1:8)
- Praying the name of Jesus when in a crisis. If words won’t come in the heat of pain, loss or confusion, just whispering, or shouting the name of Jesus, is enough to repel the devil and set our minds and hearts on our greatest power. (Luke 10:17)
- Memorial stones. Remembering what God has done in the past gives us hope and strength for the present challenge. I can look back over life and say, “He has always, always been faithful.” (Joshua 4)
Next week I’ll add 5 more tips. Be thinking about your own spiritual game changers!