Have you found yourself heading in the opposite direction of God? The enemy will do his very best to distract us, knock us off track, or lull us away from God’s purpose with his sneaky lies. I get off track if I’m not focused on God.
The one thing that makes the difference is an intentional walk with God. My walk includes:
Watching where God is at work helps us focus on where we can join Him. During prayer time, ask God to show you where he is at work, in your life, in your family, in yourself. During my watching time, I’ve discovered in amazement how much he has transformed how I think, my perspective, even my physical appearance. What about you? Watch where HE is working in your life.
Now that we’ve come to a stop, no longer running ahead and willing to wait and watch, it is time to seek God’s perspective. It is one thing to ask God to meet our needs. We also need to ask God what He wants of us. “Lord, what do you want me to do?” Be brave and willing to go where God calls. Philippians 4:7 states that after we’ve asked God (verse 6), the peace of God will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. There is no better place to be in your walk with God, than when you sense you are on the path he has planned.
Once we ask and seek God’s perspective and desires, we must be silent and listen. The quiet gives us time to settle and join God in the quiet. Oswald Chambers, in his devotion Learning About His Ways, said, “We must learn to keep our mouths shut and our spirits alert. God wants to instruct us regarding His Son, and He wants to turn our times of prayer into mounts of transfiguration.”
If we want to hear the Lord’s voice, we need to listen. What might that look like in your life? Try adding two minutes of silence to your daily time of prayer. Spend time listening with your spirit alert. I love the idea that God wants to turn our prayer into mounts of transfiguration. Get ready; it will rock your world.
Once we slow down, watch, ask, and listen, it is time to keep God’s commands. Keep is a verb to continue in (a course or mode of action); not to intermit or fall from; to maintain.
“Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” John 14:21
Keeping may be the hardest bravest thing you do day in and day out. It is the action step in our walk with Jesus. Why listen to God if you aren’t going to keep His promptings and commands? Embrace change, say “Yes” to all God has planned.
Helen Baratta Director of Development for First Place for Health. She is the author of My Place for Leadership included in the My Place Leader’s Kit and Restored! Embracing Weight Loss God’s Way available at our online bookstore.