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    Walk Straight--for God Will Be Great in 2008

    Monday, January 7, 2008

"I will go before you and make the crooked places straight;" (Isaiah 45:2 NKJ)

"Stand Tall, Walk Straight, Appropriate and Celebrate--for God will be great in 2008," is the thought that has come as I have been in meditation and prayer concerning this new year. Last week we shared on "Standing Tall." We are to put on the whole armor of God so we can stand in these evil days.

The next admonition is to "Walk Straight." A farmer friend of ours shares how he is spending more time keeping his farm equipment in "tip top" running condition, because the cost of gasoline has significantly increased over the years. The cost of having equipment out of optimal running condition is much greater today.

We are in a similar environment. The pressures and temptations of evil are increasing. The anxieties of life weigh us down, and the temptations to seek out ungodly solutions to our many problems continue to lure us. Many avenues are being presented to us to solve life’s problems or to give us comfort amidst the ever-increasing pressures.

When we hear God’s command to "walk straight," we need to see it coming from a loving Father. He knows the environment we are living in, and He is speaking this kind of word to us because He cares greatly for us and our overall wellbeing. But also we need to see Him calling us to do this. The verse in Isaiah, cited above, promises that He will go before us to make the crooked ways straight for us. He will remove the stumbling blocks that trip us up. He will remove the seemingly insurmountable objects that get in our way when we seek to walk in the ways of God. He does this by going before us.

Jesus has already gone before us. He was made weak like us, subject to the temptations of our sinful flesh, the world, and Satan. Under the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit, He was able to do what His Father was leading Him to do. He "walked straight" by keeping His eyes on His Father, doing what He saw Him doing. He waited upon His Father. He spoke what He heard His Father speaking. He trusted in His Father, believing that His will was best for Him. He became weak like us so that He could be our example. He went to the cross so He could pay for our sins and take them into hell for us. He died so that His life could be multiplied and made available to us. He was raised from the dead and went into heaven so that He could be the administrator of His life into us and fulfill His calling as our heavenly High Priest and Mediator of the New Covenant.

Jesus did this for us so that He can now work His way of living into us. "I will go before you," is the promise in Isaiah. This is the same promise He made to His disciples when He left. Our role in this life is to keep our eyes on Jesus, following Him as He removes the obstacles before us, leads us in the ways to walk, and empowers us with His Divine life, sending the Holy Spirit to us so we can live as He did. Let us "Walk Straight." The ways are increasingly difficult, but the power and anointing is greater and greater. As we "Walk Straight" we will know that God is great in 2008!

Father, we rejoice in You and in Your ways. We thank You that You have been faithful to Yourself, to Your Son and to us. Help us to keep focused on Jesus, and to "Walk Straight" in 2008. Amen.

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    Walk Straight--for God Will Be Great in 2008

    Tuesday, January 8, 2008

"For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’ Therefore ‘Come out from among them and be separate,’ says the Lord. ‘Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters,’ says the Lord Almighty." (2 Corinthians 6:16-18 NKJ)

We are the temple of God; God dwells in us. We can come boldly to the heavenly throne of grace, to receive grace and mercy in these days. The Bible says, "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16 NKJ). In these days we can WALK STRAIGHT TO GOD. Jesus is our heavenly High Priest. He lives to make intercession for us. He died for us, so that now we can receive His holy life into ours. His life in us will enable us to do exceedingly great and glorious things for God in the days ahead. Difficulties are coming into the world. Immorality and pressures are increasing. Our need for God’s supernatural life and power to come into us and be manifest by us is our need of this hour. That is why God calls us to WALK STRAIGHT to His throne of grace. We WALK STRAIGHT to God so that we can WALK STRAIGHT for God. God has promised to reveal Himself as a loving and gracious Father to the world. We are the means through which He will do that.

We should WALK STRAIGHT for God by showing the world the only way to live. God will show Himself as a forgiving and loving Father to us so we can declare these things to those we walk among in this world. God will empower us with His love so that we can show and manifest His love to others. He will impart His holiness into us so that we can live above the lusts and passions of our sinful flesh and of the lustful ways of this world. Jesus Himself was beset with the weakness of sinful flesh, yet He did not give in to those lusts. He was tempted in all ways like we are, the Bible says--yet He was without sin. Now He can bring that life into us, as our Heavenly High Priest and as the Mediator of the New Covenant. We can WALK STRAIGHT FOR GOD because we have WALKED STRAIGHT TO GOD in every moment of our lives. Jesus is committed to having us live this way because it is the way He lived, and now He has been commissioned by God to reproduce His life in us so that we too can demonstrate the life of God to others and bear much fruit.

The world is not walking straight to God. The world is trusting in many other gods, and many live to satisfy their own pleasures and for their own glory. They have not known or seen the fullness of the glory of God. Jesus came into the world to show us the blessedness of living in God’s will, and the fulfillment in living to bring glory to God. He lived among the people of the world, but His life was in God. He calls us to live the same way. We cannot live for the glory of men or the pleasures of this world and know the best God has for us. God’s best for us is given as we give our all to Him. This is an act of faith, and God is a rewarder of all those who diligently seek Him. The Bible says, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6 NKJ). THE REWARDS WILL BE GREAT FOR THOSE WHO WALK STRAIGHT, FOR GOD WILL BE GREAT IN 2008! Let us seek Him.

Father, we rejoice in You and in Your ways. Help us to walk straight to You so we can walk straight for You and show those in darkness Your great love and Your great holy-making power in Christ. Amen.

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    Walk Straight--for God Will Be Great in 2008

    Wednesday, January 9, 2008

"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone." (Hebrews 2:9 NKJ)

Jesus walked straight; He did not deviate from His calling. He came to do the will of God. He lived in the will of God. He constantly walked in the will of God. He came with an eternal purpose. The needs or desires of others did not move Him away from His purpose. He stayed focused on His destiny. He knew His Father had sent Him into the world. He knew God had things for Him to accomplish. He walked in His destiny--in God’s purpose for Him. When He came into the world He said, "Behold, I have come--in the volume of the book it is written of Me--to do Your will, O God" (Hebrews 10:7 NKJ). When during His childhood His parents did not know where he was, and they found Him sitting among the Jewish religious leaders, He said to them, "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?" (Luke 2:49 NKJ)

Jesus walked straight, keeping Himself in His Father’s will by doing what He saw His Father doing. Jesus said, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner" (John 5:19 NKJ). His focus was on doing what His Father was doing. He walked in the Spirit of God who was in Him and upon Him. The Spirit of grace had been with Him even as a babe, then as a young child, and then again in an even greater measure when it was time for His earthly ministry to begin. He knew the reality of the Word of Truth that says, "Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16 NKJ). He walked straight by keeping Himself focused on doing what His Father was doing.

When Jesus looked upon the multitudes that were following Him, He saw them walking about aimlessly, having no God-centered plan or focus. The Bible says, "But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd" (Matthew 9:36 NKJ). He saw them coming to Him for healing and for the food He gave through speaking the word of God to them. But He wanted more for them. He told His disciples, "The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest" (Matthew 9:37-38 NKJ). Jesus was asking His disciples to pray for laborers for the harvest. Then in the very next verses He sent out His disciples to heal the sick and preach the message of the Gospel of the kingdom of God coming on the earth.

We have the same need today. The Bible says, "He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again" (2 Corinthians 5:15 NKJ). Jesus frees us by Walking Straight, so that we can receive His life into us and Walk Straight--so that God can use us to tell others about letting Jesus live in them, so that they too can Walk Straight. Signs and wonders followed Jesus’ ministry, because He wanted those who followed Him to live for Him by walking with Him. We too can live for God as Jesus did. We need not taste the torments of hell as Jesus did. We can look upon Him who has been exalted and reigns in the heavens above; He will impart His life into us and will then work through us as co-laborers with Him. God in Christ in us, gives us the desire and the ability to Walk Straight--straight to Him and straight for Him.

Father we rejoice in You and in Your complete plan to save us totally, so that we can be used entirely by You in Your eternal plans and purposes. Help us to Walk Straight for You in 2008. Amen.

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    Walk Straight--for God Will Be Great in 2008

    Thursday, January 10, 2008

"I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people." (Leviticus 26:11-12 NKJ)

God has always wanted to walk among His people. When He created Adam, He walked with him in the garden. We know that if God walked with Adam it was because Adam was also walking with God. The Bible says, "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?" (Amos 3:3 NKJ)

In the days before Jesus, under the Old Covenant, God’s continuing to walk among His people was based on their obedience to Him. In the verse above, God promised to walk among His people. Previously in this chapter of Leviticus, He said, "If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments then I will…" (Leviticus 26:3 NKJ). His walking among His people was conditional, based on their obedience. Man, by himself, did not have within him the willingness or the power to continually walk with God.

But God provided a new way through Christ. Jesus walked in the ways of His Father, and He gave His life so that now He can impart the life He lived into us, enabling us to walk in the ways of God. Before Jesus came, God had promised a New Covenant for His people. He said, "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them" (Ezekiel 36:26-27 NKJ). God promised to put new ways into us. He promised to put His Spirit into us, energizing us with His will and His desires so that we WILL walk in His ways and we WILL obey Him. My old ways are programmed to sin. The new life that God gives me--the life of Christ living in me--is only programmed to obey God. That is the way Jesus lived. Now He reigns to bring about the results of His life into me, so that I DO and LIVE in the ways of God.

This sounds too good to be true--but it is what God has promised, what He has provided, and what the Bible says He will do. Paul says, "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20 NKJ). I must continually receive the new life and let it be worked out into all of my being and manifested in my actions. I can live in the flow of God’s Spirit coming into me and working the new life into all of my being. This is a work of God. But it can be done! Paul says, "…reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts… And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness" (Romans 6:11, 12, 18).

Jesus, as our heavenly High Priest and Mediator of the New Covenant, will do this for us. The Bible says, "But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost [completely] those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them" (Hebrews 7:24-25 NKJ). As the Holy Spirit gives us supernatural life and power over sin, He will also give us supernatural life and power to be able to bring personal words of prophetic revelation to others. He will also give us power to heal the sick, and to thwart the plans of Satan. We shall reign in life as we receive the abundance of grace and mercy from our great God (Romans 5:17). Truly WE SHALL WALK STRAIGHT, FOR GOD IN US WILL BE GREAT IN 2008!

Father, we rejoice in Your great plan for all of Your people. Help us to receive and live in the power of Your Spirit so that the world will see us WALK STRAIGHT and know YOU ARE GREAT in 2008. Amen.

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