STEPS

The Steps of a Good Man

Psalm 37:23-24 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way. Vs 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand.” 

There are two choices in life:

  • Having God to order our steps in His will.
  • On the other hand, we take it upon ourselves to order our own steps by our own will.

God numbers our steps

Job 14:16 “For now You number my steps, But do not watch over my sin.

God counts all our steps

Job 31:4 “Does he not see my ways, And count all my steps?”

God sees our entire goings.

Job 34:21“For His eyes are on the ways of man, And He sees all his steps.”

God ponders all our goings and

Proverbs 5:21 “For the ways of a man are before the Lord, and He ponders all his paths.”

God directs our steps.

Proverbs 16:9A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.”

God will order our steps according to His will, all we have to is allow ourselves to be led by His Spirit. One might ask the question “why does God order our steps?” God wants us to be safe, headed in the right direction, and away from unnecessary problems or circumstances. His desire is to keep us on the path of blessings and success.

Psalm 37:23 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.”  

God delights to see His people, walking in His ordered paths. When we yield to God’s will in ordering our steps, we will not fall into one of the devil’s traps or snares.

Psalm 17:4 “Concerning the works of men, by the word of Your lips, I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.”

Psalm 119:133, “Order my steps in the Word: and let not iniquity have dominion over me.”

Lord Jesus, thank you for ordering each of our steps. May your people walk by faith in you and not by what is seen in the world, in Your precious name…Amen

I continue to be in His service…Rev

OVERFLOW

Overflow

Psalm 23:5 “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.

Starting with Adam and Eve in the garden, God has made provision for his people.

Genesis 3:21 “Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.”

God is not “stingy” with His blessings, and delights in seeing His people prosper. Scripture tells us that it is His good pleasure to bless His people.

Luke 12:32 “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

Not only is it God’s good pleasure to provide for His people, He provides in abundance. The psalmist stated in the 23 Psalm that their “cup runs over.”

2nd Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

God gives increase to His people in proportion to His infinite resources, not just a minimum amount out of His riches. The blessings of God do not have an expiration date; He is truly a gracious God.

Philippians 4:19 “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Father in heaven, thank you for your abundance, in Jesus name…Amen!

Continuing in His service…Rev

What Ever

“What Ever”

Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (NKJV)

Three of the gospels record Mary (the sister of Martha and Lazarus) with the act of anointing Jesus with oil.

John 12:3 “Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.”

Mary performed this act to signal her devotion and may not have realized the significance of what she was doing. Mary’s act of anointing Jesus symbolized the anticipation of His death and burial, also the anointing of Jesus by Mary can also be looked at as an act of worship.

Colossians 3:23-24 “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men (people pleasing) Vs 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”

Incentive: something that motivates or encourages one to do something or work harder.

Mary had the incentive to use expensive oil contained in an expensive container, not being concerned about the cost of the oil or the container.

1st Corinthians 10:31 “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Motivation: the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.

Mary was motivated to do what she did as an act of worship, and not to impress Jesus or others that were there in the house.

1st Peter 4:10 “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”      

Priorities: the order of importance of doing things.

Mary’s priority was focused on doing what honored Jesus, and not being discouraged about the comments, or what people were saying about why she was using the expensive oil or breaking the alabaster flask.

Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

Often time’s people will question your actions because what they see you doing does not make sense to them. One of the disciples, Judas asked the question “why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”

Financial gain should not always be the incentive, motivation or the priority for a person’s actions.

“What Ever is said or done in a person’s life should be done to the glory of God.

Father in heaven, may both our words and deeds magnify and glorify you, and be pleasing in your eyesight, in Jesus name…Amen!

Continuing in His service…Rev

Immanuel

God with us

Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, God with us.”

Isaiah was a prophet in the Old Testament that prophesied about the coming Messiah, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Many have said that the book of Isaiah contains more references to the coming Messiah than any other book in the Bible. It has been considered to be a major prophetic book in the Old Testament.

Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6 is one of many “Messianic prophecies” that not only tells of the Messiah coming, but describes who He is and what He will do:  

A Son is given (Immanuel)…..He came as a gift to be with us here on earth

He has a responsibility…Government

He has several names:

Wonderful….excellent / great

Counselor….someone who gives guidance, teaches or gives encouragement / having supernatural wisdom

Mighty….possessing great power and strength

God….the great “I AM” being everything

Everlasting….eternal, never ending, lasting for ever

Father….having the nature of protecting / providing

Prince of peace….ruling with dignity and authority

The Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled the Old Testament Messianic Prophecy in several of the New Testament books;

Matthew 1:23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, God with us.”

Born in Bethlehem [Mica 5:2, Matthew 2:1]

Anointed by the Holy Spirit [Isaiah 11:2, Matthew 3:16-17]

Ministered in Galilee [Isaiah 9:1, Matthew 4:12-16]

Rejected by Jews [Psalm 118:22, 1st Peter 2:7]

Betrayed by a friend [Psalm 41:9; John 13:18]

Rose from the dead [Psalm 16:10, Mark 16:6]

“Father in heaven, thank you for the fulfillment of the messianic prophecy that prophesied the coming of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ here on earth…Amen”

Continuing in His service…Rev