by Chris Underwood, Chicago
Walk by faith and walk by things seen and not seen, and by things studied and learned.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
The Iguazu Falls are real, powerful, and thousands of people each year travel to the border of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay to visit the location. Many will take a boat tour below the falls. Many will walk out on the wooden deck in the middle of one of the 275 waterfalls to get a closer look of the water going down the falls. There are many walkways in this area and sometimes the walkways are closed due to the height of the rising water. Presumably no one gets trapped out on the walkways by failing to heed the warnings or stumbles over the protective railing.
Those who walk generally never ask for the maintenance records, the proof of inspections, the type of wood used, or the names of the builders. They have spent money, and time to reach this location and their goal is to admire the beautiful scenery at this location. The lack of safety documents does not stop the tourists from paying the fee to reach the walkways. Continue reading
LEARNING HOW TO WALK
One of the first major accomplishments of a little child is learning how to walk. As an infant he is totally dependent on others, but as he gets a little older he learns how to turn himself over, to get up on his hands and knees, and to begin to crawl. Later, he is able to pull himself up to a table or a sofa or a chair and begin to take those first faltering steps and to toddle around. Soon he is able to walk.
This has its spiritual parallel. We enter the family of God, the church, as newborn babes (Hebrews 5:13; I Peter 2:2). Early in our Christian life we depend on others to help us get around. But, as we learn and grow, we reach the point where we can stand on our own two feet and walk the Christian walk. Continue reading
Understanding God’s plan of salvation is not difficult. Following the Way, however, does present great challenges. The doing, not the knowing, is hard.
For when the follower of Christ puts his foot forward and takes his first step, Satan throws everything he has against him. The evil one brings to bear upon that single soul the fullness of his fury.
But a greater power than his works for the saint, the power of God’s Spirit. The hand of the Lord upholds the man of God so that he may continue to the end. Continue reading
I have chosen 2 Peter 1:5-8 as my personal verse for this year. 2Pe 1:5-8 “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
There are a few of these graces I still need work on in order to be an effective and fruitful disciple of Christ Jesus
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