July 29, 2012

Hab. 2:4 – “Behold the proud (Haughty, arrogant and obstinate) his soul (mind, will and emotions) are not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.”

There seems to be a lot of instability in our world today. Instable thoughts producing instable actions. Instability is a mark of double mindedness. Double mindedness is a character tract of pride. The proud is not capable of living by faith in Christ as the faith of the proud is in him or herself. Since the proud does not live by faith they are not able to live a life of true meaning and joy.

On the other hand, the just man or woman see their great need and their lack of ability to meet the need so they make the choice to incline to the One who is the provision for all things. The just know that they live, breath and have their being only in the one who sustains all things. (Acts 17:28)  For the just “to live” doesn’t mean merely to survive but to thrive! To flourish. To live life to the fullest. To walk life to the fullest. To walk out life in full communion with Christ which promotes a joy that is not dependent on the earthly circumstances. The one who lives by faith is the one who has joy. This joy is not based on what but who. He or she knows that Jesus has each day ordered and guided so the enjoyment of life comes from who is guiding the journey.

Life for those who will live by faith is not a series of random events thrown together which somehow require for us to make sense of them. Life for the man or woman of faith is actually a ‘guided journey’ orchestrated by the very creator Himself.

When life is lived with the understanding of Jesus ordering and guiding our steps (Ps.37:23-24) the man or woman of faith lives each day under the instructions of Jesus, allowing the Holy Spirit to lead each days events. This is the life we were designed to live. This is the life of the one who bears the sweet fruit of the Holy Spirit. Fruit that others can gleam from and be blessed. The one who lives by faith begins each day inquiring of Jesus as to what, where and how they should position themselves in order that the plans and desires of Jesus can come forth in their lives.  Making the daily choice to live life to the fullest is very wise. It is by walking out a life of trust in Jesus that we can do this.  Enjoy the Journey!

Venetia Carpenter

Ecclesia Int’l Ministries

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