Habakkuk 3:19 Be Like A Deer

Deer on a cliff edge

The Sovereign Lord is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights. Habakkuk 3:19

There are many people who desire to be able to do adventurous things. They love the excitement of climbing high heights, being able to move quickly, to be able to play sports well or do some other difficult task.

Most people just watch as others do great or amazing things with their life. They have not developed the strength or abilities to do what is often in their heart to do. With this, most will just settle for where they are at and not try to go any further.

Habakkuk states that God is his strength. He compares himself and his abilities to that of a deer.

Deer are amazing animals to watch when they are in motion. They are very graceful in their moves and can move very quickly. Deer often appear to just sort of glide when they jump over a fence or some log in their path. They appear to be able to turn on a dime when running to avoid a predator. Their footing is very sure and solid.

Believers can have the same abilities as that of a deer. God provides the strength that is needed to move quickly and nimbly like that of a deer.

As a believer is walking in this world, he must tread carefully. The enemy is laying traps everywhere to capture him, causing him to stumble into sin. Just as a deer seems to know just where to place his feet as he is running quickly through the woods, so a believer can know just where to move going through life.

God enables the believer to tread above the enemy. He is walking on a path that is higher than the sinful path that the majority of this world is walking. It is walking on a path that has a higher standard.

As you rely up the strength of  God to strengthen you, God will make you able to walk a holy life that is dedicated to Him. You will be able to dodge the attacks of the enemy and skirt around the traps that are set to cause you to fall into sin.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to strengthen and guide your steps each day. Allow God to take you to new heights that you have never been before. Walk and run like a deer.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit in all that you do; that God will give  you the strength you need; that God will guide you in avoiding the traps of the enemy; and that you will live a holy life unto God. 

Micah 4:5 Walking In The Lord

Walking on beach

All the nations may walk in the name of their gods, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever. Micah 4:5 

People are fans of all kinds of people and all kinds of things and for every reason under the sun. As a fan of someone or something, they will follow faithfully. Many will be fanatical about who or what they are following.

As people follow something, they will often surround and pattern their life with what they are following. What they say and do will be the same as to what they follow, regardless of whether it is something good or bad.

Micah declares that while nations may follow their gods, Israel will follow God alone forever.

The world will follow the false gods of this world–money, sex, fame, fortune, pride, self and more. All of these gods are temporary and come and go in a moment’s notice. They are false and not real or lasting.

Every believer has chosen to begin to walk in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Walking in this way means that he has chosen to do what Jesus says and not do what Jesus says to not do. It is giving Christ the authority to be absolute master over his entire life.

Doing all of this has to be a choice that each person makes in his own life. He has to choose to walk away from the gods of this world to follow Jesus. Once he has chosen this and commits his life to Jesus, it is a lifetime of walking that extends into eternity. It will never end.

Walking with the world will only bring about death in the end. Walking with God will bring about abundant life on this earth and in all of eternity.

Each day you have a choice to make as to who you will walk with. As a believer, you have already made a choice in your past, but you must daily choose to take up your cross and keep walking with Jesus.

Do not allow yourself to change paths and begin walking with the world again. Stay on the path with Jesus that will take you into eternity. Live, act, and speak as Jesus did. This is the true walk of a Christian in this world. It is going against the standards of following the gods of this world.

Who are you walking with today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will walk in the ways of God; that you will know the abundant life Jesus offers you; and that God will strengthen you to turn away from the gods of this world. 

Isaiah 43:2 Trouble, But Not Alone Or Destroyed

In a wave

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2 

One thing that is guaranteed in this life on earth is trouble. Every person has struggles and challenges in life. Sometimes it is a daily occurrence, while other times it is just on occasion.

The greatest challenge during times of trouble is that one often feels alone and that he is about to be destroyed. There often does not appear to be any way to really survive the situation and no one is there to help. It looks like the end of the world is near for the person.

Isaiah quotes God in saying that He is with the person when going through various troubles and challenges. As one is going through those problems, he will not be hurt or destroyed.

At the point that Adam and Eve had sinned and were kicked out of the garden of Eden, there has been troubles in this life on earth. Satan is fighting to keep every person away from God or to turn away from Him.

In some of these struggles of life it is if the person is going through a physical fire or a raging river. There does not appear to be any way to survive the trouble.

While the world gives into the trouble and discouragement, the believer can have a hope to survive. Jesus had promised that there would be troubles, but God also promised to be with the believer.

It may be painful and scary as one is going through a raging flood of problems, but he can know that God is right there with him holding his hand and guiding him. God will bring the believer through the situation to salvation on the other side.

God is with you also. You do not need to fear the troubles or what may be the outcome.

The most that these troubles can do is destroy your body. They cannot destroy your soul, the most important thing. God has your soul in His hand. Trust Him to hold on to it and bring you through the struggles.

Most of these troubles will not destroy your body, but only be an inconvenience for a time. God will use those troubles to build you and move you forward in Him. These troubles will pass away.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God is by your side; that you will know that God is holding you; and that God will save you in the end if you continue to trust Him.