Where God is trying to take us, we can’t bring all of that old stuff we used to carry around. When we gave our lives to God, we were to put off the old man (our old ways of thinking, talking, behaving, responding and the sin in our lives) and put on the new man: Jesus Christ (He is our example).

As we move forward in our walk with the Lord, we should be shedding and ridding ourselves of our old sin nature and becoming more and more like Jesus. That’s the walk, right?

Where God is trying to take you, that old stuff can’t go. It will be a distraction to you, it will hinder you and you won’t be able to carry the weight of the anointing while holding onto those old things. Allow God to heal you and bring the newness of life into your soul. Jesus said, take My burden and My yoke, for they are easy and light. Why? Because He didn’t hold onto unforgiveness, bitterness, pain, pride, guilt, shame, etc. And since He is our example, neither should we.

Yes, it’s a process to get rid of those things. But I’m telling, once you feel the freedom from dropping one of them, you’ll want to keep letting them all go. You’ll be willing to allow God to do the work of removing the baggage. Receive correction when it comes. Receive the chastening of the Lord when it comes. Sometimes that’s how God shows us what’s in our hearts and then we can allow God to speak truth to us and heal us.

If I’ve learned anything in my walk with Christ, it’s that His way is the only way. When I try to do things in my own strength and I don’t pray and seek God first, it never works out for me. (Proverbs16:9)

We have to develop a relationship with Jesus Christ, Who is our firm foundation, our solid rock. So that we will not be moved by the circumstances of life, but only moved by the word of God (Matthew 7:24-29). Just start asking God what He wants you to do, go, say, stay, leave, left or right. I know some will read this and think, what kind of mess is this, that we should ask permission from “God” to do anything. YES!

God in omnipresent, He exists outside of time. He knows the beginning from the end. He planned your entire life, but also gave you free will. Why not ask God, who is already there in tomorrow, next week, next month; if and when you should go or stay? He knows and is the only One who does. And we need to be patient in waiting His reply. I waited months praying, asking God was it the right time to make a move. 6 months later, God gave me the ok and it was the best thing I could have ever done. One year from that day, God completely changed a significant part of my life. (Proverbs 20:24)

We also should be praying and asking about, things like, “Lord, is this relationship/friendship for me?” “How do You want me to answer this person in need?” “Is this the right time to go on a mission trip overseas?” Father, is this the right job for me?”

The choices we make can have significant consequences and outcomes. If you’ve prayed about it and God gives you peace in it, glory to God. When we pray about it first, may have avoided a huge messes. There have certainly been times when we pray and have peace about a situation and it still turns out unexpectedly. Those are the lessons we needed to get us where God is trying to take us. (Psalm 37:23-24)

We certainly have free will to do as we please, but isn’t it better to ask the One who knows the beginning from the end, the One who can never be surprised, the One who holds you in the balance, the One who will never leave you or forsake you. Isn’t better to walk the path less traveled while wrapped in His continued presence and love. Let’s allow God to lead us daily in the way everlasting.

“Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭24:3-4‬ ‭

I love this scripture. It’s always spoken to me in a way to say, stay clean, stay humble abide by the word of the Lord and get closer to Him.

That’s true, but it’s not easy and we cannot do it in our own strength. We have to heed the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit, we must take the word of the Lord to heart. We must be true to who He created us to be and not look to the world for answers. The world is following right along with their father, as scripture tells us.

God knows our hearts, He knows our intentions and motivation for everything we do and don’t do. Do you want to be closer to God or fit in more with the world? We know how this ends. We have read and heard. We have heard the warnings from Paul and others about how to walk WITH Jesus and the consequences for living in the ways or the world. No, we don’t always get it right, but He is our ever present help.

Yes, we are called to win souls for Jesus. Jesus hung out with those who needed to be saved, but He did not follow behind them in their actions and conform to the ways of the world. He lived His life as an example (blameless) and has called us to do the same. But He also knows that our flesh is weak. The good news is that the spirit is willing. Paul told us to count the cost, because it does cost and can be very painful. But Jesus gave up His life for us, what are we willing to sacrifice for Him? Time, money, those things that we love to do the most, our own hearts desires and our will? What are you willing to sacrifice these things to walk in obedience?

He’s calling us up higher, a shift has already happened and is still happening. Can you see it, can you feel it? We must walk in obedience and not folly. We don’t know the day or the hour, but we know the Lord's return is upon us. Please, don’t ignore that pull at your heart, that thought that says, stop this and come spend time with Me. He loves you and wants to be with you. Don’t blow Him off. Be encouraged.