Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
Preparation has correctly been identified as both the first step of victory and as half the battle. It was Benjamin Franklin who said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
Throughout the Scriptures we find that when it comes to us having a personal and an intimate relationship with God and us experiencing the victory that He purchased for us through the shedding of His own blood on the cross of Calvary, God’s all in. That’s what He wants and that’s want He’s working towards in our life. God created us for that very purpose and He has a personal plan and a particular process in order to make that a reality in each of our lives.
Daily, He’s searching for a place, a life, a heart where He can invest His infinite resources in in order to reveal Himself to this world.
2 Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.”
Now, here’s the thing: He’s ready to start today. The question is, Are we?
We’re focusing on the first phrase found in verse 15 where the Bible says, “See then that ye walk circumspectly…” Yesterday, we considered the thought of resolve, making a definite and an earnest decision to walk with God. To allow our love for God to impact our life. Today, we’re given a glimpse as to what that means and to what that looks like.
The word walk means “to tread all around or to walk at large.” It has idea of someone being obviously, or noticeably, occupied with something. When we determine that we are going to walk with God, we need to understand that walking with Him means personal change. Change that not everyone in our sphere of influence is going to understand.
Romans 12:1-2 says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
When we start making forward progress in our walk with God, there will be two types of resistance: internal resistance and external resistance. If there is anybody that is a hindrance to the desires and the plans of God becoming a reality in my life – it’s me. I’m sure you’re familiar with the children’s song that says, “He’s still working on me, to make me what I ought to be.” Sometimes, at least in my own life, I think that song probably should go something more like this: “He’s still working on me because I’m stubborn and I don’t make it easy.” Our flesh will always fight against the progress of our faith.
Galatians 5:17 says, “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”
We must be prepared for this struggle and we must determine to bring our thoughts and our feelings under the control of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.”
This internal struggle will prove to be consistent and, at times, very challenging but can be overcome as we trust in God and surrender to His Words.
The word circumspectly means “to look around; to be watchful and cautious in order to avoid danger.” This is where the second type of resistance comes in. As a child of God, we have an enemy that delights in nothing more than to prevent the children of God from moving forward in their walk with God. The very moment that we determine to draw closer to the Lord, we also identify ourselves as a target for our enemy.
1 Peter 5:8-9 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”
Know this that our enemy has a ton of resources at his disposal and he is willing to use whatever it takes to accomplish his goal in your life: distractions, discouragement, disappointments, depression, etc.
In conclusion, I want to leave you with the words of Watchman Nee who wrote, “Outside of Christ, I am only a sinner, but in Christ, I am saved. Outside of Christ, I am empty; in Christ, I am full. Outside of Christ, I am weak; in Christ, I am strong. Outside of Christ, I cannot; in Christ, I am more than able. Outside of Christ, I have been defeated; in Christ, I am already victorious.”
Today, I want to remind you that you do have an enemy, and he’s a powerful one, but I also want to encourage you with the words of I John 4:4 where the Bible says, “…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
Until next time, good day and God bless.