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Life's Potholes

November 02, 2016

LIFE'S POTHOLES 

By GV Potter

The following post was written by a member of our fellowship.

 

Our paths in life are often filled with many challenges.  Regardless of where you currently are, you are on a path.  Every path in life will lead somewhere; therefore one must ask oneself, “Where does this path lead?” God warns us in Proverbs 4:14-15, “Do not enter the path of the wicked. And do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it; Turn away from it and pass on.” Clearly, we need to watch our steps. 

The paths of life will have many potholes, and Satan has cleverly covered and disguised each and every one. You will fall into some.  When that happens, you’ll have to climb out, dust off, refocus, recommit, and keep moving forward.  In order to avoid falling in, we must prepare to recognize them before we get there.  Our enemy, Satan, uses these spiritual potholes to throw us off our path.  It is inevitable that we will stumble into some of life’s potholes.  Therefore, let’s take a look at a few of them so we can examine each situation and grow stronger through it.    

  1. Spiritual Apathy:  With a loss of spiritual desire, the enemy steals your tenacity for things of God.  You begin to miss church services, your prayer and devotional life seems stalled, and you just seem to be going through the motions, as your heart is not in it.
  2. Lack of Peace:  Instead of trusting in the Lord, worry and fear occupy your mind.
  3. Lack of Faith:  You stop believing in the truth and power of God’s Word.  You may believe it is true for others, but it simply is not true for you. 
  4. Financial Stress:  You take your eyes off God and put them on money and financial gain.  It may often seem like all your financial resources dry up at the same time.
  5. Old Habits and Lifestyles Resurface: Your soul wants to fall back into old habits and things that indulge the flesh.
  6. Seclusion:  You begin to pull away from Godly relationships and go back to old friends that are carnally minded rather than spiritually minded.
  7. Lost: Instead of living according to the calling and direction that once was so clear, you now live in a cloud of uncertainty.

All of these potholes are designed to throw you off the right path. However, each hole Satan has placed and hidden from you is seen and exposed by the light of God’s Word. “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Ps. 119:105). We get into trouble when we assume that we know all the twists and turns in our path of life, and when we act without consulting God. Proverbs 16:9 tells us that “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”

When you know the truth of God’s Word it becomes your weapon against Satan.  It is “The sword of the spirit which is the Word of God” (Eph. 6:17). That’s when Satan’s potholes become visible, his plans become unglued and his schemes fall apart. Satan is a deceiver, but the Word of God is a revealer.  “You shall know the truth and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32).

The best way to face the uncertainty of tomorrow is to stay on your path and put your full trust in God.  Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”   Don’t try to figure out every step on your own.  Remember, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand” (Psa. 37:23-24).

Always be mindful that the God we serve is bigger than the obstacles we face, and the strength He provides is greater than the forces arrayed against us.  It will be the choices you make…not fate or circumstances…that will determine where your path will take you.  Therefore, on your journey continue to “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might,” (Eph. 6:10).  Try it, and you will find that navigating life’s potholes suddenly becomes much more possible!

 



COMMENTS
By Steve and Julie Waltenburg
Thank you for these reminders and reinforcements, Gary. Your blog is very well stated and very much appreciated.
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