Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My testimony of God-walking

I love the scripture box on the side of my blog! It's the verse-a-day box (if you scroll down I also have a biblegateway box).

But the verse-a-day one especially always seems to touch me! I got on my blog with the feeling I needed to blog, you know? Like it was an obligation I had to get done with, even though I really do enjoy to blog.

But then I read that verse-a-day and I felt happier and lighter for I found inspiration in it. Today's verse is:

"And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light."

Isaiah 42:16

And it makes me think of God-walking. I started God-walking my senior year of college. I had decided to go on a walk one day and just decided to pray which way I should turn on the sidewalk. And bam, I felt what I like to describe as a spiritual hand on the small of my back, guiding me to turn a certain way! I was like 'whoa' and decided to keep walking that way, praying for guidance. I am conscious of spiritual forces that are NOT God, so as not to be fooled (for our God says to test everything) I began to say in a whisper "Jesus, guide my steps. Jesus, guide my steps. Jesus, guide my steps" over and over for two reasons. One, that just a Father would not give his son a snake when he asked for a fish (Matthew 7:9-10) Therefore, if I ask God for guidance in such a direct way, he would not let the voice of the devil answer. And secondly, demons flee the name of Jesus and anyone who calls on it shall be saved.

Now I tend to say it so quietly under my breath as to not really be audible, and I tend to do this more "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus guide my steps, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus..." etc.

But it still works. And what adventures we have together when I so let Him guide me! He takes me to places I never would know were there!

An example:

The same senior year, I had taken to visiting churches in Spartanburg on Sundays. Not because I was trying to find another church but because my church is on the West Side and I didn't have a car or ride. So I'd walk from Converse, and then God-walk. So I'd have some idea of where I'd think I'd go, but I'd submit to God's leading.

So one Sunday, I think I'm going to go to the Moravian fellowship that meets at the Methodist church on Church Street. God leads me all the way to the church, through the building... and out again! I laughed at this, because it was obvious He determining I was following Him and not what I expected of Him. It was a fun adventure. Then He led me down a street, through a field. At this time I'm thinking if God's truly guiding me, I could close my eyes and have all my steps surefooted, right? So I do, only to IMMEDIATELY stumble. And I felt a flush as I was humbled and realized that He wanted my eyes open because He was leading me so I could SEE where He guided me. After all, I'm alone in the field, and so He was leading me for me, not for anyone else.
I have no idea where this field comes out, so I am surprised when I find myself by Barnet Park, but also happy as I realize from where I came out (between the park and Chapman Cultural Center) that I am right across the street from First Baptist Spartanburg.

He leads me into the church, and without any outside guidance, I find myself weaving the back halls to come into the sanctuary from a rear door. I still God-walk, but expect to be God-walked into a pew, but instead find myself going further up and up and up the aisle. I'm laughing inside, but with a wistful note of thinking I hoped this wasn't going to be like at the Methodist church, where he took me through only to leave (at the Methodist church I didn't go into the sanctuary, merely through the halls). And I leave the sanctuary and am in the breezeway, when instead of taking me out to the street, he turns me towards the other aisle (there are two at First Baptist) and bam, I am right next to a girl I know from Converse!

That's right! Had He led me directly there from Converse, or had me sit along the other aisle, I wouldn't have been there in time to run into this girl! And I say to her "I think God wants me to sit with you" and she says "all right" and we do! :)

That's just one example of many, though one of my favorite stories, of the adventures I've had with my Lord God-walking.

I know I've mentioned God-walking a few times, and thought I should elaborate.
This is His surest way of guidance with me. I am not a very physical person, but instead wordy and would prefer to hear words from Him. But I think God-walking challenges me because I am not typically physical, and often that is how God reaches us, in a way that challenges who we are and how we communicate with Him.

You may very well wonder at me hearing Him so directly and reliably and I know I would have several years ago as well. I had only heard him a few times in my life before then, that I was sure of, and thought that was far more than He gave most people. And maybe it is, but it is not far more than He offers. His Holy Spirit is meant to be our daily guidance, and His sheep know His voice. But just like a newborn lamb may not know her shepherd's voice at first, she grows accustomed to it in time, from repetition, practice, and from watching more mature sheep follow Him so implicitly.

And remember these wise words of scripture:

Do not put out the Spirit's fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.

May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

1 Thessalonians 5:19-24

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