“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD; and he
delighteth in his way” (Psalm 37.23).
First, let us establish who the “good man” is. Jesus said no
one was good but the Father. That might sound a bit negative,
but it expresses a truth that within ourselves we cannot be
‘good’ according to God’s standard; so we must be born again
so that we are pure in God’s sight due to our cleansing by the
blood of Jesus. Now when God sees us, He only sees Jesus in
us; He can see the traces of the blood that made us ‘good’ and
the robe of righteousness which we received in exchange for
our filthy rags.
We are “qualified” now to have our steps ordered by the Lord,
and they consist of periods of acceleration and braking.
For safety and control, our governments have installed traffic
devices which we must obey: One says--Go; One says--Stop; One
says--Yield and Proceed with caution. To fail to go, use
caution, yield and stop at the appropriate time can be
“Wait on the LORD, and keep his way…” (Psalm 37:34).
There are times to go; there are times to stop; there are
times to pause and yield. To know when to apply the correct
choice we must have our eyes open and trained to obey. When
we have the Word implanted in our hearts, we have the
promptings of the Holy Spirit to advise us. Jeremiah heard
the Lord say His Word was like a hammer: “Is not my word
like as a fire? [to purify] saith the LORD; and like a
hammer that breaketh the rock [hard heart] in pieces”
(Jeremiah 23:29). We have been purified by the fire of God,
and He has broken our hard hearts and stubborn wills so that
His Word will penetrate and saturate our being.
At God’s Word, Joshua hammered down the walls of Jericho
without lifting a tool or a weapon. The inhabitants felt
secure within their strong walls. Some sources say the outer
wall was six feet thick and the inner wall was twelve feet.
The walls stood fifteen feet apart and rose 30 feet above
ground, making this a major fortress which gave those who
lived there confidence that they were safely guarded from
their enemies. They thought the walls were a brake to the
Israelites whom they feared. What a surprise when their
fortress fell flat giving the Israelites the acceleration to
overcome and conquer Jericho. I recall a minister saying that
the ground must have opened up and swallowed the wall for it
to be flat enough to allow Joshua’s troops to just walk in.
If not, imagine all the debris they would have had to climb
over. (Sounds reasonable to me).
God’s Word breaks our hearts over sin as we brake at the
Cross. From there, we accelerate toward eternal life.
Jeremiah’s heart was broken over the sins of his people.
“Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of
tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the
daughter of my people” (Jeremiah 9:1). They knew what God
expected of them, but they were bent on breaking themselves
over the “Hammer.” Jeremiah felt God’s broken heart and
lamented that the “harvest is past and summer is ended and we
are not saved” (Jeremiah 8:20).
Can we feel God’s broken heart over those who reject Jesus and
weep with Him? Can we brake at the feet of Jesus and
intercede for those for whom Christ died? He brakes and
listens to our heart’s cry and tears. God is not avoiding the
lost; it is they who reject His wooing and are avoiding Him.
It should break our hearts to know that God isn’t welcome in
government offices, schools, the market place and many homes;
because He isn’t welcome in the hearts of those who occupy
those places. When He abides in our hearts, He is always
welcome with us wherever we accelerate to.
Sadly, the conscience of society is being trained to
accelerate past the cross and commitment to the Lord. It is
being trained to brake at fleshly desires and ignore any
reference to their spiritual needs. Some pacify their
conscience by braking at good deeds, expecting God to wink at
their unchanged personal lives. A conscience that has been
misinformed is not a safe guide. No matter what it tells us,
if it is not truth, it is a lie. We need a standard higher
than our own to improve our lives, one that exceeds our own to
aim toward. We must not accelerate past the cross; it is our
standard and only means of salvation! Any other standard is a
dead end with no return.
Though our hearts may desire one thing, our flesh pursues
“Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the
way of his steps” Psalm 85:13).
Our conscience must be trained by the Holy Spirit to honor God
and obey His Word. The Holy Spirit is our trainer, comforter
and guide to keep us accelerating toward Heavenly goals. He
is also our brake to aid us in obeying God’s traffic controls
to stop, pause, yield or go. We are to check the transmission
and brake fluid level of the Spirit in our lives so we will
always be prepared to accelerate or stop as God directs.
If you made a bad choice, brake now and accelerate toward the
cross. Stop trying to ‘fix’ yourself; you can’t! Someone has
said that doing the same thing over and over and expecting
different results is insanity. Take your brokenness to Jesus,
and you will find that the mended results will be blessedness
and eternal life.
Accelerate toward the Light. Jesus said He was the Light of
“The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all
the inward parts…” (Proverbs 20:27).
The born-again spirit is enlightened to God’s Word; without
the new birth, we live in darkness and are subject to deceit
and will brake at the wrong places, accelerate toward a wrong
destructive destination. The Word is our light to guide us
and alert us to brake at temptations. A door to fleshly
desires left open deliberately is an invitation to accelerate
toward the temptation. If we are being led toward temptation
to sin, we need to apply the brakes immediately. God does
not tempt us with sin! Accelerate toward a safe haven,
Jesus. Making the rounds of E-mails is the saying, “The
Spirit will not lead us where God’s Grace will not keep us.”
The Spirit will never lead us toward temptation to sin, but
toward a godly life in Christ Jesus without compromise.
Church history bears out that when brakes were applied at the
start of persecution, the power left the church because
compromise stepped in. We can stop persecution with
compromise, but we will be left with emptiness and no power to
properly brake or accelerate or even know the difference.
The battle isn’t over; the race is still on, so check your
brake and acceleration fluid (Holy Spirit). Keep it filled to
a safe level so you will always be prepared to stop, pause,
yield or go as God Directs.
Go in Freedom: “If the Son therefore shall make you free,
ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). Though man may
attempt to, God doesn’t restrict our Freedom in Christ; we are
Heart 2 Heart
Kelsey Adams Family