In order to move forward, we must take steps. Each step is a building block for the next step; each step leading you closer to the finish line (the completed goal).
Who orders our steps? God
“The steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord.” (Psalm 37:23)
But we must allow God to order our steps by submitting to Him.
Laying down our own desires and adopting His desires for our lives.
This requires a willful choice.
Taking steps requires forward movement. When you move forward, you are growing and graduating from one level of growth to the next level. However, if you are not taking steps – moving forward – then you are doing one of two things: (1) stagnating – remaining still and not going anywhere; or (2) digressing – moving backward.
Taking steps toward completion of a goal is like walking. When you walk, you are constantly taking steps forward; constantly in motion. The steps you take when you walk get you from point A to point B. For example, if you want to get to the bus stop, which is three blocks from your house, then you must take the necessary steps to reach the bus stop.
Moreover, as we allow God to order our steps, we remain focused and single-minded, rather than veering off the course that he has set for us. It is important that we remain focused and single-minded because if we veer from our God-given course by taking a wrong turn, we begin to take steps in the wrong direction. Therefore, we are no longer moving forward, but backward. We are no longer growing but digressing. This is analogous to traveling. Suppose your destination is Annapolis, Maryland. You are traveling on the Beltway, and you see road signs – Route 50 – Washington, DC, and Route 50 – Annapolis, MD. Instead of going in the direction of Annapolis, MD you go in the direction of Washington, DC. Thus, you are off the course to Annapolis. If you continue on Route 50 – Washington, DC you will never make it to Annapolis. You must make a U-Turn and go in the right direction.
In the course of life, once we veer off the course God has set before us, there is a way to get on the right course. That way is to ask God for directions back onto the straight and narrow road that leads us on the path of His perfect will. The longer we continue to take steps backward, the longer it will take us to reach our final goal. Therefore, it is crucial that we allow God to order our steps so that we can remain on the straight and narrow road.
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14 – KJV)
“This is what I told them: Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Only do as I say, and all will be well. But my people would not listen to me. They kept on doing whatever they wanted, following the stubborn desires of their evil hearts. They went backward instead of forward.” (Jeremiah 7:23-24- AMP)
“I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? Every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle.” (Jeremiah 8:6 – KJV)
This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.” (Jeremiah 6:16 – KJV)
Requirements for Staying on the Straight and Narrow Road are:
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6 – KJV)
“Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper and be satisfied.” (Proverbs 13:4 NLV)
Prayer – “Pray without ceasing.” (I Thessalonians 5:17 -KJV)
Study the Word – “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (II Timothy 2:15 – KJV)
Fellowship With Other Believers – Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.(Hebrews 10:25 – KJV
Praise and Worship – “I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1 – KJV)
Benefits of Staying on the Straight and Narrow Road are:
- You remain in God’s perfect will;
- You increase your level of intimacy with the Lord Jesus Christ;
- You increase your knowledge and understanding of the Word;
- You are able to bless others; and
- You remain in a state of readiness to hear from God.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105 – KJV)
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Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God. She is the founder of Wings of Love Women’s Ministry (WLWM), which is a teaching and evangelist ministry whose vision is to encourage and inspire people to accept and commit their lives to Jesus Christ so their lives will be transformed into righteousness, and they will experience unceasing love, joy, and peace.
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