Last week we learned the ABCs of walking wisely. Now let's look at elements of a consistent Christ-centered lifestyle:
Determination. Walking in wisdom is not something that happens automatically. We must decide ahead of time to pursue godly living wholeheartedly.
Focus. To stay on the path of the Lord's will, we must fix our attention on His Word. As we meditate on Scripture and absorb its truths, our minds will align with Christ's, and our choices will be in tune with biblical principles.
Spirit Sensitivity. With determination to live a holy life and with close attention to Scripture, we become more sensitive to the promptings of the Spirit, our guide who indicates the direction we are to take.
Trust. Sometimes the Lord's choice for us doesn't appear sensible. It may seem foolish or require sacrifice. Trusting in His perfect wisdom is necessary if we are to walk according to His plan.
Courage. Some things God requires of us may cause us to react with fear. As our trust in Him deepens, courage will grow, and we will discover the joy of embracing His choice for us.
Perseverance. It is one thing to start out on the right path; maintaining the course for a lifetime is something else. By depending on God, we can persist and choose wisely over a long period.
Wisdom-walking requires that we continually practice a few basics: know God, trust Him, listen, and obey. Is this your pattern for living? Remember, a lifetime of godliness develops one choice at a time.
By Charles Stanley
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