When you’re first learning how to drive, you are taught the rules of the traffic light system. You have a red, yellow and green light that indicates who gets their turn and at what time. This helps to keep things regulated and keep people safe. It keeps things in order so that there are no accidents. This is also similar to things that are going on in our lives. Sometimes, we can think that we can bypass certain rules because from our point of view, it still looks safe or we think we can benefit from it. These rules are in place to keep everyone safe, and it’s something that is taught to every generation, no matter what advancements society makes.
Often when we try to take shortcuts in life and bypass the rules, we’re not only affecting our future but those around us as well. For those who try to take a red light, they’re endangering those whose light may have turned green at the same time. At that moment, they’re only thinking about themselves making the light. They’re not thinking about someone who may have pulled into their pathway. The same goes for us when there are moments where the Lord may tell us to stop, and we decide (for whatever reason) to keep going. Proverbs 16:9 KJV says it like this…
“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.”
In those moments where we push past the ‘red flag’ that the Lord puts in our spirit, our pride and flesh have risen up against the leading of the Holy Spirit. Daily, we are to allow Him to increase in us, so our flesh decreases.
“He must increase, but I must decrease.” – John 3:30 KJV
By submitting our fleshly desires to the Holy Spirit, we’re authorizing Him to direct us throughout the day. He lets us know when to go, slow down or to stop. The same way you don’t have police officers standing at every intersection to make sure people are following the rules, the Holy Spirit isn’t breathing down your neck to force you to do the right thing. While He gives us all ‘Freewill’ to make a choice to follow His directions:
“And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.“ – Mar 8:34 KJV
We must learn to submit our flesh to His direction, even when we think we have a better answer.
The more you begin to drive on your own, the more you realize that you are in control of whether you want to follow the general driving regulations or not. You make your own decisions. In life, there are the same type of moments that present themselves. Sometimes, there are options that may appear that there aren’t any great consequences if you choose to do something contrary to the rules. But remember, appearances can be deceiving. If you take a moment to think of the ripple effects that it could cause, you will quickly see how it affects others around you. Consider what Galatians 5:16-17 KJV has to say to understand how you can’t choose to follow your flesh and make your own rules, and follow the Spirit at the same time.
“Let me explain further. Live your life as your spiritual nature directs you. Then you will never follow through on what your corrupt nature wants. What your corrupt nature wants is contrary to what your spiritual nature wants, and what your spiritual nature wants is contrary to what your corrupt nature wants. They are opposed to each other. As a result, you don’t always do what you intend to do.”
If you have any doubt in Who you are trusting to direct you daily, remember Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV,
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Here is a simple prayer to pray before your day begins:
“Lord, I thank you for this day. Please lead and direct my footsteps to lead me where You’d have me to go. I declare that my flesh is submitted to You and Your authority. I declare that pride is bound and loosed from its assignment in my life, and I loose and call forth submission to the Godly Authority into my life. Allow me to be a blessing to those around me. I pray that Your Perfect Will be done in every area of my life. In Jesus name, Amen.”
May God bless you greatly!
Minsters Jovan and Sierra Johnson
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