SHOCK PROOFING YOUR WALK
PART THREE

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you
saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of
evil, to give you an expected end
Jeremiah 29:11

So, let me see if I understand you correctly, Dan. What you're implying is that a believer can shock proof his walk when it comes to suffering hardships. I'm not implying it. I'm stating it as fact. But don't take my word for it take the Lord's.

Great peace have they, which love thy
law: and nothing shall offend them

Ps 119:165

So how do you get to the place in your walk with God where nothing offends you, the place where you can say as did the Apostle Paul, "But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy"? The answer is clear, yet simple and is laid out before us in the following mandate.

For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:" (NKJV - Heb 12:3, 1Peter 2:21)

There we have it. The first and most crucial step in shock proofing our walk with the LORD, and that is we must commit ourselves to God. Today, we will begin to take look at this word "commit"; What it Means, What it Looks Like, and the Results of a Committed Life.

What exactly does this word "committed" mean as laid out in 1Peter Chapter 2? For that we will seek the aide of the Greek Lexicon. We discover that this word carries with it the idea of; to surrender, i.e. yield up, entrust, transmit: --betray, bring forth, cast, commit, deliver (up), give (over, up), hazard, put in prison, recommend.
(From Strongs #3844 and 1325)

Now if that isn't any eye-opener and doesn't knock your socks off, I don't know what will! So what is it that we are to yield up, turn over, betray, and imprison? You got it! It's us. That is, our flesh, our desires, our reputation, and our very own character. In fact the Bible teaches us that, "they that are Christ's have crucified (to extinguish, subdue the flesh with the affections and lusts ." Gal 5:24

Just as Christ committed His cause to the Father, we too are to follow His example. Who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously." 1Peter 2:23

Does it come by any surprise then that we are exhorted to, "Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And then in Proverbs we are commanded to, "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil."
Psalms 37:5 Prov. 3:5,7

You may say then that evil is larking at the door of the life that has not committed itself to the LORD. Do you trust God enough to let Him determine your cause? Is not that the bottom line anyway, TRUST? One thing is certain, when we undergo trials of various kinds we need to realize that this is our calling, this is our divine profession.

But what an AWSOME ADVANTAGE the LORD has given us over the world. Think of it. We as God very own children, have the distinct privilege to position our selves before the very Throne of God and commit into Hs care the safe keeping of our cause.

This is what the Apostle Paul would have us see as he encourages us with these words, "For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day." 2 Tim. 1:12

And so it is when we commit our cause to the LORD in an act of humble submission that the Holy Spirit can do His job and that is to come along sides us, aiding and assisting us to carry out the will of the Father. Yes, it is the Holy Spirit that administers God's grace to our hearts in such a way that in spite of our suffering we can reach out effectively, touching the lives of others.

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be
able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God
.
2Co 1:4

We must realize that until we come to place in our lives that we are willing to make such a commitment, our lives will be in constant turmoil. We will be a people tossed and driven carried about by every tide of adversity that rolls into our lives.

The neat thing (50's lingo) about living the committed life is that it is a risk free life. Note, I said risk free, not trouble free. The committed life is the blessed life. It is the only life where God assumes all the liability and we, well we receive blessing after blessing. So much so that one-day we are promised that we will even rule and reign with Him. .

Yet there are some who will to their own destruction insist on going through life trusting and relying on their own decision-making capabilities instead of committing their selves to God. How ludicrous. It is pure insanity to attempt to live life in such a fashion knowing what Jeremiah 10:23 say's and that is, "O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps." To live a life that is totally committed to God is to experience true freedom.

To live a life that is committed to God is to live a life that knows no want, knows no lack, and knows no fear Psalms 23 To expect to live out side of those parameters is to invite total chaos into your life.

In our next devotional we are going to take a peek at what the committed life look like. Here is an excerpt of what is to come;

To commit to God is never to l eave Him for another. It means to abide in His love on a continual basis, to make God your place of refuge. It means to make a constant effort to remain in fellowship with Him. lf ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (
John 15:7)

ARE YOU LIVING A LIFE THAT IS COMMITTED TO THE LORD?

Once again this is going to be a progressive devotion. Please join me next time as we continue to look ways we can Shock Proof our walk with the LORD. Until we meet again please be encouraged and know this, God loves you so very, very much. And guess what? HE'S ON YOUR TEAM! Isn't that powerful?

If God is for us who or what can be against us.
SETTLE THAT FOREVER IN YOUR SPIRIT - DO IT NOW

THINK ON THESE THINGS - ACT ON THESE THINGS

May God grant you His peace 
If I can be of any assistance
please don't hesitate to drop me a line.
Dan

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