What peace we can walk in when we know our steps are established by the Lord. As we surrender to Jesus, walk in communion with the Holy Spirit and are obedient to the leading of the Spirit we can know our steps are ordered by the Lord.
When I spent time in the presence of the Lord He highlighted these verses to me -
Psalm 37:23 (NASB) - The steps of a man are established by the LORD, and He delights in his way.
Psalm 37:23 (TPT) – The steps of the God-pursuing ones follow firmly in the footsteps of the Lord. And God delights in every step they take to follow him.
Proverbs 16:9 (NASB) – The mind of a man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.
Proverbs 16:9 (TPT) – Within your heart you can make plans for your future, but the Lord chooses the steps you take to get there.
The Lord gave me a vision of golden footsteps forming a path where a child of God was walking. I knew the Lord was showing me that the footsteps of the person were ordered by Him. They were golden as they were walking in the divine path the Lord had for them. I noticed the footsteps were moving up a mountain, sometimes the steps were going straight up the mountain and at other times they were moving up the mountain by circling the mountain. Sometimes the Lord leads us in a time of rapid acceleration and our path is straight up and other times we are still advancing in our journey but we move more steadily and we can’t always see very far into the distance. The Lord then showed me that at other times the footsteps led to a stream of water. At this time the footsteps stopped for a time and I knew the Lord was showing me that at this time the person was led to rest beside the water. Sometimes in our journey we are led to just rest in Him and be refreshed and renewed before we move on.
The Lord has a path and a destiny for each of us to walk in. Every person’s path is different but every path is important. Jesus has gone before us and knows the path ahead. This gives us comfort and confidence in our journey. Our role is to be obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit and follow the path the Lord has planned for us. We are invited to give ourselves fully to the task of following the course appointed to us. When we do this we will be walking in the purpose of God and we will find fulfillment. The Lord is always with us and when we stumble He is there to lift us up.
The Lord doesn’t always show us far into the distance on the path He has for us but leads us step by step. God wants us to be dependent on Him and obedient to the guiding and prompting of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit wants to be in continual communion or fellowship with us. He wants us to be in relationship with Him and to partner with Him. If you are filled with the Spirit and absorb yourself in His presence, you will seek Jesus and glorify Jesus. The Holy Spirit teaches us the Lord’s will and how to discern His truth. He also empowers us to fulfill God’s plans for our lives.
2 Corinthians 13:14 (NASB) – The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
John 16:13-14 (NSAB) – “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.”
Having our steps established by the Lord doesn’t mean we will be without times where we walk through trials but we can walk in peace, joy, power and victory regardless of the circumstances around us. We can be confident that the Lord is working all things for our good and He is a good God. The purpose of God’s plan for us is to change our character and to continue to transform us to be more like Jesus. God sometimes uses trials to refine us. Embedded in trials are valuable lessons to be learned that can strengthen our character and bring about spiritual growth. We learn to draw closer to God for His help and guidance. We learn to depend less on ourselves and more upon Him.
As in the vision the Lord showed me, sometimes He will ‘lead us beside still waters’ so we can be renewed and refreshed. As we draw closer to Him in these times we receive new strength. As we rest in Him and allow His love to wash over us our souls are restored and our spirits are built up.
Sometimes it can be difficult to know which steps to take but we don’t need to look too far down the path. We just need to take the steps that we are led to take before us. If we trust and obey Him, surrender to Him, live in fellowship with the Spirit, spend time in His presence and seek His truth we can be assured that we will experience the abundant life available in Him.
The Lord is orchestrating and aligning things on your path and He wants you to know He is establishing and directing your steps. He will lift you up when you stumble.