Losing Our Way

Posted by on Apr 5, 2021 in Articles | 0 comments

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Gal. 6:1

A good friend and mentor of mine used to routinely say to me, in regards to the overall conduct and character of our current society, “Jason, as a people, we’ve lost our way”. This statement was his way of saying we really know better than how we are conducting ourselves. 

In the Bible, we are often called to repent (Acts 2:38, Luke 13:3,5). This simply means to leave what is wrong and pursue what is right. Sometimes, folks have a great deal of learning to do in order to repent (Acts 17:30). They truly don’t know any better. However, most of us fall into the category of just returning to what we know is right to begin with.

We should always strive to hold to what is proven and good. Jeremiah 6:16 says, “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein”.

We often use the saying “tried and true” and there is good reason for that, especially in remaining spiritually consistent and holding to the Bible, the only way to live a faithful life (2 Peter 1:3). 

So, the obvious question that comes is “How can I keep from losing my way?” One of the first things is when we make a mistake, admit it, make it right and move on. When God confronts Adam in Genesis 3:12, Adam blames Eve, implicates God and mentions himself last. Of course, this doesn’t work. To correctly repent one must accept responsibility for one’s own actions.

Make better plans. If I plan to be faithful then I will be (Daniel 1:8). A committed mind is a powerful tool and will ensure that we won’t become distracted by all the world has to offer. Also, communicating those plans (Joshua 24:15). We need to show others we are serious about holding to what is right.

Setting our hearts on what is most important (Matt. 6:33). I know I always find a way to do and stay consistent in what matters most to me.

Lastly, if we do lose our way, God has made it so simple and easy to get back on track. Confession and prayer (James 5:16) leads to immediate restoration back to Him.

By Jason Barger

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