Walk Carefully

Do you remember the old game on Windows computers, Minesweeper? That was such a fun game to play. For the longest time, I didn’t understand what the numbers in the boxes meant. However, I learned that they were a clue as to where the mines were. Once I learned that, I was able to get better at playing the game. As believers living in this world, we need to constantly be on the lookout for spiritual landmines. Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:15-16, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” The word “circumspectly” means carefully or cautiously. Think of walking on ice over a pond. You want to make sure that you are paying attention to where you place your feet, because you don’t want to step onto weak ice that could potentially put our life in danger. Spiritually, we are to guard our heart, our eyes, and our ears from anything that could influence us away from Christ. The problem is, sometimes the things that we think will protect us are the very things that cause the most damage in our walk with Jesus. That is why we must be very cautious in who we allow to influence us. Just as not everything that glitters is gold, not everyone who claims to be a Christian is a Christian. Because of His love for His children, God has not left us without some “minesweepers.”

The first spiritual minesweeper is the Holy Spirit. Every child of God is indwelled by the Holy Spirit. Because He knows the mind and heart of God, the Holy Spirit will always direct us in God’s path to fulfill God’s will. The second spiritual minesweeper is the Bible. The Spirit of God uses the Word of God to guide us in a way that pleases God. A Christian who doesn’t regularly read the Word of God is walking in a minefield with the number “1” all around them, just like in the game of Minesweeper. It means they are in imminent danger of stepping on a landmine and causing damage to themselves, and possibly those around them. Another spiritual minesweeper is prayer. While we often like to think that we can go with our gut or listen to our heart; the Bible would warn us against that, because both can be swayed the wrong way. Yet, as we pray and as we read, the Spirit guides and protects us. Next, is the church. God has given the gift of the church to every believer. Having brothers and sisters come along side of us to pray with and for us and to encourage us can keep us on the right path and away from spiritual landmines. Finally, there are other believers as well. This goes along with the church, but we are all closer to some people than we are others. Therefore, when we feel we are being led by God in a certain direction, we should go to those we trust, tell them what is on our heart, and ask them to pray about it with us. Then, set a time to come together and talk about what God has been saying. This is why Proverbs 11 says there is a “safety in a multitude of counselors.” A word of caution here though, make sure that those who are influencing you are truly godly men and women. There are many false teachers and false Christians out there. This is why we need to spend time together outside of church. People can act one way in church, but entirely different outside of church. This is why I believe that all believers should be involved in discipleship groups. A small group of same sex believers who intentionally spend 60-90 minutes with each other every week to pray, read Scripture, memorize Scripture, and hold one another accountable. When you have this group, you automatically have some people who can pray with you and for you. You already have people who can hold you accountable, and help you stay on God’s path.

We all have to realize that the days are becoming more and more evil. Darkness is coming into the light, and it is being celebrated and normalized in many aspects. It is time we as Christians stand against what God calls sin. It is time that we watch our lives, as well as, help other believers watch their lives as well for the glory of God and our good.

By His grace and for His glory,

Pastor Justin

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