Once I was hiking in a remote part of Colorado and realized that, somewhere along the way, I’d taken a wrong turn. I could tell by the sun and a distant peak I’d been using as reference point that I was headed the wrong direction. I felt small, alone and unprepared for the dangers of being lost in the wilderness at 11,000 feet. I turned around. I went back to the last place where I knew for sure I’d been on the right path.

This was an excellent life lesson because sometimes, I find myself having taken a wrong turn in following God’s path. I feel small, alone and lost and I’ve lost the security of being grounded by His wisdom, peace and joy. This is what happens at the point I abandon the guidance of His Spirit and choose to walk independently from Him. In HIS Spirit are the experiences our soul craves, like “love, joy and peace.” (Galatians 5:22) GOD’S SPIRIT produces our best experiences but we only have them when we walk in HIS WAY! The Bible says: “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:25)

When I’m not experiencing the fruits of the Spirit, my soul despairs and I must stop, turn around and figure out where I took a wrong turn. Where did I depart from God’s will? Perhaps I’ve hurt someone; I failed to help someone I was supposed to; I slipped back into a bad habit; I was a poor steward of my time or resources; or, I’ve been worrying and thus, doubting the character of God. Each of these choices are “wrong turns,” which mark the path where I abandoned “walking in the Spirit” and chose, instead, to “walk in the flesh.” When I repent and seek God’s will, it’s remarkable how quickly His love, joy and peace flood my thirsty soul and chase away the insecurity of darkness. His Presence spoils us. When we leave it, we miss Him. Living in His Presence, His will becomes the deep craving of our soul!

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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