He walked determinedly toward the water. Contemplating: how do I get into this flow safely?
The rocks looked slippery. Where do I put my feet? The river’s too rapid. How do I cross this? Quitting seemed easier. What if there is no safe way?
How can I get in the flow?
Here’s the how to.
If you’re up for a challenge, the following story will give you the specific instructions you need to successfully get into the flow without drowning.
Don’t get nervous but, you’ll need your Bible. (You can borrow my Bible if you want to).
1. Invest ten minutes reading 2 Chronicles 18-21:5. These few chapters are the basics of how to get into the flow. Study them. Apply them. Step into the flow.
2. Leadership. You are a leader. I am a leader. We must be careful where we lead ourselves and others. Jehoshaphat and Ahab are two examples of leadership. Truly, everyone does not and will not agree with my thoughts and opinions. Not everyone favors what I favor. People may have objections to what I believe as truth. People may have a varying viewpoint than I do about what is what. We need an objective truth to anchor our leadership. Jesus is that truth, that anchor.
3. With this established we can now ask: How should I behave when I am opposed? Ridiculed? Laughed at? Getting into the flow? Here is the example–Jesus. Focus on Jesus. Jesus is the primer model. Don’t be cynical or disappointed by this. The Holy Spirit will empower us to imitate Jesus in all circumstances. Act as Jesus did/does. It’s a bit more than what would Jesus do? but that’s a starting point.
4. Note that when rejected, mocked, and made fun of Jesus didn’t lash out with criticism or hostility. Jesus simply remained calm and continued to speak the truth through a parable or performing some righteous act. Jesus deflected and overcame his opposition with poise and maturity. He didn’t behave as his opponents expected. They couldn’t hook him emotionally. Jesus didn’t confront them physically. Jesus fought with spiritual weapons that were indefensible. His wisdom and behavior were prompted by his concentration on his mission and the power of the Holy Spirit flowing through him.
5. The discipline of the Lord is good for me (you). God’s sensible chastening matures our relationship. Don’t run and hide from God. Embrace his cleansing preparation for the sake of Christ. Let holy correction purify you and draw you closer to Jesus.
6. Stop hurting people by using trigger-happy emotional or physical behavior. Yes, treat others as you want to be treated, but beware of wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing. Avoid them. Learn the peace of calmness in Jesus. Then, nothing will hook you temperamentally or ultimately bully you. This is a green and growing place. This is Jesus in total control because the Holy Spirit is active in all his thoughts and behaviors.
7. Allow the Holy Spirit to reign in you. Let the light of Jesus shine through you, especially in this present darkness. Practice Christ-like faith to the honor and glory of God Almighty.
Will you do what is necessary?
Will you jump into opportunity?
He got into the flow of things that matter most … and God was pleased.
7eventh Time Down God is On the Move