Why do we stumble along life’s path as we walk with God?

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Why do we stumble along life’s path as we walk with God?

Ever felt like you just stumble along in your walk with God?  Most believers would be honest and answer yes. Why, because, they recognize through Head Knowledge that they are entrenched in a fallen world. Though we are saved, we cannot escape that Adamic nature or at least we tend to believe that. Shouldn’t I stumble because of those conflicting natures of being saved, yet still in a fallen world?

We can read all the books on Spiritual Warfare, rebuke the Devil, take a stand against the evil we see in this world, but for some reason we just keep stumbling along in our walk with God.   Take for instance the two men walking along the road to Emmaus.  They actually were stumbling with the Head Knowledge Truth of Christ’s resurrection, which they actually shared with the very Messiah with whom they were talking.  Yet, they did not recognize Him as he walked with them. ( Story is in Luke 24:13-35).

The center of the whole passage is summed up in these words: “Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.  They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

We all need that spiritual light to expose the reality of the Scriptures so we can see that we do not have to stumble.  It is the moment we get away from the idea of head knowledge and begin walking out the promises of the Word rather than just having knowledge of those truths that we begin to walk with certainty.

Simon Peter, one of those stumbling Apostles who seemed to have forgotten at times to do that which Christ had taught him was divinely inspired to write to his fellow-believers scattered throughout the region of that area how to not live in a stumbling mentality in their walk with Christ.

“To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:  Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. 5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.  Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;”

There is much we could draw out of these verses, sort of like those year-long sermons Pastor Erik preaches!  But it is really simple; let Christ open our eyes to one simple truth: “seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”

This is the light that helps us to not stumble all the time. We need to see it is His divine power that grants us the ability to live in a sinful world and not stumble all the time along the path of life we are living.  Now you will not experience this if you simply quote it and proclaim “I stand on this truth”.  We do not stand on the truth alone, we are to walk it out. Christianity is not head knowledge only; that is why the men on the road to Emmaus simply could not see the truth of all they had been told.  They had to experience a divine light given by Christ.  Peter says we have it.  So, as you read Peter’s proclamation, ask God, your Father, to shed that living light on you and awaken you to these Truths. Begin simply by walking them out for they are promises to you.  “Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For he who lacks these qualities is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.  Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble;”

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