Good morning! Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Today we are testing ourselves with God's definition of unfamiliar or not known.
Isaiah42v16 I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.
We often go down a path in life that we think is right. We often see many things and do not pay attention, we go our own way thinking we are going the right way. If our mind is not on the Lord we will never see what he is showing us in our way of thinking, or we may recognize what He is telling us but still do not want to follow. We are either too busy going our own way to notice Him telling us to go another or we are being deceived in thinking we are having to much success walking down our own path by fulfilling our own desires. (Proverbs 14v12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death) When we have faith in the Lord being our Savior by truly giving Him our life to take care of, we will begin to go down unfamiliar paths that will test our faith, we will experience a love guiding us with full assurance He is taking care of us. We will begin to receive more faith, love and hope. We will begin to receive gifts to accomplish His purpose and His will in our lives. We will be going down unfamiliar paths of glory and giving Him all the praise for His mighty work in us that shows His miracles in our lives. Our darkness of sin will be turned into a light of righteousness guiding our new path we have never experienced before. Our thinking is renewed into His thinking, our attitude is being formed into His attitude, our path has become smooth full of faith in Him saving us from all our troubles walking in faith the rest of our lives. Our life will be unfamiliar to us showing His power, His work, His plans and His purpose, not ours! He is providing for us, He is healing us, and He is revealing ways beyond ourselves with how we think, speak and the way we live. We are singing a new song! Praise God for His gift of Jesus Christ so we can receive His ways we have not known, and be taken along unfamiliar paths of righteousness that turns our dark path into His lighted path, that smooths out our rough places!! If we are still in the dark with worry, faithlessness, doubt, anger, fear, and pride then we have not been made complete in His love. If we are still not believing in His love through His salvation, by not giving up what He wants us to give up, then we are going down the same path. If we are not experiencing unfamiliar territory, and ways we have not seen then we are not paying attention to the Holy Spirit within us, we are still going the same way not giving up what He wants from us. Are we paying attention to Him speaking His words of faith through us, Him healing us, and Him providing for us all we need? Are we paying attention to His presence within us? If our lives are truly changing then other peoples lives around us will be changing. Are we healing people, are we providing the needs for people, are we showing His presence in our lives by others being more important than ourselves, so people can receive His love through us? Are we walking the way Jesus walked by seeing things we have not seen, hearing things we have not heard and walking down unfamiliar paths we have not known?
(But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: v6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.) Read: 1 John 1, Isaiah 42 and Proverbs 14) I love everyone with the love Christ gives me for you!