When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. -Matthew 12:43 (KJV)
A fog lifted recently into crystal clarity through the fire and heat in my life: All that has transpired, and is happening, is the result of God shining His light on the truth. He is truth. And we are called to walk with Him. And when He reveals truth to us, we can walk with Him in it, or turn our back on Him and continue walking alone—apart from Him—in lies and denial.
Areas where we suffer in our lives is where truth has been compromised, and we must make a difficult trek to return to the truth. God doesn’t ask us to kinda walk with Him or pick at the truth like a buffet. You go all in. A fellow agent told me that walking with God will bring the fire, because it’s not a popular walk. It’s not what the world says is right. But we’re not of this world.
Maybe part of walking the truth is confronting your sister or brother when they’re stumbling…even if you know it will bring the heat. It’s not loving, and certainly not honoring God, to silently enable that stumbling. Jesus makes it clear that we confront with the truth, with witnesses if necessary (Matthew 18:15-18).
Our walk here on earth is about relentlessly climbing up to Him, eyes on Him. We should have an unquenchable thirst that cannot be satisfied by anything of this world, but by His truth, His living water. And when we complacent or stray from it, we dry up. And the devil dwells in dry places (Matthew 12:43).
The antidote for dryness is to always return to His living water. Renew yourself in the truth of His Word, in listening to the Holy Spirit, and in worship.
God woke us up for a reason, and it’s to follow Him and His lead, which means there is no going back to living in denial of Him and how He wants us to honor Him in how we live.
So if you’re at a fork in the road and am unsure which way to go, it’s possible there is an illusion of choice before you. There is only one path, and God is on it. Follow Him and ignore the noise, chatter, bile, and naysaying. There is nothing to fear or regret when you walk with the Lord, because you are doing it for His glory, and with His blessing.
Sermon: “Dry places”
Pastor T.D. Jakes talks about how the devil works to keep you dry…and what you can do to counteract it.