Road Maps, are you choosing the right one?

I wrote yesterday about the fact that in the life of a Christian, there will be trials. It is something to consider but don’t stop there. Don’t let that fact (scary as it may be) turn into a reason not to pursue the life Christ wants for you. In the Bible there are some pretty blunt scripture telling us that we can expect hardships, however, there are some scripture just as bold that tell us who will get us through those hardships.

Consider Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not rely on your own understanding.

If we would simply take these words at their face value we would save ourselves a whole bunch of heartache. In any given situation, there is usually your way (based on feelings, and more than a few emotions), and God’s way. The scripture goes on to tell us to think about God in ALL OUR WAYS, and He will guide us on the right path.
Left to our own devices we almost always travel a road that leads here and there, back and forth, round and round. Only when we have exhausted every single resource we possess do we start to listen to what God is telling us and let Him guide us back to the only path that will gain us eternity, His path.

In Isaiah 45, verse 2 to be exact, it says God will go before us and level out the uneven places. WHAT? We don’t have to be our own construction crew? We don’t have to continue packing the wrecking ball around? No, choose to take God at His word. Learn to trust, put your feelings and emotions aside, consider Him first and enjoy the journey on an even and level path, right to glory.

Did you know that no matter what is going on in your world, God is there holding your right hand. He is whispering (or shouting) Do Not Fear, I will help you. If you don’t believe me, check our Isaiah 41:3, it is there in black and while.

With the present state of affairs in our world and local communities, we need to hold to these messages more than ever. God was, is and always will be our constant traveling companion. Put away the GPS, the Rand McNally Atlas and log out of Trip Advisor. There is only one way we are getting to our eternal destination and that is to follow the only true travel guide available to us. Open your Bible and let God chart your course.

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What would Jesus do?

What Would Jesus Do? Do you remember the WWJD craze of the 1990’s? Brings back memories doesn’t it? I could go into the whole history of how it originated but that is not what I want to talk about. Charles Spurgeon summed it up quite nicely when he said; What Jesus would do, and how He would do it, may always stand as the best guide.
What Would Jesus Do? It seems a hypothetical question but in reality it is not.
How do we know in this day and age what Jesus would do and how He would do it? I think that if I asked that question of all my friends I would get a lot of He would forgive, help others, live by a honest and moral code.
But isn’t that what each of us, for the most part anyway, do every single day?
However when you think back on Jesus’ life as we have read in the Bible, we remember that when Jesus was a child, he sneaked away from his parents to go to the temple, the same temple where he later wreaked havoc with tables.
There were times Jesus would speak to crowds and be among the people, there were also times He would go to be alone with His Father.
It seems confusing doesn’t it? The answer to what would Jesus do changed with the circumstances.
Remember though, He always knew what the right decision was because He listened to His Father. He was in constant contact and He sought out His Father’s advice.
Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

God promises that if we listen, we will hear His voice telling us the way. Listen for it, sometimes it is barely a whisper but other times it knocks you to your knees.

To me bracelets with WWJD tend to make our very real Father seem more of a mythical figure than the Great I AM. We do not have to wear the fancy little bracelets to know what it is Jesus would do in any given circumstance. We have the same communication opportunity that Jesus did when He walked our earth.
So what would Jesus do? He would take every opportunity to seek His Father. He sought wisdom, guidance, strength and knowledge. Then He listened to the voice behind Him saying, this is the way, walk in it.

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Isaiah 41: 10-13

At no time in my life have I depended on this scripture more than the last couple of years. Isn’t it wonderful that although we are told to have courage and not fear it doesn’t really mean that we are to single-handedly conquer that which makes us afraid? Rather we can rest in the assurance and absolute certainty of knowing that God is near and that no matter what, He is there to help us through every difficulty.

Unfortunately anxieties, stress, panic and alarming situations are a part of life and have been for a very long time. That is what I love about the Bible. It connects the past with the present. Isaiah 41: 10-13 was written centuries ago, it was relevant then, it is relevant now.

The people of that time needed a reminder of God’s presence just as we do. Isn’t it wonderful that God tells us not to be afraid because He is with us and He will help us no matter what.  I don’t know about you but when I have God holding me as I cross uncharted waters I have need of little else. Take confidence in the fact that God is speaking directly to you when He says “Don’t be afraid, I am here.”


………………….and so I ride

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