Archive | September 2014

The Road Less Traveled

RobertPassages Book Cover 3D Frost wrote, “Two roads diverged in a wood. I chose the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” I believe we are at a crossroads as Christians today. Too many signs are pointing to what seems to be God beginning to gather His people. It’s time to stop warming benches, and get in the trenches. The prophet Jeremiah wrote, “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” We need to start walking in the “good way.” George Barna wrote in Revolution, “You either stand for Jesus, or you stand for all that He died to repudiate.”

You say, ‘well sure I believe in Jesus.’ That’s not enough. You believe that there is one God? “Good! Even the demons believe that and shudder.” (James 2:19) You say you attend church regularly, pay your tithe, and serve on the usher team. That’s good. But are you walking with God? Or are you “holding to a form of godliness, although you have denied it’s power?” (II Timothy 3:5)

The road to righteous Godliness is less traveled. Jesus said, “For the gate is small and the road is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7:14) The bottom line is, you have to make a choice. There is no middle ground. Barna wrote, “All are combatants who declare their side in the conflict through their words and actions. No gray area exists: you are either aligned with God, the champion of holiness and freedom, or Satan, the challenger promoting evil and enslavement.” There’s a line in an old Rush song called “Freewill,” that says, “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.” If you don’t pick up your sword and shield and march into this life in the Kingdom, then the enemy wins by default. If the Spirit of the Lord is not in you, and not leading your life, you’re a sitting duck. And worse, you’re of no use to the Kingdom at the moment. Jesus said, “so because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:16)

That’s a pretty hard line isn’t it? Maybe. The point is this, I believe a season of God is moving upon the Church like we’ve not seen in a long time. And it is possible to sit there and miss the whole thing. True, God is tremendously patient with us. Paul said, “I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience.” (I Timothy 1:16) But what a joy it is to be free in Christ, now. Really free! Freedom from all the garbage. And that is a joy and freedom you can have, now. But you have to choose. You have to decide to pick up your mat and walk. I rather like this narrow road. Tough, yes. But it’s an adventure. And it’s pretty darn exciting when you get right down to it. And it has made all the difference in my life.

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Flying On Autopilot

The autopilot function was invented sometime in the early 30s to help ease the rigors of transatlantic flights for military bomber plane pilots. Any pilot today will certainly vouch for the value of this significant contribution to flight navigation. The autopilot function in life however is not quite as helpful. A plane can fly without the captain at the wheel while the autopilot is engaged. My life however, doesn’t fly so well without the captain’s hands on the wheel of my day to day excursions. It’s such an easy button to push though isn’t it? And when we put our lives on autopilot, we tend to cruise along unconsciously, thinking everything is okay. But what happens when we check back into the cockpit and find that we’re considerably off course? I hate that. It’s a chaotic feeling. It’s almost like those moments after waking up from a bad dream and trying to decide if it was real or not. There’s a better way to avoid all of that though if we’ll stay present and conscious of who should really be flying our plane. “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart,” said the writer of Proverbs. “Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) Sounds like a pretty good plan to me.

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