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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

3/25/2009 Pathways!

Psalms 119:105
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Sometimes we feel that we move along this path of life all alone. The path seems long and narrow. At times the only sound we can recognize are the echoing of our own steps, and that sound makes us feel that much more forsaken.
As we look ahead we realize that no one else can make this particular journey for us. It is ours and ours alone. No one else is able to walk it. If we don’t take this journey it will sit in the hollows of time empty and unused. This is our course and we must muster the strength to place one foot in front of the other.
The world is full of empty and unrealized lives because they could not deal with the overwhelming sense of helplessness and loneliness, so they checked out early. They had lost all hope. They felt as if their leaving was not dieing but relief from their pains and fears. Maybe their path was not lit.
But I know of one called Jesus, who is the oil of my joy, the hope of my end. When I feel alone and abandoned of human companionship He always touches and comforts me. When He found me I was a mess, so He touched me and changed every aspect of life.
I no longer look toward the worldly ends of things to gain but to the future with Jesus.
Philippians 3:14
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
I have an unwavering promise that holds me, binds me and comforts me wherever I find myself.
Hebrews 13:5
“…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee…”
As the picture above demonstrates, my path is lit, I’m not there yet but I have a prize in the future. It is my place of rest, promise and shelter in Christ. His Word shall forever light my way and I’ll never be left in the dark. His light goes ever before my face.
Romans 10:9-10
v9)That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
v10)For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Sounds of the flow!

3/23/2009 Sounds of the flow!
Jeremiah 17:13

O LORD,….all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the LORD, the fountain of living waters.
Whenever people see pictures like this, it always makes them feel good, rather they are Christians or not. Gods creation brings great joy to all people. They bask in His created natural world.
Almost every time a Christian sees a picturesque scene of a flowing river or water fall they immediately think of the scripture:
John 7:38
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
And this brings quite a reassuring feeling as we hope that in someway we may help others who don’t know Jesus come to invite Him in as their Savior. That we will let that river of life flow through us into another persons life.
And while this stands true in my own life, what I like to do is remember that I need to stay in the flow of his giving love, grace and mercy. That I do not forsake the “fountain of living waters”. I must remember, as in the picture above, the water begins from the top (God) and flows down to mankind (me). I must position myself in a place to stay under the flow from God.
I must never wonder or stray from that flow and believe me it’s very easy to become distracted. If I’m not careful before I know it I can be out in the wilderness where there is no flow. If I wonder to far I can’t hear the bustling sound of the flow to guide my way back.
It’s then that God comes in search of me, “for His mercy endureth forever” which is found in over 43 scriptures in the Bible.