Month: August 2012

Prayer, Not Just For The Elite

PRAYER, NOT JUST FOR THE ELITE

When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place (2 Chronicles 7:13-15 New King James Version).

Let’s take a look around at the world we live in. We don’t have to watch national news to know cities we live in have some type of pestilence – whether it is violence, drugs, poverty or abuse. No matter what it is, it is a pestilence, and God is crying out for our attention. He is calling His saints to pray, and yet some of us won’t answer His call. Too many of us are content to let others pray for on our behalf, then there are others who leave prayer for Sunday morning, and more who are “too busy” to pray. Some of us feel our prayers will not make a difference and some who feel we must have a special gift to pray, with long and eloquent prayers.

Snap out of it! God is seeking humble, prayerful people. He is drawing His Church to Himself. 1 Peter 2: 9-10 says, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” What does this mean? That we ALL are called to pray, not just pastors, leaders, elders or deacons. Not just our church’s prayer ministry, small group leaders, or a select group of individuals.

There is power in prayer and we are strongest when we seek His face. God desires we all come before Him with humble hearts, honesty and confession of our own personal sins. He is seeking time with us, He is longing for us to ask Him for help. It’s time to drive back the pestilences that we face, whether personal or not. It’s time to gear up by putting on the armor He has provided us, sharpen our swords and dig our heels in. It’s time to open our hearts, our eyes and our ears, becoming sober, vigilant and watchful. Time is running out, Jesus is coming. Are you ready?

Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for showing us Your heart today. Thank You for blessing us with another morning in which to praise, honor and worship You. Thank You for the opportunity to come before You in prayer, and for listening to us. No prayer that we bring before You is too small, and no sin we confess is too great. Thank You for loving us so much that You desire to hear our prayers. Forgive us for not seeking Your face enough, forgive us for not humbling ourselves to ask for Your help. It truly is a privilege to come into Your courts and stand in Your presence and to know that You are there. We ask for Your help in breaking down barriers that some face when it comes to prayer. We ask for Your touch in reaching those who feel as though prayer doesn’t work. Father, we ask for a spirit of prayer and watchfulness to grip Your people. We ask for a move of Your Holy Spirit in bringing Your people together to seek Your face. We have victory in You and we ask that we wear our armor proudly as Your children, warriors and saints. We ask that Your Word take root within our hearts and that we wield this sword that is Your word in a manner worthy of You as we are called by Your name. Seek out and reveal those areas of our lives that are not clean, seek out and remove those hidden agendas, help us to examine ourselves and lay all we carry before Your feet. Unite us as one, Lord, and give us the words to pray when we feel we have no words. We give this day and all that is in it to You. We bless Your name and give You thanks. In Jesus mighty name, we pray. Amen.

Today’s Attitude of Worship: You can pray anywhere, any way, in any posture. Prayer is really just a conversation with God; you tell Him what’s on your heart and He will tell you what’s on His. Go ahead, chat with Him while you’re driving, cleaning house, working, eating, exercising or whatever it is you do.

Additional Scriptures: 1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; James 5:16-18; 1 Timothy 2:1-4

The neglect of prayer is a grand hindrance to holiness. ~John Wesley

HARMLESS FUN? NOT!

HARMLESS FUN? NOT!

“When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the LORD your God. For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the LORD your God has not appointed such for you (Deuteronomy 18: 9-14 New King James Version).

Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21)

The Lord once spoke this word to me for His Church, “Stop fornicating with My enemy. He cannot and will not keep a promise. Turn to Me and repent. Turn to Me and be redeemed. The stench of sin and witchcraft does not become you, repent and be washed clean. I am the Lord and I am mighty to save.” 

It hurts to see professing Christians or anyone else, posting daily horoscope  or daily tarot card updates on their Facebook pages, or talking about them. How can one call themselves by Christ’s name, and yet still be messing around with the devil’s toys?  1 John 1: 6 says, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”  Horoscopes, divinations, witchcraft, sorcery, Santeria, voodoo, new age, etc. are all abominations to the Lord, they are things which exalt themselves above God, and when we dabble in them, we open doors Satan can, and will use to enter our lives.  If we allow a toehold for Satan, he will waltz in.  His job is to steal, kill and destroy, and there is nothing he enjoys better than to seduce God’s children with “harmless fun” such as horoscopes.  If we suffer from depression, constant sickness, addictions, financial woes, secluded ourselves from fellowship and family, troubles that never end, if our prayers never seem answered, if we always have something “going on”, turmoil within our family – let’s take a look at what doors we may have opened to the enemy.  Do we read the “horoscope” or practice abominable sins? Only God knows our future, He wrote it when He created us.  The devil will entice us by seeming to tell the future or telling us he can give power, but he is the father of all lies and incapable of truth. 

Do you seek after this worldly power?  Do you desire to have all of your troubles washed away? Satan can and will exploit this by feeding your fleshly desires.  You are in bondage if you seek the assistance of mediums, witches, sorcerers, or fortune tellers and there is no future for you.  What once seemed fun and desirable; what once satisfied and met what you deemed as your needs now enslaves you.  Evil has a way of looking very desirable but becomes ugly when it grips you tight in it’s grasp, not letting you go. Only Jesus can truly set you free, His is the name to which all principals and powers must come into subjection to.  If you desire freedom, come to Jesus.  If you desire peace, come to Jesus.  If you are trapped by horoscopes, come to Jesus. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has set Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19).  When in fellowship with the devil you are poor, brokenhearted, captive, blind and oppressed.

Repent and renounce your connection to abominable things, and come into fellowship with Christ. When He makes you free, you are free indeed!  Freedom in Christ means you may have to walk away from the people, places and things which have led you down evil paths, causing you to fall into temptation and sin, and sometimes these people are family.  God has a purpose and a plan for your life, which horoscopes, divinations and witchcraft are not part of.  Jesus is calling your name, won’t you answer?

Let’s pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the blessing of this new day.  Forgive us for our fornication with evil; forgive us for turning to sources that are not You; forgive us for believing the lies of Your enemy that it was all “harmless fun”; Father, we repent of our sin and we renounce our connection to evil.  We repent of giving in to our fleshly desires yet saying we are in fellowship with You.  We cut every tie of fellowship with the devil and we renounce our affiliation with those who serve him. Father, You are mighty to save and mighty to deliver; You are God, the alpha and the omega; You are our Father.  In You we have light, in You we have love, in You we have strength and purpose.  Father, open our eyes and tear off the veil that blinds us, we desire to see You and You only.  Father, teach us Your ways, speak to our hearts and revive us according to Your word.  Remove from us those that would influence us to sin and those that are not in alignment with You and bring into our lives those that You would have help guide us, help teach us, help walk with us on our journey.  Father, we love You and we desire to please You. In the mighty, redemptive and Holy name of Jesus, Amen.

Today’s Attitude of Worship:  Be aware of all that you do – all you read, all you watch, all of your acquaintance’s; pray for discernment to know what is of God and what is a lie of the devil.  Walk away from toxic relationships, it may seem hard, but God will help to break those relationships.  Don’t try to hold on to things that ultimately will destroy you.  Seek the Lord while He may be found.

Additional Scriptures:  Ephesians 5:1-21; 2 Corinthians 6:14-15; Numbers 24:1-9

 

No Condemnation

NO CONDEMNATION

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit (Romans 8:1 New King James Version).

Before coming to Christ, many Believers lived lives they aren’t proud of, me included. However, they are now, Godly, Spirit-filled and Spirit-led people but because of their pasts, some Christians have difficulty accepting them. When we come to Christ, baring our souls, and seeking forgiveness, Christ forgives us, and we are now made new in Him. We no longer are condemned of the sins He has washed away!

When we continue to base judgments on who someone was, rather than who they are, we make the cross of Christ ineffectual. When someone accepts the Lord, changes their ways and does not walk as they did in the days of their pre-salvation, they have been changed. There has been transformation and the power of Christ has begun its work in their life. This is a reason to rejoice! God wants His children to see their brethren’s salvation and transformation for what it is, not to be looking for the old ways to come back.

I remember an email story that was going around a few years ago, the basic premise of it was a woman who, before her salvation, had been a prostitute or drug addict (I can’t quite remember) and had been going to church regularly, catching the eye of the Pastor. Many folks in the church didn’t care for the Pastor falling for someone like her and began to murmur. One day, the Pastor announced that he was going to marry this woman and told the church because of the blood of Jesus, she was no longer the person she used to be. You see, when we know someone has accepted Christ into their hearts, but we still see and treat them as they used to be (prostitute, drug dealer, addict, liar, fornicator, gossiper, etc), we are saying what Christ did, His blood, and His work on the cross was not good enough to clean these folks. We treat the cross as though it was nothing. God’s very word says that there is NO condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. No condemnation. We need to be careful and thoughtful when we hear testimony of where God has taken people from, and pray to continue to see them as they are now, not as the devil would have us see them…as they were in the past. We are new creations when Jesus washes us!

Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for this gift of another day! Forgive us for our wrong thinking and condemning attitudes towards our Brothers and Sisters; help us to have right attitudes and to see them the way You see them. Help us to always remember that what Jesus did on the cross WAS effectual, eternal and that we are clean and free from our pasts. Father, teach us to not throw stones at others; to examine ourselves first before bringing up the shortcomings of others; to always check our words before speaking. Father, we seek to please You and we ask for discernment and wisdom; strength and patience. We love You and desire to worship You all the day long! We give You all glory and honor, in Jesus name. Amen.

Today’s Attitude of Worship: If you’ve grown up with someone behaving one way and now they have accepted Christ and behave different, it can be hard to not see that person as they used to be. When the past begins to rear its ugly head, pray for the Holy Spirit to help you see that person the way they are now.

Additional Scriptures: John 8:7; Romans 8; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17

“He came to pay a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay.” ~Author Unknown

Have You Had Your Hearing Checked Lately?

HAVE YOU HAD YOUR HEARING CHECKED LATELY?

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17 New King James Version).

This Scripture has always somewhat puzzled me.  Why?  I simply can’t say.  One morning, while driving to work, I began to hear this Scripture resonate through my mind, and knew the Holy Spirit was going to reveal something. Faith comes by hearing – this is very true. Our faith grows when we hear testimonies of God’s goodness and faithfulness in the lives of others. It grows when we retell of His hand at work in our lives.  Our faith multiplies as we bear witness to His miracles, and within His creation.  Tell me you aren’t excited when you hear of the mercy and grace the Lord extended in the life of someone else; tell me your faith hasn’t been increased because of it! I don’t think you can!

Hearing…now this is the part that I paid close attention to the Holy Spirit for…”hearing by the word of God” the Scripture says.  We hear because the Word of God has opened our ears to hear.  Jesus is the Word. He’s the Word made flesh, and it is because of Him that we have the ability to hear what God speaks, therefore increasing our faith. This is why it is vitally important we are reading our Bibles on a consistent basis. By our diligent pursuit of God, we will know when we are faced with moments designed to build us up and increase our faith!  God’s word is truth and by it we are strengthened, encouraged, corrected, protected, taught, and we come to know God by the truths He reveals through it.

Let’s Pray:  Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word.  Thank You for revealing Yourself through Your word to us, for being our faith builder and for opening our ears.  Father, may we not deprive ourselves of this precious relationship by not taking You seriously.  May we earnestly turn our hearts towards You and may we truly hear by the Word of God!  We love You and we long to worship You.  We give You all our praise, all our worship and all the glory!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Today’s Attitude of Worship: If you have not experienced any faith increases lately, take a mental assessment of how much you’ve been in God’s word.  If your Bible study is lacking, your faith increasing and hearing ability may not be up to par. Sit with the Lord and read His word today!

Additional Scriptures:  Deuteronomy 11:18-25; Job 22:22; Proverbs 22:17; Romans 10

The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian. ~AW Tozer

 

None Like the Lord

NONE LIKE THE LORD

To whom will you liken Me, and make Me equal and compare Me, that we should be alike (Isaiah 46:5 New King James Version)?

Remember this, and show yourselves men; recall to mind, O you transgressors.  Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure,’ calling a bird of prey from the east, the man who executes My counsel, from a far country.  Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it (Isaiah 46:8-11).

God is God.  He is the creator and the giver of life.  He is a jealous God, commanding us not to put anything before Him.  Idols we make more important than God cannot save us, cannot feed us nor can they clothe us.  They have no purposes or plans for us, and they certainly did not know us before we were formed in the womb.  They do not speak, or see; they cannot move, nor orchestrate events in our lives indicating favor upon us. They aren’t able to test us, to build our character or to put us where we need to be.  They are just there taking up space, physically and spiritually.  Oh, this does not only mean having little statues lying around. Let us think about what we focus our attention on most of the day…what are we inadvertently worshiping?  We must ask ourselves:  How much time do I spend watching TV, versus how much time do I spend in prayer?  Are my friendships based on how much money they, or I have?  Do I pick where I serve based on where my friends are, or where the Lord tells me to go?  Do I hang off the words of what others are saying, or am I listening for the Word of the Lord to speak to me?  Am I following people, or our Lord?  Is my bible being read, or being used as a paperweight?

There is nothing and no one on this earth that we can conceivably compare to the Living God.  He is Sovereign, Holy, Just, Righteous, Loving and Merciful.   If we have been putting something ahead of God, now is the time to examine ourselves and repent.  Let us come back to Him for He is waiting.  Perhaps He’s been calling us back, whispering our names, trying to get our attention and we haven’t been listening.

Let ‘s Pray: Dear Lord, we praise You for Your mercy.  We praise You for being our creator, our breath of life, our manna, our living water!  There is NO ONE like You and there is NONE OTHER!  We ask for Your forgiveness, we have not been wholly Yours and we see now that we have put You off to the side.  Please, we repent of our idol worship, our non-committal to You.  Search our hearts, Lord, reveal our hidden anxieties and iniquities and lead us in Your way everlasting.  In today’s world it is easy to become ensnared in it’s cares, Lord, we ask that You take the blinders off us, lift the veil that this world has placed over us.  We thank You for never giving up on us, for loving us so much that You would leave Your sheep fold to search for us and draw us back to You.  We can do nothing without You and we cannot compare You to anything here.  You are Sovereign and You are Holy.  We worship You and give You the glory and honor.  In Your name Jesus, Amen.

Today’s Attitude of Worship: Today, quiet yourself, turn off the TV, radio, telephone, computer-whatever, turn it off, get on your knees, open your bible and answer His beckoning.  Recommit yourself to Him today, while we have today. It’s not too late.  Tomorrow is not promised to us.

Additional Scriptures:  Deuteronomy 4:15-18; Isaiah 2:8; 1 Corinthians 10:14-22

The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian. ~AW Tozer

 

The Word is the Word

THE WORD IS THE WORD

My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh (Proverbs 4:20-22 New King James Version).

God’s word is life.  I repeat, God’s word is LIFE!  When we give attention to the Word of God, we bring life into our hearts.  Before meeting the Lord, we were probably depressed, lonely, dry…maybe we didn’t even realize we were sick with any of these maladies; but when we came to Christ, and opened up the Word of God for the first time, we were filled with health, not just spiritually, but perhaps even physically! Jesus is the Word made flesh, and the bread of Life; He gives life giving food and water. Believing in Him gives us eternal life and by His grace that we are saved!

Christianity is not a list of “do’s” and “don’t’s”, it’s a lifestyle of Christ-like living; it’s knowing we are human, capable of stumbling and falling sometimes, but God is perfectly able to pick us back up and dust us off if we just admit our mistakes and repent. It’s being obedient to the commandments of God, as well as putting others ahead of ourselves.  But we cannot walk this walk without the life-giving word of God.  It’s His Word guiding us, illuminating the path we walk, and directing our steps.  It’s His word helping us navigate stormy waters and teaching obedience.  God’s word penetrates our hearts in our darkest and most desperate hours, bringing light to chase away the dark.  When we read His word, study it even, it will not depart from our eyes, and it will keep in the midst of our hearts, coming forth when we need it most.

Church, don’t let the Word go.  Don’t be stagnant in your pursuit of God and life for your soul.  Whatever you are going through, there is an answer, a direction, a story that will speak to your situations.

Let’s Pray:  Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for this brand new day!  Thank You for the mercy that You have extended to us and for the blessings You are showering upon us.  Father, may we never depart from Your Word.  Your Word brings life and health, it is our lamp and our rock.  May we hide it deep in our hearts and may we draw strength from its well.  Father, You are glorious and beautiful, You are faithful and true.  The promises that You have made in Your word are promises that You always keep, may we grab hold of Your promises and not let go!  We love You and we desire to please You.  We bow low in humble worship and we exalt You with our praise!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Today’s Attitude of Worship: Examine your Word diet.  Is His Word in you?  If not, take some time to out to read and digest Scripture, you won’t be sorry!

Additional Scriptures:  John 1:1-4; Psalm 119:105; Psalm 119:11

The Bible is God’s chart for you to steer by, to keep you from the bottom of the sea, and to show you where the harbor is, and how to reach it without running on rocks or bars. ~Henry Ward Beecher

 

What I have seen

Earlier this year I heard the Lord say “You will be stretched, but you will not break. Abide in Me and be prepared. You will be stretched, but you will not break. Be prepared, prepare yourselves My children. Great sorrow is coming, but you will not have sorrow for you are My children. Prepare yourselves, gird up your loins, strengthen your knees. Great sorrow is coming, but you will not be sorrowful.”

He showed me a river of tears, formed from the people lining the riverbank, who did not know the Lord. At the time of the vision, I was in the sanctuary of our church, the river flowed from the parking lot side of the sanctuary, over the pulpit and out through the school area attached to the church.

I’ve reflected and prayed on this for the last few months, and believe now, more than ever before, we must cling to Jesus. These are tumultuous times, we must draw ever closer to Him through prayer, worship and the study of His word. We must walk as a holy people, set apart from, not to be like, this world. Because we have Christ, we have a joy unlike the joy the world offers, which is why so many who don’t know Christ will cry tears enough to create river.

Oh, Church, we must draw together to pray for this world. I believe we are running out of time. We must get off the stool of “self” and put on the garment of “love and selflessness”, interceding for those who don’t know Christ. We must prepare to minister to those who cry; we must gird up our loins and strengthen our knees in preparation. Great sorrow is coming.

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul” (Ezekiel 3:17-19 NKJV).

Gap Filler

GAP FILLER

Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men (1 Timothy 2:1 New King James Version).

So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one (Ezekiel 22:30).

Intercessors help carry the burdens for others, while they speak with God on their behalf. Intercessors are on call 24/7; God will place people, situations, nations, or even things not yet come to pass on the hearts of intercessors to pray about. Intercession requires time, strength, and stamina; one can lose sleep, skip meals, feel weighed down and burdened by the cares of others they are bringing before God. Still others don’t even know some of the people they are praying for, they just begin to pray. Intercession is serious business because we are gap fillers in the wall. We come in to pray ,and through our prayers we help to hold up the saints, break through barriers, pull down strongholds, and wage war in the spiritual realm.

The Hebrew word “paga” is normally translated to mean “make intercession”. Strong’s concordance #6293 describes it this way: to reach; to meet someone, to pressure or urge someone strongly; to meet up with a person; encounter, entreat; to assail with urgent petitions. This verb occurs 46 times. In some passages it is translated “meet” as in Josh. 2:16. In Josh. 19:27, “paga” refers to the extent to which a tribal boundary is reached. Sometimes the verb refers to “falling upon” someone in battle (1 King 2:29). Paga is also translated “make intercession,” the idea being that a supplicant catches up with a superior, and reaches him with an urgent request. Thus, intercession involves reaching God, meeting God, and entreating Him for His favor.

Let’s Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for this wonderful morning! Thank You for the opportunity to come before You in prayer. Father, we are privileged to be intercessors and to be able to stand in the gap on behalf of the land. May we not shirk our duty, may we find strength and stamina when we grow weary, may we find joy in the midst of sorrow, may we follow the promptings of Your Holy Spirit to pray when necessary. May those times when a name comes to mind be times where we begin to pray for that person; may we recognize every opportunity to intercede. We love You and we give You all praise and glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Today’s Attitude of Worship: If you find it hard to understand intercession, remember this: on the night He was betrayed, Jesus interceded for you.

Additional Scriptures: Exodus 32:9-14; Numbers 12:13; Numbers 21:7; 1 Samuel 12:23

 

The Road Less Traveled

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it (Matthew 7:13-14 New King James Version).

One of my favorite poems is The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.  It speaks of a traveler who comes to a fork in the road and has to choose which road to take.  Ultimately, he decides to take the lesser worn of the two and doesn’t regret the choice he made.

As Christians, we too, have choices like this to make, not just once, but perhaps hundreds of times during the course of the day.  Sometimes we must take the less popular choice, but it is often the most rewarding.  Imagine coming to a fork in the road and choosing the well worn and trampled path.  There may not be much to see alongside it; the wildlife probably are scared to come out because of all the travelers.  The flowers would be crushed underfoot before they even have the chance to bloom.  The less traveled road would be teeming with life. Wildlife would be less likely to encounter a lot of travelers, therefore having the freedom to roam unhindered.  Wildflowers would line the pathway, and the birds flying overhead would be filled with song.

How we walk along with Christ depends on which road we choose to travel down.  The world’s pathway is wide, welcoming and easy to walk down.  There’s “fun for everyone” in the world system, its enticements and delicacies waft through the air drawing you closer.  What the road doesn’t show is the curve ahead, behind which lie sorrow, bitterness, envy, emptiness and pain.  The road less traveled may be harder to travel, but when we choose it, we have a travel partner.  He knows the road and carves out the best footholds for us.  He gives peace and joy; while we may not always see what’s behind the corner, it’s always for our good.  The less traveled road may be the unpopular choice, but it’s the choice Jesus would have us make.

Let’s Pray:  Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for this wonderful day!  Thank You for this blessing of life and this blessing of opportunity!  Father, may we take the less traveled road, the road that does not seem worn and wide.  May we make choices that are worthy of You, that honor You as we walk under Your banner.  Grant us discernment to distinguish the world’s enticements from Kingdom things. Father, we love You and we offer ourselves in worship to You.  Use us today, Lord, to help someone choose life!  We give You all glory, all honor and all our praise.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Today’s Attitude of Worship: If you are faced with a choice, and the popular choice is not a Kingdom choice, pray for strength to choose the unpopular.  Christianity is not a popularity contest, it is our pathway to the home awaiting us in heaven.

Additional Scriptures: Luke 13:24; Micah 4:2

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. ~Robert Frost

 

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