Let us pray:
Almighty God, our Heavenly Father, in whom we live, and move, and have our being: We humbly pray Thee so to guide and govern us by Thy Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget Thee, But may remember that we are ever walking in Thy sight through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
May God Bless you as we journey together in our walk with Christ.
just yesterday we celebrated Easter, a holy day of remembrance, and we saw in the Gospel the story about the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and how He told Mary to go and tell the disciples to follow Him to Galilee…
It was all about the hard road they walked that led to Jesus!
My friends, what is the road you have taken?
What is the road you and I walk in our life on the journey set before us?
Isn’t it true that we have been walking the hard, narrow road of life?
And whether we sleep in Christ or are awake in Christ, one day (perhaps soon?) He shall come for us…He shall gather us together to Him, in the air, above the clouds, and then, as we meet Him there, we shall follow Him up to Heaven, and so shall we ever be with the Lord…so comfort one another with these words!
Why, that’s called the Rapture of the Church! Stay tuned!
But until that time, we are to walk humbly by faith with thoughts of Heaven and the things not seen…
Listen: “Sometimes the morning comes too soon. Sometimes the day can be too hard; we may falter in our steps, but never beyond His reach.
O, God, you are our God and we will ever praise You. We will seek You in the morning, and learn to walk in Your ways, and step by step You lead us, and we will follow You all of our days.”
Imagine we are walking on a road together…there are trees that line the road…a fence…there’s grass and sheep. You are not following me and I am not following you; but we have taken up our cross and are following Jesus, the Good Shepherd…we don’t see Him yet, but we see the glow of His light…just up ahead, around the bend. And we hear a still, small voice telling us that this is the road that leads home.
Ever walk against the wind? Yeah, it’s a struggle! It’s hard to get to your destination.
But walking with the wind is not a struggle.
That’s the same way with the Holy Spirit. Resisting Him is like walking against the wind!
But with Him in your life is like walking with the wind at your back- it carries you along the road of life.
You see, we have been walking this long, hard, narrow road for many years now with the Holy Spirit.
It has been full of danger and surprises, sadness and pain and suffering against hope and joy.
There have been many pot holes to avoid, and detours…lots of twists and turns, mountain highs and valley lows. We have been lifted up to the high mountain, and brought down to the valley below…the highs and lows of life.
Sometimes we have fallen off the road, but somehow we have managed to get back on, as if someone or something got us back on our feet, dusted us off and gently guides us on the way.
And no matter what the elements throw our way in the storms of life, We are not alone!
For He will never leave us or forsake us…never! Every step we take, the light of Christ get a little brighter…
Nobody said it would be easy. BUT…
In John 16:33, Jesus said:
“In this world you will have much trouble, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.”
And now we know we can overcome whatever life throws our way or whatever obstacles are set before us, FOR…
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name sake.”
Look up! Your redemption draws neigh! He has a plan for your life. So rejoice and be glad.
I don’t know about you, but when I go for a walk, I tend to do a lot of thinking.
In the road we walk, think about how much you are going to love the Lord’s appearing. And think of the things not seen…the things of Heaven…the future and eternity. That means one day we shall all be with God forever and ever.
Think of the promises of Jesus as we walk the path He has put us on.
And we know we can do all things and endure all things…Why?
Because I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me, that’s why.
Now there are two kinds roads in life: one is narrow, one is broad.
There’s one small gate to enter through, and one wide gate.
Most travel the broad road which is the way of the world; few travel the narrow road.
The broad road leads to destruction; the narrow road leads to life.
Jesus talked about this in Matthew 7:13-14:
“Enter through the the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads two life, and only a few find it.”
Well, I’ve got good news! That small gate we entered through and that narrow road we’ve been walking all along is none other than Christ Jesus! So we’ve been walking His road, His narrow, hard road all our life, and it will lead us home to Heaven.
Now if we wander, stray after the things of this world, well, we then we are walking backward for a time…in darkness… away from the prize set before us!
But we are walking in the light, the light of Christ, which is always walking forward.
There is no darkness, and we have nothing to fear, do we?
For it is written in the 23rd Psalm:
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies. Thou anoint my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
What a heavenly comfort we have knowing Jesus is always with us. We ought to memorize this psalm and say it when we go to sleep at night and when we awake in the morning.