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Do You Know Where You Are Going?
7/10/2009

Do You Know Where You Going?

Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you. Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established. Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil. Proverbs 4:25-27 (NKJV)

Throughout our lives, we have been reminded to keep our eyes on what we are doing, and where we are going.   Whether it is operating a piece of machinery, riding a bicycle or simply walking down the road, it is good solid counsel, and we would do well to heed it.  And yet there are times in every one of our lives where we take our eyes off of what we are doing, or where we are going.   And before you know it, you're someplace that you never intended to be.  And the consequences of not thinking about, or not paying attention to what we are doing can vary from a minor inconvenience to a deadly result.

Physical death as horrible a consequence as it may be for making a bad decision, is really not the worst thing that can happen; spiritual death is much worse because it is eternal.  Physical death is simply the end or our life in this temporary body and it provides the doorway to eternity and to the presence of God (2Cor 5:8), and then we will be judged.

And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, Hebrews 9:27 (NKJV)

Our judgment will initially be based on whether we have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, because this is what it means to be Born Again.  Without accepting Jesus and being "born again," we will not be allowed in the Kingdom of God.

Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3 (NKJV)

Jesus has told us that He is the way to the Father, and that no other way will suffice.  It was His blood that was shed for the remission of our sin, and it is this payment that will justify us before a Holy God (See Rom 3:25).  

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6 (NKJV)

Renowned mathematician and novelist Lewis Carroll once said,
"If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." And that is exactly what happens to those people who are not planning on where they will spend eternity-those who are aimlessly roaming, taking whatever road that intrigues them or seemingly fulfills their desires-those who want nothing to do with a relationship with Jesus Christ, or to accept His free gift of salvation. It seems too easy for some to accept this offer, and yet it seems so clear to those who have accepted it.

And so until we come in agreement with God's perfect plan and provision to be reconciled unto Him, we simply meander aimlessly through life-we have no real lasting purpose, and we are lost and spiritually dead.  It is these roads that some will meander upon that will lead them straight to the fire of Hell and an eternity of gnashing of teeth (See Mt 13:41-42; Rev 20:15).  

For some, they will wince when they read this, and rightfully so because Hell is real, and it is forever for those who choose to go there.  But for those who have chosen to accept Jesus' payment, and who abide in Him (See Jn. 15), they should have a peace and assurance about their destiny (See Phil 1:6).   

Keeping our eyes open to what we are doing, and to where we are going is not just for the lost.  We, as Christians, must pay attention to the roads that we travel once we've made that profession of faith.  Our physical life is not over the minute we make that choice, and there are many journeys ahead until we see the Lord.  We too, must pay attention to the roads that we are traveling.  We must keep our eyes fixed upon Jesus and His teachings.  Because we will be tempted to look to the right and to the left at those things that will entice us to take our eyes off of our goal of glorifying God.  

And let me just share this as well; temptation isn't always painted with the lust of beauty, the coveting of others possessions and greed of having more.   Temptation is and will be the bait that the enemy uses as long as we occupy our earthly bodies.  We will be tempted,

*    To doubt
*    To be angry
*    To fear
*    To be anxious
   To not forgive
*    To be pessimistic, and much more.  

Hey Christian, King Solomon has given us good wisdom for staying on the proper path that will lead to happiness and peace of mind in Proverbs 4:25-27.  Let's follow it.  Let's keep our eyes focused on God and His will for our life.  Let's ponder the path of our feet and not walk about aimlessly just as the lost do--let's let all of our ways be established.  Let's keep from participating in anything evil in our life.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about walking a proper path as outlined in Proverbs 4:25-27?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you carefully pondering the path that you are walking?

APPLICATION: Seek the Lord and His will for your life through reading the Bible and praying about everything you say or do.  Speak and act in a way that glorifies God, and that shows His power and grace through you to all who witness your actions.

Father, Thank You for guiding each step of my path.  Help me today to make wise choices; to say edifying things, and to continue to walk towards You in everything I say and do.  I cannot do this without Your help.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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