Bible Ballistics: Is Your GPS Working??? Vol. 6#04
Many of us have a GPS in our automobiles, whether a factory item or an after-market portable one that we utilize.
GPS: “global positioning system”; a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information.”
We use a GPS to tell us where we are, how to get where we are going, as well as various other conditions on the journey. When we use the GPS, we have the option of following directions or going our own way. When we miss a turn, or stop for food or drink, the device begins to advise us to “turn round”, “make a U-turn” or some other timely device to get you back on the recommended path. We have an opportunity to correct our direction, or we can ignore the advice and “go our own way”. Sometimes we know more than the “GPS” does about our destination, but the device is pretty reliable—if we have kept it updated!! Walking with God is a similar scenario—let’s examine the premise.
We must make note of the unique differences—
God is GOD, the only GOD—Sovereign and Eternal:
“See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. 40 For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.” Deuteronomy 32:39-40
We must acknowledge Him as God:
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Ex. 20:3
God is our only hope:
“I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. 3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” Psalm 18:1-3
Following God gives us all we need, but it will cost us. While we are called to “love one another”, we must understand what real love is. Real love, God’s kind of love, is always true, it always does what is best for the recipient, and that means telling truth, God’s truth. We are called to love our fellow Christians; we are also called to love the world– as Jesus did. We are to call others out of sin into HIS marvelous light, that we all might “obtain mercy” and be the “people of God”.
“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:12-13
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9-10
Being the “people of God” has a price tag, it means we align ourselves with our Savior, but it also means we will encounter the same responses that Jesus did:
“These things I command you,
that ye love one another.
18 If the world hate you,
ye know that it hated me
before it hated you.
19 If ye were of the world,
the world would love his own:
but because ye are not of the world,
but I have chosen you out of the world,
therefore the world hateth you.
20 Remember the word that I said unto you,
The servant is not greater than his lord.
If they have persecuted me,
they will also persecute you;
if they have kept my saying,
they will keep yours also.
21 But all these things will they do unto you
for my name’s sake,
because they know not him that sent me.
22 If I had not come and spoken unto them,
they had not had sin:
but now they have no cloak for their sin.
23 He that hateth me
hateth my Father also.”
We know that when Jesus came He addressed the issue of SIN. We must share this same truth. He called men to repent and follow Him, but instead most clung to their own ways and even killed the one who loved them more than anyone else ever had, or ever will, as Peter declared shortly after the ascension of Jesus:
“Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:10-12
There is only one way—no matter how many people reject that way—and that way is Jesus, the one who came to save us from sin:
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21
He came because of SIN—it was the issue then—it’s the issue now. We who follow Jesus and accept His Word as truth are being accused of every evil under the sun—from being ‘homophobes’, to being Nazis, hate mongers and other various and sundry derogatory terms of despite. Yet when we come to Jesus it is to be made new in Jesus Christ, and have spiritual vision—to see God’s kingdom and God’s way.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” John 3:3-7
We MUST be “born again”—born of the Spirit of God, transformed into the ‘sons of God’, and as ‘sons of God’, becoming those who walk with God, agree with God and spread the good news of salvation, even when we are being aligned for speaking truth. We must stand fast—it’s a matter of life and death. Jesus came to give us life—to deliver us from sin and it’s penalty of death.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” Romans 3:23
“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:22-23
Jesus came to give us true, eternal, righteous life–
“He was in the world,
and the world was made by him,
and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own,
and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him,
to them gave he power
to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which were born,
not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man,
but of God.” John 1:10-13
So the question is, which GPS are you following? Are you following God’s Word and His ways, or are you following your own estimation of life? Are you making your own road map, your own rules, your own way? Or are you reading, hearing and heeding the Word of God? You get to choose but remember, the “wages of sin is death”, regardless of the SIN!!! God’s Word is not a ‘cafeteria Bible’—it’s all true or it’s not true at all. You can choose your own direction, but God has set the consequences for each choice!!! Jesus and life? Or man’s way to death? Which gate will you go through? Will you depend on the world’s “global positioning system” or be in “God’s positioning relationship at the CROSS”? You get to choose—the consequences are already set! Will you be part of the ‘many’ or part or the ‘few’? Please choose wisely—it really is life or death!
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14