Bible Ballistics: BBs #300 Where Ever HE Leads, I’ll Go???
I can’t believe it’s been four years since I started writing Bible Ballistics, and about three years since I added the “BBs” to the venue. It has been amazing to see God minister to others, as well as myself, as He works in our hearts through The Word. I also want to thank each of you for your encouragement (especially in the early days), your input, your ideas and suggestions for improving the presentation and format of this ministry. I look forward to ministering to all those who God will send our way as we share The Word (The person of Jesus as well as the written Word) in the power of His grace, His truth and His Spirit!!!
“Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:104-105
But God’s Word can only be a “lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” when we open it and read it. And as we read it continually, and study it’s truths it will become a part of us, bringing a growing confidence in God, and strengthening us to stand against the attacks of the enemies of God. And if you remember, our only offensive weapon in the “armor of God” is the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”! And in preparation for each day:
“Put on the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to stand
against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
but against principalities,
against the rulers of the darkness
of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you
the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to withstand
in the evil day,
and having done all,
14 Stand therefore,
having your loins girt about with truth,” Ephesians 6:11-14a
And my dear friends, it IS “the evil day”!!! We are facing evil on every hand and our overcoming power is found only in The Lord Jesus Christ! And as we overcome we are able to affect the world around us. We are able to be a reflection of Jesus to the world! We, as the children of God, are called to be light and salt to this corrupt and dark world—where ever HE leads us to go, whatever HE leads us to do, whether HE calls us to stop, go, speak or act. Are you available? As the old adage says, “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called!” And that is so true—if we will simply abide in Jesus then He will provide the strength, wisdom and courage we need to press on, and stand fast. But we must let go of what we are clinging to, and instead cling to the Savior and His cross (See John 15:1-5), and ‘press on’!
“Not as though I had already attained,
either were already perfect:
but I follow after,
if that I may apprehend that
for which also I am apprehended
of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended:
but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things
which are behind,
and reaching forth
unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark
for the prize
of the high calling
in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore,
as many as be perfect,
be thus minded:
and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded,
God shall reveal even this
unto you.” Philippians 3:12-15
Paul tells us that if we desire to be “perfect” (which means mature, not ‘sinless perfection’), we must forget our past weakness, failures and fears, and look to Jesus Christ as we walk forward in HIS power, by HIS Spirit. We are called to press on, to be mature and know that if we will but listen to the promptings of His Holy Spirit, we can know the way to go (See Is. 30:21). So suit up, forget the past, and press on toward the prize—Jesus!!! And Jesus hasn’t left us alone:
“These things have I spoken unto you,
being yet present with you.
26 But the Comforter,
which is the Holy Ghost,
whom the Father will send in my name,
he shall teach you all things,
and bring all things to your remembrance,
whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you,
my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth,
give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid.” John 14:25-27
So where ever you are in life—
Young or old—
Affluent, poor or middle class—
Athlete or infirmed—
Able or disabled—
Free or imprisoned—
Take heart—God knows where you are and HE still has a plan for you to know Him; to grow in Him; to live a victorious life “in Jesus” wherever you may be. Will you go or stay wherever He leads? His path is the safest place on earth to be!!! Will you trust yourself to HIS care where you are NOW? Will you follow Him wherever HE leads?
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord,
which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel
shall neither slumber
5 The Lord is thy keeper:
the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out
and thy coming in
from this time forth,
and even for evermore.” Psalm 121:1-8
“……. for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear……” Hebrews 13:5b & 6a