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Bible Ballistics: BBs #779 Advice For The Journey???
I want to share a brief word this morning to encourage us all as we walk in this crazy world. I know the news isn’t very encouraging most days—but the Good News is still The Good News! Even as Jesus walked the dusty roads of Judea, we are walking in a “dirty, dusty” world, but we can find a refreshing cleansing at the feet of our Lord.
“Come unto me,
all ye that labour
and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you,
and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest
unto your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
Rest unto our soul! That’s what our Lord and Master provides at every occasion, when we will take the time and look up for HIS direction, grace, and power. And how do we know this?
“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying,
This is the way,
walk ye in it,
when ye turn
to the right hand,
and when ye turn
to the left.” Isaiah 30:21
Jesus also gives us great assurance of HIS perfect provision and direction for His own! God has us in all things, times, and situations. HE IS the sovereign Lord of all, and we belong to HIM when we come to HIM via the cross of Jesus Christ and HIS cleansing blood!
“My sheep hear my voice,
and I know them,
and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life;
and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man
pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me,
is greater than all;
and no man is able to pluck them
out of my Father’s hand.
30 I and my Father are one.” John 10:27-30
And as we think of this journey we are on, I want to share a few passages that help me quite often, and I pray that they will minister to you today!
“Order my steps in thy word:
and let not any iniquity
have dominion over me.” Psalm 119:133
We must be in God’s Word—it is the standard for our journey—the road map, so to speak, for all the ways we are to go. Yet sometimes we can’t quite discern what we are to do or how we are to respond in a particular situation. Here’s a passage that God used in my life to give clear direction, without really saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’!
“Therefore thus saith the LORD,
If thou return,
then will I bring thee again,
and thou shalt stand before me:
and if thou take forth the precious
from the vile,
thou shalt be as my mouth:
let them return unto thee;
but return not thou unto them.
20 And I will make thee unto this people
a fenced brasen wall:
and they shall fight against thee,
but they shall not prevail
for I am with thee
to save thee
and to deliver thee,
saith the LORD.” Jeremiah 15:19-20
I can’t tell you how much assurance God brought to my heart and soul, as well as my mind as I knew HIS answer was sent directly to me through the Prophet Jeremiah! WOW!
And a final few “words” to remind us that God is ever at work for His own—remember we are only “good” by the blood of Jesus who took our sin upon Himself to take it away and make us “righteous” before God “in HIM”!
“For he hath made him
to be sin for us,
who knew no sin;
that we might be made
the righteousness of God
in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
And from the Psalmist:
“The steps of a good man
are ordered by the LORD:
and he delighteth in his way.
24 Though he fall,
he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24
Amen and Amen!