Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Which Path Are You On? The Way -

John 14.6 - Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
What path are we on? What direction are we headed in?
Proverbs 3.5,6 - “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not to your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.”
NIV - Proverbs 5.21 “For a man’s ways are in full view of the Lord, and he examines all his paths.”
In Jersey City there is a train system – The Path. I often take the path that runs from Jersey City under the Hudson to the World Trade Center in NYC. It also goes to Hoboken, NJ (opposite direction) among other destinations. One time, I took the wrong Path Train and ended up in Hoboken. The train was going the right direction to go to Hoboken, I just made the wrong choice. If you get on the wrong path you end up somewhere other than where you want to be. Choose the right path and life is good! Life is like that.
Have you ever examined the path your life has taken? What path are you on? How did you get to where you are? You made some choices. Have you ever started out on a trip and gotten lost along the way? Generally speaking this happens because of poor choices and poor planning. I taught navigation as a civilian a long time ago. The aviators I flew with me in the Army generally had me fly the aircraft because I was a lousy navigator. (Yes you can teach navigation and be a lousy navigator) I have gotten lost many times so I know what I’m talking about. This happens in life as well. Most people look to others to point them in the right direction or give them the directions to the place they desire to go. How do you know they gave you the right directions? You won’t until you follow them. All the while you are hoping they take you to where you want to go. What’s your final destination for this life? How do you know the path you’ve chosen, and you did choose it, will get you where you want to go?
Poor planning and not having the right tools is a recipe for disaster. To have a successful trip, you need good preparation. We had a saying – “plan the flight and fly the plan. When lost, go back to your last known location.” When lost, you need a compass, a map and it’s helpful to have a watch – In that order. I compass tells you your heading in the right direction - only if you know approximately where you are. I map can point out a good path to take to get you where you want to go – only if you know approximately where you are. I need to back up a bit. Most people, when they get lost, have a hard time admitting it. It’s pride. That gets you deeper into lost because, remembering the first rule of getting lost is to get back to where you last knew you were. After you have meandered around a while you get totally lost! This is where most people find themselves in life. Poor planning and poor choices get you lost in this life. You meander around (make more poor choices) and get really lost and then, to top it off, you reach out to other people who can’t admit they are lost and they give you more bad advice… “The blind leading the blind.” Are you feeling lost in this life? A personal relationship with Jesus Christ can put you on the right path. The first step is admit and understand that you are lost and you need His help. He will give you true, good and proper direction for your life. Jesus Christ can be your compass in life – he points the way - for he is the way, the truth and the life. Without him we are lost. The Bible is the map that will show you how to get to where you want to go. The Holy Spirit can give you the light or the illumination needed to help you understand what you read in the Bible and give you the power to apply it to your life and keep you on the right path!
We need to examine the path we are on - How about Proverbs 3.5,6 - “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not to your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.”
Psalm 119.105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
What path are you on?
Proverbs 14.12 & 16.25 - “There is a way (path) that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”
Proverbs 16.2 - “All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weight by the LORD.”
Proverbs 15.10 - “Stern discipline awaits him who leaves the path: he who hates correction will die.”
Proverbs 12.11- “In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.”
The path to immortality is the path I want to be on how about you?

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