On the right path

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Isa­iah 48 vs 17

“Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Is­rael: “I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you what is best for you, Who di­rects you in the way you should go.”

I learnt a very im­por­tant les­son this week­end from a friend who has a great anoint­ing on his life, who has made it his mis­sion to share the word. He does it with heart and pas­sion and he does it so well.

He il­lus­trated the con­cept of be­ing saved in a way that was very sim­ple, yet it to­tally spoke to me. I have al­ways won­dered whether it is pos­si­ble to be to­tally de­void of sin and wrong­do­ing in one’s life.

I have of­ten noted the dif­fi­culty we all face in try­ing to con­sis­tently be good peo­ple, it’s a lot eas­ier to do bad on a reg­u­lar ba­sis than to to­tally turn from evil and walk on the straight and nar­row. We are all more akin to re­ceiv­ing and lis­ten­ing to scrip­ture that specif­i­cally speaks about our for­tunes chang­ing than mes­sages that cas­ti­gate us on the need to stop sin­ning.

Thus be­ing the case, I guess the ques­tion of­ten comes up on how God views sin in our lives. It is His de­sire that we be­come bet­ter, how­ever, hav­ing noted that of our own vo­li­tion we are un­able to come to a point where we are right with Him, He al­lowed Je­sus Christ to die on the cross with the sole in­ten­tion of bear­ing our sin in a man­ner that was found ac­cept­able for us to be for­given. His sac­ri­fice was found to be the per­fect and ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice ac­cept­able to God, it washed us anew.

This process is a gift that we do not de­serve but it’s been given to us any­way. Through this one act we have been rec­on­ciled to the father, should we so de­sire.

In try­ing to ex­plain this, my friend placed two chairs fac­ing op­po­site di­rec­tions along­side each other. He then ex­plained that these two chairs rep­re­sent two groups of peo­ple. The first are those that have not been given or have not ac­cepted the en­light­en­ment of God, and the sec­ond are those that have ac­cepted the gift of grace that has been given to them.

Those with­out knowl­edge con­tinue on their merry way, de­void of the need to change, re­form or be aligned with their maker. Their lives con­sti­tute a messy mix­ture of false be­liefs and wrong ac­tions. Their lives are on a path to nowhere, hav­ing cho­sen to ei­ther ig­nore or be­ing to­tally de­void of the truth of the light of God.

The sec­ond group is on a jour­ney in the op­po­site di­rec­tion, hav­ing been ex­posed to the light. Theirs is a jour­ney in which ev­ery­day they are faced with the tribu­la­tions of life, temp­ta­tions and heartache. They fall each day but through the con­tin­ued search of God’s word, they are con­tin­u­ously be­ing drawn to His light.

The word im­presses upon them and through this en­gage­ment they are con­victed of the wrong they do. Each day they slowly inch to­wards be­ing the peo­ple God in­tended for them to be. Though they may fall, through grace they are for­given for the wrong they do whilst af­firm­ing their need for God. They are given the strength to over­come, to change and to work to­wards be­ing sanc­ti­fied in­di­vid­u­als.

Are you strug­gling with sin, do you seek to stop and be bet­ter? Re­mem­ber that ev­ery day He helps you along the jour­ney, He does not con­demn you but rather He em­braces and as­sures you that where ever you may be, He will never aban­don you. Just keep walk­ing to­wards Him.

Ev­ery one of His chil­dren is im­por­tant to Him, He ac­cepts you as you are. Je­sus made you right with the maker on that cross. Play your part by seek­ing to fel­low­ship with God in a deeper way and you will be con­victed of the wrong and shown the path to right.

Be blessed

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