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Volume 2, Issue 8, August 2009

8/24/2009

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When The Pathway Is Unclear

Ken Nix

Monday, 8/24/2009

Wayne Alexander

How can the pathway become unclear? Our Lord Jesus tell us that their hand is not always clearly seen. One thing that can cause the pathway to be unclear is our trying to see with eyes of the flesh and not with the eyes of the spirit. When we try to become the potter of our own vessel, we mar the intended shape that the Master Potter has determined it to be and pollute its design. They will lead us, they will guide us, and the pattern that Jesus has perfected for us will lead to a destiny of light, if we walk in obedience to their will. Jesus is the perfect example of the life that we are supposed to live, a life that the devil has convinced the world, and a lot of God's people, that we can not live. Why would we believe the father of lies and darkness and not believe the Father of light and truth? Our Savior told us, "Be you perfect as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Do we believe that Jesus would have told us this, if it were impossible to do? But is it what we want? If so, then ask believing, doubting nothing, and Jesus said we would receive it. It is when we fail to trust, believe and surrender our lives that the way becomes unclear. Then in the making of wrong choices, we alter the course of our life and lose our way to perfection. We were told that we have all lost blessings because we have failed to walk the path laid out for our destiny and chose instead to walk as we desired.

When we get off the path, Satan is watching and will put stumbling blocks in our way. Scoffers are used by Satan as stumbling blocks in an attempt to cause you to doubt.  We can not listen to scoffers, for they will tell you that we are listening to Satan, because they don't want to believe that God can and will speak through a man in these latter days.

 Many of those who scoff do so because God isn't speaking through them, thus they choose not to believe. Also many choose to place God within a box, within their own belief grid that never allows anything that contradicts the wisdom of their own construction. There are many that believe that the book of Acts was completed at the end of Chapter 28, however there is no “amen” at the end of Verse 31. Acts is still at this time being written, for the history of the church continues. The precious words being given to us at this time will be a part of all of this. The scoffers have chosen to demonize these precious words due to the blindness of pride and self righteousness. Pride is a danger that continually presents itself. Do not allow it to be a stumbling block that causes you to have the path become unclear. The Apostle Paul wrote in Acts 28:25-27, “And when the Holy Spirit by Isaiah the Prophet unto our fathers. Saying, go unto the people, and say, hearing ye shall hear and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and not perceive: for the heart of the people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

As we see, the pathway becomes unclear to them because of choices made; it can become unclear to us as well if we make the wrong choices of allowing doubt and pride to stand in the way of trust and surrender. We live by the choices that we make, whether right or wrong; either way we will have to live by them. It is better to trust and believe, it is better to surrender and obey, it is better to follow and grow in the light than to be crippled by the wrong choices of doubt, fear and pride which will lead to lost blessings.  Will you choose to let what you want now cause you to lose what you are destined to have in the end? Satan wants to take us off the pathway our Father has determined for us, and to "sift" us as wheat, as he desired to do to Peter! This he will do, if we make the wrong choices. Remember, he is like a roaring lion walking about seeking whom he may devour. Peter says resist him by being steadfast in the faith. The more faith we have, the more we will please the Father and follow the pathway of life.

Do we want the joy in knowing that we are truly pleasing our heavenly Father in our life's pattern that our Lord and Savior has shown us how to live? Jesus spoke to us in a song on July 15, 2009, and in the second stanza, he says: “When our will is unclear and the words of doubt are whispered unto you my child, fall upon your knees, bow before me, lift up thy hands to me and reach to me. Reach out thy hand, for I reach out to thee, take my hand, take my hand, I shall hold you close in times of trials, I shall never leave you.”

We must believe that he will never leave us, nor forsake us, and we must have faith in all of his promises, trusting and surrendering to his will, for he is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. Our Father wants us to show him how much we need him in our lives, in our weakness. Not how strong and independent we can be! His strength is what matters, not ours, and as long as we try to guide our footsteps, we will never follow the pathway that Jesus has perfected for us. We need to pray to the Father, asking him: Father when I begin to think for myself, please correct me immediately, tell me that my thoughts are not your thoughts, and that you will do the thinking, that you don't need any help in that department!

If we are not following the pathway of the Lord and Savior, if we are not following the pattern of life as he did, how can we be the lights he said we were? The pattern of life should be a beacon to others who are watching. Brethren, let the pathway you are walking be clear to you and to others. If some choose to laugh or scorn, then be thankful and praise God; you must be doing something right!

 

 

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