Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Path that Leads to Life

Scripture: Matthew 7 v 14


What does our Heavenly Father desire most from us? He wants us home with Him!! We were abducted by Satan and taken hostage before the Earth was formed. He has missed us for a very long time.

Think about Madeleine McCann and what her parents have suffered for 6 long years. Multiply that by 7 billion children and 6000 years to know the love and anguish our Father feels for all of us.

John 3 v 16 - "For God so loved the world (us) that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, that whosoever (anybody) who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

This is the heart of the gospel and the chief negotiation with Satan. If any believe in Jesus you lose that one soul to Me. There is no other name by which we can be saved.

Once we call on the name of Jesus the rescue plan starts operating - Jesus said "Follow Me" to His disciples, and that's what we must do. 

Step 1 - Be born again.

Step 2 - Be baptized

Step 3 - be baptized in the Holy Spirit.

Step 4 - Read the Bible daily as it shows the Path to Life.

Step 5 - Pray without ceasing - stay in contact at all times.

Step 6 - Have fellowship with other Christians and help one another.

Step 7 Open the gifts the Holy Spirit has given to be very helpful to one another and which edify you.

Once you have got this far you have put significant distance between you and Satan. He is always on the prowl though for a weak, lonely, isolated lamb so stay close to those who mentor you.

The Lord will warn you of dangerous territory where the vulnerable could fall. Heed these warnings promptly or you may lose your way and have to go through some heavy countryside involving the moving of mountains to reach safety again.

The enemy is relentless and ruthless so make sure you have on your whole armour from Ephesians 6 v 12-15. Stay away from sinful activities that can see you back in enemy hands. His secret agents are only detected by using the gifts correctly.

If you are recaptured - its called backsliding - you have an Advocate with the Father who will plead your case for you if you are remorseful and promise to walk in the light. The advocate's name is Jesus Christ. There is no charge for His services.

One of the worst traps is to go back to living under the Law of Moses. When Jesus died He fulfilled that set of 665 laws as it was impossible for man to keep all those as some of them contradicted each other. He gave us just two to keep:

1. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.

2. Love your neighbour as you love yourself.

Love transcends all other laws.

The Sabbath was a day set apart for the Jews to worship God. We worship Him every day and at all times.

We have the honour of being able to hear His voice and to talk to Him too. We have a personal friendship with Jesus and are the sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father.

If we cannot hear Him we need to check if we have offended Him. Sin and disobedience cause God to stop communicating with us until it is corrected.

This is the simple plan of salvation that puts us on the Path of life. It is Eternal Life that begins the day you are born again. It takes you to Heaven when you die or are Raptured, whichever comes first.

Follow in the footsteps of Jesus and He will lead you through minefields, quicksand, storms and deserts in complete safety.

Prayer: Father God You say You are blessed by the death of Your saints, the believers, because they come home to You. Father, let us all find the path of life through calling on the name of Jesus. There is no other way or path which leads us home. In Jesus' name. Amen.