Monday, 3/2/20 – Pressing on…

Roadsigns

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I can’t remember where exactly it was that we were headed but I do remember the journey. We were following along the prescribed route on, lets say highway 550 (I don’t remember). Anyway, we kept going many kilometers then realized the far too sparsely placed highway signs were indicating something quite different, highway 675 we’ll say.

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But, since we had entered on highway 550 and driven on the same roadway all along, we took confidence in this and pressed on. It was not till we reached a town obviously a significant distance apart from our true destination that we realized somehow, somewhere, we had strayed! Tracing back we discovered that indeed for a while highways 550 and 675 shared the same roadway but farther down the true highway 550 veered right while the 675 slowly veered left.

You see my point: the fact that you intend to get to a certain destination is not enough, nor is it sufficient that you began on the correct roadway. What is essential is that you stay on the correct path… the narrow one of course, which by now I’m sure you’ve figured out!

Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matt. 7:13-14).

Paul marveled at the Galatians, “I am surprised you are leaving Christ so soon. You were chosen through His loving-favor. But now you are turning and listening to another kind of good news. No! There is not another kind of good news.” (Gal. 1:6-7 NLT).

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Abide in Me,” says Jesus. That means “stay put!” Don’t waver. Keep checking your heart.

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves…” (2 Cor. 13:5) writes Paul “Make every effort to confirm your calling and election…” echoes Peter (1 Pet. 10:10).

The essential thing is not what you once ‘did.’ The essential thing is where are you now?

Actually, on the path to heaven none of us can be the driver. We must give the wheel to Jesus… surrender it all. It’s His car now anyway. I know you can do this. As the unknown author of Hebrews states, “Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case…” (Heb. 6:9).

Listen to your heart. Whatever Christ is telling you to do, do it.

“The symbol of the Christian Church is not a burning bush, nor a dove, nor an open book, nor a halo round a submissive head, nor a crown of splendid honour. It is a cross.” – C.M. Clow

More tomorrow…

To hear Pastor Andrew’s complete message, go to the Lincoln Baptist Church website and look under ‘Sermons Online’ for the Mar. 1 message.

Thursday, 2/20/20 – Discipleship – Priorities

Priorities – TODAY!

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Today’s discipleship blog looks again at the topic of Priorities. It is important to keep cycling through these fundamentals because the basics are things to which we must re-commit ourselves daily.

Some Christians doubt their faith because they cannot pinpoint a specific date of transformation. Their history is not one of a dramatic moment of turnaround. Rather, for some, they grew slowly into a deepening belief, a deepening trust, and deepening commitment.

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But all that aside what really matters is this: What do you believe at this moment? Do you believe you have fallen short of God’s standard, “holiness, without which no one will see the Lord?” (Heb. 12:14). Do you believe God became man in Christ, became a holy sacrifice in your stead and rose again from death? Do you this day acknowledge Him as both your Saviour and your Lord?

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Don’t say “yes” to that last one too quickly. When you acknowledge Christ not only as your Saviour but also as your Lord, you are saying His will, His direction, His kingdom will now be your Top Priority.

We each need to come to this decision every morning. It does not matter what sort of past “coming to Christ” journey you have taken. What matters is your answer to this: Is Christ my Desire, my Saviour and my Lord TODAY

“I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor. 6:2).

“…encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Heb. 3:13).

Press on…

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