Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Know where you're headed

Direction is important.

If you have ever traveled to a new place, you know how imperative it is to have direction. Being lost in an unknown and unfamiliar place can be scary, frustrating and hopeless. The same is true on this journey of life.

Many walk around aimlessly with no purpose or direction. As a believer in Christ, I may not have all of the variables in front of me on this journey, but I know my destination. I know where I am headed and I have a guide (the Bible) with clear instructions and directions on how I can get there as well as a counselor (the Holy Spirit) throughout the journey and I know I am not in this alone. Instead of being afraid and frustrated, I can have hope during my journey, especially when the path appears to be bumpy, narrow and unsafe.

My question to you is: Do you know where you're headed? Are you secure in your journey, or are you traveling with extra baggage? Only you have the power to change the course of your journey and decide to seek direction.  Only you can let go of old baggage that is holding you back and keeping you from arriving to your destination. You have that choice and you can choose a new path today. When we choose God's way, He can then move on our behalf and show us directions we never knew existed.

How do you begin?

1) Reconcile your relationship with God. 
This means repenting and asking for forgiveness in prayer and welcoming Jesus Christ into your life as Lord and Savior, giving Him the full authority over your life. This can be a prayer for salvation that initiates a relationship with Christ or a prayer of reconciliation and resubmission.

2) Read His Word. Know His word. Apply His word.
The Bible says the way a man keeps His way pure is by living according to God's Word; but if we don't know what it says, how can we apply it? As the song says:
Directions for the journey is found in God's word. When was the last time you memorized a scripture and kept it hidden in your heart? Do you know where it is found and what context is it in? Who was it written to? Is it poetic or historical? Who wrote it and why? Dig into God's word and you will find answers to many of your lifelong questions.

3) Talk with God.
This is what we know as prayer, but a consistent prayer life is key to staying on God's path because it builds a relationship with God and establishes our confidence in Him. On our journey, God may ask us to do things we don't completely understand. In order for us to complete His work, we will need a grounded relationship with Him. Can you follow directions from someone you don't trust? Prayer allows us to build a relationship with God and built our faith, hope and trust in Him.

If you already know this to be true, I pray it reaffirms what you need to do to get back on or stay on course. If this is new for you, I pray it is a catalyst for your new journey in Christ and gives you new direction.

Don't continue to walk around aimlessly in this life. You were made for a purpose.

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