My friend Wayne is the skipper on a trawler fishing in the Gulf of Alaska. His boat has a pilothouse full of gadgets for finding the exact location for fishing. Along with the standard compass and depth finder, he uses LORAN and GPS with other computerized high-tech electronics.
By checking where he is with these instruments, he can locate the exact spot he wants to fish, thereby saving time and getting more fishing done, rather than wasting time in trial and error.
In the spiritual realm, God wants to provide direction and guidance.
Three times in the Gospel of John, Jesus made reference to the spirit of truth. The purpose of this manifestation of God is to "guide you into all truth," John 16:13.
Since the Lord is the one who knows the end from the beginning, Isaiah 46:19, it is best to follow his leading.
He is the one who is "the way, the truth and the life," John 14:6.
After his resurrection, Jesus gave instructions to his disciples as to both a promise and a place.
He said in Luke 24:49, "And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high."
The followers of Jesus Christ obeyed what he told them and were rewarded with the promise at the designated place as related in Acts 2.
Today, this promise is "unto you, and to your children and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call," Acts 2:39.
Multiple scriptural references help establish correct direction for Christians today. Patterns set in the word of God help to determine what to do when seeking salvation and the way God would have us walk with him.
Excuses for getting off track can be rather silly.
An inmate in California explained his absence from jail by saying, "I was playing pole vault and I got too close to the wall and I fell over the wall. When I regained my senses, I ran around to try to find a way back in, but being unfamiliar with the area, got lost. Next thing I knew I was in Chico."
Instead of looking for excuses, look for the way of truth, which will lead to triumph.
A little boy named Chris wanted to be a police officer, but he had leukemia. When he turned 7, the disease worsened.
A call was made to the Arizona state police. They arranged for Chris to visit the station where he was welcomed by three squad cars and a motorcycle. He got to ride in a police helicopter.
Before he left for the day, he was sworn in as the first and only honorary state trooper. An order was placed for an official patrolman's uniform and was later presented to an ecstatic Chris. Shortly after this experience, Chris died in the hospital.
This tragic circumstance inspired the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which has since helped make dreams come true for over 80,000 kids.
Many prayers are answered and needs are met, yet the hope of a Christian goes beyond this life. Special experiences, celestial clothes and honor for faith await the believer after crossing the threshold of death into eternal life.
The important thing is to determine divine direction so that we don't lose the way to our heavenly destination. The Bible, God's word, will provide light for your life, encouragement in your experiences and help to keep going on to heaven.
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Mitch Glover is the pastor of the Sterling United Pentecostal Church, with Sunday school for all ages at 10 a.m. and worship at 11 a.m. The church is at Swanson River Road and Entrada.
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