Wednesday, May 05, 2010
Line of Sight
One thing I have learned, in all my years of ministry and being saved, is that it's good to be in the will of God. I remember a song that used to say, "the safest place, in the whole wide world, is in the will of God!" That song couldn't be more true! There is safety in God's will and there is grace and mercy there as well. You see, we are human beings, trying to live the lifestyle of a superior being (Christ) in a time when sin is abounding. That is not the easiest thing to do at times. There are so many obstacles and temptations in the world today. Many are aimed right at God's servants and they are designed to bring you down to a place where hearing and trusting God is hard.
We are living in the end times and the enemy is out to destroy and defame the name of Christ in our world. This is fast becoming an epidemic in the body of Christ because the great falling away has begun. Not just people deciding to no longer walk with Christ, but also, people that are walking with him are giving in to their carnal desires and wrecking their witness to the world. Of course we are all tempted and at times we may fall, but the key is to keep your eyes on Jesus so that you will stay afloat in those times and not sink all the way under. Just like Peter, getting a vision of the winds, waves, and the fact that what he was trying to do was impossible! While his eyes were fixed on Jesus, he could do it. But once he stopped looking ahead and started focusing on the waves, he began to sink. But even in that, thank God that Christ was yet there to keep him from drowning. This is where we must keep our faith people of God.
Sure the waves may get high and the trouble may surround us, but as long as Christ is there, we will not drown! This brings me back to what I was saying earlier. It's good to keep your eyes on Christ and not have to look for him in the times of trouble and turmoil. It's good to keep God first, instead of having to search for him amongst all of the things we invite in his place. You see, a major reason for EX Ministries is to teach God's people how to keep the junk out of God's way, so that we can remain with him. False gods, sinful music, etc. are all tools the enemy uses to block your communication with God. Sure, he said he would never leave or forsake you, but could it be at times that your faith is hindered from truly knowing he is there because of the things in your way? I believe firmly that people, places, and things, that are against God will block your communing with him.
When trouble comes, you will need that connection with God. Sure, when things are going good, it's easy to believe he is there, because he is good! But when things are going wrong, and you are struggling to make it, it's hard to know he's there at times. But your faith can be activated much easier when there is a clear path to him. A technical term for this path is "line of sight". That means that there is nothing obscuring your view of an object and you can get a much better read of an object if you have clear line of sight. This is how God works! Sure he is there, but do you have a clear line of sight? Can you truly see his presence in your life? Can you truly feel his love for you? Can you really apply his Word to your life?
My friend, God is there, but in a lot of cases, we have so many things in his way, we cannot get a good read from him. So, we make mistakes, bad choices, bad decisions, etc. based on feeling rather than on what God desires. And with things obscuring our view of him, it's easy to make the wrong move. We have all been there, done that, but now it's time to move forward and keep God first. I'm not repeating a cliché that church folks use just to be saying it. But I really mean it! Keep a clear path to God by keep those things that are against him out of the way. Sure, he loves us so, that he promised to never leave us. But without true line of sight, how can we even know what he desires for our lives?
Matt. 14:29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
G. Craige Lewis