by, January 4th, 2017 at 03:14 AM (96 Views)
There is a time in our Christian walk when we come to a junction. This is a lonely place where despair and heartache seem to be the only friends we have. The light appears very dim and hope emerges as just a shadow of what could be. We look to what brought us this far, but even that appears as just a faded memory. The feelings of peace and joy that we once experienced in our Lord have fled this lonely vacuum of solitude.
As we stand at this lonely junction all hope seems lost. Our feelings are not lining up with God’s word... I don’t feel saved, I don’t feel forgiven, and where is this “joy” that God’s word is supposedly referencing? We look to the sky but the tears just cloud our vision. We cry out to our Lord, “who will rescue me”?
This is a very delicate, fragile, and volatile place in our walk, with the potential outcome of everlasting joy, or a dark path that leads to destruction. I believe we all come to this point where we have to make a decision…. is the cross enough, or is there another way?
1 Timothy 2:4
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved AND to come to the KNOWLEDGE of the TRUTH.
A typical crossroad junction is a place where 4 roads intersect at one point... the way we came, straight ahead, a left, and a right.
The enticing lure of our enemy is to first introduce the notion that he is not a player, and then propose a false relief to our loneliness and feelings of despair. Letting up for just a short time, while we indulge in something pleasing to our flesh. Another fleeting hope vanishes like a vapor as we spiral deeper into the shadows. And then our eyes are once again drawn to these crossroads. We can’t go back the way we came; the cross is directly in front of us; to the left is worldly pleasure; and to the right false doctrine and religion. Only one path leads to life. What shall we do?
I believe to fully understand this we have to go back to the beginning. Have we progressed beyond the hope that set us free? Have we left the broken place where Jesus first took our hand? Let me tell you... His cross never changes! His mercy never changes! His grace never changes! Our Lord never changes! When we first knelt before the cross did we come with a stipulation? Did we express to our Lord He was not enough? Did we say, “Lord, if you will, I will”? Absolutely NOT!! We came in need of rescue! We came like a child reaching for the hand of forgiveness! Our Lord who is rich in mercy and abounding in love embraced us with no strings attached. We knew without a doubt that Jesus was the ONLY WAY!
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Grace and Peace..