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Graceful Perseverance: The Path Less Chosen

Posted October 22nd, 2017 @ 09:10am

Welcome back to my weekly blog. This week's topic is: A Path Less Chosen. What does this mean? How can this path less chosen change life as we know it today to an everlasting life that is more free, joyful and abundant while we are here?

The path less chosen is a new life, your old life is dead and gone. For many of us that's a frightening thought and we might refuse to travel in uncharted territory. This new life is a Christian life, chosen by those who follow Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. And not just by words alone, but in action, and chosen by those who are truly seeking a deep relationship with Christ through His word and daily prayer. You ask "Why should I walk away from the life I have today and follow Jesus?" you may ask. Because in His word Jesus tells us - The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. - John 10:10.

Jesus will give you an abundant life, but not without giving up the corrupted life you may be living today. Not only will He bless you with an abundant life, but He will graciously give you His peace and peace with God. He will give your life new meaning and show you His original purpose for your life and why He created you for His glory. He will lead you down a straight path to help you overcome and walk away from the many worldly sins, addictions and temptations that will ultimately destroy your life.

There are several false assumptions about traveling the path less chosen, your new life with Christ, who is head of all we are and all we do. Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil. - Proverbs 4:26-27.

One noted assumption or stereotype is that a Christian's life is free from trouble, free from pain and suffering. Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. - James 1:2-4.

In fact, this assumption of a trouble-free life couldn't be further from the truth. A Christian knows all too well that the deeper their relationship is with God, and the more ingrained they are in His word, the more the "thief" shows up to steal their happiness. The thief is always lurking in the weeds to seek and destroy us, to rob us of our joy. The closer we get to Christ, the more Satan tries to harden our hearts towards each other through gossip, hearsay, judgement, condemnation, fighting, anger and resentment. A Christian must work extra hard to always be watchful and prayful at all times.

Some think that the Christian life is no longer fun. They might miss sinful acts like excessive drinking in bars or all-night parties, pot smoking, drugs, getting high, one-night stands, sexual immorality or any kind of impurity, wickedness and sin.  Greed is a vicious lifestyle, lusting or groping over another man's woman, gambling, strip joints and late-night porn aren't a part of a Christian life. Without these sinful acts, the Christian life is somehow defined as boring. Let's not forget that some think that Christians believe they are superior to everyone else. All of these assumptions are false accusations about the Christian life.

Another crude notion is that our personal happiness is the most important thing in our life and the only reason God exists is to make us happy. Some people really believe "Well, if He can make me happy I'll give this God thing a try! And if it doesn't feel right or if it's too hard then I'll go back to my old ways, my old life, when the things I did and tried made me a lot happier than this God thing." Most people are so hooked on seeking and controlling their own happiness above all else, that they've missed the real reason why God created them in the first place and why God is here, which is really what matters most.

I believe many people have a miss-conception of who Jesus is, and have a problem learning to trust in Him and have faith that He can and will restore our lives.

He is the one and only one who can bring us out of the wilderness, the darkness that hovers over our lives and gets us back on a straight path. Since they can't see Him, many believe He must not exist. I personally have learned to live by faith, not by sight. He has shown me over and over again His undeniable power to bring me through the brokenness, pain and sufferings of this life. We live by faith, not by sight. - 2 Corinthians 5:7.

So why should we follow Jesus to our death? Why should any of us travel down this path less chosen in hopes of having an eternal life in Heaven someday? Because in John 11:57 and throughout scripture there are witnesses, disciples and testimonies that He is the Messiah. It doesn't say maybe He is, but He is the only one true God. In John 10:17-18 we read how He laid down His own life for us and in His own silent initiative. In His last breath, he last words while nailed to the cross were: Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. - Luke 23:34. He has proven throughout scripture He is the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, a Sovereign Lord of authority of Heaven and Earth and everything created in it. He is our Heavenly Father and we are to follow His teachings of His doctrines, as this delights the Lord.

Is your faith based on the true knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord? And do you want a faith that perseveres through the trials of this life? Then, you must first trust and believe in who Jesus is, and not for what He can do for you. To have a faith that perseveres, we must first believe deeply in our hearts that Jesus Christ is the only Sovereign Lord. He is sovereign over all things in this world, even evil. He will work all these things together for His glory and for the ultimate good in our lives. We can either surrender our old life to Him today and be blessed beyond measure, or on the final day of judgment we will be forced to submit to our creator to then be condemned. Don't be so quick to desert the one who created you by breathing life into you.

Because He is Lord, and nothing can thwart God's ultimate purpose for our lives, we must follow His doctrine. The living bible provides us with a perfect insight into the purpose of His plan and how it will be carried out for His glory. Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. - 1 Corinthians 11:1 so that you may be saved.

I truly believe being a Christian creates for me the greatest life I could've ever had. Of course, I've fallen from faith and I've had spiritual deflections. Christians are sinners too. But I know the more I grow deeper and deeper into my relationship with Christ, and trust His word, I have mountains of faith and hope I've never experienced before. When I surrendered my old ways and my old life and truly dedicated my life to Christ, I decided to take the path less chosen. I now live a life of holy and pure love. I work very hard to follow the example of Christ, who sacrificed His life so that I may have life. Today I am filled with His peace and joy. There is no better way to live.

Blessings until next week,

Debra

Unstoppable Believer

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