Saturday, December 01, 2012

Who Are You Following? God Leads His Redeemed!

The ornaments went on the tree last night. Among them are a rag tag angel from 1956, a plastic Rudolph from 1957, ornaments from each year our children were born, a key ornament given to us from my mother the year we bought the house we live in, motorcycles of all varieties, birds, crosses and more.  Each one is significant in that it holds a special memory in my heart.   Occasionally I’d just like to start from scratch, do something different, make a new memory and decorate the tree totally different. But each year I mention it, someone will invariably say, “Noooo, we have to have it the way we always have!” I understand. I want things to be the way they were when my kids were little. When they just believed what we told them, knew we were right and followed along willingly. We can’t take credit for it, because we didn’t choose Him, He chose us. But we have chosen to follow God, imperfect though we may be - we have chosen to follow Perfection. 

There’s a lot you can follow in this world. You can follow the headlines. Follow the stock market. Follow cattle and timber prices. Follow Paula Deen, Martha Stewart, actors, singers and more. You can follow your own instincts, follow your heart, follow your dreams. You can follow the flesh, follow your cravings, follow the crowd. Everything you follow will end up somewhere. Every person you follow you will end up being taken to an undisclosed destination.  That is until you arrive. Do you know where you’re going?

The wise men followed the Star. They looked up into the sky and set their eyes on that one thing and let it guide them to their destination. Maybe their motives weren’t that pure, after all they were sent by Herod to spy things out for him. Why indeed would a King of his stature be worried about a baby born in Bethlehem? 

We follow Christ all the way. From the Babe in a manger to the Teacher on the hillside, to the Crucified on Golgotha’s hill. But we don’t leave Him in the manger… We follow His beatitudes but we don’t call him Teacher… We follow the cross, but He’s not dead….We follow Him past the grave for He is Risen…we follow the eastern sky…for we look for His return.

Oh beloved! Who are you following and where do you want to go? If you are looking for a different destination then you’ll have to change your course. Follow Christ! Perhaps you have a loved one or loved ones who are following things that will hurt them, destroy them, or take them where they don’t need to go. Pray for them to follow Christ! Keep praying, keep seeking, keep asking! For Christ Himself has promised He will answer when we call! No one else may believe that God will answer, but you can be assured that when the course is changed the destination will be changed as well.  

He says to you this morning, Behold I AM the One Who is Risen and Coming Again for you and for all who put their trust in Me! Look for Me in every aspect of your life! Watch for Me in every situation of your life! Rest in Me for every heartache and pain in your life. Look up! As you follow Me with your whole heart I will show you great and magnificent things you have only longed for and dreamed of!  You may not have seen all the answers to your prayers yet, but I AM the One Who hears you, Who answers you and Who blesses your life. Every one of my Promises is truer than the stars in the sky and the moon in its orbit. Nothing is too difficult for Me. Follow Me and together we will redecorate your life for My glory! I love you and I AM for you and on that you can depend.

John 8:12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

2 Peter 1:19 Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts.

I Timothy 2:1 I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.

Colossians 1:3 We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Exodus 15:13 With Your unfailing love you lead the people you have redeemed. In Your might, You guide them to Your sacred home.

Psalm 43:3 Send out Your light and Your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to Your holy mountain, to the place where You live.

Micah 4:5 Though the nations around us follow their idols, we will follow the LORD our God forever and ever.

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