THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 4-13-14

LESSON TITLE: “THE HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS.”

WELCOME

WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM ON THIS WONDROUS LORDŐS DAY MORNING. WE THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY AS WE COMMIT THIS TIME TO THE THINGS OF GOD. AS ALWAYS, IT WILL BE OUR PRIVILEGE TODAY TO SING SONGS OF PRAISE AND TO STUDY FROM HIS WORD. IN THESE ACTS OF WORSHIP, MAY WE ALL BE ENCOURAGED, BUT ULTIMATELY MAY WE EACH PRAISE GOD ACCORDING TO THE SACRIFICES TO OFFER TOWARD HIS THRONE. IT WILL ALSO BE OUR HONOR THIS MORNING TO SPEAK WITH GOD THROUGH PRAYER. WILL YOU BOW WITH ME AS WE TALK TO OUR CREATOR?

DEAR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE AND THE PRIVILEGE WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN AND TO SERVE YOU. FATHER, WE ARE SO THANKFUL THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN US THE GREAT GIFT OF JESUS. THE SACRIFICE MADE ON THE CROSS AND THE BLOOD THAT HE SHED AND THE RESURRECTION ON THE THIRD DAY, WHICH HELPS US TO STAND THIS DAY JUSTIFIED BEFORE YOU. THAT WE MIGHT IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH DO ALL THINGS ACCORDING TO YOUR WILL AND BE FOUND PLEASING IN YOUR SIGHT. IN THE END, FATHER WE ASK THAT YOU WILL GIVE US THE GREATEST REWARD, THE PROMISE OF HEAVEN, AND THAT WE MIGHT LIVE WITH YOU ETERNALLY IN THAT MANSION ON HIGH. THESE THINGS WE PRAY THROUGH JESUS'S NAME, AMEN.

IT’S NOW TIME TO START OUR SONGS OF PRAISE. WE WANT TO BEGIN BY SINGING A HYMN WHICH REMINDS US OF THE FACT THAT THE PURE IN HEART WILL SEE GOD! SO, LETŐ’S JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING THIS BEAUTIFUL OLD HYMN, THE NAME OF THE SONG, “PURER IN HEART O GOD!”

ISN’T IT HARD TO FORGIVE SOMEONE WHEN THEY HAVE DONE SOMETHING AGAINST US? FORGIVENESS MAY BE ONE OF THE HARDEST CHARACTERISTICS THAT WE EVERY TRY TO ACQUIRE AND CONQUER, AS A CHILD OF GOD. HOWEVER, THE BIBLE IS CLEAR ABOUT IT’S REQUIREMENTS ON FORGIVENESS, IF WE WILL ONLY LOOK INTO THE PAGES OF GOD’S WORD.

ANOTHER PROBLEM OFTEN ASSOCIATED WITH FORGIVENESS IS WHAT IT TRULY MEANS. PROBABLY THE BEST EXPLANATION WE HAVE OF FORGIVENESS, UNDER THE NEW LAW, IS FOUND IN HEBREWS 8:12, THERE WE READ, “FOR I WILL BE MERCIFUL TO THEIR UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, AND THEIR SINS AND THEIR LAWLESS DEEDS I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE.” WHEN GOD FORGIVES US TODAY HE NOT ONLY FORGIVES BUT HE FORGETS IT. WOW, THATŐS TOUGH ISN’T IT? EASIER SAID THAN DONE, BECAUSE SOMETIMES WE CAN SAY WE FORGIVE SOMEONE, BUT PUTTING IT OUT OF OUR MIND IS ANOTHER PROBLEM ALL TOGETHER.

ANOTHER VERSE WHICH REALLY HELPS US WITH THIS DISCUSSION ON FORGIVENESS IS FOUND IN COLOSSIANS 3:12-13. THERE PAUL SAID, “THEREFORE, AS THE ELECT OF GOD, HOLY AND BELOVED, PUT ON TENDER MERCIES, KINDNESS, HUMILITY, MEEKNESS, LONG SUFFERING; BEARING WITH ONE ANOTHER, AND FORGIVING ONE ANOTHER, IF ANYONE HAS A COMPLAINT AGAINST ANOTHER; EVEN AS CHRIST FORGAVE YOU, SO YOU ALSO MUST DO.” HERE WE HAVE THE WHOLE CRUX OF THE MATTER. WE ARE TO FORGIVE AND BE FORGIVING BECAUSE CHRIST FIRST FORGAVE US!

I MIGHT ASK, WHAT DOES GOD OWE US, WHAT HAVE WE DONE THAT HE SHOULD OR THAT HE HAS TO FORGIVE US? THE ANSWER IS NOTHING! IT IS ONLY BECAUSE OF GODŐS LOVE AND HIS GRACE THAT WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN A CHANCE TO BE COUNTED WORTHY BEFORE HIM. SO, AS CHRIST HAS FORGIVEN US, WE ALSO MUST BE WILLING TO FORGIVE OTHERS.

I AM ALWAYS REMINDED OF THE VERSE FOUND IN ROMANS 5:8, THERE IT SAYS, “BUT GOD DEMONSTRATES HIS OWN LOVE TOWARD US, IN THAT WHILE WE WERE STILL SINNERS, CHRIST DIED FOR US.” JESUS WAS WILLING TO DO HIS PART EVEN WHEN WE WERE NOT WORTHY OF IT. FURTHERMORE, WHAT ABOUT CHRIST’S ATTITUDE AS HE HUNG ON THE CROSS. THERE HE SAID, “FATHER, FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY DO,” LUKE 23:34.

SO MAY WE ALL LEARN THE GREAT LESSON OF FORGIVENESS AND IN DOING SO MAY WE WORK EVERY DAY TO STRIVE TO BE MORE LIKE CHRIST - READY AND WILLING TO FORGIVE - WHETHER WE ARE ASKED TO OR NOT. ARE YOU WILLING TO FORGIVE IN ORDER TO BE FORGIVEN?

IN JUST A FEW MINUTES IT WILL BE TIME TO BEGIN OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY. THIS MORNING, WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR STUDY ENTITLED, “ASK FOR THE OLD PATHS.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE MORNING IS, “THE HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS.” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG, I WILL BE LEAD US IN THIS IMPORTANT STUDY FROM GOD’S WORD. NOW LET’S AGAIN JOIN IN SONG TOGETHER, AS WE SING, “REDEEMED!”

LESSON

RAY SULLINS

WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING WITH US THIS DAY AS WE NOW GO TO GOD'S WORD AND CONSIDER ANOTHER LESSON IN RELATIONSHIP TO OUR SERIES THAT IS TALKING ABOUT THE OLD PATHS. IN FACT, IN THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH THE QUESTION THAT WAS BEING ASKED WAS IN RELATIONSHIP TO THE OLD PATHS OF GOD AND CHALLENGING PEOPLE TO REALIZE THAT THE THINGS THAT GOD HAD DECLARED AND HIS WORD NEVER GET OLD. THEY NEVER BECOME TRYING. THEY NEVER BECOME TOO DIFFICULT FOR THOSE WHO REALLY LOVE GOD. THEY NEVER GET OUT OF DATE OR THEY NEVER BECOME SOMETHING THAT IS NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT IN THE LORD'S CHURCH. WE ARE GOD'S PEOPLE AND THEREFORE, WE LOVE HIS LAW. WE LOVE IT BECAUSE IT IS PERFECT. IT IS WONDROUS AND IT US THAT DIRECTION IN ORDER THAT WE MIGHT BE SAVED, NOT ONLY BLESSED TODAY BUT ULTIMATELY ETERNALLY.

WITH THAT IN MIND, WE CONTINUE TODAY WITH ANOTHER THOUGHT IN RELATIONSHIP TO SOME OF THE WAYS IN WHICH THE BIBLE DESCRIBED THE WILL OF GOD AND SPECIFICALLY HIS WORD AS BEING THOSE GLORIOUS PATHS THAT WE ARE TO FOLLOW. I WANT YOU TO THINK JUST FOR A MOMENT ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE MIGHT ALL TRAVEL FROM TIME TO TIME AND SOMETIMES WE ARE BLESSED WITH EVERY YEAR OR EVERY OTHER YEAR GOING ON VACATION OR GOING TO ANOTHER AREA. YOU KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT WHEN YOU'RE IN THOSE NEW AREAS AND IT'S A PLACE YOU'VE NEVER BEEN BEFORE, IT'S EASY TO WONDER WHERE YOU ARE OR IF YOU'RE GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. SOMETIMES I KNOW MY WIFE WILL BE TRYING TO HELP ME TO SEE IF I'M WATCHING FOR THIS ROAD OR I'M WATCHING FOR THAT ROAD OR IF WE ARE GOING IN THE DIRECTION OF THE NORTH RATHER THAN THE EAST. WE ARE DESPERATELY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHERE WE ARE. ARE WE ON THE RIGHT ROAD OR ARE WE ON THE RIGHT HIGHWAY? EVEN WITH THE GPS THAT WE HAVE IN OUR CAR TODAY, HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU TURNED THAT ON AND YOU'RE GOING DOWN THE HIGHWAY AND IT ACTUALLY SAYS THE HIGHWAY IS OVER IN THE TREES OR THE BUSHES. IT'S NOT EVEN TELLING YOU WHERE YOU ARE CORRECTLY. SOMETIMES WE ARE GOING ALONG AND IT WILL SAY YOU SHOULD HAVE TURNED ABOUT A COUPLE MILES AGO OR YOU SHOULD'VE GONE THAT DIRECTION OR YOU SHOULD'VE DONE SOMETHING ELSE. IT'S DIFFICULT BEING LOST ISN'T IT? IT'S STRANGE TO BE IN A PLACE THAT WE ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH. IT'S ODD TO GET OFF ON AN EXIT AND BE SOMEWHERE THAT WE HAVE NEVER BEEN BEFORE AND HAVE A UNEASY OR UNCOMFORTABLE FEELING. AT TIMES, MAYBE YOU ARE NOT EVEN FEELING SAFE OR YOU'RE FEELING THAT YOU SHOULDN'T BE OFF THE MAIN ROAD AT ALL.

WITH ALL THAT IN MIND, CERTAINLY IN A SPIRITUAL SENSE, THERE ARE A LOT OF SIMILARITIES. SIMILARITIES IN RELATIONSHIP TO WHETHER WE CHOOSE THE SURE AND CONFIDENT WAY THAT IS CLEARLY DIRECTED BY GOD. WHEN I GO TO THE PATH OF GOD AND I GO TO THE WAYS OF GOD, I LOOK AT WHAT HE HAS TO SAY AND I STAY ON THAT WAY AND I FOLLOW THAT PATH. I KEEP MYSELF VERY MUCH AWARE OF THE ROAD SIGNS. I DO EXACTLY WHAT I AM TOLD TO DO IN ORDER TO REACH THE ULTIMATE LOCATION. I'M GOING TO FIND THAT I'M SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE GOD IS PERFECT. HIS WAY IS PERFECT. WHEN HE DIRECTS ME TOWARD SALVATION AND I DO WHAT HE SAYS, THEN I AM GOING TO GET THE END RESULT AND I WILL BE SAVED BECAUSE OF HIS LOVE, GRACE AND MERCY. AS WE THINK ABOUT THAT, WE ALSO CAN SAY FROM ANOTHER STANDPOINT IF WE CHOOSE A DIFFERENT ROAD. IF WE CHOOSE A DIFFERENT WAY. THIS WAS ALSO THE PROBLEM THAT GOD'S PEOPLE HAD DURING OLD TESTAMENT TIMES. WE CAN GO BACK AND WE CAN SEE HOW MANY TIMES ISRAEL ACTUALLY FELL OFF THE BEATEN PATH, THE PROPER WAY. BECAUSE OF THIS HE OFTEN REBUKED THEM AND WOULD SEND IN PROPHET AFTER PROPHET TO TRY TO TELL THEM TO GET BACK ON THE ROAD, TO GET BACK IN THE WAY, AND TO MAKE SURE THAT WHAT THEY WERE DOING WAS ACCORDING TO GOD'S PATH AND HIS DIRECTION.

ONE SUCH PASSAGE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO LOOK AT THIS MORNING IS FOUND IN ISAIAH CHAPTER 35. THIS PASSAGE REALLY IS DOING MORE WITH THE IDEA OF THE GOOD DAYS, THE TIMES WHEN THE PATH WAS BEING OBSERVED, AS ISAIAH CERTAINLY CHALLENGED THEM AND HAD SPOKEN TO THEM ABOUT THE FACT THAT THEY NEEDED TO TURN BACK TO GOD AND GET RIGHT WITH GOD. THAT'S ONE OF THE VERY PURPOSES OF THAT PROPHET. WE SEE THIS IS A TIME HE WAS SPEAKING OF WHEN THEY WILL BE ON THE RIGHT ROAD AGAIN. WHEN THEY WILL BE ON THE RIGHT PATH AND GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND FOLLOWING THE COURSE THAT HAS BEEN LAID DOWN TO REACH THE FINAL DESTINATION. THAT IS WHAT WE DO AS CHRISTIANS AND THAT'S WHAT THEY WERE BEING CHALLENGED TO DO HERE AS WELL. HERE IS THE DESCRIPTIVE WAY THAT HE SAYS IN ISAIAH CHAPTER 35 AND LET'S READ VERSE 8 SPECIFICALLY. IT SAYS, “A HIGHWAY SHALL BE THERE AND A ROAD AND IT SHALL BE CALLED A HIGHWAY TO HOLINESS. THE UNCLEAN SHALL NOT PASS OVER IT, BUT IT SHALL BE FOR OTHERS, AND WHOEVER WALKS ON THE ROAD SHALL NEVER GO ASTRAY.” WHAT A BEAUTIFUL IDEA. THE HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS. WHEN WE BREAK THAT DOWN, WE ASK WHAT IS HOLY? GOD IS HOLY. IT'S THE CONCEPT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PURITY ALTOGETHER. GOD IS REALLY THE ONLY BEING THAT EVER HAS EXEMPLIFIED TO PERFECTION THE CONCEPT OF HOLINESS. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS, IT IS THE ROAD OR PATH TO WHAT? TO HOLY AND PURE AND GODLY AND RIGHTEOUS THINGS. THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE HERE. WHEN HE SAYS THAT ROAD, IT'S NOT JUST THAT TWO-LANE HIGHWAY, BUT I LIKE THE IDEA THAT IS APPLIED HERE THAT THE HIGHWAY IS CLEARLY SEEN AND VISIBLE. THE ROAD THAT DOESN'T HAVE ALL THE POTHOLES AND IT DOESN'T HAVE ALL THE PROBLEMS OF THE CRACKS. THIS IS A HIGHWAY THAT IS PURE AND RIGHTEOUS AND GODLY. THEREFORE, THIS HIGHWAY TO HOLINESS LEADS SOMEWHERE AND IF YOU BEGIN TO LOOK AT THE OVERALL CONTEXT. THERE ARE SOME BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT ARE SAID DOWN IN VERSE 10. WE WILL COME BACK AND READ THAT A LITTLE BIT LATER.

HE ACTUALLY SAYS THAT THIS HIGHWAY IS LEADING TO ZION. WHEN WE READ THROUGHOUT THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS AND LOOK AT THE BEAUTIFUL IDEA ABOUT HOW ZION ALWAYS ENCOMPASSES THIS IDEA OF GOD'S CHOSEN PEOPLE. GOD'S PLACE OR CITY OF REST. GOD'S ETERNAL PLACE WHICH WE REFER TO AS HEAVEN AND THAT BEING ZION. THE LORD IS IN ZION WAITING FOR HIS PEOPLE. HE'S IN THAT PERFECT CITY, THAT PERFECT PLACE. I OFTEN THINK OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION AS IT NOT ONLY MENTIONS ZION FROM TIME TO TIME, BUT AS WE GET TO CHAPTERS 21 AND 22, IT BEGINS TO TALK ABOUT HEAVEN SPECIFICALLY. AS IT TALKS ABOUT HEAVEN, THAT CERTAINLY INDICATES TO US AGAIN THE PURITY AND THE WONDER AND THE MAJESTY OF THIS PLACE. THAT'S WHAT ZION IS ALL ABOUT. THE PLACE WHERE GOD'S PEOPLE ARE. THE CITY WHERE GOD DWELLS AND THAT IS THAT HEAVENLY HOME. ZION IS GOD'S PEOPLE, GOD'S RESTING PLACE, AND THE PLACE OF PROTECTION. THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WHERE THIS HIGHWAY LEADS AND WHAT A BEAUTIFUL THOUGHT TO GET ON THAT ROAD AND TO KNOW THAT IF I'M ON THIS ROAD THEN THE RESULT IS ZION. ISN'T THAT WHAT WE HAVE AS CHRISTIANS TODAY? GOD HAS GIVEN US HIS WILL, IN AND THROUGH THE NEW COVENANT, AND THE NEW COVENANT FROM JESUS CHRIST IS GIVEN TO US THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT AS MEN WERE LED TO PEN THE BIBLE. IT'S THE BIBLE THAT GIVES US THAT WAY AND DIRECTION FOR JESUS HIMSELF SAID I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. JESUS IS THAT CONNECTION. THERE IS NO WAY TO COME TO THE FATHER EXCEPT FOR JESUS. THERE IS NO OTHER NAME BY WHICH MAN CAN BE SAVED EXCEPT THROUGH JESUS CHRIST, WHO IS THE CHIEF CORNERSTONE. HE IS THE ONLY WAY TO GOD TODAY. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY AND THERE IS NO OTHER NAME. NO MATTER WHAT MAN OR WHAT DENOMINATIONS TELL YOU, NO MATTER WHAT THE RELIGIOUS WORLD AS A WHOLE INDICATES, JESUS ALONE WAS GOD'S SON AND IS GOD'S SON AND HE ALONE IS THE WAY UNTO ETERNAL LIFE. WITH THAT BEING THE CASE, IT'S THAT BEAUTIFUL ROAD AND THAT BEAUTIFUL HIGHWAY THAT WE ARE ABLE TO GET ON AND TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE THE PROMISE OF GOD AND THE PROMISE OF THE MANSIONS HAVING BEEN PREPARED. THE PROMISE OF THE KINGDOM AND CITY WHERE WE FIND ALL THOSE THINGS AS PROMISED WITH REST, PEACE, PROTECTION, CARING, AND GUIDANCE.

SOMETHING ELSE THAT I THINK IS REALLY NEAT ABOUT WHAT ISAIAH SAYS IN ISAIAH 35 IS AS WE ARE HEADING TOWARDS ZION AND AS WE ARE ON THIS HIGHWAY TO HOLINESS. NOTICE WHAT HE SAYS ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE TRAVELING ON THAT ROAD AND THE BENEFITS THAT ARE GIVEN TO THEM AS TRAVELERS ON THE ROAD. LOOK AT VERSE 5, “THEN THE EYES OF THE BLIND SHALL BE OPENED. THE EARS OF THE DEAF SHALL BE UNSTOPPED AND THE LAME SHALL LEAP LIKE DEAR AND THE TONGUE OF THE DUMB SHALL SING. FOR THE WATER SHALL BURST FORTH IN THE WILDERNESS AND THE STREAMS IN THE DESERT AND THE PARCHED GROUND SHALL BECOME POOLS OF WATER AND THE THIRSTY LAND SHALL BECOME SPRINGS OF WATER. IN THE HABITATION OF JACKALS WHERE EACH LAY, THERE SHALL BE GRASS WITH REEDS AND BUSHES.” OH, THOSE DRY LANDS WHERE THERE WAS FAMINE, PEOPLE WERE NOT ABLE TO BRING FORTH PRODUCE. OFTEN THROUGHOUT WHAT IS REFERRED TO AS THE MIDDLE-AGE AND THIS AREA OF THE FERTILE CRESCENT, THERE WAS A PERIOD OF TIME WHERE THERE WERE GREAT DROUGHTS, EVEN WHEN GOD'S PEOPLE WERE THERE. IT SAYS WHEN THIS ROAD IS BEING FOLLOWED AND WE'RE ON THAT ROAD HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, IT IS PLUSH AND EVERYTHING AROUND IT IS BOUNTIFUL. THERE'S PLENTY OF WATER AND VEGETATION AND FOOD. EVEN WHEN YOU COME WITH SICKNESS OR AILMENT OR TRIALS, OR EVEN SOME SORT OF DESPAIR, THE EYES OF THE BLIND ARE OPENED AND THE EARS OF THE DEAF ARE UNSTOPPED. THE BLESSINGS OF GOD THAT ISAIAH DESCRIBED HERE AND ALL THE BLESSINGS OF GOD ARE WHAT WE HAVE TODAY AS HIS FAITHFUL CHILDREN HEADING DOWN THE SAME ROAD AND SAME HIGHWAY THAT LEADS US TO GOD AND HOLINESS. IT GIVES US NOT ONLY SECURITY IN THIS LIFE AS WE ARE BLESSED IN THE WAYS BUT ALSO WE ARE BLESSED WITH THE CONCEPT OF ETERNAL LIFE.

WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO WITH OUR LAST FEW MINUTES IS TO GO OVER TO THE BOOK OF MATTHEW, BECAUSE INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, JESUS USED THE SAME CONCEPTS OF A WAY OR THE ROAD TO DESCRIBE WHAT YOU AND I SHOULD FOLLOW TODAY. IT IS SOMETHING YOU'LL BE FAMILIAR WITH FROM THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT BEGINNING WITH VERSE 13 OF MATTHEW CHAPTER 7. IT SAYS, “ENTER BY THE NARROW GATE FOR WIDE IS THE GATE AND BROAD IS THE WAY THAT LEADS TO DESTRUCTION AND THERE ARE MANY WHO GO IN BY IT. NARROW IS THE GATE AND DIFFICULT IS THE WAY WHICH LEADS TO LIFE AND THERE ARE FEW THAT FIND IT.” WHAT DID JESUS BREAKDOWN HERE IN THIS PASSAGE? THE WAY TO THE ROAD OF LIFE. AS WE CHOOSE THE WAY AND ROAD OF LIFE, WHAT KIND OF ROAD DO WE CHOOSE? THE WIDE ROAD, WHICH IS MORE POPULAR AND CERTAINLY IS MORE POLITICALLY CORRECT AND ACCEPTABLE IN OUR SOCIETY. EVERYBODY IS ON THE ROAD AND EVERYBODY IS ENGAGED IN THAT AND WE DON'T WANT TO BE DIFFERENT. WE DON'T WANT TO BE WEIRD. WE DON'T WANT TO BE UNIQUE. WE DON'T WANT TO BE SPECIAL, SO THEREFORE WE ALL JUMP ON THE BROAD ROAD. BUT WHERE DOES THE BROAD ROAD END? IT SAYS IN DESTRUCTION. MANY WILL GO THERE, BUT THEY WILL ALL BE DESTROYED FOR THEY HAVE NOT CHOSEN THE RIGHT ROAD WHICH IS THE HOLY HIGHWAY. WHAT IS THAT HOLY HIGHWAY? THE HOLY HIGHWAY, HE SAYS HERE, HAS ACTUALLY A NARROW GATE. IT IS SOMETHING THAT IS DIFFICULT. THERE IS GOING TO BE DIFFICULTY BECAUSE THE BROAD WAY AND THOSE FROM THE BROAD WAY WILL WANT TO LEAD US ASTRAY. THEY'RE GOING TO WANT TO TAKE THESE REWARDS AND BLESSING OF GOD FROM US. THEY'RE GONNA WANT TO TRIP US UP. THEY'RE GOING TO WANT TO LEAD US DOWN THE WRONG PATH AND GET US OFF THE WRONG EXIT. IT IS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT. BUT GUESS WHAT? IT LEADS TO LIFE. IT LEADS TO GOD. IT LEADS TO HEAVEN AND THAT IS CERTAINLY THE SAME BEAUTIFUL ESSENCE THAT IS PROMISED TO THOSE IN ISRAEL IN THE BOOK OF ISAIAH.

WHAT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS DAY IS TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THAT, AS WE LOOK TO THE WILL OF GOD AND WE CONSIDER THE OLD PATHS OF GOD, WE MUST BE WILLING AS ISRAEL WAS TO GO BACK AND DO WHAT GOD HAS SAID. WHAT DID ISRAEL DO? SO MANY YEARS LATER IN ISAIAH'S DAY, THEY WERE TOLD TO GO BACK TO THE DAYS OF THE LAW OF MOSES. THEY WERE TOLD TO GO BACK TO DO THOSE OLD THINGS THAT WERE IN THE PAST. MANY OF THEM WOULD'VE THOUGHT THOSE THINGS WERE OUT OF DATE OR THOSE ARE OLD THINGS THAT WERE NOT ACCEPTABLE TO MOST OF SOCIETY. THEY WERE TO GO BACK TO THOSE OLD PATHS. SO WHAT ARE WE TO DO MY BRETHREN? WE ARE TO GO BACK 2000 YEARS AGO TO WHEN WE WERE GIVEN THE PERFECT LAW OF LIBERTY, SAYS JAMES CHAPTER 1:25. WHEN THE CANNON WAS ASSEMBLED BY 325 A.D., WE WERE GIVEN THE CANON OF 66 BOOKS THAT MAKEUP THE VERY WILL OF GOD AND YOU AND I KNOW THAT THE NEW COVENANT WITHIN THE BIBLE IS FOR US. WITHIN THAT COVENANT WE ARE INTRODUCED TO JESUS CHRIST, WHO HIMSELF IS THE VERY WAY UNTO ETERNAL LIFE AND THE WAY TO HEAVEN AND SO WILL WE FOLLOW THAT WAY? WILL WE BE SATISFIED WITH WHAT GOD HAS ASKED AND WILL WE BELIEVE AND OBEY IT? OR WILL WE CHOOSE THE WAY OF MAN? TODAY CHOOSE GOD AND KNOW THAT YOU WILL NEVER REGRET IT.

CLOSING COMMENTS

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HOW WONDERFUL IT IS TO HAVE A CLEAR PATH AND WAY UNTO GOD. WHY WOULD WE CHOOSE ANYTHING ELSE THAN GOD’S WAY? ARE YOU ON THAT HIGHWAY OF HOLINESS TODAY? IF NOT, DO WHAT IT TAKES TO SECURE YOU PLACE BEFORE A MERCIFUL GOD!