Finding guidance and direction
Chaplain Bertram Bobb
We pray for another year of celebration with our Chahtas and friends in Bakersfield, Ca. Thanks to Bill and Teresa in their efforts and guidance in helping our Choctaws and friends. God bless you.
Where can I find the truth about life? Where can I find guidance and direction for how to act at work, home and school? Where can I find comfort in a time of need? To the Christians the answer is obvious. It has been repeated in the Bible, the Word of God.
The Bible is God’s Word. We read in the Book of Hebrews 4:12: “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and it a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Whatever your profession or vocation, get to know the Bible, get a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. There are many people who have not committed themselves to God in faith, they are just waiting for a wind to come along to blow them in any direction. Will you today commit your life to Jesus Christ? Let Him have complete control of your life, let Him be the Lord of your life. Serve Him with love and a committed heart.
Jesus said in Luke 14:27-30: “And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him.
Saying, this man began to build, and was not able to finish.”
What Jesus is saying is: “If you’re going to follow me, sit down and count the cost.” There are three problems we face when we come to the Word of God:
First, there is a mind problem. We must decide who Jesus Christ is. Was he the Son of the Living God, the Way, the Truth, and the Life? (John 14:6) Was He all Truth as He claimed? That’s a decision that we have to make about Jesus Christ, a mind decision.
This is what Jesus has to say about the mind in Matthew 22:37: “…Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy should, and with all thy mind.” And we read in Philippians 2:5: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”
The mind is important. But remember that the mind has been affected by sin. You cannot come to Jesus Christ by the mind alone. That step has to be taken by faith.
Jesus is God, He left Heaven to come to this earth to become man to pay the penalty for sin, which is death, in our place. And this is what we believe by faith to be born again into God’s family.
The second problem that face in coming to Jesus Christ is a moral problem, meeting the high standards of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ demands first place in everything. You come to Jesus realizing that you will have to pay the price. You can’t drag those dirty sins with you. You will have to quit lying; you will have to quit sleeping with that woman or man who is not your spouse. You will have to quit cheating at school or at work. You will have to take time to study the Word of God. Paul said to Timothy in II Timothy 2:15: “study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed,…”
All these things are costly. Are you willing to pay the price?
You can’t live a clean life today, except one way – with Jesus Christ in your heart. The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 2:20: “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Paul writes in his letter to the Romans in Romans 6:14:“…sin shall not have dominion over you.”
There was a time when sin ruled in your life. But when you come to Jesus, sin no longer rules. And He can help you meet the high standards that He sets in moral living.
Now, coming to Christ isn’t going to make you perfect. Suppose you accept Christ and you slip and fall. What happens? You need to say, “Oh, Lord, I am sorry. Forgive me. I turn from that sin. I don’t ever want to commit it again.”
You confess it, He is faithful and just to forgive you your sin. If you have sinned, go to Him and say, “Lord, I have sinned, I am sorry”
The third problem in coming to Christ is an emotional problem, because, we are made of mind and will and emotion. God wants Lordship over your life, your marriage, your friendships, your morals. He wants everything surrendered to Him. You can’t look at that cross and realize its deep significance without being emotionally moved that God sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to shed His blood, and die for you so that you may have forgiveness of sin and eternal life.
Now God makes three calls to you.
First, He calls you to the Person of Jesus Christ: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)
Though your sins be as scarlet they can be made as white as snow because of the cross. He calls you to Christ. It’s a call to a Person, the Person of Jesus Christ.
Second, God calls you to consecration. The word “consecration” means to “set apart.” We can do the dedicating, only God can consecrate: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” (Romans 12:1)
In response to God’s call to consecration, for a mother or a father it means that you give your baby to Christ. For a businessman it means that you give God your business, in anything you do. In your education, future marriage, let Him be Lord. The Bible tells us in Colossians 2:6: “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him.”
Third, God calls you to serve. God needs you. He needs nurses and doctors and businessmen and politicians, Christian leaders who are ready to pay the price and step out and serve Christ.
But you will have to make that first step, take that first step. You will have to say, “Yes, by faith I receive you, Lord, into my heart. I want to follow you, no matter what the cost. I am willing to pay the price.”
Today, will you make this choice to follow Jesus Christ?
Remember to pray for America. Pray for our men and women in our armed services.