Just like the rules imposed upon us when we take a road trip on the paved thoroughfares of our cities, provinces and states, we are also expected to follow some rules when we embark upon our spiritual journey of service for the Lord Jesus Christ.
II Timothy 2:5 (ESV) An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.
- No one views the yellow line as an enemy, a curse, or an impediment to their journey.
- No one gets angry that there are guard rails between the road and the dangers that can be found beyond the limits of the pavement!
- Sometimes it is to stop and pray.
- Sometimes it is to stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.
- Sometimes it is to wait upon the Lord.
- Sometimes it is to stop in order to allow a fellow pilgrim to catch up so that we can travel together.
We need our times where we simply STOP!
No matter what we are doing, we must always be prepared to give God the right of way.
- Whatever we are doing, His will takes precedence.
- Whatever we are doing, His Word takes precedence.
- When the Spirit invades my plans, I yield.
- When the Spirit changes my plans, I yield.
- When the Spirit directs me to someone unexpected, I yield.
DO NOT ENTER
There are paths we do not take.
- We flee from fornication.
- We flee from the very appearance of evil.
- We pray daily, “lead us not into temptation”
- We turn away from those who have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof.
- We do not associate with anyone purports to be a Christian who is guilty of sexual immorality, greed, idolatry, a reviler, a drunkard, a swindler - in fact we are not to even break bread with that person.
- While the roads made by men measure weight by axle, God measures weight by the soul.
- While the weight restrictions change by the season, It is always time to lighten the load of sin in our lives.
It is not only a question of sin, but anything that hinders my walk toward God.
II Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;