Staying on The Path

PS 119:“35 Make me to go in the path of Your Commandments; for therein do I delight. (The sense of this Verse is that the human heart is so turned away from the Paths of God that the Holy Spirit must use Power to bring us back to the correct path, and will do so only upon the petitioning cry of a searching heart.

INTRO: Have you ever wondered how the pioneers of the early 1800’s navigated across this vast country from the east to the mountains of the west. 

How did pioneers blaze a trail?

Early settlers in North America, from the late 1600s onwards, would mark out a trail in the thick forests by cutting a blaze mark into the bark on the trunks of trees to show the way to those behind them as the lighter inner wood would show brightly against the dark bark.

The oldest section of the National Road is the original Cumberland Trail blazed by General Braddock during the French and Indian War,.

In 1797 veteran Col. Ebenezer Zane responded to the needs of these west bound migrants by establishing Zane’s Trace, a rough wagon road based on old Indian trails, from Wheeling, (West) Virginia to Maysville, Kentucky. referred to as the Cumberland Road. 

Now in the modern day that we live in there are various navigation tools, many can be downloaded onto phone apps,. Yet deep into a forest no satellite service.  What then. 

The answer is preparation before hiking. Having the proper gear, enough food and water, a source to purify water as needed , a topographical map is essential, also a compass, and knowledge how to use.

Why then do so many  get lost.

They have wandered off the path that led to the destination, onto paths that seemed to be a more direct way  only to realize after traveling a distance and not really paying attention, the shock of not knowing where to turn sets in.

While living in Colorado my brother would often hike the rainbow trail. Wet Cliffe Co, which is 29 miles in length with an elevation gain of 6,190 feet. 

One day while out on the trail, he met a fellow that was close to hypothermia, this fellow was unprepared for the changes in weather, shorts and a thin jacket.  Ron informed him he was close to the trail head & just stay on the path down.

A year later Ron met the same fellow on the trail. Dress like he was the previous year, shorts and light jacket. It was obvious this fellow didn’t apply what he experienced before and was setting himself up for hardships.

From Westcliffe looking up into the mountains there is a favorite place hikers go to, It is called the needles. Crestone Needle elevation is 14,265 feet and is classified as class 3,  daunting, every year people  get lost, injured or perish, requiring search and rescue to go trying to locate them. Unfortunately some have never been found.

Why did this occur, The hikers left the path, thinking they knew what they were doing, ignoring the instruction’s for that trail.

Interesting, you might say, but then how does this apply to me as a christian.  

Every individual that lives on planet earth, and also for those that are currently in outer space, a road map to life has been created, which one we choose to follow will determine our final destination.

Broad & wide leads to destruction on a downward slippery slope to hell, for eternity, but the straight and narrow leads to the being in the presence of God for eternity.

What map are you using.

There is a difference from believing in God to Knowing God.

James 2:19 You believe there is one God you do well; the devils also believe and tremble.

To know God is to apply Romans 10:8,9,10 to your life. 

8. But what does it say? The Word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the Word of Faith which we preach. 9. That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be Saved. 10. For with the heart man believes unto Righteousness; and with confession is made unto Salvation .

As I was working on preparing this lesson, the power went out.

No lights, no phone, because of no internet, in order for me to finish, time to start the generator

There is a process that had to be followed in order for me to restore power

For the wayward christian that has strayed from the path  of righteousness, there is a process that must be followed to return to Christ.

Is it a 12 step program?  Do I need to confess my sins before man.

So what is the process I must do?

It is very simple, apply 1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness.

Look at the word if,   If is a conditional word— You have a choice whether or not you are going to do

Example {if  I go to church on Sunday and if you come we will see each other}

If I go to work & if I perform my job, then I will get paid if the employer has any money

Do you get the point

IF WE CONFESS=== Many confess their sin yet return to them, because they have found pleasure in their sin

You see it is not mere confession, but the process is we acknowledge our sin to God, and ask for forgiveness.

But you might say to me, I have done that before and I still am plagued by this habitual sin

Deliverance comes, when we quit trying to overcome in ourselves but realize and apply what Jesus did for you and I when He went to the cross and paid the penalty for every sin that mankind has ever committed.

Friends we must become like a stamp that has been put on a letter, that has the proper amount of glue and when applied will stay on that letter until you remove it.

Ps 119:31 “31 I have stuck unto Your Testimonies: O LORD, put me not to shame. (The word “stuck” actually means “I have been glued to.” Let it be known that being glued to “Your Testimonies” is not one way of victory, but the only way.)”

In order though  for the testimony of God to stick, we must hid the Word of God in our hearts.

Ps 119:120. My flesh trembles for the fear of You, And I am afraid of Your Judgments.

Most of the modern day church has lost their fear of God,

Why is that, The preachers and teachers have quit  dealing with sin and turned more to a social gospel, avoiding subjects that pertain to penalties of sin

Jeremiah 2:11-13 11 Has a nation changed its gods,

Which are not gods?

But My people have changed their Glory

For what does not profit.

12 Be astonished, O heavens, at this,

And be horribly afraid;

Be very desolate,” says the Lord.

13 “For My people have committed two evils:

They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters,

And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water

God is no respecter of persons, Sin is sin in the eyes of God no matter whom commits it.

Now is the time to plow up any hard ground of your hearts, Cleanse our minds and hearts before the Lord

Recognizing it is not By might nor by power but by MY Spirit says the Lord of Host Ze. 4:6 —- that we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus—-Ro 8:37

There is a fresh wind of the Holy Spirit moving across this land and the World.

Revival begins when people cry out to God. Humble ourselves and exalt Christ

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Using The Lord’s prayer as a model, yet not praying verbatim 


Make us usable O God as we Return to the Old Path. The path of Righteousness AND OF POWER AND OF GLORY FOR THE DAY OF THE LORD DRAWS NEARER.