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Don't Get Lost on Route 66

“Don’t get lost on Route 66”

As I was driving to work the other day, I heard the Lord say to me: “Route 66”. I said ok Lord what is that about. Now you may not talk to him like that, but I understand that he is right there with me and I try to respond when I hear his voice. So, I asked him what that was about, and he said … not one word. He didn’t respond. LOL. So, I drove on to work. As I was walking in the door at my job, I heard him say it again. I kind of laughed a little and said ok Lord, what is that about? Am I supposed to take a trip? He said, “Don’t get lost on Route 66.” I felt his presence and so I hurried to my desk and sat down and wrote it down. Don’t get lost on Route 66. Then I heard him say, there are 66 books in the Bible. At that moment my mind exploded as I heard him begin to say the following. Don’t get lost on this journey that I have you on. I have given you instructions to follow that will help you reach the final destination I desire for you which is heaven. 66 books to guide you. I said thank you Lord. And as I was trying to write the points, he began to give me He said read about Route 66. So, I googled it, and this is what I found.

Route 66 is a historic road in the US that started in Chicago, Illinois and ended in Santa Monica, California. Route 66 passes through a marvelous cross-section of American scenes, from the cornfields of Illinois all the way to the golden sands and sunshine of Los Angeles, passing by such diverse environs as the Grand Canyon, the Native American communities of the desert Southwest, the small-town Midwest heartlands of Oklahoma and the Ozarks, and the city streets of St. Louis and Chicago. Usually when people would travel down Route 66 they would get lost in the scenery and get off the route. It would take them longer to get to their destination and at times they never reached it because they got caught up in an off-road distraction. Our lives are much like traveling down Route 66. There are many distractions and side roads that we can get lost in. The Bible says in 1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. The enemy only has these three weapons to distract us… Lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life. When he brings lust of flesh that is that first look at something in the world that he tries to use to draw us aside. We can look past this and keep walking with Jesus, but the lust of the eyes is that second look. This is where the voices begin… We say to ourselves, “wow, that looks nice… I think I want that.” If we look too long at this distraction and act on that second look, that is when the pride of life comes in and starts to speak up… In this stage of getting lost on our route we say to ourselves in our pride, “You know what, I’m a good person. I work hard and I deserve that. I’m going to get it.” At that point we are lost and off on a side road on our route. Let’s look at a few things that will help us on our way… As I was reading about Route 66 I heard the Lord say again, “Don’t get lost on Route 66 and then he began to give me the following instructions.

1. As you travel on your route there are Road signs telling you which way to go.

Psalm 37:23 says the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

Also, Romans 8:14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. When we follow the word of God and yield to the Spirit of God, we will find it easy to follow Him. The closer we get in our relationship with Jesus the easier it is to hear His voice and follow Him. In learning HIs voice and following, In walking and being willingly led by His Spirit, we become the sons / daughters of God. Just take his hand today and allow Him to lead you.

2. Stay on the Road until you reach your destination. As we travel on our journey at times things become hard and we have to really press in and stay focused on Jesus and His word so we can stay on route. We can’t get off track and not reach our destination. It says in Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. It also says in Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. We must press forward toward the mark and reach our final destination.

3. As we travel there will be off roads and billboards to distract you as you drive. As we travel, we must focus on the road and not get distracted.

Deuteronomy 28:14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them. We must be mindful and not get distracted. No matter how much you love that person or family member… No matter how fun you think that situation, party, drink or drug will be… they are not worth missing heaven to enjoy an off-road excursion through momentary excitement that will leave you feeling empty and lost at the end of the adventure. Stay focused and stay on the road.

4. Beware of hitchhikers. They can bring all their baggage and weight or slow you down. You must be mindful of the company you keep. If you are keeping company with individuals that you know are not Kingdom minded and you are trying to grow in the Lord and your walk with Him, you have become your own worst enemy. We must surround ourselves with people who are reaching as high as us in the Spirit or higher so that we give ourselves room to grow. If we constantly surround ourselves with people who are negative, and always carrying burdens of addiction, lies, deception and other things of this world, eventually their baggage and weights will begin to burden us down.

Hebrews 12:1-2 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

5. Don’t drive too fast or you might get a ticket. When you get your driver’s license you have to study the driver’s manual, learn the rules of having and keeping a driver’s license and then take a test and pass it to obtain that license. Keeping it after that is not a right, it is a privilege and if you do not keep the rules there are punishments for breaking them.

It says in Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. The Bible says in Ephesians 2:1- 9 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

As we go through life, we all fall short of the glory of God and sin, but I am thankful that our Lord Jesus died on the cross for our sins and has given us an avenue of repentance through His death, burial and resurrection. Just like the driver’s manual gives us instructions for driving, Jesus gave us instructions for salvation. During his conversation with Nicodemus in John 3 He said lest a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus didn’t understand this statement and asked Jesus how can a man that is old be born again? I am paraphrasing here. Jesus answered him in John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Jesus was speaking here of the rebirth that will take us to heaven. He was not speaking of an earthly, fleshly birth but a rebirth in the spirit. He is giving Nicodemus instruction here on the need to be born again. The Bible further gives us instructions thru Peter in Acts 2:38 on how to be born again of the water and the spirit where it says: And Peter said unto them Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Water baptism in Jesus’ name is a type and shadow of the death and burial of Jesus Christ. When baptized in Jesus’ name by full immersion in water we are buried in HIs name and we come up out of that water with His name on us we are born again of the water. This scripture goes on to say that we shall receive the GIFT of the Holy Ghost. Receiving this gift and being filled with His spirit is being born of the Spirit. This fulfills the instruction that was given by Jesus as to the need to be born again in John 3:5. Just like the driver’s manual, it is vital that we follow these instructions to receive salvation. And just like after we receive our driver’s license and we must follow instructions to keep them, the same applies after we are born again of water and of the spirit. The Bible gives us instructions on how to walk and live as children of God. This process of walking is called Sanctification. Daily walking with Jesus and becoming more like Him in our walk with him is sanctification. I pray that we all can walk in this process and grow with Jesus as we travel on this journey with Him.

6. Remember to stop and rest, eat, and get something to drink. 2 Thessalonians 3:13 says but ye, Brethren, be not weary in well doing. The Bible goes on to say in Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we travel, we must remember to take time out to rest, and nourish our bodies and our souls. We must refresh ourselves in the Lord. If we want to reach our final destination of Heaven, then we must not faint on the journey. Exodus 31:17 says It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. Now if our Lord God worked six days and then rested, who are we not to do the same to refresh our bodies. He states this principle in several books of the Bible, not just here in Exodus. Even Jesus rested. In Matthew 15 the Bible talks about his experience with the scribes and Pharisees in Jerusalem. They questioned him and interrogated Him. Also, during this time, a woman came to him asking him to heal her daughter. After he spoke with this woman the word of God says in Matthew 15:29 And Jesus departed from thence and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain and sat down there. I can only imagine the burden he carried as he walked in the will of God. Jesus even took time to rest on the boat in Matthew 8:24. In this scripture Jesus was asleep in the boat and there was a storm going on around the boat. The account of this situation found in Mar 4:38 said Jesus was asleep in a hidden part of the boat. That means he hid himself away to sleep. This lets me know that we do not need to worry, we can rest even in the storm. The word of God captures other times where he separated himself from everyone and sat down or rested or prayed. We also find several scriptures throughout the Bible where Jesus fed the multitude and ate with the disciples. So, we must remember to take time along this journey to stop, rest and eat both physically and spiritually to keep us strong in our walk.

7. Don’t get ahead of your GPS… As I was writing this out and trying to listen to the voice of God on what to speak on, I heard him say this point about GPS and I stopped and said, Lord? GPS? I don’t know if that is in there… Then I heard these words… God’s Precious Steps… I kind of giggled and said ok. I got it. If you don’t follow your GPS (God’s Precious Steps), you will get lost. We are called to follow Him. John 10:27-28 says: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. He loves us and has called us to follow Him. He will order our steps if we allow Him to do so. Ps. 37:23 says: The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. And Ps. 119:105 says: Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Back when this scripture was written a lamp was a candle… Now if you have candles on your feet and you walk too fast what happens? Your candlelight will blow out and you will lose your way. This tells me that I do not need to walk faster than the light of our Lord Jesus can brighten the way and lead me. :)

8. Most importantly … Enjoy the Ride and the company you are with. As we travel down this road our Lord has us on, we must remember that serving God is not a punishment. I have met people that say it is hard to live for the Lord because of all the things they don’t get to do. Well, I say it is the easiest thing in the world to walk with Him because He is my friend, and he loves me and there is nothing that I CHOOSE not to do anymore that I miss or that measures with the amazing relationship I have with Him daily. We must begin to change the way we see this. It’s not about what we can’t do, it’s about the amazing journey and everything we get to experience in His presence. When you turn your heart to Him and allow His love to begin to move, flow and work in you and in your life, He becomes our Joy and our strength. Nehemiah 8:1 -10 The scribe Ezra was reading, and the priests were teaching the laws of Moses. It is clear that the people were weeping and weary when hearing the laws from what is says in Vs. 9 which is “And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, this day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.” But then in Vs. 10 Nehemiah encouraged the people and said, “Then he said unto them, go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our LORD: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” We can stand on this same word. It is not about the law, it’s about the joy that comes from the relationship with Jesus. I have walked a long time with our Lord Jesus, and I can tell you I was not raised in the church. I have experiences that are not Godly from before I got in the church and I can honestly tell you with a clear heart, there is nothing in this world that compares to the presence and relationship I have with my Lord Jesus. This daily walk that I am on with Him and This great Love that we share has no comparison. I do not regret one moment nor one thing that I chose to give up in this world to walk with Him. I pray that you find the same type of love and relationship with him. He will walk with you daily. I promise you that. If you reach for Him, He will reach for you and come to you. He said if you draw nigh unto me, I will draw nigh unto you. The Bible also says in Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. I have learned from experience that when you hide yourself in Him, he will keep you and protect you. If you allow Him to be your joy you will not get lost on this route that He has us on.

I pray this has helped you as much as it helped me. I pray that you will find a place in Jesus that will bring you into relationship and help you along your journey so that you will not get lost on your route while walking thru the 66 books of our Bible. He will never leave you nor forsake you… So, hold fast to His Hand and enjoy this journey He has us on. Remember to look to His word and listen for His voice as you travel. I pray this has helped you as much as it helped me. God bless you all.

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