Maintain the Course God Sets

We were talking recently that we felt we were in a transition, things were changing. A number of things have taken place to indicate a tremendous change. Many times we’ve talked about a new beginning. Well, you can have a new beginning every Monday starting off a new week, but we are talking changes that are much different. Something is on the horizon; something is getting ready to take place. There are a number of other things that happened to make me realize that we are moving into something very different. As the Israelites were preparing to enter the land of Canaan, Joshua told them to keep their eyes on the ark and when they saw it go they were to follow after it because you have not passed this way heretofore (Joshua 3:4). It is that way with us now. We haven’t been this way heretofore. We haven’t done this before. We are moving into something new and we must keep our eyes on the Lord.

I have noticed that when something like this happens, the Lord does things to cause a breakthrough and open some doors. But often we tend to sit back and wait for the Lord to continue doing the work, bringing the changes. However, when He gets the change started it is up to us to continue it and keep it going forth. How many times have you felt you had a breakthrough into something more of the Lord and then suddenly you find yourself wondering what happened to it, where did it go? The problem was you didn’t maintain it. We must stay on course and keep moving ahead.

I Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Now how are you going to be unmovable and abounding at the same time? Set a course and do not be moved from that course. You are not going to be distracted. When God starts the change and sets the course, refuse to be led astray. Believe me, you will be tested; all kinds of distractions will pop up. When another course looks easier, don’t be drawn away. The broad way leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13). “Well, maybe I better take off on this course and go this way.” When you are in the will of God, every imaginable thing will come up to draw you away. Sometimes even the Holy Spirit will test you as He did Paul.

Paul had set a course to go to Jerusalem. He knew it was the will of God. Finding disciples at Tyre, we tarried there seven days; who said to Paul through the Spirit, that he should not go up to Jerusalem…As we tarried there may days in Caesarea, there came down from Judea a certain prophet, named Agabus. And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, so shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owns this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles. And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, What mean you to weep and break my heart? For I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done. Acts 21:4,10-14. When you know the will of the Lord, stand firm, be steadfast, unmovable from your course, always abounding in the work of the Lord.

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