THE GOSPEL LIGHT
Volume 98 Issue 3                                                                                                                                       March 1998

WHO ARE YOU FOLLOWING?
Written by: Peter Denby, Jr.

    Why is it that we often try to tell God what to do? The other day I was listening to an interview with Jack Holiday of Christian radio station KSBJ 89.3 FM in Houston, TX. Jack was asked to tell his story. Jack started by telling of the days when he needed to make the decision to stop working for a contemporary station and start working in Christian music. Later when Jack was working at a Christian station that closed down in Dallas, he was hired to bring Christian music to the virgin market of Houston. Jack said that he had no experience with trying to organize a radio station but the backers had faith in him and he had faith in God. Jack spoke of how he would get up in the morning and ask God what He had in store for him that day. He let God lead. Today KSBJ is Houston's BIGGEST Christian station covering over 40,000 square miles. Jack and the rest of the staff that I heard on that station have it together. They attribute the success to God not Jack. Jack was God's servant.
I heard someone else put it a little differently. They said that they thought that the bumper sticker that says that "God is my co-pilot" should say "God is my pilot" or "I am God's co-pilot". We need to let God drive where He wants us to go. (Please continue to physically pilot your automobile!) Just as with my reminder we need to use common sense, which granted is not so common anymore. If we could know everything we could lead our own way. 1 Corinthians 13:8 tells us that we know in part. While this is specifically referring to the knowledge of the plan of God it could also apply to our everyday walk with and for God.

    Look at Proverbs 3:5-6. It tells us to trust not in your own understanding. It also tells us if we seek Him He will direct our paths. Much the same way that police helicopters direct the paths of those who are pursuing suspects or rescuers as they are trying to get to an injured person in the wilderness. Fire officials use the same idea with fire towers. God can see "over the .trees" that we look only at the trunks of. No wonder we get ourselves lost. It is also important to remember that we SHOULD never go out without a map when we are traveling in unknown areas. We have access to the best road maps available. They are called the Bible. We have history to learn from. We have enough information to teach us what we need to do.

    One of our biggest weaknesses is that we all want to do it our way. Even Burger King tells us "Have it your way".    They are willing to go a little further to get you in. Why? The reason that they are willing to say that they go further to assist you is, they know that is what you want. Commercials today are a reflection of what the target audience wants. When we see a burger giant say "Have it your way" then obviously we want it. Having said that, I would like to remind you that we should never settle just for what is available if we want (within reason) or need otherwise.

    If you will, let me chase the rabbit to the woodshed and back as they say. Being a peacemaker does NOT require us to lay down and accept poor service and poor corporate attitude. OK with the rabbit out of the way, we need to remember the point made by the rabbit. It is very easy to get side tracked. Or to wander off the trail into the woods. We are not like the horses that are used for plowing and pulling buggies. They have blinders on so that they go straight. The reason that they have these on is so that they only see those things that are ahead of them thus they do not get distracted. Any parents will tell you that young kids have a short attention span. Sometimes we as adults act as if we are returning to that age. We have a short attention span when it comes to God's Word. We are not willing to wait for God's answer and we forget to go to His Word for answers. We also forget that we are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to "pray without ceasing". Communication with God is vital. God does want to hear from us BUT we need to talk with Him much more than He wants to talk with us. We need to look to Him the way we would our earthly father. We need to look to Him for guidance and wisdom. We also need to accept His correction. His 'spanking' may actually be more painful than a physical one. But both are for the same reason. They are to get you back on the right path. Remember that God's correction is so that we can grow in God and so that we can live eternally with Him in Heaven when we die. I would also like for you to remember, as we close, that there are two things that will always be around to get you. They are DEATH and TAXES. Death can be solved through Jesus Christ. Taxes can be voted on. (Good luck.) If you do not know Jesus Christ as your eternal leader and guide then write to us or talk with a Christian for the answers.

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This month's articles are written by Peter Denby, Jr.
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WHERE IN THE BIBLE ARE YOU?
Written By: Peter Denby, Jr.

The Life of Saul (The Apostle Paul)
Acts 9 and 22

    Saul thought that he was doing God's will. He was on fire for God. But he was totally mistaken about his calling and about the direction he was going. Saul was 'blinded by the light' when Jesus stopped him on the road to Damascus. Jesus asked him why he was persecuting Christians. Are you willing to make the changes that Saul made. Saul asked Jesus what He wanted him to do. And then he followed the answer to the letter. If you need more information check out Acts chapter 2. It will tell you about salvation as well as what the first church did and how the first Christians lived. If we are willing to follow Jesus then we will be with Him in Heaven.

The Rich Young Ruler
Matthew 19:16-30, Mark 10:17-31, Luke 18:18-30

    He had done everything that the law had told him to do. Jesus however told him that he needed to sell all that he had and give it to the poor. He was very sorrowful because he was very rich and loved his money. Because of this he walked away from the offer to become a member of the new church. His sole was lost because of his love of his money. He had laid up his treasure here on earth and thus he would have to live with his treasure here on earth and pay for it with his eternal life, which will be spent in Hell. See Matthew 6:24-33 and 1 Timothy 6:10

The Laodicean Church
Revelation 3:14-22

    If you are lukewarm I will spit you out of my mouth. These words are translated from what Jesus said through the Apostle John.  Revelation 2:10 says that we need to be faithful unto death and we shall receive a crown of life. What do we need to do to be faithful. We need to follow His commandments. (John 14:15) Think about what else we need to do. How about love. What Jesus points out in Revelation 3 was pointed out to me many years ago. I was told, and do believe, that it requires love to hate someone. You have to care about someone to have strong feelings about them. These are the requirements that Jesus points out when He says that He wishes they were hot or cold. The members of the Laodicean church, at the time of the writing of Revelation 3, were lost and will not be with Jesus in Heaven. This could happen to you. We need to make sure that we are very careful to not loose our first love.

The Ethiopian Eunuch
Acts 8:26-40

    When the Ethiopian Eunuch was studying on the road from Jerusalem to Gaza, he found that he needed someone to help him understand what he was reading (Isaiah 53:1-12). When Philip came and taught him he listened carefully and learned well. The eunuch was already one who knew of God and was returning from Jerusalem where he had been worshiping. It would appear that he was not very knowledgeable about Jesus. When the eunuch saw that there was a body of water, he asked Philip why he could not be baptized. Philip told him that if he believed with all his heart he could be. The eunuch believed and followed the command of God to be baptized. The eunuch joined Jesus in a new life.