Up for the Climb?

If you have experienced genuine conversion, you have embarked on the greatest adventure a human being can experience. You are on a walk through life with God! Walking with Him is exciting! He leads us constantly to higher ground, unless we have gone off on a side trail or turned around and started backwards; unless we have laid down beside the road and have gone to sleep or are just sitting there. If we have fallen out of step with Him, we have robbed ourselves of the wonder of being guided by God! Just as climbing a great mountain is a combination of danger, challenge and accomplishment, the walk to closeness with God has that same combination. We start with being a Spiritual babe. If we follow our Heavenly Guide, we reach young adulthood and move on to Spiritual maturity. We try to avoid the danger. If we are wounded in our pursuit of holiness, our Guide is also the Great Physician. Luther B. Bridgers wrote the hymn, “He Keeps Me Singing,” in which he reminds us , “Tho sometimes He leads thru waters deep, trials fall across the way, tho sometimes the path seems rough and steep, see His footprints all the way.” Paul had a heart to reach the summit. In Philippians 3:14, he was inspired to write, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the High (Upward) calling of God in Christ Jesus.”  In II Peter 3:18, we have the challenge. Peter wrote, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” Our summit is Heaven! To reach the top of a majestic mountain affords an exhilarating view. The view atop the highest mountain pales in comparison to the eternal view of the glory land! No wonder Paul could write in anticipation, “….we are more than conquerors through Him Who loved us.” Selah! Get in step with our Guide. Enter wholeheartedly in the adventure; adopt the attitude of Johnson Oatman Jr. in the hymn, “Higher Ground, “I’m pressing on the upward way, new heights I’m gaining every day — still praying as I’m onward bound, ‘Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.‘” Your experience of Jesus will be breathtaking.   Ron

Questions? E-Mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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