Good day my traveling companions. I am excited about our journey together. I look forward to many adventures that we will undertake. Today we are going to take a journey into a wilderness area that is very close to you. Very close! It is your very own heart. You see the first thing we need to clarify as we take this trip is what is in your heart. Is it an occupied territory, or is it uninhabited? If it is occupied then by whom is it occupied? But if it is uninhabited the question is, why? Also, as we travel there, is it full of darkness or is there plenty of light? Can we see where we are going? So, understand if we are going to take and adventure then we have to be able to see where we are going. Trying to travel in total darkness is a waste of time. You will always end up just wandering around accomplishing nothing.
I want you to know, that this is the most important adventure you will take with me. All the other adventures from this day forward will have a greater value. Here are the questions I want to address today. Is your heart an uninhabited territory? Does it feel empty and void? If so this is why. There is a particularly important person we need to invite on this journey. Actually, it is the most important person we need for this adventure. His name is Jesus Christ. Let me tell you where my journey began with Him.
I was a young boy at ten years old and I remembered that I would wake up with nightmares many times as a boy. I would be very frightened by this same reoccurring bad dream over and over. It was full of many monsters that were distorted looking, and they would be having there way with me in a wrestling ring. I would wake up usually crying. My parents would often come to my room in the middle of the night to check on me and calm me down.
Now, I would go to church on a pretty regular bases by myself. I would ride a church bus that would come to my neighborhood and pick me up every Sunday morning. The bus driver would always give me a Little Debbie Oatmeal Cake for the ride to church. One Sunday morning after having Summer Bible School all week, I was listening closely to the sermon the Pastor was preaching. Then the moment came. The pastor had an alter call. He was asking if anyone would like to ask Jesus into their heart and life. After time had passed, I finally decided to make the journey from a pew; no one was sitting on but me, to the front of the church. It was a noticeably big church and it was a good hike on red carpet to the alter up front. This is where I gave my heart and life to Jesus! From that day forward I never had those nightmares ever again. Looking back now it was the greatest day of my life!
Let’s talk about what actually happened that day. The darkness was gone. The emptiness I felt had vanished. No longer did I have a uninhabited heart. Let us bring some scripture into view… “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver and gold that you were redeemed from the EMPTY way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” 1 Peter 1:18 and 19
Great word! So, this takes care of our emptiness but what about the darkness? That also was removed…”When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said,” I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12. Hallelujah!
As you can see He is the one who lights up our path. See why He is the most important person to invite with us on this adventure?
Now we also know who occupies our heart… “Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:21 and 22. Can I get an Amen? The Void in our hearts has now the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. All of this happened for me on that day! Now this may be old news for you and your walk with Christ, yet I am letting you know as we move into every other adventure that Jesus must lead me as I lead you. That means if you are still walking around in darkness and you want to talk to me about it, just give me a shout out by email or phone. As your mentor and your guide, we must take care of this essential issue for our future travel’s together.
Thank You! so much for going on this journey with me. We are going to talk about many exciting things each week as we pioneers men will be traveling together in unknown territory. Love you, Pastor Dave, until next week, keep your gear packed.
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