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The Right Path

posted Sep 1, 2010, 6:44 AM by Debbie Butler
Proverbs 4:18-But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
     Last week pastor Curtis preached on this verse and about how God is trying to lead us to a better place.  He talked about how we as Christians need to learn to follow the voice of the Holy Spirit and go in the direction He leads.
     The Bible tells us "that as many as are led by the Spirit they are the sons of God."  (Ro. 8:14)  The Bible also compares people to sheep, goats, and wolves.  Sheep follow their master and go in the direction he leads.  Goats on the other hand have a mind of their own and go down any path they want to, usually ending up on your car, or eating your rose bushes.  In comparing us to sheep Jesus says, "My sheep know my voice."
     We as children of God need to realize that God has a plan and a purpose for our lives.  He will lead us in the path He has for us if we will learn to follow.  The path He has for us grows brighter and brighter every day.  He is leading us down a path that lead to greener pastures, more blessings, and abundant life.
     Pastor tells a story about a goat he had.  This goat would not follow him.  He would try to lead that goat over to the part of the pasture that had green grass to eat and fresh water.  One day Ps. Curtis decided this goat was going to learn to "follow".  The pastor being bigger and wieghing more than the goat, chased the goat around the pasture until he finally caught her and put the "lead" rope on her.  Then he began to walk toward the mailboxes at the opposite corner of the pasture with the goat "following".  This goat decided she was not following and put her feet in the ground and began to cry loudly in protest.  She was NOT going to "follow" him.  Remember, Pastor was bigger and out weighed her, so he began to pull her.  She immediatly fell to her back, feet in the air, crying.  Pastor stopped, giving her time to get up and the process started again,  feet in the ground, crying loudly, and she fell on her back.  The return trip back to the barn was much the same scenerio.  Then he staked her out in green grass with fresh water and she was happy.  The next day the same process but something happened, it was as if a light bulb went on in that goats head and she realized that if she would "follow" this person things would be a whole lot better.  From that day on when Ps. Curtis clicked the "lead" rope on, she would follow.  The sad part about this is, Ps. Curtis would have to chase her all over the pasture just to get the lead rope on.
     We are sometimes like that goat, we want to do things our way instead of following where God is leading.  Proverbs 14:12 says, "There is a way that seems right to a man but the end thereof are the ways of death."
     The path God is trying to take us down grows brighter and better day by day.  The path He has for us may be unfamiliar, it may be uncomfortable at first, but we need to remember:  He will never leave us, nor forsake us.  He will never take us where His grace will not keep us.
     Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit and learn to follow where He is leading.  He is leading us to abundant life, to a life that is full and overflowing.