The Royal Road
"They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in. Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses. And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation." Psalm 107: 4-7
Psalm 107: 4-7 is a picture of a person living without Christ as Savior. Sooner or later that person will weaken because the circumstances in life are too much without God. When we are younger, it isn't obvious to solve problems with the help of God; we are busy and we find ways to entertain ourselves. Circumstances in life eventually change and we find they become more challenging. That 'something missing' feeling deep within us grows larger. A life without Christ as Savior will slowly take away what we have; this is the law of faith. Only Jesus Christ can fill the emptiness and turn things around. It is simple to accept Jesus as Savior; say His name (Romans 10:9). Psalm 107 tells us they cried to the Lord because of circumstances. The word 'cried' is a faith word.
They wandered in the wilderness (trying hard to be themselves); found no city to dwell in (no sense of belonging); hungry and thirsty (driven by boredom and feeling a lack of being accepted, too much comfort in life). These can cause little things to become big things; self-consumed. "...their soul fainted in them." If we attempt to handle emotions on our own, they will destroy us. At the right time, they called on the Lord and everything changed; the pressure of life lead them to Christ. He put them on the 'right road' to a city of belonging. The pressure of the 'something missing' feeling is the Holy Spirit pushing us to accept Jesus. There is a right time for everyone!
Circumstances 'forced' Sandi and I to come to Waterloo. I told Sandi I would search for a job in Waterloo and not come back until I found one. Something unexplainable drew me to the office of Marion Arenholz a second time that day. Marion was a believer in Jesus Christ; I did not know such a thing existed. The Holy Spirit was working on my behalf. Sandi and I were raised in the 40's and 50's. Accepting Jesus as Savior was not something we ever heard of. We lived a life of sin that consisted of debt, alcohol, struggle, discontentment, arguing and boredom until that day designed for us to be saved. Two words changed my life forever: saved and healed. The Holy Spirit put Sandi and I on the right road, at the right time, in the right place (Black Hawk County).
Another troubled man took drugs to escape from life. He was lonely, bored, angry and hurt. One day, he remembered John 3:16 from Sunday School class as a child. He began saying Jesus Christ's name. All of a sudden (the right time), a strange feeling of peace flooded his body, he accepted Jesus as His Savior.
Once we are put on the right road, it becomes the royal road - the road to discovery and provision. Look back at the miracles of discovery you have experienced. If mistakes, regrets or hurts occurred, work them over by faith, apply Jesus' blood over them and rename them as miracles. Because of Romans 8:28, the past cannot hinder or hurt you any longer; they helped make you and they led you to Christ! The good news is that the royal road does not end on earth. God's pressure of provision and direction is always there to guide us into all truth (John 16:13).
It is a great moment when we discover the continuous power to walk in the right way by obeying the royal law. "If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well." James 2:8. "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." John 13:34. The royal law is given by God (a higher authority) with the promise that He will grant us the ability to keep that law; a human cannot love unconditionally without Him. This ability is the revelation that the Holy Spirit is the excellency of our life power (II Corinthians 4:7).
The Challenge of the Holy Spirit to Human Beliefs
1. Love those you believe you don't like, annoy you, disappoint you or you think have taken advantage of you (Luke 6:33). The awareness of the Spirit as your helper (Hebrews 13:6) takes you to a place where you don't see people as enemies.
2. This is a challenge spoken by Jesus. "...Verily (this is the truth) I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me." Matthew 25:45.
Many of us have the urge to help others. Learn to be Spirit directed, not need directed. The motive of the Holy Spirit is not to make you look like a great Christian. If you need people to like you, approve of you, think of you as great, you cannot love them. You are using them to make yourself feel good; this is not faith, it is anxiety producing. By the direction of the Holy Spirit, you want people, but you don't need them. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is the highest level of acceptance. Self-acceptance is the ability to love life, events and others. "If we live in the Spirit (Christ as Savior), let us also walk in the Spirit (living with no condemnation, insecurity or guilt). Galatians 5:25.