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The Seven Footprints to Answered Prayer – Conclusion

“Now there were some Greeks among those who were going up to worship at the feast; these then came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and began to ask him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip came and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip came and told Jesus.” (John 12:20-22)

I had somewhat thought that we had completed this meditation in the seven footprints to answered prayer. But as I meditated on the evening devotion from Charles Spurgeon Thursday evening his usage of this verse from the Gospel of John led me to believe that the work was not yet complete. So we will continue our discussion, but I will not say for only one more time, as I have learned it is really not my decision.

As we sojourn through this world along the way we develop many desires that we wish to acquire. I cannot begin to count them all that I have had in the past. Having more than one desire is a good thing, I believe in a menu that provides many choices. But at a certain point in my life I realized that if I was to move forward then I would have to view life in the proper perspective. I had to get my priorities in the right order. They may be many desires in our life but there is only one desire that should be foremost allowing the others to fall into their proper place.

We heard a wonderful testimony Wednesday evening from Mr. Cox which had a profound impact on my thinking. I believe what gave his words reality was that it came from the heart of a beautiful soul. The conclusion, if I can remember it correctly was, the following verse is “the key to living in service to our Lord and humanity is found in Matthew 6:33.” Which reads, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

If we truly realize our need for salvation from the chains of the sin in our life, then we should know that our soul cries out for the truth of God’s Word. We would be as the Psalmist who wrote, “My soul languishes for Your salvation; I wait for Your word.” (Psalm 119:81) Would not our greatest desire be to see Jesus our Lord and Savior who gave Himself that we might through Him have life? Then our prayer should be, to quote George Harrison, “I really want to know you Lord.”

Man was created in the image of God and therefore has the ability to reason and has the breath of life within. Man is a living eternal spirit with the freedom to choose his destination. This is the most important decision that one has to make in their worldly lifetime. Would not the reasonable choice be to decide to have the Son of God ruling on the throne of our heart?

Man was created by him, man is sustained by him, man has been called by him, and man has the freedom to accept him or to reject him. Let us not be as the foolish in this world and discard the opportunity to follow Jesus in faith on the King’s highway to glory in His Fathers Heaven which He has prepared for us. This is the decision that everyone has to make at some point in their life, what to do with Jesus? Sadly too many will reject Jesus and live their live with self on the throne and at the end of the road find themselves without an advocate for their defense at the judgment seat. Man in his natural nature believes that he is the Captain of his soul and the master of his fate. In an ignorant way that is true. But it leaves one naked without the covering of the atoning blood of Jesus for their sin committed throughout a life time of rebellion against God the Creator. “There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” (Proverbs 14:12) I heard John Mellencamp once say, “If you do not stand for something, then you will fall for anything.” This is a true statement, as I believe that there is trouble in our society that many cannot find something solid to stand on. King Solomon says it this way, “The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps.” (Proverbs 14:15) We must make our decisions wisely and when confronted with Jesus as the wise men still seek Him.

The Lord is looking down from His heaven searching for those who have understanding. Those who have realized that they have fallen short of the glory of God by their sin. (Romans 3:23) The Lord is searching for those who are seeking Him just as the father of the Prodigal Son. “The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God.” (Psalm 14:2) Man must seek Jesus while He can be found. The hour is coming when the door to the ark will be shut and no man will be able to open it. The day of his salvation shall have passed. Listen to the Prophet of old, “Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6-7) We are in the Church age, the age of grace, the time is soon coming when the Church will be called out and what then of the invitation to be reconciled unto God through Jesus Christ. Who then will preach the gospel message of the Christ? Who then will hear the old, old story of Jesus and His love? Now is the time to seek and draw near to God through His Son Jesus Christ. Now is the day of salvation. Seek Him and He will draw near to you. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8)

It is by God’s grace that man can be reconciled and saved from the wrath to come. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” (Romans 8:8-10) The Heavenly Father loves His creation. He not only loves you and me but all of mankind. (2 Peter 3:9) What good is it to anyone if the free gift of God is not received? If we do not through faith in Jesus Christ receive the gift of salvation then we will never own it. We have to take it, it is there for all of us. Jesus is the Lamb of God who through Him all the sin of the world has been paid by His sacrifice on the Cross. “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29) There is no excuse for any man to go to the place that was preserved for Satan and his angels. Yet, most will! Why? Because they will not receive the free gift of God’s grace. It is by the testimony of our acceptance that we shall be saved from the wrath of God’s judgment upon sin. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)

Do you remember your first love? I used to brag on Mary Beth to all the guys in High School. She was my girl and no one else’s. I told everyone who would listen what a wonderful babe she was. When I received Jesus the joy that flowed over my being was greater than the words I could speak, yet I was so excited I tried every chance I could. The shameful history of my past was lifted off my shoulder and no longer did I live in the darkness of past sins. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) I was free from all that and life was a new adventure, a new path to explore, a new meaning that had a purpose greater that I, and a hope that would carry me through eternity. When Jesus came into my life it was bliss so excelling that I had to share it with anyone who would give ear, I wanted them, also, to experience this wonderful love in their life. “But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.” (1 Peter 3:15)

How far does a man see? There are many in this world who have far reaching vision. There are contractors whose vision is of great building projects, politicians whose vision is of building great empires, and scientist whose vision is of building civilizations on distant planets and galaxies. There are the folks whose vision is of a great retirement but the followers of Jesus do not ever retire. The Christians vision is as great as eternity. Our vision takes us beyond this world into the next. Our vision takes us to an eternal home where we walk on streets of gold, where the daylight has no end, where the possibilities are probabilities, and everyday moments are a time to praise and honor a King who truly serves His people. “The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.” (Revelation 21:18-23)

We may be citizens of a country in this world but it reality it is only the value of a green card. Our true citizenship is in the Kingdom of Heaven. We are the representatives of the King of kings and the Lord of lords. “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20) We do His bidding here in the world while on our way home to the Kingdom. “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you. “Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are recorded in heaven.” (Luke 10:19-20) We share the good news of our Savior Jesus Christ, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19) And every moment of everyday we are prayed for by our High Priest Jesus Christ, and God walks with us and talks with us through His Prophet Jesus Christ. We serve the ruler of the universe our King who is Jesus. We are a holy people separated from the natural, spiritual beings walking by faith and not sight believing in the unseen eternal things, and never placing our hope in this passing world but in the greater eternal world that is our home. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) To the world we are a peculiar people, and we are, set aside living the abundant life as the children of God letting His light shine through us that all may see. This is our message, “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.” (Revelation 22:17)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant April 19, 2015

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