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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Bon Voyage (09/05/05)

TITLE: Have A Great Trip
By John Abercrombie
09/08/05


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I have heard it said that life is a journey. It may be a path winding upward, or a highway leading downward. Where are you going? The old preacher said, “Don’t take the mountain away; give me strength to climb it!” See you soon! “I’m pressing on the upward way, new heights I’m gaining every day. Still pressing on, ‘till this I’ve found, I plant my feet on higher ground.” Hurry back!

Drive careful! Some journeys take us down. “If the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” (Matthew 5:14) “Broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.” (Matthew 7:13b) The journey can be a downward spiral, or nose-dive to a destructive crash.

Whoever said that the journey would be easy? Jesus didn’t. He said, “Take up your cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) He also said that if they persecuted Him, they would persecute those who follow Him. (Luke 21:12) The Apostles didn’t say it would be easy. In fact more than once they said that we should expect trials. The songwriter said, “I thank God for the mountains and I thank Him for the valleys, and I thank him for the things He brought me through, for if I never had a problem, I wouldn’t know that He could solve them, and I’d never know what faith in God could do.”*

The Apostle Paul speaks of our journey when he said, “All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purposes.” (Romans 8:28) Why? Read the next verse as it talks about being conformed to the image of His Son, Christ Jesus. God is not at all concerned with you having a happy journey. He is concerned that you have this same mind in you, “ which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”

Our journey is meant to make us Christ-like. Not clones, mind you, but to bring us more into the person of Jesus Christ who is the fullness of everything everywhere (Colossians 1:19). Do you want to be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect? (Matthew 5:48) Journey into Jesus’ perfection. Do you want to have victory in your life? Travel into the Lordship of the One who said, “All authority is given to me in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:20) Do you want to love and be loved? Make your path to the One in whom the Apostle John said, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7) Have a great trip!


*Andre Crouch, Through It All


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Daniel Owino Ogweno09/13/05
This is what we need to hear more--that the mountains don't necessarily have to be removed. Yes, a mountain climbed takes us to a higher ground. I loved it.
Jan Ackerson 09/13/05
This sounds funny, but there's almost too much Scripture here. What I mean is that you could expand the passages more with your own thoughts, and perhaps make this into a series of devotionals. You have some important things to say; we want to read your writing!
Phyllis Inniss 09/15/05
I love how you wove the scripture into your message. It was very nicely and smoothly done.