Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Which way are you walking in?
Trains run on tracks monitored by the traffic operations center, driven by the engineer and coordinated by the conductor. Though the conductor has overall responsibility for the train, sometimes things happen the conductor is not aware of . Then, the traffic operations center determines what needs to be done. It could be a reduction of speed, dropping some weight, switching to another track, etc. The traffic operations center notifies the conductor and can even change what track the train is on by triggering a railroad switch or turnout. If a change is needed, the switch is activated, and the train can safely change from one track to another. The engineer’s job is to make sure the train moves when and if directed to do so, in order for the train to get to its destination safely and at the appointed time.
The Father owns the tracks and is at work in your life with Jesus, your traffic operations center. The Holy Spirit is the conductor, and you are the engineer on the train called your Christian walk.
Psalm 1 Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and the mockers] gather. 2 But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition, AMPC)
You are to make sure all aspects of your life are working to glorify God. You are tested, and either pass or fail every day. As the conductor, you use your body, your mind and your spirit to drive the train. The body, and all the lusts that entice it, has to be disciplined, through prayer and fasting.
Isaiah 58:6 “[Rather] is this not the fast which I choose, To undo the bonds of wickedness, To tear to pieces the ropes of the yoke, To let the oppressed go free And break apart every [enslaving] yoke”? (Amplified Bible, AMP)
Your mind will war against what the Lord commands and desires because you want what you want. If left unchecked, you win, not the will of God.
2 Corinthians 10:5-6 We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and break through every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One. 6 Since we are armed with such dynamic weaponry, we stand ready to punish any trace of rebellion, as soon as you choose complete obedience. (The Passion Translation, TPT)
Salvation created the spiritual connection (the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you [Romans 8:11]). You cannot life the life God designed for you is you are not listening, at all times. Discipline yourself and fine tune your ears, because the Lord is speaking to you at all times.
Isaiah 30:21 And your ears will hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way; walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left. (Amplified Bible, Classic Edition, AMPC)
Every time your train is running, and a change needs to be made, Jesus, who is always making intercession for you, signals you through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit lets you know you need to stop, slow down, switch to a new track, change what you are doing and/or how you are doing it, etc. With the Holy Spirit’s guidance, you can accept the change and choose Jesus, no matter what He requires, every day. However, you are in control, and you don’t have to.
Proverbs 16:25 There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, But its end is the way of death (Amplified Bible, AMP)
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, even though I know You’ve already planned every step in my life, I sometimes look at my situation and try to plan what I should do next. I have history showing me there were ways that seemed right to me, but they were not the right way. Jesus serves as my traffic operations center and triggers the junction switch, helping to put me on the path leading to You. I thank You for loving me enough to order my steps. I thank You for teaching me how to bring my flesh under submission to Your word. I thank You because my mind is not ruling my activities. If I am willing and obedient, my spirit, the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, determines my actions. I will stay close to You in order to see the glory that You ordained for my life. But I am most grateful for the fact that when I miss it, and I will, You can flip the switch and get me back on the right path…