“Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.”
Several pieces have been penned–several this week alone–concerning the smooth path provided believers by God.
- Smooth Path
- A Smooth Path Revisited (found at the link)
- A Smooth Path: More Thoughts on God Easing the Way for Believers (found at the link)
All of this prompted FURTHER contemplation on the smooth path provided by God, and so, here are a few additional LAST THOUGHTS on God making the way straight before the believer.
1- Make no mistake: though the path IN THIS WORLD is made smooth by God Himself, the believer is PROMISED persecution and tribulation.
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”
“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”
Persecution and tribulation appear to be the “price” one pays for eternal bliss.
BUT, God’s plan is to find a people who TRULY want to worship Him as God, so He can be a God to them. And there is little doubt that a man who will suffer FOR GOD the PHYSICAL DISCOMFORT of persecution and the MENTAL DISCOMFORT of tribulation is 100% committed to Him and His purpose.
2- Regardless of the dozens of slings and arrows the world flings at him, the believer KNOWS that, each and every day, God demonstrates that the believer is His by ensuring that DOZENS of difficulties either GO AWAY or DO NOT OCCUR AT ALL.
This seems to be MORE-than-ample “compensation” for the suffering the believer MUST face.
3- A smooth path may be expected by the believer only: it is one of the “perks” of believing in God; in His Son, Jesus Christ; in God’s Word.
Non-believers and others of the world can expect only the bumpy ride which has led some to label the earth as a “rock of woe” or “home to corpses.”
This does NOT mean that no good circumstances will not befall the non-believer. Actually, the Bible even mentions it.
“That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
4- As the believer grows more accustomed to walking a path which has been made smooth FOR HIM, he learns to recognize the RARE bump he may encounter as a learning experiences; i.e., God is telling him SOMETHING.
Does his car not start after starting for MONTHS and MONTHS and not needing any repairs for MONTHS and MONTHS?
Perhaps there is a part which needs replaced and it is better to replace it now, rather than have it fail on a lonely stretch of highway.
God watches out and helps the believer–even though His assistance may occasionally look like a setback.
Is there a rare unexpected turn of events?
Perhaps the believer has been busy and God wants to hear from him.
Or remind him of his unusual circumstance in this life.
Whatever, these are VERY rare occurrences and it does not take long for the believer to learn that God not only watches out for him:
God also makes the path the believer walks a smooth one.
DOES the reader believe that any talk of God’s power is just “crazy talk?”
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
- Gospel of Jesus Christ: Making a Choice
- The Gospel of Jesus Christ
- Gospel of Jesus Christ: The Power of God Unto Salvation
- Gospel of Jesus Christ: The End Times Power of God Unleashed
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: February 5-7,2021.]
- A Smooth Path
- God Will Not Forsake the Believer
- PROMISES: God’s Promises of Persecution, Tribulation and Hatred of the World for the Believer
- TESTIMONY: The Believer’s Task
- What Can the Believer Do to WARN Those Who Do Not Believe God’s Word?
- SPIRITUAL WARFARE: The Explosive Power of the Believer’s Prayers
- Man Struggles Against God
- God is in Control
- The Nature of Spiritual Deception
- Tender Mercies of the Lord: Will Not Always Be Available
- Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report
- Do You Know if You are Going to Heaven? Be Sure!
- END TIMES PREPARATION: 15 Ways to Prepare for the End Times
- Deceitful Workers are Victims of Deception Themselves
- End Times Survival, End Times Preparation
- 35 Most Important ETPR Articles
- DISOBEDIENCE and REBELLION: The Wisdom of Man OR the Word of God?
- Apostate Church: Breaking Every Chain
- Persecution, Tribulation, Troubles, Trials: What the Bible says to Christians
by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
© Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report, 2012-20. © Mondo Frazier and End Times Prophecy Report, DBKP 2007-2020. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jeremiah J. Jameson and End Times Prophecy Report with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
Link Disclaimer: inclusion of links to other blogs/websites is not necessarily an endorsement of all content posted in those blogs/websites.
[NOTE: The following articles are from a service. We neither endorse nor at times have much control over them–although we do, of course, enjoy articles originating from this website on this service. Some articles illustrate points made in ETPR articles; some are merely for the reader’s edification or education.
ALL such links appearing in End Times Prophecy Headlines, such as those below, should originate at ETPR.
RE: our link disclaimer: there are links, from time-to-time which appear on this site which we neither approve nor endorse. The frequency of these types of links will no doubt grow worse. All effort is made to remove such links when we become aware of them.]