Positive Faith Takes the High Road

    When you come upon road kill, how do you react? Probably  one of three ways.

  1. “Poor thing.”
  2. “That’s dangerous.”
  3. “Oh yuck!”

With that intro, are you ready for a trip on the high road? If so, we need to make sure we don’t become road kill. Faith squashers come riding in on the backs of such things as: discouragement, unbelief, laziness or even busyness. Oh, and settling for anything less than God’s best. 

Many people choose the low road because it doesn’t require much faith. The low road takes no planning, no commitment, and very little discipline. Easy is good, isn’t it? The problem with easy is that it’s very rarely, if ever, God’s best.   

When we choose the low road, we may arrive at our destination overindulged and dissatisfied.  How disappointing it would be to discover we’ve missed a turn and ended up in a place we never wanted to be.

By the way, we will encounter crossroads. A snap decision will invariably cause us to choose the way that feels or seems right at the moment. Our choices can be influenced by weariness, confusion, fear and even boredom. If we decide ahead of time we want God’s will more than our own, we’ll be less likely to make wrong turns. Poor choices will invariably land us on the low road. If we stay there too long, it may take a bulldozer to pull us out of our self-induced rut.

One of my faith squashers is a lack of discipline in how I use my time. I don’t watch as much television as I used to. However, I’m still a sucker for a good movie, and unfortunately, a victim of quite a few bad ones. I don’t mean to sound legalistic, because I’m not. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with these things. The question may not be whether my decision is right or wrong, but whether it is wise.

When we love anything (TV, food, a relationship, a job, a habit, an activity) more than we hate being out of God’s will, we’re in bondage to that distraction. We don’t place ourselves in bondage to something we hate. We place ourselves in bondage to what we love and don’t want to give up! 

Suggestion: Let’s identify our faith squashers and dump them at the nearest convenience center. And then, let’s take the high road to positive faith—together. Whatever distractions the enemy puts before us can’t possibly compare with the attractions God has for us. Don’t think for one minute the high road is a boring one. In My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers says we’re to continually maintain an adventurous attitude toward God, despite any potential personal risk.

With that in mind, let’s agree to pursue a “go for it” kind of positive faith. That is, with no lingering regrets over the past, no whining in the present, and no fears of the future. With God, life is an exciting adventure. Get ready, my friend, for the trip of a lifetime on the high road! 

Psalm 5:11 “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”

Note: Check out the Crumbs section for your AAA Guide with Tips for the High Road.

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6 Responses to “Positive Faith Takes the High Road”
  1. Nora B. says:

    I like everything you teach me but this one has HUGE implications. Thank you Liz!

  2. I’m right there with you with not always using my time well. Thanks for the encouragement to make every minute count…however He plans for me to use it.

  3. harriett salley says:

    Would you add my name to those things you said were problems!!! Hope your trip up was uneventful and that you fins Jay’s Mother is a happy fram of mind (my prayer for the week) Keep us all in your prayers for Sun. aft. meeting abougt the farm. Wish you were hereas David Reynolds is going to spend the night with me sun. night! He would adore seeing y’all. We are having Windy cool weather but getting a little warner! Talked with Barbara Little last night and Michael’s surgery went well. Hi blood pressure when down the next day and they will keep him another day or two till that stabilizes. He will be in rehab but not sure how long., Will keep you posted on any major things going on!! Take care. Love, Harriett

  4. harriett salley says:

    Opps. forgot to spell check last message and made so many mistakes!!! I know better but going too fast!!! I need a crumb to slow me down!!! Can’t wait to make the quiche!!

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