Alternate Routes – Walk This Way

PaintbrushAlternate routes – another way to go rather than the one currently traveled on in order to arrive at our destination.

I journey in Christ, His way, His path for my life. Often I get so set on the path that I forget about the journey. The journey in Christ is more important than a focus on destination. It is in the journey that I grow and mature in faith, hope and love.

What happens when I focus on the path, walking my way when I suddenly hear Holy Spirit whisper, “Alternate route. Change of plans.” What then?

Here’s what happened to Paul in the book of Acts:

They went to Phrygia, and then on through the region of Galatia. Their plan was to turn west into Asia province, but the Holy Spirit blocked that route. 7 So they went to Mysia and tried to go north to Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus wouldn’t let them go there either. 8 Proceeding on through Mysia, they went down to the seaport Troas. 9 That night Paul had a dream: A Macedonian stood on the far shore and called across the sea, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” 10 The dream gave Paul his map. We went to work at once getting things ready to cross over to Macedonia. All the pieces had come together. We knew now for sure that God had called us to preach the good news to the Europeans. (Acts 16:6-10 Message)

The Holy Spirit speaks words of life, often giving us a new directive from heaven. Sometimes we understand, Sometimes we don’t. Sensitivity to hearing His voice and obedience to His way is what is important at that moment. We often face alternate routes in life. Enjoy the journey

We hear, “Change of plans!”

Our mind immediately rushes in to rationalize the new directive. This is often just fear. Is this you, God?

Our wisdom kicks in to discard any notion of an alternate route, justifying all the hazards in changing plans at that moment.  This again is often just fear.

There are many logical reasons to not follow through on this new way. Yet I am not talking here about logic but about the voice of the Spirit. In these times, many think this is crazy to hear the voice of God yet alone to act on it. Others think it is too far out to respond to the whispers of God. Today I am talking to those who are in Christ, who have relationship and growth in maturity in our lives. Today I am challenging many that a change of plans may be coming our way.

Be still, know His voice, and then respond to a change of direction, an alternate route.

Perhaps it is a road less traveled…….less crowded……..follow Holy Spirit. There is a voice behind saying, “This is the way, walk in it.”

One step out, then the next step and the next step…………it will be clearer and clearer with each step but if we don’t step out in faith, we don’t know.

DebraIn Christ,
Debra

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One thought on “Alternate Routes – Walk This Way

  1. Sometimes we hear “Change of Plans” or “change of direction” and instead of adhering to what the Spirit is saying, we begin to let our minds override the voice. We begin to start focusing on things
    Ike…….. “I am presently walking the way I felt I heard God direct me. Now I am wondering did I really hear God say to go this way?”…… “I must have done something wrong for God to tell me to go differently since I have yet to complete what he first told me. now God will use someone else to do what I was on a journey to complete.”…… Or, as Jonah did, we hear God say, “change of plans”, we then, out of fear or doubt that we can do what He said, we either continue walking as we are walking or we turn and god the opposite direction.

    We need to always be ready to change at the blink of an eye.

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