Project Bible 365 Day
72 The Road Less Traveled
Hi friends, This devotional is going to work out a bit different tonight as I am going to be touching on a few different subjects. However I encourage you to keep reading because it all relates to the events of the day. Before I go any further I would to dedicate this message to every member of my church. So whether your small or tall man or woman, boy or girl maybe perhaps you’re young or old. I dedicate this message to all of you with great Jesus love.
Philippians 4:19King James Version (KJV)
19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
My name is Anthony and I am Canadian. I’m not your typical Canadian. I don’t like pancakes, I have never tapped a tree for sap and I don’t live in an igloo. Is everyone smiling yet? Good… Now onto the events of the day…. The reason I title this message the road less traveled has everything to do with my passport. As I said before I am not your typical Canadian. I even go to church in U.S.
Ephesians 2:8-9King James Version (KJV)
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Today I woke up at 8:50 A.M. just in time to catch my bus at 9:00 a.m.No this is not a Facebook status update. I have far better things to do than spend time with the social media site that is often worse than Cancer. April is very special to me because it signifies the Resurrection of Jesus.
John 3:14-17King James Version (KJV)
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
This year the month of April has deeper meaning for me because I am going home for Easter. Meaning this coming Easter weekend I don’t have to watch the Pope live from Rome. I am going to be there LIVE IN PERSON in the U.S that is….
Hebrews 10:25King James Version (KJV)
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
For me Easter is not so much about Chocolate bunnies and Easter Eggs for me, but being among my family. Grace made me a part of that family. It isn’t anything I did on my own.
From approximately 9 a.m. and on today it seemed to this guy that there was one thing running through my mind. I laughed earlier and here I am just 12 hours later writing about my adventure of getting my passport. God has a good sense of humour and I received an education in travel and my taxi driver received an education in what it means to have divine determination.
Philippians 4:13King James Version (KJV)
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
This morning I went to go to the passport office to summit my papers so I could be in service in time for Easter weekend. However in my city they refused to take my passport papers because there wasn’t enough of a turn around time in addition my passport photo was not accepted because in the background was a door. So I was told by the passport office in my city that I would have to get new photos and go to the bigger city which allows me to get my passport in a quicker time.
I’m not going to feed you jokes. That’s exactly what I did. I went to the photo shop store again and after 5 attempts with closed eyes I finally got a photo with my eyes open even though my hair was very similar to that of Alfalfa…
After I left the festival city to travel to the forest city I only spent about 30 minutes at the passport office. Here’s a tip, it helps to be prepared by having all your documents ready to be presented and stamped by the staff no matter how long the lines were. Yes there were 18 different passport clerks and yes there were hundreds of people in that tiny office. However this wasn’t an ordinary day. It was an extraordinary day and the reason why is because I used divine determination. What does it mean to have divine determination?
Romans 5:2-4King James Version (KJV)
2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
2 Peter 3:9King James Version (KJV)
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
The reason the Lord is not slack concerning his promises is because it reads in
Isaiah 55:8-9King James Version (KJV)
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
It means having faith. It means not getting discouraged when they tell you to redue your passport photos. So what if I have two sets of photos. It just means I can give someone a wallet sized photo of me… After all my Mom has enough photos of me……. So after I left the forest city, I traveled to nearest Harvey’s to get a buffalo wrap with fries and deep fried pickles and even though the food tastes good. They still don’t sponsor this blog.
So after I got my passport, I made a call and away I went again to get my plane ticket at the travel agency. As I was traveling with someone close to me in blood not in faith I was asked why would I go to the U.S. simply just to go to church? Again the sentence came to mind the road less traveled. After I got out of the travel agency , I felt like I had springs on my legs because I knew I had my physical passport and that’s because I used the faith and in that faith I used today it produced divine determination.
I do find it funny… The reason I find today funny is a final thought I have concerning this message. In the past three years since going to church in the U.S. I do know without a doubt there is no defeat in Jesus.
James 1:5-6King James Version (KJV)
5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
What I mean by that is as a Canadian traveling can be a burden to some.However for me it’s a joy.. Here is my travel timeline….
For the past three and half years. I traveled to the U.S. for church service by truck. I have traveled by bus, and now I am traveling by plane. I guess the only thing I really have to do now when the next travel dates arise is travel by train or sea. If that happens. I would have put new meaning on the phrase by planes, trains or automobiles. By Land, By Air, By Sea. Jesus is walking with me. So to answer people’s question concerning why I travel to the U.S. simply for Church I give this response…
Isaiah 43:5-7King James Version (KJV)
5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;
6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.