Psalm 119:105 King James Version (KJV)
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Hallelujah and hello my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who are incarcerated yet set free from bondage through our Lord and Savior. Donnie Ojemann here, the Emancipated Inmate and Warrior Husband to my Warrior Bride, Genie Ojemann, elated to share the message of the Gospel and all of our Father’s precious promises with you.
Today’s message was inspired from time I was honored to spend with some of our brothers-in-Christ here in the dorm. These questions are about serious life matters that were weighing upon their hearts now that they have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Scenario 1: I have a life-long friend. We grew up together and did everything together outside these walls. We partied, hung out, chased members of the opposite sex, drank, got high and hustled together running the streets day and night.
My friend has always been there for me and I for them. Even now they help take care of my family, write me and put money on my books. However during this time of incarceration I have given my life to Christ and my life is changing while my friend still remains the same old way.
I have shared my rebirth in Christ with my friend and told them about God’s love. I have expressed that I am not about “that” life anymore and my desire for them to be able to have a life more abundant in Christ too.
So far I see no desire in my friend to change or any interest in Christ whatsoever. One day I will be returning home to the old neighborhood and I know my friend will be expecting things to be the same as they were before. I can’t turn my back on them and I can’t turn my back on Christ, what do I do?
Scenario 2:I have a certain kind of job on the outside that I have been doing all my life. It’s all I know how to do and I enjoy it. However this type of job has always attracted a certain kind of element that will most certainly lead me back to a relapse of the very addiction or criminal behavior that God has delivered me from. What do I do?
Scenario 3:What about the person that I am in a relationship with now? We are not married but we’ve been together for quite some time and I love them. However they don’t show any signs of moving towards Christ. What do I do?
I have Good News, praise God, all of these scenarios have one important thing in common, the answer is… Light the Lamp!
It is time to bring God’s Guiding Light (His Word) to these paths that seem shrouded in the shadows of uncertainty.
God’s Word is the guiding direction in ALL Situations and these challenging life-changing scenarios are no exception. So let’s go to our Father’s Word and shed some light on these subjects.
Matthew 6:31-34 New Living Translation (NLT)
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.34 So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Our Father loves us more that we can even imagine! He knows the deepest desires of our heart and here’s the kicker, He wants to fulfill them! That’s right God wants to give you everything that lines up with His Word because it is good for you!
Psalm 37:4 New Living Translation (NLT) Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Matthew 6:33 New Living Translation (NLT) 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.
- Seek the Kingdom of God above all else = Chase God
- Live Righteously = Obey His Word
- God will give you everything you need = God Provides!
So if I chase God and obey His Word, He will provide for me.
We are now walking the path of righteousness. God’s Word is the lamp for our feet guiding our way and we have surrendered our will to our Father God. If I stay the course, things will work themselves out.
1 Peter 4:1-5 New Living Translation (NLT)
1 So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. 2 You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God. 3 You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols. 4 Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. 5 But remember that they will have to face God, who will judge everyone, both the living and the dead.
Scenarios 1, 2 and 3 are clearly addressed in this passage of scripture written by the Apostle Peter.
I am following God’s lighted path, those that are not will go their separate way for their ultimate destination is not Heaven. How can we walk together? We can’t, it’s impossible when I am following after Christ!
I pray that God’s Word today has illuminated your path and given you direction about these sometimes difficult junctures in our lives.
Remember the answer is simple – Light The Lamp!
All I am, All For HIM!
Donnie W. Ojemann