Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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by George C. Clark, Sr. and John D. Clark, Sr.
“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth.”
“As many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.”
If one were starting a voyage across the great Atlantic or Pacific Ocean, one would find it essential to have a compass to guide his vessel safely over. The starless nights and the hidden sun would take from him all sense of direction as soon as he lost sight of land. He would not know north from south, or east from west. His greatest and most essential need – a compass – would be his only means of a safe crossing.
Every person apart from God’s holy Spirit is traveling on the vast sea of destiny without a compass, that is, without God’s device for determining direction. Reader, you must have that guiding Spirit, that holy impulse, that righteous instinct which whispers in a still small voice, “You are on course; this is the way; this is the right direction” (cf. Isa. 30:21). Why would anyone not desire this freely given, all-important guide?
In early spring, the martins fly in, and soon they begin to hatch their young here in North Carolina. Before cool weather reaches here, these birds, with their young, head back south, whence they came. They not only know when to come and when to leave, but they also know the course to take. They have an inner compass, and they use it. If we try to navigate through this confused and evil world without God’s Spirit, which creates in us a supernatural instinct, we are less wise than the little martin, who can find his way from north to south and back again in safety.
My Friend, God has a divine compass for you that has never failed when put in use. Man’s way of directing himself fails him. We can look about us today and see the awful consequences of people not trusting in God’s compass, in spite of the fact that it is readily available, just waiting to be asked for, received, and used. For those who think they can guide themselves, Paul gives this warning: “The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God” (1Cor. 3:19). This serves as comment on what God spoke through the prophet Isaiah (44:24–25), “I am the Lord, . . . confuting wise men and making their knowledge foolishness.”
Yes, my Reader, human wisdom, when dissociated with the divine leadership of God, becomes a liability rather than an asset. God, in His wisdom, has determined that the world, by its wisdom, cannot know Him (1Cor. 1:21). In fact, the more earthly wisdom someone accumulates without possessing the compass of God, the more foolish he may become. Paul mentioned God’s judgment upon educated fools, saying that they, “claiming to be wise, were turned over to foolishness” (Rom. 1:22). That is God’s righteous judgment upon proud men.
The wisdom of this world is completely inadequate to take us across the troublesome sea of life and land us on heaven’s eternal shore. It is only when one follows the holy Spirit that he has the spiritual understanding which gives one a good sense of direction. That is God’s compass, and it yields a real understanding of God. It has never been the case that the wisdom of this world is able to solve the problems that we face in this life. Worldly wisdom only serves to confuse and to drive men deeper into despair and hopelessness. The wisdom of man has never delivered a soul from the shackles of sin and shame.
God had our need of heavenly guidance in mind when He sent His dear Son to earth, and Jesus promised that God’s guiding compass would be given: “The Comforter, the holy Spirit which the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will bring to your remembrance everything that I have told you” (Jn. 14:26). This is God’s compass, and this divine guide stands ready to lead everyone who will follow. Don’t think that I am asking you to engage in some new experiment. To walk after the Spirit is God’s way for all people, and it has been in use since He sent His Spirit to man in Acts 2.
We begin to understand the things of the kingdom of heaven when we feel the power of God’s Spirit entering our mortal body and proclaiming vocally that our body is now the temple of God (Jn. 3:7–8). Jesus’ disciples received this experience on the Day of Pentecost, when they were baptized with the holy Ghost, and they were never the same. Their greatest desire was realized, and their souls were satisfied with a peace known exclusively by Spirit-filled believers.
The Spirit of God is the perfect compass, for it comes from the same God that directs and guides the little, insignificant martin southward before the first chilly breeze of autumn comes sweeping in.
by George C. Clark, Sr. and John D. Clark, Sr.
So, now it’s peace to be released upon this world of sorrow.
No wars to be on land or sea. No more to have such horror.
Who will believe, and be deceived, that wars will now be ended?
They never will ’til lust is stilled and man with Christ is blended.
No freedom can descend from man, though he may make the offer.
He’s speaking “through his hat” to you. To God, he’s just a scoffer.
That peace can come but through God’s Son is true, and we embrace it.
The cause of war men must abhor, but few will ever face it.