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P.O. Box 3344 • Palm Desert, California 92261
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Changing Directions

 

Have you ever been lost? It can be frustrating or truly frightening. What do you do when you’re lost and can’t find your way?

Ross Fichtner has an amusing story to tell. It happened in his first game as a defensive back for the Minnesota Vikings in 1964. The Vikings were playing the San Francisco 49ers. The 49er quarterback, John Brodie, completed a short pass to the wide receiver, who was hit right away, causing him to fumble. The ball bounced into Jim Marshall’s hands. He took off running as fast as he could, but in the confusion he got himself turned around and began running toward the wrong end zone!

In an amazing role reversal, the 49er players began to block for Jim, keeping his teammates at bay until he reached his own end zone. When he threw the ball out of the end zone, it was recorded as a safety and two points for the 49ers! The play ended with a few 49ers patting Jim Marshall on the back!

Ross (now a staff member for The Fellowship of Christian Athletes) uses this story to illustrate the truth that you can have all the enthusiasm and ability in the world, but if you’re going in the wrong direction, the end result will be disastrous!

The Bible tells about a brilliant Jew named Saul who was also going the wrong way. He constantly boasted about his religious accomplishments and was obsessed with keeping every detail of the Jewish law. And Saul cruelly persecuted members of a new group who called themselves “the Way” (Christians). The Bible records an instance when Saul stood by and calmly watched as his associates stoned a Christian, Stephen, to death.

Then one day, out of the blue, Jesus Christ turned Saul of Tarsus around!

It happened while Saul was on his way to arrest Christians in the city of Damascus. Suddenly, Jesus appeared to him in a heavenly vision and spoke to him. Saul was so astonished that he fell to the ground and was temporarily blinded. From this point on, his life turned around 180 degrees. This chief persecutor of Christians was given a new name, Paul, and proceeded to devote his life to following Christ’s will. His achievements were unparalleled. He recruited thousands of followers over 20 years, and made four major voyages around the Mediterranean, spreading the Good News of God’s love throughout the ancient world. He also became the most prolific of all the writers who contributed to the New Testament.

Many people believe (or, at least hope) that they’ll be right in God’s sight based on their own goodness. They express it many different ways: “I’ve tried to live a good life.” “I did the best I could.” “I’ve never deliberately hurt anybody.” “I go to church whenever I can.” “I follow the Ten Commandments/the Golden Rule.” “If God grades on a curve, I’m pretty sure I’ll make it!”

These folks may be quite sincere in their attempts to earn their way to Heaven, but they are sincerely wrong. Paul makes it clear – beyond the shadow of a doubt – that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23).

You can climb to the top of the ladder in the world’s eyes, but in God’s sight that ladder is propped against the wrong wall if you’re trying to enter Heaven based on your own goodness. The only way to get to Heaven is to put your trust in what Jesus Christ did by suffering and dying on the cross. This act opens the gates of Heaven to those who trust Jesus Christ and receive Him by faith.

Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

My Action Step

Has your life been headed in the wrong direction? Have you been counting on your own so.called “goodness” to get you into Heaven? All you need to do is to turn around (what the Bible calls “repentance”) and practice the “ABCs”:

A. Admit that you are a sinner and that you can’t save yourself.

B. Believe (accept by faith) that Jesus Christ is the perfect Son of God, who died on the cross to forgive your sins.

C. Commit your life to Christ as your Savior and Lord.

God’s Encouraging Word

“Yet to all who received him [Jesus Christ], to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” – John 1:12

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I admit that I have sinned and fallen short of your glory over and over again. Thank you for dying on the cross so that all my sins could be forgiven. I confess my sins, and I want to do my best to turn away from them. I receive you as my Savior and trust you as my Lord. I want to live the rest of my life following you, Jesus. Thank you for the promise of eternal life in Heaven with you when I die. Now I know that I can truly be free! Amen

JOURNEY TO FREEDOM
Sample Chapters

Introduction
Forgiving Yourself
Forgiving Others
God Don't Make No Junk!
Dealing with Loneliness
Hold on to your Dreams
Changing Directions
Not Defeated, Victory!
God Loves You

Book Topics

Forgiveness
Day 1 - God Can’t Remember
Day 2 - Forgiving Others
Day 14 - Conquering Resentment
Day 18 - Beginning Again
Day 27 - Forgive Yourself

Overcoming Personal Problems
Day 3 - Dealing with Loneliness
Day 4 - Hold Onto Your Dreams!
Day 11 - "Not my Fault"
Day 14 - Conquering Resentment
Day 15 - How to Win Over Worry
Day 16 - “Irregular” People
Day 17 - Peace of Mind
Day 18 - Beginning Again
Day 20 - Patience
Day 21 - Encouragement
Day 22 - Learning How to Deal with Hurt
Day 26 - Two Kinds of Fear

A Better Future
Day 4 - Hold on to your Dreams
Day 5 - God Don’t Make No Junk
Day 6 - Messing Up Doesn’t Mean It’s Forever
Day 7 - God Isn’t Finished With You Yet!
Day 9 - Letting Go – a Prelude to Adventure
Day 13 - Your “Dash”
Day 18 - Beginning Again
Day 19 - Failure Isn’t Fatal!
Day 24 - “Do it Now!”

Personal Faith
Day 7 - God isn’t Finished with You Yet!
Day 8 - How Much Faith is Enough?
Day 10 - The Bible
Day 12 - Changing Directions
Day 18 - Beginning Again
Day 23 - God Told Me Everything is Going to Be OK!
Day 24 - Do it Now!
Day 25 - If This is Not the Place
Day 28 - Keep Your Fork!
Day 29 - Not Defeat, Victory!
Day 30 - God Loves You

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P.O. Box 3344 • Palm Desert, California 92261 • info@journeytofreedomfoundation.org

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