When a highway is established it starts from a certain point to a certain destination! To reach the desired destination, we have to take the correct route that leads to that very destination. Salvation, which we have gotten by accepting Jesus Christ into our lives as Savior is the sure start of a Christian journey whose destiny is to be with LORD forever and inherit the Kingdom of Heaven. The highway that a Christian ought to walk on is what we are going to be looking at today.
“a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called the way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” (Isaiah 35:8-10)
In the above scripture, it is stated very clearly that a Highway of Holiness will be established and a certain people will journey on it. Isaiah the Prophet, when he foresaw the birth, suffering, death and subsequent resurrection of Jesus the Messiah, he knew that God was establishing a new and living way, to bring to Himself a people to dwell in his presence – “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh” (Heb 10,19)
This highway that Prophet Isaiah prophesied about was as a matter of fact the only highway leading those who walk on it to enter Heaven, their eternal home. This Highway was Jesus Himself – “Jesus saith unto him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me’” (John 14, 6)
The Highway of Holiness is already there and the Word tells us that no unclean thing, no lion (devourer), no ravenous beast walks in it. Those who walk in it look foolish, but God calls them His Redeemed ones; His ransomed ones & He assures that they will return and come back to Zion (New Jerusalem) to partake of the everlasting promise – “And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” (Isiah 35, 10)
We are living in the End Times and the promise of Christ to Rapture those who pursue Holiness is about to get fulfilled, as all the signs, hints, and clues are with us. The question we ask ourselves today is: Are we walking in the Highway of Holiness, the only given route leading us to be Partakers of the Promise or have we lost direction and ignorantly diverted to another direction leading us somewhere else?
Dear friends in Christ, the Standards of God have not changed in any way throughout all the generations. Technology has not changed who God is nor has civilization made Him to accommodate what he abhorred from the very foundations of the earth. His only standard remains to be absolute Holiness and Righteousness. The saints who lived in the earlier days made it because they maintained Holiness & if they entered Heaven by walking the path of Holiness, it should remind us that we are no different and that God requires of the same from us. We who are called by His Name, His ransomed ones through the Blood of Jesus need to be perfect in this very basic Stature of a Perfect a God – “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matt 5,48)
How do we dwell and keep walking in this Highway of Holiness?
(A) Repentance of sins every time is the refresher to keep us close to God always –
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3,19)
(B) Living in total obedience of God’s Precepts –
“Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.” (Duet 5, 32-33)
(C) Complete leading by the Holy Spirit of God brings about Perfection in Holiness and is the wine to quench the weariness in the Highway, The Comforter and Ultimate Guide all along –
“I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” (John 14, 16-18)
“The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14, 26)
At this crucial juncture, what we need as
we prepare for the glorious event of Rapture is the overflow of the Holy Spirit, the Promise of Jesus to us. The power of the Holy Spirit helps us to maintain Spiritual sanity and discernment at such a perilous & dangerous time as the one we are living in today. The Holy Spirit keeps us vigilant and provokes sensitivity in the spiritual realm and without Him we will find ourselves walking in the outskirts of Holiness and following compromising paths. The Holy Spirit prepares us to meet our LORD, without blame, without spot, without wrinkle; blameless before a Holy Father. To be able to walk in the Highway of Holiness we must centralize on the Holy Spirit of God.
This highway of Holiness is unpopular with many and actually only a remnant has the courage to walk in it – “strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matt 7,14). When we look around nowadays preachers of Holiness are very few and even so, in their courageous acts to teach the Truth of God, which is Holiness, the multitude perceive them to be taking the salvation concept overboard and are often branded “holier than thou” Crusaders. But even so, although the ones who walk in this Highway of Holiness are thought to be fools, but to God they are the wise ones, a blessed congregation. Be encouraged brethrens by this blessed assurance from our LORD. Paul wrote: “we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness” (1Cor 1,23)
What we should give priority when walking on this path is giving our God the acceptable sacrifices of purity, holiness, integrity & uprightness of heart.
As I come to the close, I wish to ask each one of us to re-examine ourselves and see if our Christian walk is wholly based in this Highway of Holiness, which guarantees entry to our destiny, Heaven to enjoy eternal Life with Jesus. Let’s not be found wanting by God’s measuring yardstick when He gives the signal for the curtains to finally fall and the fruits of the Cross be gathered. Repentance of sins, bearing fruits of the Holy Spirit as stated – “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.), this should be our Practices.” (Gal 5,22-23)
We should allow the Holy Spirit to reign in every single moment of our short natural lives as it says in God word – “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. (Rom 8,9-14)