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The Highway of Holiness

John the baptist was commissioned by God to prepare a Highway in the desert for the coming of the Lord.

Luke 3:2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, THE WORD OF GOD CAME UNTO JOHN the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
Luke 3:3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
Luke 3:4 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, PREPARE YE THE WAY (Highway) OF THE LORD, MAKE HIS PATHS STRAIGHT.

When the religious leaders of Jesus's day came out to see John in the desert they asked him who he was. His response to them was....

John 1:23 He said, I AM THE VOICE OF ONE CRYING IN THE WILDERNESS, MAKE STRAIGHT THE WAY (Highway) OF THE LORD, as said the prophet Esaias.

God spoke through the Prophet Malachi, and said...

Mal 3:1 Behold, I WILL SEND MY MESSENGER, AND HE SHALL PREPARE THE WAY (Highway, Road) BEFORE ME: and the Lord, whom ye seek, SHALL SUDDENLY COME TO HIS TEMPLE, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

The word, “WAY” means “HIGHWAY, or Road”. Believe it or not, God travels upon a highway system that very few people know about even though Jesus spoke about a highway that was narrow which leads to life, and very few will ever find it!! (Matt 7:14) John the baptist was to prepare this highway for the coming of the Lord . The purpose for any highway system is to transport someone, or people from one place to another. One of it's main purpose's of this highway system is so that the righteous might depart from evil, and go somewhere else.

Pro 16:17 THE HIGHWAY OF THE UPRIGHT IS TO DEPART FROM EVIL: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul.

If I want to know how John prepared this highway, all I need to do is ask my self what did John preach every where he went, because that would tell me how John prepared and built this highway system.

Luke 3:3 And he (John the Baptist) came into all the country about Jordan, PREACHING THE BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE for the remission of sins;

John's only message was to “REPENT” for the Kingdom of God is at hand!! (Matt 3:2)

The word, “REPENT” does not means to feel sorry for your sins, it means, “TO CHANGE YOUR MIND”

Change our mind from what to what? From thinking on the things of this world, to the things of God!!!
As the scriptures tell us the only people who walk after or according to the Spirit are those who have their minds set on the things of the Spirit, not on the things of this world or of the flesh. (Romans 8:5) If we live in the Spirit then we should “WALK” in the Spirit. ( Gal 5:25) Walking hast to do with moving from one place to another. Standing in one place is not walking anywhere. Walking in the Spirit has nothing to do with our two feet that are connected to our physical bodies. Coming boldly to God's throne of grace (Heb 4:16) by which God has called us to come to, can NOT be gotten there by walking using our physical legs, but we do need to walk to get there!! There must be some kind of highway system that we walk on that leads to us to this place in the Heavens above.

There was a prophecy in the Old Testament that foretold of this coming highway system, that only the REDEEMED would be able to walk upon!!!

Isa 35:8 And AN HIGHWAY SHALL BE THERE, AND A WAY, AND IT SHALL BE CALLED THE WAY (highway) OF HOLINESS; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
Isa 35:9 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:
Isa 35:10 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.

Now we know exactly where this Highways system ends. It ends right the door steps of mount Zion the city of the living God where God sits enthroned in all of his Glory!!! The people who use this highway which only the redeem can use, obtain everlasting joy, and gladness, with no sorrow of any kind!! Anybody want some of that in their life? I know I do big time, or I should say I want more!!!

This was the very first thing the Lord my God taught me directly when I was a baby Christian. The reason why I needed to understand this was because the Lord had a specific message he wanted me to give to his Church, and the only way I could get that message was I needed to know exactly how to come into his presence to be taught it. This is one of the greatest things the Lord has ever taught me in my entire Christian life. It changed my prayer life from Oh hum, lets get this over with, to I can not wait to pray to come before the Lord in Spirit, and truth by way of this highway!!

What does “REPENTANCE” have to do with this highway system? Everything!!! The only way we can bring our presence into the Lord's presence is by knowing and believing his Word from scriptures, and then doing what it says.

The Apostle Paul also leaned this, and he talks about it in scripture.

Col 3:1 IF THEN YOU HAVE BEEN RAISED WITH CHRIST, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Col 3:2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Col 3:3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
Col 3:4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Number one: You can NOT experience this unless you first know and believe that you have already been risen with Christ, in his resurrection!! Reading the Bible and agreeing it to be true is NOT faith, but only mental assent, which does nothing. You must first take the scriptures off the pages of the Bible and put them into your mouth, and begin to confess them every day. At first your mind will not believe a word you say. Eventually your mind will become renewed to the Word of God and actually believe what you say, but it does not happen overnight!!

Number two: you must seek the things that are above where Christ is seated!!!

Col 3:1 if then you have been raised with Christ, SEEK THE THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE, WHERE CHRIST IS, SEATED at the right hand of God. You must desire to see these things where you are sitting on the right hand of God in Christ!!!

Number three: You must “REPENT” by “CHANGING YOUR MIND”, and begin to think upon the things above where you are sitting in Christ in God, and not on the temporary things of this passing away earth!!!

Col 3:2 SET YOUR MINDS ON THINGS THAT ARE ABOVE, not on things that are on earth.

This is extremely important. I can not stress how important this is!!! The reason why is that God does NOT speak or show himself to anyone to whom he does not have their attention!!!!! If we are not
hearing his voice or not seeing his Kingdom it is because we are not thinking about it!!!

Last but not least this is what will happen if you do all of the above!!!

Col 3:4 WHEN CHRIST WHO IS YOUR LIFE APPEARS, THEN YOU ALSO WILL APPEAR WITH HIM IN GLORY.

This is not talking about when Jesus returns for his Church, this is talking about you coming into his presence!!!!

Paul experienced this in his life, and because of it there was a messenger of Satan sent to cause much trouble in his life, and the reason why was because of the MULTITUDE OF REVELATIONS that was given to him by God through prayer!!! (2 Cor 12:7)

Jesus also operated in this on the mount of transfiguration when he “PRAYED” in which there appeared with him in GLORY Moses, and Elijah, along with Peter James, and John!!! (Luke 9: 28-31)

Even though their physical bodies where on top of the mountain, but there spirits were not on earth, but God's Heavenly Kingdom!!

I have know about this for a very very long time, and every thing the Lord has taught me in scriptures came as a result of me using this highway to come into my Lord Kingdom so he could teach me his ways.

There is a lot more I could say about this, but I have tried to keep it as shot as I can, because of the limitations of face Book, and peoples attention span. :smile:
 
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