Which Direction Are You Headed?

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

I once heard a Bible college professor state, "It is not as important where you are in life, as in what direction you are headed." Consider for a moment the fact that we are all broken, sinful creatures, trying to make sense of the broken, sinful world around us. We must, in the midst of conflicting ideas and personal desires, decide which direction we are going to head. Are we going to give God and the Bible the benefit of the doubt, seek God's will in our life, and obey Him? Or, are we going to listen to the lies of the devil and of our own flesh, and follow the paths that lead to our own destruction?
    "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." (Pro. 14:12)

    "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." (Mat 7:13-14)
You see, in the midst of these confusing days, there are some tremendous battles being fought, with eternal consequences.

1. Satan is at war with the plan of God.
    "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world." (1 Pet. 5:8-9)
2. Our flesh is at war with the Spirit of God.
    "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." (Gal. 5:16, 17)
A decision must be made. No one can be neutral in these conflicts. We are all headed one direction or the other.
    No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." (Matt. 6:24)
Now, whose side are we going to be on? Which direction are we going to head?

Many people have never made a conscious decision to live for God. They say they love God, but are headed in the direction of the world and the flesh. These folks are going the wrong way. They will not experience the presence and the blessing of God on their lives.

Others have lives that are not yet perfectly conformed to the will of God, but they desperately desire to know God and long to have the victory over their flesh. They are going the right way, but have not yet "made it." These are the folks who are going to be used by God.

Our music is a reflection of the direction we are going. It will either exhibit the fruit of the Spirit, or it will be fleshly and worldly. Maybe it is time we stopped and asked ourselves the questions, "Which way am I going?" and, "What does my music say about my desire to live for God?"

Curtis Hollembeak

Curtis holds a bachelor's degree in Bible with a music minor, as well as a master's degree in Sacred Music, having studied under Dr. Frank Garlock, president of Majesty Music, and Ray and Ann Gibbs, well-known Christian singers. He has served as music director and jr. high/high school supervisor at Grace Baptist Church of Mankato, Minnesota; school music director at the Franklin Road Christian School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; media engineer for the Sword of the Lord in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and, full-time music director at Second Baptist Church and Twin City Christian Academy in Festus, Missouri. He is currently self-employed and serves in the music ministry of the Berean Baptist Church in Rockford, IL. Curtis is co-founder and President of the Asaph Music Co. He regularly sings bass with the Bible Truth Chorale on recordings produced by Bible Truth Music at Faith Music Missions.