Following God is Not an Easy Road (11 of 22) by John Barnett

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Following God is Not an Easy Road (11 of 22)
Series: The Life of David
John Barnett
Psalms 17, 52

As we open to I Corinthians 10:11-13, it is our reminder as we study the Life of David: following God is hard, it is not EASY!

For many years songwriter John W. Peterson (1921-2006) lived in Grand Rapids, Michigan. One song he wrote among the thousand that bear his name is titled: "It's Not an Easy Road". David, whose life we are studying, would have heartily agreed with these words:

It's not an easy road we are traveling to heaven,
For many are the thorns on the way
It's not an easy road, but the Savior is with us
His presence gives us joy every day.

It's not an easy road - there are trials and troubles
And many are the dangers we meet
But Jesus guards and keeps so that nothing can harm us
We'll rest in peace over there.

No, no, it's not an easy road.
No, no, it's not an easy road;
But Jesus walks beside me and brightens the journey,
And lightens every heavy load

One of Satan's greatest tools is to isolate believers in their minds from other believers around them. He makes us think we are the only ones facing such struggles.

Beware of
Self-Isolationism

When Satan keeps us from sharing our struggles, bearing each other's burdens, and encouraging one another-he has pushed our spiritual lives into a potential cycle for constant defeat. He plants thoughts like: "no one else has ever faced what I am facing", or "I am so bad and no other Christian has ever done what I have done", or "no believer has ever failed as I have failed".

As we stand to read I Corinthians 10:11-13, it is our introduction to how much we need to realize we are all weak, frail, and in need of God's grace.

What David faced, we all face; how David struggled, we all struggle. In varying degrees an in various flavors of sin, but we are all made of the same stuff. There are no super-saints.

Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they wer ...


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