The road to success is not straight. There’s is a curve called Failure, a loop called Confusion, speed bumps called Friends, red lights called Enemies, caution lights called Family. You will have flat tires called Jobs, but if you have a spare called Determination, an engine called Perseverance, and a driver called Will Power, you will assuredly make it to a place called Success.
The road to success contains many pitfalls for sure but we have come to learn that since God is good all the time He won’t put anything in that road that we can’t either go through, around , or over. It’s interesting to note in the NT the roads that people traveled in order to get to their destinations. Three significant roads are Paul’s road to Damascus, Jesus and his disciples road to Caesera Philippi, and the two disciples meeting Jesus on the road to Emmaus.
At the risk of getting too wordy we will just summarize the takeaways from these three roads and let you do your own homework and research to see the subtleties contained in each road/experience that awaits us as we travel.
1ST road to success is the Damascus Road experience =encounter
Saul/Paul in Acts 9:8: 1ST road to success is the Damascus Road experience =encounter; Acts 9:8 Then Saul arose from the ground (earth), and when his eyes were opened he saw no one…true visionaries are blinded as Saul/Paul was to his negative circumstances that surrounded him and we as he learned see opportunity everywhere! Sadly, up to his Damascus road conversion Paul thought he was very successful and doing God a service. In reality he was held captive to religious order that refused to change. Don’t be a captive to anything that isn’t producing life and establishing the Kingdom of God! We can conclude that sooner or later we will have an encounter with God that blinds us to everything but opportunity and the challenge to share his Love with everyone we meet. Very briefly summarized; have encounters with Him that radically change your thinking and perspectives and move you into the light that He says we are!
2nd road to success is the road to Caesarea Philippi = assignment
Mark 8:27-29 NKJV – 27 Now Jesus and His disciples went out to the towns of Caesarea Philippi; and on the road He asked His disciples, saying to them, “Who do men say that I am?” 28 So they answered, “John the Baptist; but some say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.” 30 Then He strictly warned them that they should tell no one about Him.
Mark for whatever reason leaves out the meat of the conversation so in Matthew 16, Matthew 16:18-20 NKJV – 18 “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church (legislative assembly), and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. 19 “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind (forbid) on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose (release) on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.
The Greek word for “church” is ekklesia and means “legislative assembly” or “selected ones.” This is not a religious term at all, but a political and governmental term that is used many times in classical Greek for a group of people who have been summoned and gathered together to govern the affairs of a city. For Jesus to use this term means he is giving the keys of governmental authority in his kingdom to the church. Isaiah 2:3 NKJV – 3 Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. His assignment is to build the church, my assignment is to bind/forbid/prohibit any thinking that’s contrary to His. We have all understood the binding aspect of Jesus’ assignment to us but may I suggest the loosing aspect deserves a closer look. It is absolutely essential that believers understand and bind bad thoughts, spirits, depression, strongholds and the like from those believers that are under such attacks. That’s a major part of the assignment Jesus gave his disciples on the road to Caesarea Philippi. However successful Christians (and that’s we’re becoming on the roads we travel) have also been empowered by Jesus to loose the Kingdom of God. So when’s the last time you loosed some joy, passion, love, fire, faith, on some unsuspecting believer? That requires some boldness I know but it’s fun and very rewarding when it becomes an everyday part of our lives. It’s somewhat humorous but the point is still made that we need to loose some ‘let go’… wherever we go. Let go and let God have his way! That’s part of our assignment.
3rd road to success is the Emmaus Road=fire means ‘hot bath’ which I will call the fire road!
Luke 24:13-32 13 On that same day, two disciples were traveling to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 They were talking to each other about everything that had happened. 15 While they were discussing these things, Jesus himself arrived and joined them on their journey. 16 They were prevented from recognizing him. 17 He said to them, “What are you talking about as you walk along?” They stopped, their faces downcast. 18 The one named Cleopas replied, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who is unaware of the things that have taken place there over the last few days?” 19 He said to them, “What things?” They said to him, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth. Because of his powerful deeds and words, he was recognized by God and all the people as a prophet. 20 But our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him. 21 We had hoped he was the one who would redeem Israel. All these things happened three days ago. 22 But there’s more: Some women from our group have left us stunned. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 and didn’t find his body. They came to us saying that they had even seen a vision of angels who told them he is alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found things just as the women said. They didn’t see him.”25 Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! Your dull minds keep you from believing all that the prophets talked about. 26 Wasn’t it necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and then enter into his glory?” 27 Then he interpreted for them the things written about himself in all the scriptures, starting with Moses and going through all the Prophets. 28 When they came to Emmaus, he acted as if he was going on ahead. 29 But they urged him, saying, “Stay with us. It’s nearly evening, and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 After he took his seat at the table with them, he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts on fire when he spoke to us along the road and when he explained the scriptures for us?”
I took the liberty to quote the whole passage in Luke so you can get the back story of the two disciples and their downtrodden state of mind because of recent events that had taken place. This 3rd road is a whole blog by itself but suffice to say every believer will travel this road sooner or later. This is the road that catapults us out of mediocrity, boredom, apathy, and indifference and lands smack in the middle of his fiery presence. This is the road that as those two disciples declared, “set their hearts on fire” You will know when you have reached this road because, and I want to be careful here but church services and meetings won’t be enough as great as we have known them to be. The latest revelation just won’t due, all the books, seminars, conferences, will not be able to quench the thirst you will have for His Presence! In His fiery presence is still the fullness of joy and nothing absolutely nothing can ever replace that!
In closing, it’s interesting to note that as soon as they recognized Him he disappeared from their sight. Isn’t it just like Jesus to blow us away with revelation/fire and then seemingly disappear so we can start the hunt to find that secret place of His presence all over again! Let the adventure on your roads to success take you places in Him that you never dreamed possible! Selah.