God, Our Strength, Our Portion

For those that believe we need to have complete success through riches and earthly gains to enter heaven, you might want to reconsider your position. Throughout Scripture and history, time and time again we see what eventually happens to those who depend on the things of this world to be happy. Truth of the matter is, fame, fortune, and material wealth only cause pain and suffering in the long run.

The devil gets in the mix right away when an opportunity presents itself. Most of these desires start at a young age when the person sees others that are seemingly happy because of the stuff others have. When envy creeps in, the devil sleeps right with it. Others that are born into it believe that it is the only way of life.

There is nothing wrong with struggles except that it means a hard mortal life. The rewards of struggles in this life are great when God is with you, carries you, and gives you only exactly what you need.

 Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped.
For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek.
They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.
Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment.
Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies.
They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression.
They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth.
Therefore his people turn back to them, and find no fault in them.
And they say, “How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?”Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches.All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence.
For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning.
If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children.

But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task,
until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end.

Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin.
How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors!
Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.
When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart,I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you.

Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength(rock) of my heart and my portion forever.

For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge that I may tell of all your works. 

Yes this was said to the Israelites but since we are adopted into the chosen through our belief in God and the redeeming sacrifice of Jesus, we are bound by this. Be aware that life today is too easy and there will be pain and suffering before peace. The distractions have made us numb to the events of those that Satan has full control over so we must be on our guard daily. There is hope, joy, peace, and best of all love in the arms of God. You just have to be willing to accept and obey Him, keep His Word on your heart and let Him have control.


Rob, Servant of God  


Joy Of Salvation

What is Joy?

Joy is the reverse of happiness. Happiness is the feeling that results when the individual feels good about something. Joy is found deep in the heart and gives us the strength, power, and desire needed to carry on no matter what the circumstance.

 The Old Testament writers new Joy as something that God put in their hearts to be able to succeed in living for Him. David wrote many Psalms of Joy and Rejoicing. Isaiah spoke of Joy when he spoke of the salvation that comes from loving, and having faith in God. 

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the LORD GOD is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.
And you will say in that day: Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known his deeds among the nations; proclaim that his name is exalted.
Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth.
Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 12:2-6

This Joy that is within us runs through our veins and radiates from us when we sing praises and worship God for His Glory. Joy is not just a Christian thing. It resides within all who know and believe in God. Loving God brings Joy to all hearts.

 For Christians, Joy is first found in Jesus. It is through Jesus that we fully understand Joy in suffering through the promise of salvation. It is because of Jesus that the Joy found in the Love of God givesus what we need to make it through the day in this sinful world.

During this season we are reminded of the Joy that filled young Mary as she was told that she would be the vessel through which God would bring salvation to the world. We are also reminded of the Joy that Joseph felt after the pain of having to decide what to do with Mary was removed by the visit and reassurance of Gabriel that the child Mary was carrying is of the Holy Spirit.

This same Joy is what we have when have suffered loss of any sort. It is the joy that comes from sorrow which strengthens us because it is of God. Our suffering is temporary, the Joy of the Lord is eternal.

Brothers and Sisters, sometimes Joy is hard to find especially in this season when we remember loved ones. It is okay to grieve, however remember that Jesus does not want us to grieve but rejoice. Take care this season to spread the Joy of the Lord because it is our strength.

Love and Blessings

Rob, Servant of God


Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127

Relationships are very important to God. God wants a personal relationship with us. Having strong, caring, and healthy relationships with family members, friends, coworkers, and others here on earth are just as important. The love, trust, grace, and mercy we share with each other (especially when God is central) is the physical representation of God’s everlasting Love for us. When our earthly relationships get damaged that does not mean that God loves us less, it is a way for us to show God’s grace and forgiveness.

Children are God’s gift so that we can understand how much God loves us by putting the future in our care. The more we love God, the more we are blessed. Do not think that you are not loved or blessed by God if you cannot have, for God has greater plans and will bless in different ways.

We build relationships to emulate God’s relationship He desires with us. Keep building and the Kingdom of God will increase.

Rob, Servant of God       


Just about every Christian before Hymnals were replaced by screens knows the old children’s song that proclaims, “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice”. That is actually based on Philippians 4:4-6, “Rejoice in union with the Lord always! I will say it again: rejoice! Let everyone see how reasonable and gentle you are. The Lord is near! Don’t worry about anything; on the contrary, make your requests known to God by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving.”

How beautiful the sound of rejoicing especially when we know in truth that through God nothing is impossible. But what does rejoice mean? The transitive and intransitive verb meanings are: to give joy to, and to feel joy or great delight. But to rejoice in something means to have joy. Joy is an emotion which Christians possess that is given by the Holy Spirit.

A great example of receiving Joy and the rejoicing that comes is found in Acts when Paul and Silas are accused of ruining a person’s livelihood that depended on a demon possessed fortune telling slave girl. They called out the demon from her and she was freed from the sin. Here we catch up on the situation:

22 The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. 23 After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24 When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.

35 When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.” Acts 16:22-35

What an example of joyous faith in suffering. How great is our God that freely showers us in His Love and Joy no matter how much we suffer. The jailer was ready to die from the embarrassment of dishonor yet he was saved because of the joy in his prisoner’s hearts. Their example turned him and his family to Christ. Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice.     

Delight in the Lord

The Psalms sing of many different situations and emotions. One reoccurring theme is the Joy of the Lord. Joy in the Lord is our strength when we are weary and downtrodden with the world. Joy in the Lord is what keeps us afloat when the world around us is sinking. The Psalms open up with Joy  

 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither– whatever they do prospers.

Psalm 1 ESV

I want to focus on the second verse for a moment. More specifically on the word, delight. What does it mean to have delight? The dictionary definition says to “take pleasure in” something. It is a synonym of joy, happiness, and other gladness terms. So in the context of the Scripture above we are to take pleasure in His Word, meditating on it day and night. The Word of God is the only that that gives us true pleasure in this life.

Delighting in the Lord grants us the happiness that is beyond our understanding. It supplies us with the calmness needed to make it through the day even in our worst moments. This Delightfulness keeps our spirits right and overrides fear in the world.

The third verse expresses the firmness and fruitfulness of one who delights in the Lord, following and sharing the Word. Having this joy, even in dry land, guides us with living water to grow and fruit spiritual prosperity.

Just as there are different descriptions that define the fullness of God’s Love; so are there many ways to describe the Joy that is found in the hearts of mankind which is a fruit gifted by God to share and grow others. What we do with these gifts is a choice we have to make on our own but joy without God is meaningless, and fruitless.

Fruit of The Spirit 2: Joy

The second Fruit of the Spirit is Joy. But what is joy? Miriam Webster describes joy as a feeling or emotion such as a state of happiness or a source or cause of delight. But what is joy from the Spirit perspective? Christian joy is a good feeling in the soul, produced by the Holy Spirit, as he creates in us the desire to see the beauty of Christ in the Word and in the world.  

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. James 1:2-3

Why Joy in Times of Despair?

The timeframe that James was writing was filled with much suffering on many levels with persecution coming from friends, family, and authorities. The people that did not understand and had only known the world or were stuck on traditional religious practices could not fathom the hope, joy, and love that they were feeling due to the Salvation from sin provided by the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. Many Jews did not want to believe that their Messiah had come and that He died because that was the plan. Their rejection was the world’s Salvation.  

As Christians (even today), we are prone to suffering because we are separate from the world. So when we are met with trials, temptations, and persecution, we see the beauty that comes from the results even if we are not the recipients of the good that comes from the bad.

Joy is a Reflection of the Heart

Joy, the outward showing of the inward elation that is felt when we think of Jesus and what He has done for us. It is the heart pounding, blood pumping feeling that happens when we talk about Jesus in our lives. It is the calm that overcomes us when the world just isn’t in our favor but we think of Jesus and smile. It is our understanding that God’s Got This and we can relax knowing that all will be okay.

The Emotional Cure  

When a bad day happens (and they do happen) the usual thing is to pour out our hearts to a sounding board, usually a spouse/significant other/parent/sibling/best friend. Somehow that does actually make us feel better. Why is this? The healthy relationship that we have with others who are willing to listen. This is the earthly equivalent of God’s desired relationship with us. When we pray there is a peace that comes over us especially when we hear that still small voice.


The most beautiful feeling in the world.

Prodigal Son P3: The Loving Father

The Prodigal Son p3

The Father pleas with the Eldest Son and exclaims:
 ‘Son, you are always with me,’ said the father, ‘and everything I have is yours. We had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead but has come back to life — he was lost but has been found.’” Luke 15:31-32
The steadfast and loyal son had his faith shaken because there has never been a celebration like this for him. But the father, full of grace, mercy, love, and full compassion helps him understand why the celebration is taking place. Jesus is now showing the attributes of God to both the lost and the believer.

So the father in this story represents God. You see, this father waited patiently for his son to return. In the same manner the father reacted, God waits for the repentant sinner. He has compassion for the one who comes on his own accord. The father had apparently heard about the state of affairs the son found himself in and waited expectantly for the son to return. This is revealing that God knows our hearts and grants us the opportunity to return to Him. The great celebration shows how God is a forgiving, compassionate God who will shower His love on us and restores to our place in the Father’s arms.

What a joy it will be but let’s look at the parable again for a second. When the father saw the boy from a distance, he lunged towards him not in a scornful manner, but loving. The father did not even let his son finish the practiced confession but unconditionally lavished mercy and grace upon him returning him to status of fellowship within the family. The father running to his son, greeting him with a kiss and ordering the celebration to begin is a picture of how our Heavenly Father feels towards sinners who repent.

God greatly loves us, patiently waits for us to repent so he can show us His great mercy, because he does not want any to perish nor escape as though by the fire. It is our understanding of God’s compassion for us that enables us to show concern for the lost and celebrate when they are found so He prepared a mediator for us. Just as the father is the mediator between the sons Jesus is the mediator who ultimately took our place to change our fate of being lost in the darkness without God.

Jesus in this parable tells us that we are forgiven but must take the first step by realizing and confessing our sins to the Father. He also says that God is waiting patiently for us to do just that. He is merciful and wants us to come home. We as Christians seek out others to bring home but I tell you this, “No one comes to the father but through Jesus Christ”. We are His vessels and our work is His. Those who seek forgiveness come to Father on their own accord but sometimes a seed must be planted. We are the sower of that seed as we are commissioned by Jesus to spread His Word.

The picture of the father receiving the son back into relationship is a picture of how we should respond to repentant sinners as well:
So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Luke 17:3;

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:1-2;

My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins. James 5:19-20.

What is the core message of the Parable of the Prodigal Son that we have spent the last three Saturdays trying to get to? It boils down to this: It is only by God’s grace that we are saved, not by works that we may boast of some goodness that we perceive to be our own.


The Prodigal Son P1: The Wayward Son

The Prodigal Son Pt 1The Prodigal Son is one of the more popular of the Parables of Jesus because it is easily relatable. When Jesus spoke this one, He was surrounded by the lost and forgotten who sought a home, the upright righteous who were too zealous to see their own broken heart, and those who knew what being lost was like but were found and saw the Way to God through Jesus. All three of those types are represented in this Parable, The son, the son, and the first son again. What if I told you this is a story of the graciousness of the father overshadowing the sinfulness of the son, as it is the memory of the father’s goodness that brings the prodigal son to repentance? Let’s see the first part:

Again Jesus said, “A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that will be mine.’ So the father divided the property between them. As soon as he could convert his share into cash, the younger son left home and went off to a distant country, where he squandered his money in reckless living. But after he had spent it all, a severe famine arose throughout that country, and he began to feel the pinch. Luke 15:11-14

The younger son reminds us of the person who wants to live life at the expense of being disowned by the family. Do you remember when you said to your father or mother that you wanted to live your own life in your own way? Were you like the Prodigal Son spoken here who ignored the teachings of when you were young of the right way to life and explored all other possibilities?

This is a picture of someone choosing to go his own way and away from God. God gave the Hebrews a choice before Joshua took over for Moses saying, “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).

We all possess this foolish ambition to be independent, which is at the root of the sinner persisting in their sin, it is Human Nature. Due to this sin we suffer and live apart from God. Those who live without trusting God are in a state of discontent. Luke 12:15 says, “Be careful to guard against all forms of greed, because even if someone is rich, his life does not consist in what he owns.” This son learned the hard way that covetousness leads to a life of dissatisfaction and disappointment. He also learned that the most valuable things in life are the things you cannot buy, nor replace. The son left home and lived life the way he wanted to, buying wants and desires instead of means to survive. So what does this young man do?

“So he went and attached himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the carob pods the pigs were eating, but no one gave him any. Luke 15:15-16

prodigal son with pigsIn his loss of funds, he also lost his will to survive so he takes the most detestable job of feeding pigs. We all know the saying, “Desperate times lead to desperate measures”, without God we lose so much direction that we will do anything to continue living. For the son, it caused further rejection because of his life choice. When people are no longer interested in being near you because your usefulness has ended, they throw you to the pigs and forget about you.

“At last he came to his senses and said, ‘Any number of my father’s hired workers have food to spare; and here I am, starving to death! I’m going to get up and go back to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired workers.”’ So he got up and started back to his father. Luke 15:17-20

The “ah ha” moment has arrived. In pain and darkness one remembers the ease of life when someone watched over you and you had everything you needed. You reflect on the past and seek relief. When you can recognize the condition of the heart and desire a return to peace and tranquility, it is possible. This is reflective of the sinner when he/she discovers the destitute condition of their life because of sin. It is a realization that apart from God there is no hope. This is when a repentant sinner “comes to his senses” and longs to return to the state of fellowship with God.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity. He ran and threw his arms around him and kissed him warmly. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son — ’ but his father said to his slaves, ‘Quick, bring out a robe, the best one, and put it on him; and put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet; and bring the calf that has been fattened up, and kill it. Let’s eat and have a celebration! For this son of mine was dead, but now he’s alive again! He was lost, but now he has been found!’ And they began celebrating. Luke 15:20-24

There is hope in returning home. The son that was lost realized this and prepared his heart to repent. He shocked when his father welcomes him home as if he was a newborn child. God is like that with us. His desire is for an intimate connection with His creation. The son was returned to his rightful place in the family. God renews our spirit and clothes us in His light.

Closer examination of the text reveals an ancient tradition of servanthood in order to repay a debt. He was willing to give up his rights as his father’s son in order to be forgiven. He now understood humility and was truly repentant of his actions against his family. How so the same the repentant sinner who believes in Jesus? The son understood, he was no longer in the good graces of the father to receive the blessings possible and could offer nothing in return for his mercy but his repentant servanthood. He was ready to fall at his father’s feet begging for mercy and forgiveness. This is exactly what turning back to God is all about. We have given up this life of slavery to sin, slavery to the ways of man, and becoming a slave to righteousness. This slavery has no chains as it is freedom from death and damnation to live in the light of God.

This son was lost but returned after having been beaten by the world. At our lowest point, God is there to pick us back up. Jesus carries us through our tribulation and brings us home. All we have to do is repent, return to the arms of Jesus, and follow Him. Have you been lost and come back home? Scary times but the joy of the loving arms is sweet relief.

When Zacchaeus Met Jesus

Zacchaeus and Jesus

We are small, God is bigger

Jesus, the Word made Flesh, encounters all types of people and only a few ended up in the New Testament. The Twelve Disciples saw all the encounters and were party to most of them and there always seemed to be questions, at least to the ones recorded in the Gospels. The story of the wee little man, Zacchaeus, was no different but it was made into a children’s song. All we know about this person was that he was short, a dishonest chief tax collector with some others under him. Let’s look at Luke’s account of the meeting between Jesus and Zacchaeus:
He entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:1-10 (ESV)
Scripture tells us that Jericho was destroyed when God had the Israelites march around the city yelling, screaming, singing and blowing their shofars. The walls came a tumbling down then the Israelites rebuild and took over the city. Many years later the Romans occupied the area and they chose locals to collect the taxes so that others would trust them. Most of these tax collectors were dishonest men with few morals because they were corrupted by the false idol of money.

Now Zacchaeus heard that Jesus was coming into town and wanted to hear Him and see Him but couldn’t see because of being short. Jesus sees hearts and could see Zacchaeus even before he got up in the tree. Jesus knew that people would be aggravated that He chose to share a meal and stay with Zacchaeus and his family but He did it.
What did Jesus show others and how did hearts change?
First let’s review what was said of Jesus by the onlookers in the crowd, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” Jesus had mentioned numerous times that He is here to save the sinner. By that, He meant, those who are willing to accept the fact that they are sinners. The more you willing accept the fact that you cannot save yourself on your own, the easier it is for you and Jesus to come together. He does enter houses of other Rabbis but only after He sees their hearts and if they could be turned. He also knew what had to happen for those hearts to be returned to God.

God welcomes home the truly repentant because they fully understand that they are not in control of their lives. Those who believe they are good to go just because they believe, have done all the sacrifices, but go right back to their lives, are not truly turned back to God in their hearts. Also, you have those who worshipped the man and not what/who He is. He is the Incarnate Word of God, to worship the man you worship flesh. He worshipped God so we should do the same.

Zacchaeus somehow was immediately changed as he saw not the man, but the Word. He knew his wrongs and repented both physically and spiritually. He gave up his job, his livelihood, his life, so that he would be saved. He received forgiveness for his sins against God first by his repentance, then forgiving others, asking for forgiveness, and receiving forgiveness from man. This is an example of what man needs to do to receive have a heart filled with God.

Have you repented, forgiven, asked for forgiveness, and received forgiveness? When your heart isn’t right with people here on earth, what makes you believe your heart is right with God, it isn’t. Remember that Jesus said that those who cannot forgive (make things right) with their family, their neighbors, should not enter the temple because their heart isn’t right. Do you want your heart to be clean? It is all up to you to make things right, then your temple cleaning will be god for God to come in and finish the cleansing.
Be Blessed today and every day. Spread God’s Word without fear. Jesus gave us simple stories with Eternity in mind. Have a Great one.
Pastor Rob

Thank You

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We here at Path-Way Worship Ministries just want to give a message of appreciation and blessings to all who read the blogs, the lessons, and listen to the music we present. Sometimes we get so caught up in life, research, study, and doing things for Christ that we forget the simple things like sharing our love and compassion for you with a simple thank you.

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