Dedicated to my aunt, Thelma J. Pyle Guseman, 1919-2011; who has exchanged her 'Old Rugged Cross' for a crown.
Psalms 23:3 KJV explains: "He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name sake." With Christ, the believer must look 'up,' turn 'right' and go 'straight.' Jesus tells us in Luke 21:28 to "Look up and 'lift up your heads for your redemption draweth nigh." David said, "I will look (up) unto the hill for God's help."
We read in Genesis 6:16, that God instructs Noah to build a window 'above' the door of the ark. Looking 'up' toward heaven, obstructed Noah from observing things below during God's great flood and shielded his family from witnessing the destruction of mankind. 2 Peter 2:5 mentions Noah as the "8th" person, and a preacher of righteousness. 'Only' eight souls were preserved along with the various pairs of land and air creatures on board that floating zoo. Those underwater creatures were able to swim and survive the flood; (see 'land, air, nostrils' Genesis 7:21-24).
Jonathan Edwards, the 1740s 'Great Awakening' preacher and once president of what is 'now' Princeton University, authored several literary works including "Sinners in the hands of an angry God" (1741) and "Freedom of the Will."
The term 'predestination' is conjecturally controversial in theological opinion. God is omnipotent (all knowing) and 'no respecter of persons;" (see Acts 15:18). He has provided the 'right' way back to him through Christ his son. Though everyone is 'pre-destined' to be called by 'grace through faith to be saved' (Ephesians 2:8-10); 'all' of mankind is given 'free will' and not 'individually' 'pre'-necessitated to be saved or lost.
"All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." No prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation" (2 Peter 1:20). Our eternal 'free' will choice is life or death. We should choose 'life." "For me to live is Christ, to dies is gain" (Paul); ("Whosoever will may come" Revelation 22:16-17). His blood cleanses us from all sin (1 John).
God "is not willing that any should perish, but that 'all' should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9). To be eternally saved, Ye must be born again, baptized in water, hunger, thirst and seek for righteousness (Matthew 5:6; Acts 1:5, 2:1-39, 11:16; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4). Sitting on the proverbial 'fence' is actually saying 'no' to Jesus and saying 'yes' to Satan. We are either for the lord or against him.
James and Peter remind us: God has "no variableness or shadow of turning" and is "not slack concerning his promise, as most men count slackness." Hebrews 13:8 says: "Jesus Christ the same, yesterday and today and forever."
The blood washed, born again, redeemed of God will appear before the 'Judgment Seat of Christ' (2 Corinthians 5:10). Those who are 'not' born again or unsaved, will face the Great White Throne Judgment mentioned in Revelation 20:11-15.
To paraphrase a former pastor: "we're as a compass and 'polarized' in the direction we choose." A compass points north, south, east and west. The term 'upright' is found 68 times in scripture. The gospels mention the 'star' in the 'east' three times. Jesus first references the 'east' and the 'west' three times. 'Up' is 'north' and 'right' is 'east.' We should life "up-right" for God.
"Where is God's throne?" The Bible mentions in Psalms 48:2 and Isaiah 14:13 about Heaven or Mount Zion, as the "sides of the North." "Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised, in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion on the 'sides of the north,' the city of the great King.'
Lucifer, the archangel, a.k.a. "son of the morning," and "the cherub that covereth," was a bright, beautiful, celestial musician and worship leader in God's third 'Heaven;' (2 Corinthians 12:2). "Thou (Lucifer) wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou has walked up and down in the midst of the 'stones' of fire" ("stones" or 'brilliant,' planets, stars, etc.).
"Thou was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee" (Ezekiel 28:12,15). Lucifer wanted selfishly, to ascend the "Sides of the North" 'above' God's throne. Five times he said, "I will" (Isaiah 14:13-14). With pride and rebellion Satan and his followers fell (Revelation 12:4, 9).
God "spread not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment" (2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 6). In Luke 10:18, Christ said, "I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven: (see Acts 15:18; Job 1:6-11, 2:1-5; Ephesians 2:2; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:10). Christ was tempted by Satan in all points, but without sin.
Are you spiritually or psychologically bipolar: (see Romans 8:6) Is your compass spinning out of direction, trying to polarize 'both ways?' Look up-right, go straight and set your compass toward the Son. God loves you. He gave his only begotten Son (John 3:16).