Read John 14:1-4 1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”

6-16.jpgThe classic World War II movie, The Longest Day, portrays one of the German army’s clever military strategies. After the Allies had conquered the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, their orders were to assemble in town of St. Mere-Eglise in France. When they landed on the shores and saw the sign for St. Mere-Eglise, they proceeded in that direction. There was only one problem… the Germans had turned the sign to point in the opposite direction

Unknowingly, the Allied Forces marched in the wrong direction. The hero of the Allied forces, played by John Wayne, showed up just in time to rescue them from the Germans’ trap. One glance at his compass told him they were heading for disaster. “Hey, where’s everybody going?” he shouted. “Am I the only one here with a compass? It’s east. Somebody moved the sign!”

That’s one of Satan’s old tricks! He’ll do anything to get us to march in the wrong direction all the while thinking that we are really OK! Jesus, on the eve of His death, wanted to prepare His friends for the battle ahead. He knew that the disciples would be confused and disoriented by the enemy, so He lovingly assured them of victory and pointed them toward their final destination… heaven. He’s done the same for us and assures us that regardless of the forces that might come against you today, heaven is just ahead. The victory is ours!

Jesus won the victory on “D-Day” when He died on the cross for you! He intended to set your heart on heaven! To reach your ultimate destination… don’t get lost! Keep the sign in view, “Heaven – This Way.” But beware! Satan wants to distract and disorient you. He craftily points the sign toward an illicit affair, a promotion that requires a compromise or even some innocent desire that takes your heart off Jesus and your final destination. When we think we’ve got heaven here, the enemy has won the day. But it’s not too late to get back on track. Jesus holds the compass. He knows the territory and He is calling us to follow Him all the way to heaven.

Listen. He may be shouting to your heart… “Hey, you’re going the wrong way!”
-Joe Stowell-

Responding – What worldly things have I been pursuing lately? What steps can I take to ensure that I am heading in the right direction?
Following – Don’t be fooled… Be sure you’re heading in the right direction.

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