I am plagued about the check points God has placed in my life. I sometimes don’t want to heed to His alarms of check your armor or go this direction or stop and pray. I sometimes don’t want to stay still in complete solace and seek His face due to my agenda seemingly more important at the time. There are so many check points in scripture and life.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Law enforcement safety checkpoints have been a hot topic in Alabama this week after a Crenshaw County sheriff’s deputy lashed out on his Facebook page at people who warn motorists of the whereabouts of lawmen camped out to catch wrongdoers.
Should police have checkpoints? And if they do, should those checkpoints be publicized? Al.com readers were sharply divided on both issues, especially the latter: An Al.com poll, in which nearly 3,000 people responded, showed 48.6 percent said it’s OK to warn others about the time and place of a checkpoint; 51.74 percent said keep it quiet, or “Don’t give the creeps an edge.”
Statewide, law enforcement officials are also divided. Some agencies, like the Alabama Department of Public Safety, tout safety checkpoints as one of their strongest law enforcement tools. Others, like the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, uses them sparingly, citing the expense of staffing needs as one reason they haven’t had one in at least nine months.
ADPS officials said they carry out frequent, systematic and repetitive driver’s license checkpoints. So far this year, Alabama State Troopers have conducted more than 8,000 safety checkpoints throughout the state.
The Message (MSG)
14-16 For my part, I am going to boast about nothing but the Cross of our Master, Jesus Christ. Because of that Cross, I have been crucified in relation to the world, set free from the stifling atmosphere of pleasing others and fitting into the little patterns that they dictate. Can’t you see the central issue in all this? It is not what you and I do—submit to circumcision, reject circumcision. It is what God is doing, and he is creating something totally new, a free life! All who walk by this standard are the true Israel of God—his chosen people. Peace and mercy on them!
They were people who were living to themselves. Their hopes, promises, and dreams still controlled them, but the Lord began to fulfill their prayers. They had asked for a repentant heart and had surrendered themselves with a willingness to pay any price for it, and He sent them sorrow. They had asked for purity, and He sent them sudden anguish. They had asked to be dead to the world, and He killed all their living hopes. They asked to be made like Him, so He placed them in the fire “as a refiner and purifier of silver”, until they could reflect His image. They had asked to help carry His cross, yet when He held it out to them, it cut and tore their hands.
They had not fully understand what they asked, but He had taken them at their word and granted them all their requests. They had been unsure whether to follow Him such a long distance or whether to come so close to Him. An awe and a fear was upon them, as Jacob at Bethel when he dreamed of “a stairway…reaching to heaven”, or Eliphaz “amid disquieting dreams in the night”, or as the disciples when “they were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost, not realizing it was Jesus. The disciples were so filled with awe, they felt like asking Him either to depart from them or to hide His glory.
They found it easier to obey than to suffer, to work than to give up, and to carry the cross than to hang upon it. But now they could not turn back, for they had come too close to the unseen cross of the spiritual life, and its virtues had pierced them too deeply. And the Lord was fulfilling this promise of His to them: “I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself”(John 12:32).
Now at last their opportunity had come. Earlier they had only heard of the mystery, but now they felt it. He had fastened His eyes of love on them, as he had on Mary and Peter, so they could only choose to follow Him. And little by little, from time to time, with quick glimmers of light, the mystery of His cross shone upon them. They saw Him “Lifted up from the earth,” and gazed on the glory that radiated from the wounds of His holy suffering. As they looked upon Him, they approached Him and were changed into His likeness. His name then shone out through them, for He lived within them Their life from that moment on was one of inexpressible fellowship solely with Him above. They willing to live without possessions that others owned and that they could have had, in order to be unlike others so they would be more like Him.
This is the description of all those throughout the ages who “follow the Lamb wherever he goes. I am trying to move beyond my own expectations to have checkpoints and encounters with my Lord. I wish we all would look at the need to get out of His way and our own way to have a experience of gazing upon Him and His presence. Let Him embrace you today and get to where He is. Don’t forfeit you resurrection because of life and all of its temporal glory, move beyond this world and think eternally.
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