Set Your Heart Toward the Hiway Before Satan Settles You

John 14:30,31


Dedicated to the life ministry of Tim, Sawman, Shey.  High Plains Drifter.

Set your Heart Toward the Hiway....Jeremiah 31: 21, 

Satan tries to settle us where God has made us strangers.
The world has rejected Christ, and Satan wants us to be satisfied with it for our portion. The spirit of the world comes to dim the value of the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. Heavenly promises put the affections in another place altogether. I delight in Christ and have possession of Him. What do I want here, then? What matter who slights me? If the soul is living in Christ, and enjoying the promises, it can count it all joy when trial comes. It is better to wait for heaven than to enjoy the world. 

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A Brief Word on Abram and Lot

By John Nelson Darby

Genesis 13

The word of God is given that by it we may judge ourselves. It is not merely a book of abstract doctrine, but it tells us truth about ourselves in our connection with God, coming down to us in everyday life. Especially about the working of the will we get instruction.
The Old Testament Scriptures were “written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (1 Cor. 10: 11). The Israelites had the manna and the water, but we get instruction through that which happened unto them for illustrations.
In the days of Abraham the world had departed from God in an open way. The family of Abraham worshipped idols, as we see in Joshua 24: 2. After the flood men began to worship devils, but when idolatry is openly established, God calls out one family in whom His name is to be honoured, and through whom His truth is to be preserved.
God had called Abraham out to go into the land of Canaan, but he lingered until his father died, and got no farther than Haran. Alas, it is natural to the heart to let human affection come between it and God. He did not get into the land until after his father’s death.
He takes Lot with him. It was a kind and generous act, one might say, to a poor orphan. Abraham’s general character was that of walking by faith, though we see his failure in faith. Lot was a person accompanying Abraham’s faith, while he had it not. He walked in the steps of another, and not for himself. The spirit of the world was in him and showed itself on temptation. There was failure in Abraham, but it was the opposite of a choice of the world. The god of this world blinds the minds of those who believe not. Lot was a “righteous soul,” but he was seduced. Abraham had not so much as to set his foot upon, while Lot chose the fair portion, and got with it vexation of soul from day to day.
We have not open idolatry now. There is not worshipping of stocks and stones in these lands, but the flesh is the same as it was then, and Satan tempts to the following of the course of this world in a more subtle way. The lust in our heart is drawn out by the world, and Satan governs all those whose hearts are not set upon Christ. Where the heart likes the thing by which Satan governs, he maintains his power. Lot left idolatry, but fell into the spirit of the world. In him and Abraham we see the difference between failure in faith and following the course of the world.
God called Abraham to leave the world and walk with Him. Christ “gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world” (Gal. 1: 4). He says, “O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me” (John 17: 25).
Abraham came unto Haran. He did not get at once into Canaan, because he took something from which God had called him, for God had commanded him to leave his kindred and his father’s house. There was a reserve in his heart, and so he got only part of the blessing. He lost his home and his country for but very little while he was only halfway towards where God had sent him.
Arrived in Canaan, there was a famine in the land. He went down to Egypt. He was called to trust in the living God, but there he was not in a place to do so. He could not have an altar in Egypt. Communion with God was lost, though God watched over him still.
Staying out of Canaan, he did not get the promise. Wandering out of Canaan, he lost communion. All the riches he had gained with God there had not turned his will. There is nothing like simplicity in the ways of Christ. It is not a question here of salvation, but of walking in the light as God is in the light. Abraham forsook two of the three things that God had told him to leave, but not the third. Here is the failure of a godly man. Scripture never conceals the defects of those whose histories it records, but we see in Hebrews 11 how God delights to recall the traits of faith in His children.
Lot was a believer, but he walked by the faith of another. “Lot went with him.” He goes out and on with Abraham.
When Abraham left Egypt he came back to the place of the altar he had previously built, and there called upon the name of the Lord. If we have departed from the Lord, we never get back into communion until we get back into the place we started from. When the Lord deals with Peter, He does not reproach him with what he had done, but gets at his heart: “Lovest thou me?” So in Jeremiah 31: 21, “Set thine heart toward the highway, even the way which thou wentest.” And Jeremiah 4: 1 says, “Return unto me.”
Abraham was a stranger in the land, as well as a stranger in the earth, and so with us. Here is where the difficulty of the exercise of faith lies. God says, “If they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly” (Heb. 11: 15, 16). He does not put us actually into heaven, but leaves us here to try our affections. He puts us to the test. The Lord must have a heavenly people, as well as a heavenly place for them. He exercises our hearts without putting us in actual possession of the heavenly things. We are sitting there in Christ, yet here wrestling with principalities and powers. There is all spiritual wickedness to hinder our holding fast our hope—Satan tries to settle us where God has made us strangers.
The world has rejected Christ, and Satan wants us to be satisfied with it for our portion. The spirit of the world comes to dim the value of the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. Heavenly promises put the affections in another place altogether. I delight in Christ and have possession of Him. What do I want here, then? What matter who slights me? If the soul is living in Christ, and enjoying the promises, it can count it all joy when trial comes. It is better to wait for heaven than to enjoy the world. It was better for Abraham to be where the Canaanite and the Perizzite still dwelt, than to find his place where God had called him from. This was Abraham’s character of faith in the main; he gave Lot his choice of the land before them. See his quiet giving way. “Let your moderation be known unto all men” (Phil. 4: 5). He had confidence in the promises of God, so he could give up that which seemed fair.
Lot’s affections are now put to the test, and his faith is tested too. A Christian should be determined to have heaven and nothing else. Providence had made the plain of Jordan beautiful—why should he not enjoy it? So it is with the world now, and with many Christians. They like the providential mercies of God without God Himself. No Christian would deliberately choose a portion in that which God has pronounced to be under judgment. This righteous man was not thinking of the wicked men of Sodom, but of the well-watered plain. It was not open rebellion. Self-deception is not hypocrisy, but it was a righteous man not delivered from the spirit and power of the world. He chose the place of judgment. This world is a judged world. After long patience, it rejected Jesus; this is its condemnation. As regards the responsibility of the world, it is all over with it.
Abraham stayed in the place of the promises. There was no harm in the well-watered plain, but Lot preferred present comfort and enjoyment to the promises of God. He lifted up his eyes, and his eyes affected his heart. If we have been walking by the faith of another, the time must come when it will be put to the test to see whether God reigns over our affections.
It was a turning point for Abraham as for Lot. God said to him, “All the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it…Arise, walk through the land.” When he had made the good choice, and accepted the portion from God, then God shows him far more fully all that He had given him. Abraham gets a definite knowledge of his possessions. When our affections are set upon God, He can reveal Himself to us more fully. All the land is ours, but we have to realize it. It produces happy worship of heart when as strangers and pilgrims we are seeking nothing in the world.
Was it merely Canaan that Abraham valued? Truly, it was the glory of all lands, but the plain of Jordan was in Canaan too. It was because he had it as the gift of God. Gifts are precious because they put us in communion with the Giver. The love that gives is more precious than the gift.
Beloved friends, have we so taken the promises of God for our portion as not to think about or care for the plains of Jordan? The way it comes easy to us is because Christ is in heaven, and we are in Him. He became poor for us, that we through His poverty might be rich. When our hearts are upon Christ all else sinks down. We are seeking a country. Communion with God strengthens our souls while passing through this wilderness on our way. He has loved us better than we can love ourselves.


  1. Randy: A friend of mine in Jackson, Wyoming told me that a few days ago the JH Weekly published some commentary on my blog about the Jackson, Wyoming Fire:

    Props and Disses: 9.19.12

    Tuesday, September 18, 2012

    By Jake Nichols

    We didn’t start the fire, God did - DISS

    Many valley residents prayed during the early stages of the Horsethief Canyon Fire. Some East Jackson residents prayed that their home be spared. Some prayed for the safety of the firefighters. Remember the religious group that came to Jackson this spring to fight for the unborn? They prayed we’d burn down.

    To be fair, only a select few have been spotted in the blogosphere practically cheering the wildfire. Some even believed their prayers brought it upon our town – a Sodomite Jackson getting its comeuppance. At one blogspot run by Tim Shey, the hitchhiking prophet, the following entry appeared on Monday, September 10, the day rain began to fall on the fire:

    “I prayed: ‘Lord, if it be Your will to put judgment on Jackson, please stop the rain.’ Five to 10 minutes later it stopped. Then I felt led to pray: ‘Lord, if it be Your will, gust the wind. Send wind. Lord, if it is Your will, gust the wind to 40 mph.’ It went from calm to windy. Currently, it is gusting so strong that it blew a planter off my outside table!”

    The blogger continued: “My four-and-a-half-year-old sang prophetically ‘God! The evil people deserve to die.’ Jackson has been warned three times. Tomorrow is 9-11, a day of Judgment! A Day for Jackson’s Judgment. He comes like a thief in the night! We serve a God who answers with FIRE! Amen! Our family is safe and is out of the path of the fire! Praise Jesus!”

    Judging from the comment section, this guy is not alone in his belief that the Horsethief Canyon Fire is being used by or was sent by God to smite Jackson
    for being pro-choice.

    I don’t mean to berate or belittle this blogger, or any of the other zealots that visited Jackson in May who share the sentiment. But a rebuking may be in order. I am a believer. God, who commanded the universe into existence, is certainly capable of whipping up a 4,000-acre wildfire to teach a town a lesson. Jesus Christ, who died and rose from the dead to offer salvation from sin by the perfect sacrifice, can easily sic a fire on an ungodly town if He desired.

    But making these outlandish claims in His name only serve to give Christians a bad name.

  2. Hey Tim they got part of your blog right. They also gave your 4 1/2 year old credit. This good Christian who wrote this article should be sorely ashamed of themselves for taking the MIDDLE ROAD, FENCE SITTING, LUKE WARM stance on this abortion debate. Notice carefully how this "good christian" never takes a stand on the real issue but lets you have a smack about your comment. Praise God for your stance Tim. God bless you brother. Know this Mr. Tim... Your stance has been recorded in heaven and so has the stance of this "good christian". They probably never miss a day of church.


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