Some life lessons from The Pilgrims Progress
We all know of the wonderful, and timeless story from the book, The Pilgrims Progress, written by John Bunyan in 1678.
The man named ‘Christian’ is called out from the ‘City of destruction‘, to seek salvation and find the Heavenly City. Along his journeys, Christian encounters many trials and tribulations. It is a story of every Christian, and no matter how challenging life becomes, we will overcome.
Here are a few powerful allegories Describing Christian’s journey to the Heavenly City:
After becoming weary and distracted due to the long journey, he falls into the ‘Slough of despond’, a muddy pit. If you allow yourself to become overwhelmed with sin, problems and burdens, you can easily fall into despondency, depression and hopelessness.
In the book, there is a helper who comes along, and asks, “Why did you not use the steps that lead out of this pit?”
Christian realises the weather affected the visibility and he couldn’t see ‘the steps’. Circumstances seem so bad at times that we lose sight of ‘these steps’, promises from God’s word, principles to get us out of the pit.
But, the ‘Helper’, the Holy Spirit will come alongside you and reveal God’s way out if you call upon Him and ask for direction.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (John 14:26)
The next problem Christian faces is the Giant of Despair, who captures him and throws him into a prison of tortures (worry/fear/stress/cares of this world). He falls asleep in this Castle of doubt, losing vision, forgetting his purpose and the power He has.
He is only free once he realises he ALREADY has the key!
God’s word of Promise, Hope & Power.
“His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (2 Peter 1:3)
The Valley of Humiliation – Another trial Christian encounters is a
place of being continually accused by the enemy and feeling condemned.
Satan is the Accuser! He wants you to blame God as making life so bad that you turn against Him.
“Humiliation is Satan’s great weapon he uses to achieve his ultimate goal. His aim is that you will become sick and tired of feeling unworthy and like a failure, becoming angry at God and eventually letting disappointment turn you away from Him. He does this by making God nothing but an overbearing killjoy.”
Christian overcame this temptation by fighting the good fight of FAITH. He’s greatest battle was won by using his Sword, the sword of the Spirit, and not giving up.
Put on the armour of God, fight with the weapons He has given us, and NEVER GIVE UP!
Ephesians 6:10“Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
BE STRONG IN THE LORD AND HIS MIGHTY POWER