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Isaiah 55:8-9

Isaiah 55:8-9

Friday, December 6, 2013

TWO PATHWAYS ARE BEFORE US

"Make me walk in the path of Thy commandments, for I delight in it."  
Psalm 119:35


Which PATH are we walking on?  God's path or the world's?  Maybe, we are not aware of which PATH we are on.  Maybe, we don't know a better way, a much better PATH.  The choice is ours to make!

Unfortunately, there are many seasoned Christians who don't realize the path they are walking.  Many are not aware that they are walking the PATH of this world, the wrong PATH.  The world's path that leads to DESTRUCTION offers many fancy, tempting and pleasant things.   The WORLD offers us the best dining, expensive cars, bigger homes and more luxuries.  It might even be the allure of an Ivy League education. This path can often lead to the destruction of our souls.  If we seek WHOLENESS in such things, this indicates that we are not WHOLE in Christ.  It is amazing how we  become SLAVES to our culture, desires, things, hobbies, sports, money and media.  We desire the "latest and greatest" of everything.  The world really claims us with our fleshly desires and ambitions.  This is sad!  Should we live for ourselves and not for Christ?

Why not walk and follow the PATH of God?  Why is it then, that we refuse to walk the path of RIGHTEOUSNESS becoming slaves to SIN?  God's PATH offers freedom, peace and restoration for our souls.  But, walking God's PATH is a daily commitment we must make.  It is a  conscious choice we must make.  This doesn't just happen.  It takes effort, courage, determination and a commitment to walk on God's path each day of our lives.  We need prayer in our daily walk with God to help us walk His path and to keep us on His path without STRAYING.  We need His Grace to help us with each step we take.  Let's not forget, our enemy Satan wants to lead us ASTRAY and distract us at any cost.  Satan wants us to walk the path of SIN which is the most popular and familiar path traveled.  Don't you think that it is about time that we be wise with God's help and start waking the right path?    "Enter by the NARROW gate; for the gate is WIDE , and they way is BROAD that leads to destruction and many are those who enter by it.  For the gate is SMALL, and the way is NARROW that leads to LIFE, and FEW are those who find it."  Matthew 7:13-14

"He restores my soul; He guides me in the PATHS of RIGHTEOUSNESS for His name's sake."  Psalm 23:3.  Oh, how I love this verse!   Please note,  "He restores my soul, He GUIDES me in the paths of righteousness."  It doesn't say "maybe" He will guide me.  Our God is not capricious!  It says clearly, HE GUIDES ME.  He will guide me if I am abiding in His TRUTH, being faithful and determined to DO HIS WILL.  I guarantee you He is not going to let you down!

It must be very DIFFICULT to start or restart walking the RIGHT PATH when we have been used to waking the WRONG one, the unrighteous one.  It is hard to make life changes when they have been corrupted.  But, there is so much blessing when we walk the path of God, the path of RIGHTEOUSNESS. We start acting and looking differently than the WORLD.  We start shining our light before others and they NOTICE IT.  I promise they will notice it!  We must look different from the world, the world's path that doesn't lead to ETERNAL life.  God's path DOES!   Maybe, the key to our problem is to start slowing down.  Spend more time with our God in studying Scripture, in prayer, more time with our families and those whom we say we love.  Maybe, we need to be more motivated by spiritual, heavenly things than earthly things.  Maybe, we need to start using our time more wisely and redeem it for God's sake.  Maybe, we need to start thinking differently about the way we entertain ourselves.  A little less TV, hobbies, gaming, sports, media, etc.  In other words, we need to start dying to ourselves and live for Christ.  He gives LIFE to us abundantly to bear good fruit for His glory.  It is about time we go back to the ANCIENT PATHWAYS of God!

God has never promised that His PATH will be a bed roses, an easy one, but neither is the world's path! But let's not forget,  there is a BIG difference.  "Thou wilt make known to ME the path of life, in Thy presence is FULLNESS of joy; in Thy RIGHT hand there are pleasures forever."  Psalm 16:11.  The world's path can never offer FULLNESS of joy, or pleasures forever.

Walking the Christian path, the RIGHTEOUS one, is not a matter of just being baptized, the forgiveness of our past sins and a FAITH that does not act.  It is a matter of walking in NEWNESS of life, walking Christ's path.  We must allow Christ to guide ALL of our steps in every area of our lives.  He COMMANDS that we WALK in His PATHS so that "you will walk in the way of GOOD men, and KEEP to the PATHS of the RIGHTEOUS."  Proverbs 2:20.

The following are some proverbs to help us walk in the PATHS of God:

  • "In all your WAYS acknowledge Him, and He will make your PATHS  straight."  Proverbs 3:6
  • " I have directed you in the WAY of wisdom; I have led you in upright PATHS."  Proverbs 4:11
  • "Do not enter the PATH of the wicked, and do not proceed in the WAY of evil men."  Proverbs 4:14
  • "But the PATH of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day."  Proverbs 4:18
  • "Watch the PATH of your feet, and all your WAYS will be established."  Proverbs 4:26
  • "In the WAY of righteousness is life, and in its PATHWAY there is NO death."  Proverbs 12:28

May our Lord LEAD our footsteps each day, leading and guiding our minds, hearts and souls with wisdom so that we can walk His PATH of righteousness shining our light before a world of darkness and death.


Luci