To Walk in the Way of the LORD
Isaiah 30:21 “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left”
Have you , Christian, ever heard His Voice?
Are you in the Way He has for you?
Have your ears ever heard that Word behind you saying this is the Way , walk ye in it?
This verse is about direction for your life.
He will not give us the 10th mile direction, when we are still in our 5th mile relationship.
We can not know to turn to the left or right, until we come to that place of turning.
And we must go on till we come to that place of turning.
Hosea 6:3 “THEN shall we know, If we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.”
Rain is always a sign of mercy. And God had the latter and former rains–those necessary rains–for His people; if they followed Him.
This is a promise that rings down thru the ages.
This is not for those who lack diligence to seek; or will not do the will of GOD, once they know it.
It is not: Tell me , Lord, what you want me to do, and then I will decide IF I want to do it.
He is NOT LORD , then.
But there is sure and certain mercy , for those who WILL follow onto know the LORD.
Jesus said the same thing when He was here:
John 7:17 ” If any of you really determines to do God’s will, then you will certainly know whether My teaching is from God or is merely My own.” (Living New Testament)
We can know what The Lord Jesus wants us to do. We can hear His Voice, speaking to us by the Holy Spirit within.
But we must come to the Place of deciding that we WILL DO HIS WILL.
Israel was VERY PIOUS with their mouth. But far away, in there hearts.
God said :
Hosea 10:2 “Their heart is divided…”
He called them:
Hosea 6:4 “O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? For your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.”
In the morning, there are often clouds, looking as though they might bring rain; But as soon as the sun is up and warm; they disappear.
The dew gives moisture , but disappears as soon as the heat of the day comes.
As soon as there was any difficulty; Israel withered in there righteousness.
What God required was :
Hosea 6:6 “For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.”
He very plainly told them what they needed to do.
What of us? Have we been doing “all the right things”, but not the things God really wants us to do?
Have we been consistent in religious activities? But not in seeking the Lord about the resentments, and anger of our hearts?
And what is this…knowledge of God? Certainly, we should know ABOUT Him.
Certainly, we should know His Word.
But the knowledge of God , He wanted them to have was that personal relationship with Him, which brought their hearts and lives before God; Not just their sacrifices.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways , and according to the fruit of his doings.”
Are you walking in the “way” of the Lord?
Luke 18: 9 “And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others”
They trusted in themselves. They thought they knew what God wanted….and did it:
But they despised others.
Luke 18:10-14 “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God , I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust , adulterers, or even as this publican.
I fast twice in a week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smite upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
I tell you, (Remember this is Jesus speaking) THIS man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalted himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted”
Interesting to note: The Pharisee stood and prayed thus WITH HIMSELF…..certainly God was not his object.
And he that humbleth himself ,SHALL BE exalted.
No man stands in the Presence of God in his own righteousness.
Justification is not by our righteous deeds. It is not ; “I do this for You , if You do this for me.”
Nor is it that you can pile up points against the day of need.
A lost man needs to be found, a sinner needs salvation.
And this salvation is also from the Power of sin, As well as the guilt of sin.
We are lost sinners, in need of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ .
Or we are saved sinners, in need of forgiveness, and cleansing from our sin, by our Lord Jesus Christ, daily.
Remember when we mentioned : “the heart is deceitful”. “And desperately wicked”?
Yet God said that “He searches the heart…to give to every man according to his ways”
Now, here is a “WAY” of God:
Luke 8:15 “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.”
THE HEART IS “GOOD”, HERE; ONLY BECAUSE IT IS HONEST.
Come before God in honesty, and God will give you “according to your ways” of honesty. He will with the truth….give grace.
John 1:17 “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ”
If you will get honest with God, you are planting your feet squarely into His Way, and He will give you grace.
The UNMERITED FAVOR OF POWER. It is unmerited, we do not earn it….it is by Christ’s Sacrifice that we can receive it.
The “favor” is POWER….power to meet the need…now.
Luke 8:16-18 “No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed; but sets it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.
For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seems to have.”
Take heed: how ye hear!
Luke 8:4 ” And when MUCH PEOPLE were gathered together, and we’re come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:”
There were much people who came to hear…but did they hear?
Luke 8:8 “And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, HE THAT HATH EARS TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR.”
These were the ones to whom HE always spoke….those that had ears to hear.
Again, is Jesus speaking to you? Do you have ears that hear His Word to you?
“For whosever hath, to him SHALL be given.”
The more we have by the Holy Spirit within, the more we are going to be given. For the ones that “have”, are they that have heard and gotten honest with God , and received grace to do what they need to.
He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Proverbs 25:12 “As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.”
Here are those “hearing ears”, again. Obedient ears.
And we must always consider, as children of God, His correcting us; for to reprove, is to “back strike with words”. To get us back in the Way.
Hebrews 12:11 ” Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless, AFTERWARD it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.”
AFTERWARD is a great word here….if we receive the correction, then afterwards we also receive the peaceable fruit of righteousness….The joy of fellowship restored…the mercy of sin forgiven….the grace and power of the Holy Spirit strengthening us to new steps.
How Great is our God….How loving He is to not let us go on in the wrong way of anger, bitterness and sin!!!
Proverbs 29:1 ” He, that being often reproved hardens his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy”