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The Path of the Righteous

August 26th, 2011 No comments

God’s will for our lives is likened to a well worn path which our heavenly Father has marked out for us. As we live in obedience to God’s Word and to the Holy Spirit, we stay on the path and fulfill God’s plan for our lives.

Notice some important qualities about the Lord’s path:

1. He has gone before us, so the path is sure and safe.

Righteousness will go before Him, And shall make His footsteps our pathway.
Psalm 85:13

You enlarged my path under me, So my feet did not slip.
Psalm 18:36

2. He is not only “the Way”; His path is also “the Life.” Following His path leads to maximum life.

You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
Psalm 16:11

You crown the year with Your goodness, And Your paths drip with abundance.
(Psalm 65:11)

In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.
Proverbs 12:28

3. God’s path is time- tested (not trendy) and clearly marked (not obscure or mystical).

Thus says the LORD: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. (Jeremiah 6:16)

Commit today to walking in the path of the Lord. One day you’ll look back and realize His path has produced a life filled with satisfaction, joy, fulfillment and kingdom impact!

Guidance as a Covenantal Blessing

August 24th, 2011 No comments

As we are seeking God’s will for our lives, it is important to remind ourselves that the guidance we need is a covenantal blessing promised to each of us as God’s sons and daughters. As we walk in a lifestyle of obedience, God promises to show us the right path.

The psalmist cried out, “Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths.” (Psalm 25:4)

God gives us the metaphor of a path to show us the plan He has for each of our lives. The will of God is pictured as a path, or even a highway, that God has prepared for us to walk on. Then He gives us amazing promises concerning His desire to lead us all the days of our lives.

Consider these amazing promises from the Lord to you and me:

The LORD is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way. The LORD leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his demands.
Psalm 25:8-10, NLT

The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.
Psalm 32:8, NLT

But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
(Proverbs 4:18)

God is absolutely committed to leading you all throughout your life! Take a moment to thank Him for His amazing promises!

The Voice: Discerning the Ordinary from the Extraordinary

August 22nd, 2011 No comments

We often get into trouble by turning the normal decisions of life into a pursuit of a mystical experience or a supernatural encounter. As a result, we may get side-tracked and seduced into wrong conclusions.

We need to bring balance into our search for God’s guidance by learning to separate the ordinary from the extraordinary, the constant from the occasional, the rule from the exception.

I find it interesting that when I read the Bible, those who experienced a dream, a vision, a prophetic word or even a visit from an angel, were not seeking this experience. They were busy living their lives as God’s covenant people and He interrupted their “normal” day to supernaturally reveal something that He was doing.

While we believe God still speaks in supernatural ways today, the caution is this: Don’t live your life as if every moment requires an extraordinary form of communication from God. Remember the signs and wonders follow those who believe (Mark 16:17). In other words, choose to live a a very natural life of loving, faith-filled pursuit of God and His will and He will bring confirmation or fresh direction as you are moving along the path of obedience.

I believe God has a better plan. We’ll talk about it in the next blog.