Keep to the Path

September 4, 2015

Proverbs 4:18
But the path of the just [is] as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

Keep to the Path

There are many and diverse paths that we can take in life, but there is only one that we should be focused and sure to stay on. It is the path of the justified in Christ, the path of righteousness, the path that is leading each day into light that is shining more and more unto the perfect day. It is when we stray from this path that we begin to err from life. There are many exhortations from the Lord and many prayers from the saints to stay true to this path. Psalms 27:11 says, “Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. “ Psalms 119: 35 speaks, “Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.” Psalms 119:105 continues saying, “Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” These scriptures acknowledge the importance of learning and keeping to the path of the Lord. We see that it is the Word of God that is a lamp unto our feet and light unto our path. It shows us the way and so we continually rehearse it and put it before us so that we might keep to the path.
The book of Proverbs, in teaching us its wisdom, instructs us in like manner. Proverbs 1:10-18 warns against following the pathway of sinners. “My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them. 11 If they say, “Come along with us; let’s lie in wait for someone’s blood, let’s waylay some harmless soul; 12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; 13 we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder; 14 throw in your lot with us, and we will share a common purse”- 15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths; 16 for their feet rush into sin, they are swift to shed blood. 17 How useless to spread a net in full view of all the birds!
18 These men lie in wait for their own blood; they waylay only themselves!” It exhorts us to avoid the temptation of hanging around bad company where we can get caught up in the snares of the enemy and stray from the path of life. Proverbs 2:6-8 tells again how to find and maintain our walk in the path of righteousness, “For the LORD gives wisdom and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. 9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.” Proverbs 4:10-15 give us this advice, “Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. 11 I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. 13 Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life. 14 Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evil men. 15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.” Finally we are left with this godly counsel in Proverbs 4:20-27, “My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
22 for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. 24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. 26 Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. 27 Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”
It is imperative for us as the children of God to maintain diligence in holding to the path of the just. That requires that we maintain a vital relationship with the Lord in fellowship, prayer and in His Word. It means that we are always examining our ways to make sure we are not deviating from the path that Jesus walked before us.
There may be times when we find ourselves off of that path and out of the way then what do we do? In Isaiah 30:15-18 the Lord says this, “This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. 16 You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’ Therefore you will flee! You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’ Therefore your pursuers will be swift! 17 A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you will all flee away, till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner on a hill.” 18 Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” The Lord is waiting for you, repent and keep to the path.



Turn Aside

April 10, 2012

Deuteronomy 28:14
Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.

Turn Aside

This is a word I heard in my spirit as I was asking the Lord what to share.  “Turn aside” means to turn into, to depart, depart from away, avoid, to be removed, to come to an end, put away, depose, leave undone, retract, reject, abolish.
I was impressed by how many exhortations the Word gives us to not turn aside from God, His commandment and His ways.  He has set our feet in the path of His Word and there we are to abide and live out of that place.  Whenever we are tempted to “turn aside” we are stepping outside the will and the way of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 5:32 exhorts us, “So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left.”  We can go to extremes, either way, that lead us out of the straight and narrow the Lord wants us to follow after.  We can become to liberal and we can become to legalistic.  Both have the same result in that they turn us out of “the way”.
Psalms 40: 4 tells us, “Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.”  Part of not “turning aside” is where we put our trust and confidence.  It is easy for any of us to look to the things of this world to bail us out of our problems, or to remedy our circumstance.  Do not “turn aside”  from putting your confidence and your trust in the Lord.  He is the way of life and salvation. God may use natural means to meet your needs, but that is not where you want to put your confidence and trust.  He is your God and there is none other.  Be careful not to “turn aside” from Him.
1 Samuel 12: 21 exhort us, “And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty.”  There are so many things along the road of life that we can take an exit off our designated High Way to go exploring and partaking of.  Beware of these exit ramps on the road of life, for what you may think is but a short pit stop can turn into a major pit fall.
Psalm 125:5 again warns us, “But those who turn aside to their crooked ways the LORD will lead away with evildoers! Peace be upon Israel!”  Crooked ways, are twisted ways, from which comes wickedness.  It is a perversion of the truth that attempts to make void the Word of God.  Crooked ways don’t allow you to see your end and they quickly lead you on the path of destruction.
Finally, I would share one more scripture from the New Testament in  2 Timothy 4:1-5, “I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: 2preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. 3For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. 5As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.”  This where we at today and it is the Lord’s admonition that we follow with our whole hearts the council to Timothy in this scripture. Jesus said, ‘In the last days, if it were possible, even  the elect would be deceived (Matthew 24:24).”  We can see that a tremendous spirit of deception is being poured out in the earth and it is critical to us as God’s people that we don’t turn aside, no matter how good things may look or how bad things may get.  We have a path to walk and it is imperative that our foot not slip from it.  If it should then get your wits about you and repent so that you may be restored in the High Way of Righteousness.  We walk it not by ourselves, but in unity, oneness and full reliance of Christ in us.  That work He has began in us He is able to complete it till the Day of Christ (Philippians 1:6).
We hold fast our faith and confidence in the Lord only, He will strengthen and keep us so that we would not be turned aside from Him in any of our ways.  His Way is our way.


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