Friday, December 2, 2016

the Most Excellent Way

This is the way, walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21). This is the title of my new book. Why? Because the way in any other way than the “The most excellent way,”  (1Corinthians 12:31) is failure. What is this way? It is the “The Way of Holiness as Isaiah 35:8 says, “A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray.”  Now there is the kind of road I want to walk. What is this road? It is the road of salvation for the people who are cleansed and consecrated to the Lord Jesus Christ. As Isaiah 30:21 says, whether they turn to the left or the right, they have heard a voice, saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” 

Do you walk your talk or do you just talk a good story? That’s a scary thought, because I am talking about shallow, house of cards existence if you don’t walk your talk and you say you are a Christian. Jesus said in Matthew 7:16 & 20, “You will know them by their fruits.”  He was talking about false and true prophets, those who bear good fruit and not.

In Deuteronomy 1:33 Moses speaks of the Lord who, “went in the way before you to search out a place for you to pitch your tents, to show you the way you should go, in the fire by night and the cloud by day.”  He says of those people, “Yet for all that, you did not believe the Lord your God” (Deut. 1:32).  There was penalty for rebellion. Only two men of this generation survived to go to the “Promised Land,” Joshua and Caleb. I don’t know about you, but this gets my attention that perhaps there is a way.  There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it is the way of death” (Proverbs 14:12). Wow, this is pretty harsh, right? 

King David speaks or sings of the Lord in 2 Samuel 22, saying, “the Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; the God of my strength, in whom I will trust…He delivered me from my strong enemy…the Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness…for I have kept the ways of the Lord… as for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven…God is my strength and my power, and He makes my way perfect...The Lord lives, blessed be the Rock!” These words were the last spoken by David before his death. He had learned the hard way, even though he was the “man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22).

Job said of God, “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10). Meanwhile, back to David the Psalmist who said, “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass, He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday” (Psalm 37:5-6).  What a promise for taking the way of the Lord, for His way is perfect.

His way is His Word, the Bible. In it you will find the directions for the “Most Excellent Way.” We are to walk in it. This is difficult if not impossible without first giving our lives over to Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord, He must become the Savior and center of our life. Then He becomes your Lord and you walk in His ways. The “Most Excellent Way” referred to in 1 Corinthians 13 is not easily seen always, in fact we see it darkly this side of heaven. “But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away” (1 Corinthians 13:10).  And now abide faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.”  In 1 John 5 we read that, “God is love” and that He sent His beloved Son to cleanse us of our sins, so that we could love one another. I am not saying that love is all, but, “ There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). I believe that fear keeps us from trusting and following God’s ways. How do we do it then? Jesus says, “I am the way the life and truth, no one comes to the Father but by me” (John 14:6).  He is the only way to walk in the way, so do it today. Make Jesus your Savior and Lord and walk in Him alone.

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