The Way of the Righteous
Psalm 1:6 “For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
Psalm 119:133 “Order my steps in Thy Word: and let not mine iniquities have dominion over me.”
This is the way of the righteous, that we should walk in it.
Hebrew 4:13 “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”
If we would come to God with the full realization that this is true; we would all get honest with Him more easily.
In our souls, God sees all…all our doubts, troubles, desires, plans, everything.
And He wants everyone of His beloved children to come to Him with this full realization.
Hebrew 4:12 “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of the soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
You know how you read a verse, and it is just like God is speaking to you about what you have been thinking about?
How quick it opens up to you the Light of God!
But notice it “divides” the soul and spirit: It shows you what is the Lord’s will (spirit) and what is yours (soul).
It gets into the very “nitty gritty” of every plan (joints and marrow).
And it discerns our thoughts (those that come and go) and intentions (those that stay and are considered) of the heart.
It is the “heart” here, because to be right-wise with God is a matter of the heart.
In all of our thoughts and intentions, how our heart is before God, is shown.
(In scripture, our hearts are the treasury of understanding…..and the source of whatever affects us.
Matthew 12:35 “A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.”)
As Christians, our failures and our sins are fearful; and should be overcome by the faith of Christ and the Holy Spirit’s power…..
But where the heart is concerned, it is our attitude to these that matters for our spiritual growth.
Are we repentant, or just sad because we are not as good as we thought?
Are we seeing them as the Lord sees our sin, and backsliding; or are we flying through our confessions to Him, with half-hearted effort?
I believe it takes the power of the Holy Spirit, working in us, for us to get honest; and see things as He sees them.
The Holy Spirit will remind us, convict us, and then lead us to Christ: Who forgives us (1 John 1:9-10)……but it is His Way of removing the defilement of the conscience, so we can feel refreshed and clean in His love.
And be ready to move on with Him in the next step of our lives.
Psalms 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
We all need to get honest before Him, and let Him do the searching….this is important….
It is not us (for we are apt to think we know the reason for this action or that response) but it is His searching; and us listening, to His Word to us.
If He shows us things….He will make it clear….this is always between the Lord and us.
Let us walk in the Light of His Word; in the way of the righteous.