Bible Ballistics: BBs #269 A Way That Seems Right???
It seems we are inundated with information, options, and facts these days—but much of what we hear and see is much less than the “truth”! We live in a world gone awry with “selfies” and everything focused on “ME”! But those of us who follow Jesus are called to walk to a ‘different drum’, if you would. We are called to keep our eyes and hearts fixed on Jesus, and filter everything around us with eyes trained by the fruit of the Spirit, in contrast to the fruits of the flesh.
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:19-26
I know this is a bit lengthy but it is so important that we understand that those who belong to Jesus are a “new creation”, and are to walk by the Spirit of Jesus not the spirit of the world! We need to examine the things around us in light of the differences revealed above. We are to measure and examine the things that we see and hear by the standard that God has established, not the perverted, twisted and corrupt agenda of the world.
We can fool people, people can fool us, and we can even fool ourselves, but we will never fool God. And when we stand before HIM, and we all will, we will give an account of why we didn’t obey the One who died for us. For ultimately all sin is against God, and as God told the children of Reuben, Manasseh, and Gad, when they asked to be able to claim their land on the “other” side of the Jordan:
“But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out.” Number 32:23
We can hide our sin from people, sometimes even those closest to us, but God hears and sees all and it is God that we will give an account to in time. And it is God’s Word and God’s standard that we will be accountable to!!! And He won’t have to guess.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 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.” Hebrews 4:12-13
So my challenge to us today is, check your ways! Be sure you are following the right ‘God’ and that you haven’t been distracted and deceived by the world and it’s lies!
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25
And how do we make sure that we are going the right way? I’ll just share a couple of concise scriptures to help you check the enemy at the door, so to speak.
“Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” Psalm 119:133
Get in the Word of God and hide it in your heart and mind.
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:11
And then examine all things by God’s ‘checklist’!
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
So measure the things that are around us in light of “who” we belong to, and what HE has said. After all my friends, Jesus IS truth. Not just ‘a’ truth, but “TRUTH”, period!!! And while there is a way that “seemeth” right to men, there is only ONE way that is “The Way”. His name is Jesus, and He alone will lead us into “abundant life”, when we choose to follow HIM!
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6