Meditations from the Word

The Blessed road – God’s pathway for this year!

Ps 66:11 You have crowned the year with Your bounty, And Your paths drip with fatness

Ex 33: 13 “Now therefore, I pray You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight. Consider too, that this nation is Your people.”
14. And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Greetings & blessings of the New Year to you ! As I waited on the Lord for His blessings & guidance this year,the Lord gave me the above verse from Exodus 33 as a Rhema –a spoken word in my spirit.God’s word overflows with promises but there are times when God impresses certain words on our hearts in order to give us specific guidance,As I rejoice in the Word that He gave,God has also been guiding me in explaining the word to me which I now share with you even as he speaks to me,as a blessing & promise we can hold on to during this year.
The above passage is a discourse between God & Moses when God refused to accompany the Israelites to Canaan,showing them the way, due to their disobedience.Moses intercedes with God & wins His heart.Moses pleads with God to reveal His ways to him. Psalms 103:7 says ‘He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel.’ Without knowing the ways of God Moses would not have been able to lead the Israelites. Many of us claim to know God but seldom understand His ways.Quite often we are perplexed & do not understand the ways of God.We do not understand why he permits certain things to happen in our lives,etc.Our human minds cannot comprehend the divine ways of God since we can only reason in human wisdom.In Romans 11:33 Paul himself says,‘Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!’ Despite this,Moses had the privilege of knowing the ways of God & therefore found favor with Him.In Ex 33:13 we see that we find God’s favor in our lives when we get to know His ways.How wonderful life would be know if we truly know the ways of God that we may not stumble or falter,& always be on the right track to fulfill our destiny! Specially in the area of leadership,it is vital to understand the ways of God lest we result as the blind leading the blind (Math 15:14).Churches & ministries would flourish if the leaders knew the ways of God.Apart from that,every born again believer is called to lead those who are in darkness into His marvelous light & we cannot effectively do this without knowing the ways of God.God cannot make us leaders unless we know His ways.When Moses was first called to lead the Israelites out of bondage,he almost refused.But when he saw the powerful hand of God in the way He dealt with Egypt,he began to get to know God’s ways.
Ps 66:11You have crowned the year with Your bounty, And Your paths drip with fatness.-This verse is often quoted for every New Year.It says that God’s paths or His ways drip with fatness (His Goodness).If we are truly claiming this verse as our new year blessing then it is important for us to know His paths & follow that path.Many of us claim to be His followers but we cannot really follow Him unless we know the path that he is taking! When we find that path we will find all the blessings we need on that path.The word ‘fatness’ is another word used for Anointing.Fatnes represents not only blessings but His divine & precious anointing.If we wish to operate in the anointing of the Holy Spirit we need to know the path of God & walk in that anointed path.God revealed His ways to Moses & only His acts to the Israelites.They were eye witnesses to the acts of God but did not know His ways & therefore stumbled constantly.We too may be born again & regular church goers,eye witnesses of God’s powerful move,but only a person who has a strong & intimate relationship with God will actually know His way.It is God’s will for everyone of us to know His ways & was not something exclusively for Moses. The following verse explain this. Psalms 67: 1 God be gracious to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us– Selah.2That Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations.-In other words this verse implies that when God is gracious to us & when His face shines upon us,we would know His ways & through us, His ways would be know to the nations!God wants us to know His ways however mysterious it seems.

Let us look into what the Bible really means by ‘ways of God’:
The ways of God is His will for our lives.God orders our ways & guides us in His will when we live a totally surrendered life to Him. (Ps 37:23 The steps of a good man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way.)The ways of God is also His righteousness. Genesis 18:19 speaks of the ways of God as His righteousness & His justice. “For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.” If we have understood God’s righteousness & His justice we could understand His way.His path does not only drip with fatness but is also filled with His righteousness. There is no unrighteousness or injustice found in Him.Early Christianity during the time of the apostles was termed as ‘The Way’ (Acts 9:2) signifying that Jesus was the only way to Salvation,redemption & victory.
The ways of God also denotes the flow of the Holy Spirit.Ezekiel chapter 47 records a ‘river’ in his vision leading to the throne of God.There was life in this river that made the fish live.This is the river of God,the river of Life bringing new life & healing wherever it flows signifying a life led by the Holy Spirit.Knowing the way of God is knowing & understanding the leading of the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:14 says, “For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”.It is very easy to detour from the way of God,missing the Holy Spirit’s guidance if we are not sensitive to the move of the Holy Spirit.The voice of the flesh, the voice of the world,the voice of the devil (Angel of Light) & the voice of Anti-Christ spirits sometimes call out to us,disguising itself as the voice of the Holy Spirit.Unless we know the ways of God,walking in the spirit we could so easily fall into deception.This is the reason why strange doctrines & philosophies are on the rise in these last days.When we walk in the spirit we are walking in the ways of God & we will not be mislead.Very often we are unable to distinguish the voice of the Holy Spirit. John 10:27 says, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;”.Just as a mother recognizes the voice of her child,when we are walking in the ways of God,staying close to His heart,we would be able to know what He is trying to communicate to us & will not be mislead.

Let us now look into how to know God’s ways:

1.God reveals His ways through the Holy Spirit:
I Cor 2; 9 but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.

The Holy Spirit is the spirit of God & as 1 Cor 2:11 states ,the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.When we know the thoughts of God we know His ways,and we cannot know the thoughts of God except through the same spirit of God that lives in us.(Rom 8:11).This is how we have the mind of Christ mentioned in 1 Cor 2:16,through His Holy Spirit & when we have the mind of Christ we will know His ways.
In Acts 2 we read how they disciples were in one accord waiting in faith for the promise of the Holy Spirit.When they did so the Holy Spirit swept down on them & immediately their eyes were opened to see the ways of God.From that very day their lives were dramatically changed & they were able to rise up to do God’s will as He showed them the Way to do His ministry.After we are filled with the Spirit we are to walk in the spirit (Gal 5:16).Many claim to be filled with the spirit but do not walk in the Spirit.When we walk in the spirit we are walking in the ways of God & will not fulfill the evil desires of the flesh.

The Word of God shows us the way of God since it is a lamp unto our feet & a light to our path (Ps 119:105).We sometimes think that the Holy Spirit needs to move in with physical manifestations to reveal to us His way,not realizing that the very Word of God is saturated with the Holy Spirit.When we are reading the word of God there is a divine connection made between us & the Holy Spirit.God uses it as a channel to fill us with His power & wisdom to know His ways.Sometimes,when I don’t feel the anointing of God in my prayers,I would begin to read His Word & as I read,I would feel His holy fire burning within me,moving in me to pray in the spirit.This is the power of His word that is Spirit breathed.Let us never underestimate the power of His word.When we read His Word & pray our eyes will be open to the ways of God & our prayers will be in tune with His will.

We know the ways of God also by the gift of revelation.Many consider the gifts of the Holy Spirit as a thing of the past,while some think it is only for a selected few.because we do not seek God for the gifts of the Holy Spirit.1 Cor 14:1 instructs us to earnestly desire spiritual gifts.If we do not believe in the gifts of the Holy Spirit it does not make any difference concerning it’s existence today.God is still filling His people with the Holy Spirit & filling them with His gifts.Though some try to fake it ,in know way does it nullify the fact that God gives the gifts of the Holy spirit & a spirit led person can discern between the right & the wrong.Instead of seeking people who are blessed with the Gifts,let us seek God to impart the Gifts of the Holy spirit in our lives.(For more on this read 1 Cor chapter 14.)

The way of God is the way of His love.We know the ways of God by walking in His love.2 John 1:6 “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.” –The Bible not only instructs us but commands us to walk in love.It is surprising to see how so many people claim to be filled with the Spirit,doing great things for God but struggle in the area of love.If we are truly walking in the Spirit then we would be walking in love.We live in a very self-centered world.Due to the pressures we face in life we become so very insecure & seek self preservation at any cost due to insecurities we face.So our very thought is about ourselves & we forget our neighbours & the needy people around us.This is not walking in love.Moreover we are unable to overlook the faults of others,to forgive & forget.We live our lives in bitterness & hurt & are unable to release those who hurt us but hold onto grudges,which is a very unhealthy way of living.When we walk in love we are fulfilling the great commission.Jesus calls us to take up our cross,which includes letting go of our selfishness,pride,ego, at the cross of calvary & follow Him.We cannot get too far walking in God’s way or the path that drips with fatness,carrying our baggage –our self-pride & inflated ego with us! Eventually we stumble & fall.God has called us to love one another.Love is the central access of the whole gospel.unfortunately,people carry their grudge to the grave & even beyond that ! 1Cor 13:5 says Love is not easily angered (NIV).The JBP translation says,’Love is not touchy’.The Christian society we live in today is filed with super sensitive folks.It is good to be sensitive to the feelings of others,but God has called us to be insensitive to the hurts caused by others.Instead people become so very sensitive to the actions & passing remarks of others that they tend to avoid each other.A spirit of misunderstanding creeps in & unwanted hurt & grudge is harbored.It is so very difficult to even communicate to such folks since they make meanings out of nothing.When we walk in God’s way ,our focus will be on Him & we will learn to ignore the frivolous things of this world.Our walk in His Way would be steady if we only clear the logs in our eyes & not focus on the specs found in the eyes of the other.(Mat 7:5)

Lastly, the way of God is a way of faith. 2 Cor 5:7 “for we walk by faith, not by sight.”.The way of God is not a way where you can the path clearly.It is a way filled with suspense.The light that God shines sometimes centers only around our feet,so every step is taken by faith in Christ.As paul says in 1 Cor 13:12 “or now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.”,we do not know what our future holds since we are unable to see everything clearly,but we do know who holds our future.They way of God may sometimes seem to be the way of the cross for us.There may be thorns & thistles in our path,but when we put our faith in God,He makes our ways smooth (Is 45:13).When we acknowledge God in all our ways,checking with Him in every cross road we face,He will make our ways straight & smooth (Prov 3:6).We may not know every turn that comes our way & there may be a lot of uncertainities & surprises that await us.Sometimes we may feel like a blind man groping in the darkness,just moving forward following a still small voice which is how often God leads us.But here is what God has to say to that ; Isaiah 42:16 “And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I … I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. …”
What a wonderful God we serve.He does not leave us alone groping in the darkness,but as we trust Him ,He turns darkness into light.The deeper we walk in His way the brighter His light shines.We don’t have to give up in our faith walk,but we can be rest assured that God is with us leading us in His triumph since he always leads us in His victory.(2Cor 2:14)
Proverbs 4:18 “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.”-The way of God is not a way that leads us into greater darkness like the way of sin & hell,but it shines brighter & brighter & gets sweeter & sweeter as we go from strength to strength ,from glory to glory.As Mary found the right portion which could not be taken away from her (Luke 10:42),let us lay aside every distraction & every misleading path & find the Ways of God as Moses did that we may walk in it.May the Lord crown this year with His goodness as we walk in His ways.
God bless you.
Bernard Clifford

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