Going Our Own Way
Isaiah 53:6: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Sadly, the passage could read this way: we have turned every one to his own wrong way; God has a right way for each of us.
Ezra 8:21: Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance.
A simple definition for repentance is to turn from our own wrong ways to the Lord*s right way.
2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
As is my habit, a few days ago I prayed for a couple of dozen believers on one of my prayer lists. They have all demonstrated wonderful love for me and have lived for the Lord and loved Him faithfully for many years. But when I finished praying for them I realized that I had prayed for every one on that particular list to find the will of God and obey it. Every one of them has gone astray in some way, some ignorantly and some willfully. Thankfully, I have some prayer lists full of believers that obviously get back into God*s way whenever they go astray. That is what wise and fruitful Christians do. And then I realized that I too have gone astray more times than I can count or even remember. But our God is faithful. He knew how often we would yield to our flesh and fail Him before He ever saved us. And He planned to go on loving us, reproving us, forgiving us and correcting us. He has a plan for each of our lives and a vital part of His plan is getting us back into His will whenever we stray out of it.
Even though we get out of it so often, when we genuinely receive Jesus, we also receive His will and His plan for our lives. He is God. Our main thrust for the rest of our lives should be, with His help, to stay in His will and His plan and whenever we go astray to quickly get back into it.
Ephesians 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Proverbs 16:3: Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.
2 Corinthians 10:5: Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Psalms 19:14: Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalms 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
There can be no doubt that He wants to be and deserves to be in charge of our works, our thoughts and our words. Doesn*t leave any room for our sin does it?
Romans 13:14: But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
1 John 1:7: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.