A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, June 3, 2014
“Teach me Your way, O Lord, And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.” – Psalm 27:11
Have you been traveling over some rough terrain, my brother? Can’t seem to turn that corner, my sister? Then start asking God to teach you His way, as the psalmist King David did!
The Hebrew word for “teach” as used in this verse is yara (pr. yaw-raw), which means “to flow as in water, to lay or throw (especially an arrow, ie: to shoot), inform, instruct” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Are you flowing in the Spirit of the Living God like you need to be, family? How much time are you spending in the Word of God, my brother? How often are you still, and listen for your Father to speak, my sister? How frequently do you declare out of your mouth: “Father, I thank you that I flow effortlessly, continuously, perfectly, and without interruption in your Holy Spirit,” sons and daughters?
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines “inform” as “to give character or essence,” and further defines “instruct” as “to give knowledge to, to provide with authoritative information or advice.” As believers, when we seek the way of the Father, then He pours more of Himself, His Divine Character and Essence, into us; after all, we were created in His Image! (Genesis 1:27). The instructions that the Lord gives us are not just any instructions; they are authoritative instructions, because “greater is He who is in you than He who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
We walk in the authority of God’s Word, and God’s Word operates in us. When we speak what God has spoken, then we are letting His Word do the work! And stuff gets done! Mountains get moved, crooked paths become straight, storehouses become full to overflowing, marriages are saved and restored, relationships are mended, healing consumes sickness, and death takes a holiday! So grab God’s Word out of your quill, mighty archer, and shoot it into your situation and circumstance! Call those things that are not as though they were, like our forefather Abraham did! (Romans 4:17).
God’s “way” is derek (pr. deh-rek), which is “a road (as trodden); a course of life or mode of action.” Webster defines “trodden” as “to beat or press with feet, to subdue or repress by trampling.” Notice that “way” is singular and not plural. This is because there is only One Way, and that Way is through Jesus Christ, our Way-maker, Who made a way out of no way for us! Jesus gave us the roadmap to victory when He proclaimed "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). He made the way smooth by trampling down all the wiles of the enemy, and our Lord and Savior imparted His authority into us to ensure our path stays straight and smooth: “I [Jesus] have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” (Luke 10:19).
What makes this way smooth? It is our covenant relationship found only in God the Father, through the Blood of His Son, Jesus Christ! The word “smooth” as used here (miyshor, pr. mee-shore), means “a concord, even place, uprightness, pleasant, prosperous.” A “concord” is “a state of agreement, harmony, covenant” (Webster). It is by virtue of being in covenant with God, and being in agreement with His Word that our way is made straight, smooth, and prosperous.
What is coming out of your mouth, family? Are you speaking what God has spoken; thereby coming into agreement with God’s Word concerning you and your life? Or are you speaking out of agreement with God’s word; thus paving an uneven and rocky path for yourself, replete with the impediments of lack, sickness, and despair? You better straighten yourself out by getting straight with God’s Holy, Immutable, Perfect, and Incorruptible Word!
When you travel God’s path, you are never alone! The Hebrew word for “path” as used here is orach (pr. o-rakh), which is “a caravan,” meaning “a company of travelers.” When you travel on God’s path, you are traveling in good company! You are part of God’s caravan: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit!
Your enemies can’t touch you when you travel with Team God! The original term for “enemies” used here is sharer (pr. shaw-rar), and means “to be hostile, of or relating to an enemy; marked by malevolence: having or showing unfriendly feelings; openly opposed or resisting.” We have but one enemy, our adversary the devil, who works through people, situations, wrong attitudes, and false accusations. James 4:7 gives us the ultimate smack-down strategy, as it charges forward: “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Are you ready to get schooled in God’s University, my brother? Do you desire your Daddy to smooth things over for you, my sister? Great, then let’s go! Which way, you ask? Oh look, there’s Jesus! Follow Him!
Father, thank You for teaching us Your way. Most Patient and Merciful God, we repent for thinking we know better than You, and trying to do things our way; which always results in a mess! Right now, we rebuke and cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of You, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when Your obedience is fulfilled (2 Corinthians 10:5-6). In Jesus Name, we thank You that we follow You where You lead, and walk in Your smooth path. Amen and Amen!
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to seek and allow God to teach you His way. Choose to forsake the world’s false teachings and treacherous ways which only lead to destruction and death. Choose to humble yourself under the Mighty Hand of God, and allow Him to exalt you in due season, and cast all your care upon Him (1 Peter 5:6-7). And continue to fight the good fight of allowing your Father to make a way out of no way for you, and smoothing out your path; for God, your Streets of Gold, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2014, unless otherwise noted.