God's Way versus
"Jesus said to him,
'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through Me.'" John 14:6
"My thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways My ways,' says the Lord.
'For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts."
every one who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways."
the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the
way that leads to destruction, and there are many who
go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is
the way which leads to life, and there are few who find
"... whoever is ashamed of Me
and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of
him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the
glory of His Father...."
"You meet him who
rejoices and does righteousness, who remembers You in Your ways."
"But when a
righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits
iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked
man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done
shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he
is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he
"Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ Hear
now, O house of Israel, is it not My way which is fair, and your
ways which are not fair? When a righteous man turns away
from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and dies in it, it is
because of the iniquity which he has done that he dies. Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness which he
committed, and does what is lawful and right, he preserves himself
alive. Because he considers and turns away from all the
transgressions which he committed, he shall surely live; he
shall not die. Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord
is not fair.’ O house of Israel, is it not My ways which are fair,
and your ways which are not fair? Therefore I will judge you, O
house of Israel, every one according to his ways,' says the Lord
"And what does the Lord
require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk
humbly with your God?"
people would not heed My voice, and Israel would have none of Me.
I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, to walk in their own counsels.
Oh, that My people would listen to Me,
that Israel would walk in My ways!
I would soon subdue their
enemies, and turn My hand against their adversaries."
"For forty years I was grieved with that generation,
and said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts, and
they do not know My ways.’"
"Cry aloud, spare not;
lift up your voice like a trumpet;
Tell My people their transgression,
and the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet they seek Me daily,
and delight to know My ways,
As a nation that did righteousness,
and did not forsake the ordinance of their God.
They ask of Me the ordinances of justice;
they take delight in approaching God.
'Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You have not seen?
Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’"
"You are my
portion, O Lord; I have said that I would keep Your words.
I entreated Your favor with my whole heart;
be merciful to me according to Your word.
I thought about my ways, and turned my feet to Your testimonies."
"To You, O
Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You....
Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.
Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
for You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all
"Wait on the
Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the
"God has chosen the
foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God
has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the
things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and
the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things
which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no
flesh should glory in His presence."
1 Corinthians 1:27-30
the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and
He shall direct your paths.
Do not be wise in your own
eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil."
goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Better to
be of a humble spirit with the lowly,
than to divide the spoil with the proud."
men to search their own glory is not glory." Proverbs 25:27
"...present your bodies
a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your
reasonable service.... And do
not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and
acceptable and perfect will of God."
"I say... to everyone who is among you,
think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to
"...be submissive to one another, and
be clothed with humility, for 'God resists the proud, but
gives grace to the humble.'
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He
cares for you.
sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil
walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."
"When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for
the good land which He has given you. Beware that you do not forget the Lord
your God by not keeping His commandments... lest when you have eaten and are
full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them... your heart is
lifted up ....then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand
have gained me this wealth.’...
"...you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who
gives you power to get wealth....Then it shall be,
if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve
them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely
perish. As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so you
shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the
Lord your God."
"For all that is in
the world -- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and
the pride of life -- is not of the Father but is of the world.
And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who
does the will of God abides forever."
grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect
in weakness.' Therefore most gladly I will rather
boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest
upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in
reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for
Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong."