The Way of Life is Above to The Wise

We can find the phrase “the way” in over 300 places in the Scriptures. Many of ‘the way’ verses are very significant for those who desire to know our Creator God and learn about Him and walk in His Ways.

The Hebrew word for ‘way’ is ‘derek’ <Strong’s # 1870> and it means ‘a road (as trodden); a path, a direction, a manner of action, in other words, a lifestyle’.

In this article, we will be looking at this phrase – ‘the way‘ – and its meaning as a direction of life, a lifestyle.

‘The Direction TO Life’

This article, “The Way of Life is Above to The Wise”, could also be titled ‘The Direction TO Life’.

All life proceeds from the one and only Source of Life, the Creator of heaven and earth — Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]. He is the Fountain of Life!

The ‘Way of Life’ will always lead us TO the life that Yahuwah Elohim gives. His life, both natural and spiritual, is vibrant, vigorous, good, and brighter than the light of the sun (Psalms 36:9; John 6:63b).

Walking in this Way of Life is a life of well-being (Psalms 128:1-2). It is a life of relying on the merciful, gracious, and compassionate God (Psalms 145:8-9). It is a life that maintains a sense of confidence, safety, and peace (Proverbs 14:26; Proverbs 1:33; Philippians 4:6-7). It is a life that promises the comfort of having an Ever-Lasting Life with our Creator (John 3:16).

This phrase ‘the way of life’, or slight variations but the same meaning, appears six times in the Scriptures:

1) So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. (Genesis 3:24)

2) For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: (Proverbs 6:23)

3) He is in the way of life that keeps instruction: but he that refuses reproof goes astray. (Proverbs 10:17)

4) The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath. (Proverbs 15:24)

5) And unto this people you shall say, Thus says Yahuwah [the LORD]; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death. (Jeremiah 21:8)

6) Because strait (difficult) is the gate, and narrow is the way which leads unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:14)

In the above verse from the book of Jeremiah, we can see that ‘the way of life’ is contrasted with ‘the way of death’. This verse is very similar to a passage in Deuteronomy, where the children of God are called to Make a Choice — a choice between life and death, between blessing and cursing:

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore CHOOSE LIFE, that both you and your seed may live: 20) That you may LOVE Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD your God], and that you may OBEY His voice, and that you may CLEAVE (cling) unto Him: for He is your life, and the length of your days…. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)

Notice that God the Father, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], wants us to choose life! To choose life is to choose the direction which leads to life.

If we want to walk in ‘The Way’ which leads to life then, as verse 20 above reveals, there are three details to consider:

  1. This Way is to choose to love Yahuwah your Elohim [the LORD your God].
  2. This Way is to choose to obey God’s voice, which is His Word.
  3. This Way is to choose to cling to and be united to God.

When we choose to walk (our lifestyle) in this ‘Way of life’, it is ‘The Way’ which leads to God’s abundant, superior life. We will thus have Yahuwah’s blessings, favour, and the life promised to us by Yahuwah’s Son, Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ] (John 10:10).

But, as you may well know, this first detail seems monumental.

How can we choose to love God, whom we cannot see, when we have a hard enough time loving others whom we can see?

The Answer:

To walk in this Way which leads to life, we must enter into it by going through the entrance – The Door.

If we go through the Door, then God’s Holy Spirit is available to help us and enable us to begin to love God.

The Way – The Door

What (or rather, Who) is the entrance into the Way of Life?

Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], the Living, Eternal, ALL-Mighty God revealed and provided for us The Entrance!

Yahuwah came to this earth to reveal His character, His power, His purpose, and The Entrance to the Way of Life.

Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] came, born into this world through a virgin birth.

That person, born through the virgin birth, is Yahuwah’s Son – Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ].

Yahuwah [the LORD] sent His Son to show us ‘The Way of Life’!

Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] IS The Entrance, The Way, and The Door by which we enter into The Way of Life:

Yahushua [Jesus] said, “I am the Way; I am the Truth; I am the Life. No one comes unto the Father, but by Me.” (John 14:6)

Then said Yahushua [Jesus] unto them again, Truly, truly, I say unto you, I Am The Door of The Sheep. All that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I Am The Door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:7-10)

As these verses teach us, if we desire to have the LIFE that God wants us to have, then we must soften our heart, and be willing to enter through The Door – through Messiah! And we must be willing to seek His Word [the Bible] for  instruction and direction.

It is God’s Word that will speak to us if we are willing to be teachable, by studying and heeding what is written in the Scriptures — His instructions and guidelines, revealed from the beginning (Psalm 119:160; 2John 1:6). And, by His Holy Spirit, we are enabled to cling to God and love Him, as well as have a greater capacity to love others (Romans 5:5; 1Peter 1:22).

Characteristics of this Way of and to Life

From the six verses listed above, we can see that ‘The Way of Life’ is a narrow way.

‘The Way of Life’ can be a strict and difficult way; and at times, a distressing way. Many leave this pathway because of the difficulties.

But Yahuwah’s Way of and to Life is The Way that Father God has chosen for refining us, proving us, and humbling us, so that we may be brought forth as gold and prepared for glory (Job 23:10; Romans 9:23)! Therefore to walk in this Way, we must maintain a teachableness to Yahuwah’s instructions.

There are other phrases in the Scriptures that give us a further insights into the characteristics of this Way of and to Life:

  • the way of wisdom
  • the way of holiness
  • the way of righteousness
  • the way of understanding
  • the way of Your commandments
  • the way of good men
  • the way of His saints
  • the way of truth

The Way of and to Life will always lead us to the life that Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] wants us to have – His Ever-Lasting LIFE (John 3:16; John 5:24).

This Way of Life is surely worth pursuing for it is The Way TO wisdom, understanding, truth, righteousness, goodness, and favour with God. Father God urges us to pursue these things:

Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of My mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve you: love her, and she shall keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all your getting get understanding. (Proverbs 4:5-7)

Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding. (Proverbs 23:23)

Why is it so important for us to ‘get wisdom’ and to ‘get understanding’?

First of all, it is for our well-being!

Yahuwah [the LORD] has our best interest in mind when He tells us to get wisdom and get understanding. He knows what is good for us. He knows us better than anyone else! (Psalms 44:21; see also Psalms 139:1-4).

And God knows that nothing but GOOD will result when we ‘get’ wisdom, practice wisdom, and cherish wisdom:

He that gets wisdom loves his own soul: he that keeps understanding shall find good. (Proverbs 19:8)

But whoever listens to Me (Wisdom) shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil. (Proverbs 1:33)

For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it. (Proverbs 8:11)

If we desire to have the life that God wants us to have, then as I said, we must soften our heart, enter through The Door, and seek His Word [the Bible] for direction. God’s Word will speak to us if we are willing to be teachable.

Being teachable means that little by little, we will be sensitive and tender-hearted to the influences of the Holy Spirit. Being teachable makes us able to hear, listen, and receive the wisdom that is from above, the life-changing Words of the Bible — the Words of Yahuwah Elohim.

Being teachable is a characteristic of the WISE (see Proverbs 1:5; Proverbs 9:9; Proverbs 10:8).

It is The Wise who take the ‘high road’ (Proverbs 15:24) and seek to walk in The Way of Life!

May each one of us choose, and find, ‘The Way‘ which is above, which leads to LIFE – God’s Life.

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My Journey: Coming Unto The Knowledge of The Truth

Being young and energetic is a great blessing that is given to us by our Creator. He delights in our enthusiasm. I believe that Father God puts it on the hearts of the young to want the best, and to eagerly search out what is good and truthful.

As a young child/teenager, I truly wanted what was good and right and truthful, though I was not overly conscious of such a goal. My over-riding and conscious goal was to enjoy life as much as possible.

But finding what was good and right and truthful eventually became a difficult struggle for me to discover. I can look back now and understand that part of my problem was growing up in a family where God was treated as a take-it-or-leave-it thing. Therefore finding the knowledge of the truth (1Timothy 2:3-4) was not often talked about among ourselves; it was not an intimate part of our every day lives, which is contrary to God’s plan for families, as seen in the Bible in Deuteronomy chapter 6:

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words, which I command you this day, shall be in your heart: And you shall teach them diligently unto your children, and shalt talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise up. (Deuteronomy 6:4-7)

Another part of my problem as a young child/teenage was that I did not know how to be honest and truthful with myself. As a result, I began to violate my conscience and thus I was easily led into deception. I know firsthand what it means to not be honest within my heart about my own behaviour.

A Personal Example

When I was in high school as a young teenager, I was enrolled in a drama class. At the time, it was great fun and I made lots of friends. When the next semester came around and it was time to choose my new classes, I debated within myself about going to the next level in the drama class.

And then, something happened to me at that moment of decision – I think it was like an epiphany. As I thought about doing more drama skits and plays, I was struck with the fact that the drama class was teaching me to pretend – teaching me to pretend to be someone other than who I actually was. That thought really bothered me and unsettled me.

The more I thought about all the pretending I was doing in my drama class, the more it frightened me. Why? Because I was already struggling with what kind of person I was. I was a typical young teenager trying to figure out my own confidence, my identity as a person, as a student, as a daughter, as a female.

I believe such struggles are typical for young people in this age of television, movies, and social media. There are tremendous pressures on young people to deny basic core identity issues – pressures to deny their place in their family, deny the wishes of their parents, and to go in search for something ‘more’, something ‘exciting’. However the ‘something more exciting’ is often, 95% of the time, the deceptive lies of the devil.

A Significant Decision

Thankfully, as I look back now, only by God’s mercy did I make a significant decision at that time.

I decided that I did not want to learn to pretend to be someone that I was not!

So I did not continue with the drama classes.

That decision was my first, major decision in Choosing The Way of Truth as God desires me to do: I have chosen the way of truth: Your judgments have I laid before me. (Psalms 119:30)

Of course, at that time, I was still far from the kind of honesty that God required of me. Pretending was a part of my thoughts and behaviour, even outside of the drama class. Inwardly I was still very selfish, rebellious, and very ignorant. I was full of my own self-importance, and I thought I could figure out, on my own, the noble and exalted Pathway to Truth. How foolish I was!! (Jeremiah 17:9).

But that one little decision of mine back in high school was a baby step to move in the right direction. That one decision was a significant step in learning to be honest with myself, learning to love the truth, and in becoming a ‘Thirsty Soul’. And over the course of the next few years, I more or less held on to my decision, though I made multiple blunders of trying to find the truth on my own (and barely surviving my quest for truth). But, finally I found what I was looking for, what I was thirsting for! I found the One who is The Living Truth! (Ephesians 4:21)

But I had to learn The Very Hard Way that God’s Word – not my heart, not my feelings, not my closest friends, not my favorite public celebrity, but God’s WORD [the Bible] is the only authoritative source for truth, direction, and counsel!

Have you ever tried Jesus?

As this blog title reveals, being a ‘Thirsty Soul’ has remained with me through the years.

When I was in my early twenties, my quest for what was good and right and truthful was still incomplete. During my years in college, I sampled several so-called ‘solutions’ that claimed to bring me into a peaceful, happy and satisfying condition. But these ridiculous, foolish ‘solutions’ were based solely on the love of the world. Nothing worked and I was a restless and broken soul. Plus, despite the many heartaches, headaches, and struggles I had encountered, I was still proud, deceived, and very immature.

However, again by God’s mercy, right after I graduated from college, I met a fellow student who was a Christian. I shared with her my struggles and many of the so-called ‘solutions’ I had tried in searching for peace. She asked me, “Have you ever tried Jesus?” For me, that was an anointed question!! I thought to myself, “Well, I’ve tried everything else. Why not try Jesus?”

So I began to read the Bible and some Christian-authored books. Within a few weeks, I had acknowledged the truth of who Jesus Christ [Yahushua Messiah, His Hebrew name] actually is, and I became Born-Again. Since that time, over 45 years ago, I have been continually (with God’s help!!) choosing The Way of Truth, because now I know where to find truth and the solutions to the struggles I face – by searching God’s written Word [the Bible], and by praying for the Holy Spirit’s guidance (John 16:13).

Men do not drop into the right way by chance; they must choose it, and continue to choose it, or they will soon wander from it. There must be study, consideration, deliberation, and earnest enquiry, or the way of truth will be missed. The commands of God must be set before us as the mark to aim at, the model to work by, the road to walk in.” — Charles Spurgeon

The Truth is IN Yahushua [Jesus]

With the help of the Holy Spirit, learning God’s design for me and learning to be honest with myself has become a driving conviction for me. This conviction has helped me many times to find peace, acceptance, and direction. Once I began searching God’s Word, then, what I had been searching for began to be confirmed to me over and over:

Yahushua [Jesus] said unto him, I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me. (John 14:6)

Pilate therefore said unto Him, Are You a king then? Yahushua [Jesus] answered, You say that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth hears My voice. (John 18:37)

If so be that you have heard Him, and have been taught by Him, as The Truth is IN Yahushua [Jesus]. (Ephesians 4:21)

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1Timothy 2:3-4)

The Most Important Step

Choosing to be honest with ourselves is not always easy. All of us have layers of pretending within ourselves, keeping us dishonest and deceived about many things. As we saw in Lead Me in Your Truth, it is our own pride that keeps us bound up in deceptive spiritual darkness. This is why Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God] urges us continually to be honest within ourselves:

Yahuwah [LORD], who shall abide in Your tabernacle? who shall dwell in Your holy hill? He that walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart. (Psalms 15:1-2)

Behold, You [Yahuwah] desire truth in the inward being. (Psalms 51:6a)

Father God is very serious that we maintain an attitude of humility (James 4:6b,10), along with an inner honesty within ourselves! This is the only way we can begin to see clearly, and to receive the knowledge of the truth that we are thirsting for.

As I have written in several articles, humility and honesty are the safeguards against the darkness of pride and deception. These two characteristics help us to accept the truth about ourselves, no matter how ugly or painful.

“Pride is a barrier to God working in us. God can only work His will in those who humble themselves. As long as we remain proud, arrogant, self-sufficient, and attempt to maintain our independence from God, then there is no way God can work in us.” — Derek Prince

The most important step for growing into the beauty of a life of contentment, honour, and truthfulness is learning obedience to our heavenly Father, by obeying His written Word (Psalms 119:9). As discussed in many articles on this site, obedience to Father’s written Word, along with His abundant, enabling grace from the Holy Spirit, are the central ingredients for walking as a child of God, and being truly pleasing to our Living, Eternal, and Holy God.

None but a downright honest man can find favour with God.” — Matthew Henry

In our journey with Messiah, our goal is to walk by faith, and to be enabled to endure to the end with gladness, respect, and honour. Our destination begins with looking to, praying to, and trusting in, our Creator (Yahuwah Elohim – the LORD God), and asking His help to maintain a life of truthfulness, humility, and obedience.

Therefore let us learn Yahuwah’s precious, written Word [the Bible] for ourselves, and obey His Word, in the small things and in the great things! Then, little by little, we will gain more and more of The Wisdom That is From Above — The Knowledge of The Truth!

Dear God: I want to know You and learn Your truth. Thank You for Your Word that is a ‘Light’ for my path. Help me to study and learn Your Word so that I can walk in Your ways. Help me to have a love for the truth. I pray this in the Name of Your Son, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]. Amen.

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God Has Chosen the Weak Things of the World

Kratochvil hanging-cups-(vessels)It is a fact of life that the earth is full of ordinary people. Most of us are plain folks – common, simple people.

The gifted geniuses of this world, the titled nobles, the mighty athletes — all these kind of people are not in abundance. And though the media would have us think otherwise, only a small minority are rich and famous.

Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for LORD God] must truly love ordinary people, because there are so many of us!! Ordinary people are just the kind of people Father God is seeking — the plain, the simple, the lowly:

For you see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things (worthless things) of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence. (1Corinthians 1:26-29)

This is a very good passage to remember at those times when we are feeling inadequate, weak, unimportant, or useless. It is the ordinary, the weak, the commoners of this world, the so-called ‘despised ones’ that Father is seeking, in order to fulfill His purposes.

Yahuwah [the LORD] has chosen to put the wondrous treasure of His Son’s precious Redemption, Righteousness, and Holy Spirit INTO us. He has chosen precious, yet frail, weak, earthen vessels to accomplish His purposes, by His grace:

We have this treasure [which is Yahushua the Messiah (Jesus Christ)] in earthen vessels [us], that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. (2Corinthians 4:7).

Father chooses each one of us, knowing our weaknesses! He is not surprised by our weaknesses, which is why He makes His grace abundantly available for us! – for it is when we are weak, that He is strong on our behalf! (see 2Corinthians 12:9-10).

It is our tiny mustard seed of faith that Father uses to show Himself strong on our behalf (Hebrews 11:32-34)! Ultimately it will be seen that our heavenly Father is glorified the most, in those who may be considered weak and ‘less than the least.’

Less Than The Least

The apostle Paul considered himself to be ‘less than the least’ of all the Believers (1Corinthians 15:9; Ephesians 3:8). ‘Less than the least’ is how many of us consider ourselves. Yet Father uses the less than the least to accomplish and fulfill His purposes:

  • Jacob, one of the patriarchs, was a ‘less than the least,’ because he was not as highly favored by his father as his brother Esau. (Genesis 25:28)
  • Gideon, a mighty man of valor, was a ‘less than the least,’ because he came from a poor family, and was considered the least in his family. (Judges 6:15)
  • Ruth, a faithful and honourable daughter-in-law, wife, mother, and grandmother, was a ‘less than the least,’ because she was a nobody, coming from the despised tribe of the Moabites. (Ruth 4:13-22)
  • King David, a man after God’s own heart, was a ‘less than the least,’ because his father considered him as insignificant, and the least of his sons. (1Samuel 16:11; 17:28; Acts 13:22)
  • Jonah the prophet, who proclaimed Yahuwah’s truth to a whole city, was a ‘less than the least,’ because he was afraid, and ran away from doing what Father had called him to do. (Jonah 1:1-3)

The un-named woman who anointed Yahushua [the Hebrew name for Jesus] before His crucifixion (see Mark 14:3-9) — she was a ‘less than the least’. But, with her tiny mustard seed of faith, she did a good work by doing what she could!

Many unknown saints, who were considered less than the least, have done what they could, and have thus ended up doing good, even great, works for Yahuwah:

  • George Müeller, as a youth, was a thief, a liar, and a gambler. Yet as a young adult, he repented deeply and soundly, and then proceeded to do what he could by praying and seeking Father’s guidance in everything he did, eventually influencing thousands.
  • Gladys Aylward was considered unqualified to be a missionary to China. But she did what she could, taking one step at a time, and eventually influenced hundreds in China to become joyful Believers in Messiah.
  • David Brainerd is a very good example of a weak, frail, ‘less than the least’ earthen vessel. He battled tuberculosis for most of his adult life. But he did what he could, by keeping a journal of his walk with Father, and by preaching to Native Americans in the 1700’s. His journal has influenced many Believers because of his determined perseverance in the face of great suffering.

All these started out as insignificant and less than the least! Yet they did what they could! They did good works, one step at a time, by Father’s grace.

Heaven alone will reveal the countless, ordinary, frail, and somewhat defective, earthen vessels who have trusted God’s Word, and have done many good works, simply by taking one step at a time and doing what they could.

Be of Good Courage!

It is the ordinary people — plain, weak, lowly, the ‘despised’ of this world, — whom Father chooses. We are His precious, chosen, earthen vessels, created for His pleasure! We are of great value to our Heavenly Father. With His help and strength, we can do what He bids us to do, and ‘fight the good fight of faith!’

Let us therefore, take up our good courage and the faith we have, and determine to DO what pleases Father, by doing what we can:

Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in Yahuwah [the LORD]. (Psalms 31:24)

Let us not despise our weak and frail efforts of walking with the Saviour! As followers of Messiah, He is with us! He is our precious treasure within us! And we are His chosen [earthen] vessels of honour and mercy (see Romans 9:21-23). He will not fail us nor forsake us!

Yahuwah’s grace is plenteous, supplying us with the necessary enablement and strength, and thereby the obedience, for producing the fruits of His righteousness:

… they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness, shall reign in life by one, Yahushua Messiah (Jesus Christ). (Romans 5:17b)

For we are His workmanship, created in Messiah Yahushua (Christ Jesus) unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10)

… Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Yahushua Messiah (Jesus Christ), unto the glory and praise of God. (Philippians 1:11)

These verses remind us of Yahuwah’s power toward us on our behalf!! It is our ordinary-ness, our common-ness, that Yahuwah chooses, to bring glory to Him. Though many of Father’s children are hidden in lowliness and so-called ‘un-importance’, yet Father has ‘good works’ for us to fulfill!

So let us do what we can for our loving Saviour, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem. God knows what He is doing. He chooses the ordinary, the weak, the humble, to confound the things that are mighty.

Yahuwah delights in our heart’s desire to walk in faithful obedience to Him, even if what we do seems small and lowly (Ecclessiastes 9:10).

“God is faithful. He rewards the smallest act of faithfulness. He never passes by one single thing that we do in sincere faith and obedience.” — Derek Prince

All God’s giants have been weak men, who did great things for God because they believed that God would be with them.” – J. Hudson Taylor

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” – Anonymous

If we seek to love, honour, and obey Yahuwah and His Word in all we do, trusting His loving care for us, then His grace abounds, and His strength is made perfect in us! (2Corinthians 9:8; 2Corinthians 12:9)

He has chosen us — His weak, earthen vessels — to fulfill His purposes (Daniel 11:32b).

Therefore, take heart Dear Saint, for when we are weak, He is strong on our behalf — because God has chosen the weak things of the world!

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8 Things that Delight the Heavenly Father

There are things that delight and please the heavenly Father Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]. There are also things that sadden Him, things that He hates (Proverbs 6:16-19).

But Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] is good and merciful, and there is no unrighteousness in Him (Psalms 92:15). This is why He looks throughout the whole earth for those who are merciful and upright — those who have a heart to honour God in all they do, seeking to do what is pleasing to Him (2Chronicles 16:9a)! Whenever He finds such a person, He is delighted because their heart is like His — honest, truthful, humble, and faithful.

It is a wonderful feeling to know that we can bring delight to our heavenly Father. He wants us to know how to please Him! Do you have a desire to do what is pleasing in God’s sight, just as our Saviour, Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ]? (John 8:29)

If we desire to please our Father God, we need to know what pleases Him. Here are 8 things in the Holy Scriptures [the Bible] that please God — things that He delights in:

1.  Walking By Faith

But Without Faith It Is Impossible To Please Him [God]: for he that comes to God must believe that God exists, and that God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

As the above Scripture teaches us, this is a very basic, fundamental, and essential way that we can please and delight our heavenly Father — to ‘walk by faith‘ — to look to the unseen realm of His heavenly Kingdom, believing in the eternal, all-mighty Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], believing His Word, and trusting His goodness to reward us when we diligently seek Him.

We can see how important faith is in pleasing God as we study the Heroes of Faith in Hebrews chapter 11. The Heroes of Faith lived by faith!! They clung tenaciously to Yahuwah’s Word. In the midst of their struggles, they did not give up their faith! They set their affections [their concerns, their interests] on things above – not on things on the earth. (see Colossians 3:1-2)

Yahuwah’s desire for all His children is to learn to walk by faith, not by sight — to keep our eyes on Him, the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, the One Who cares for His children and wants us to trust Him!

Do you have a desire to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and to please God by walking by faith — by believing Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], trusting Him, and walking with Him according to His Word (Psalms 119:34)?

Confirming Scriptures:

  • By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. (Hebrews 11:8)
  • By faith he [Moses] forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. (Hebrews 11:27)
  • And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise because God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. (Hebrews 11:39-40)
  • Let Your mercies come also unto me, O Yahuwah [the LORD], even Your salvation, according to Your Word. (Psalms 119:41)
  • Let my cry come near before You, O Yahuwah [the LORD]: give me understanding according to Your Word. (Psalm 119:169)

Related Articles: Enduring As Seeing Him Who Is Invisible and Fight the Good Fight of Faith

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2.  Being Upright in All Your Ways

They that are of a froward heart are abomination to Yahuwah [the LORD]: but Such As Are Upright In Their Way Are Yahuwah’s [the LORD’s] Delight. (Proverbs 11:20)

The above Scripture teaches that the upright — the sincere, the honest and truthful — those who seek to maintain honour and moral integrity as a habit, as a way of life — such people are a delight to Yahuwah [the LORD].

Do you have a desire to be upright in all your ways?

Confirming Scriptures:

  • For the righteous Yahuwah [LORD] loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright [His face looks upon those doing what is right]. (Psalms 11:7)
  • O continue Your lovingkindness unto them that know You [Yahuwah]; and Your righteousness to the upright in heart. (Psalms 36:10)
  • To show that Yahuwah [the LORD] is upright: He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. (Psalms 92:15)
  • Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto Your name [Yahuwah]: the upright shall dwell in Your presence. (Psalms 140:13)
  • The way of Yahuwah [the LORD] is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. (Proverbs 10:29)

Related Articles: Light Arises In The Darkness For The Upright and Preparing to Walk Into The Land of Uprightness

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3.  Being Truthful in All Your Dealings

Lying lips are abomination to Yahuwah [the LORD]: but They That Deal Truly Are Yahuwah’s [the LORD’s] Delight. (Proverbs 12:22)

The above Scripture teaches that those who make it a point to be faithfully truthful and honest in all their dealings are a delight to Yahuwah [the LORD].

Do you have a desire to be truthful in all your dealings?

Confirming Scriptures:

  • Withhold not Your tender mercies from me, O Yahuwah [the LORD]: let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me. (Psalms 40:11)
  • Behold, You [Elohim (God)] delight in truth in the inward being, and You teach me wisdom in the secret heart. (Psalms 51:6)
  • Teach me Your way, O Yahuwah [the LORD]; I will walk in Your truth: unite my heart to fear Your name. (Psalms 86:11)
  • I have chosen the way of truth: Your judgments have I laid before me. (Psalms 119:30)
  • Yahuwah [the LORD] is near unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth. (Psalms 145:18)

Related Articles: Faithful in Little Things and Out of the Abundance of the Heart

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4.  Praying Out of A Pure Heart

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to Yahuwah [the LORD]: but The Prayer Of The Upright Is Yahuwah’s [the LORD’s] Delight. (Proverbs 15:8)

The ‘upright’ will be praying with sincerity and honesty — praying out of a pure heart, with no pretense. The prayers of the upright confidently trust in the heavenly Father’s listening ear. Yahuwah [the LORD] delights in such prayers!!

Do you have a desire to pray to the heavenly Father with a sensitive, humble, and sincere heart?

Confirming Scriptures:

  • Yahuwah [the LORD] is near unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth. (Psalms 145:18)
  • But know that Yahuwah [the LORD] has set apart him that is godly for Himself: Yahuwah [the LORD] will hear when I call unto Him. (Psalms 4:3)
  • As for me, I will call upon Elohim [God]; and Yahuwah [the LORD] shall save me. (Psalms 55:16)
  • For You, Yahuwah [the LORD], are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon You. (Psalms 86:5)
  • In the day of my trouble I will call upon You [Yahuwah]: for You will answer me. (Psalms 86:7)

Related Articles: He inclined His ear unto me and When You Pray

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5.  Having A Proper Fear of God

Yahuwah [the LORD] Takes Pleasure In Those That Fear Him, in those that hope in His mercy. (Psalms 147:11)

As the above Scripture teaches, those who have a proper fear of God, who have a genuine respect and awe for Yahuwah and His Word, and have a humble confidence in God’s goodness and mercy — these precious saints greatly please Yahuwah [the LORD]!!

Do you have a desire to truly respect and honour Father God as your way of life, and to maintain a hopeful attitude in His mercy?

Confirming Scriptures:

  • A son honours his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a Father, where is My honour? and if I be a Master [Lord], where is My fear? says Yahuwah [the LORD] of Hosts…. (Malachi 1:6a)
  • He will fulfil the desire of them that fear Him [Yahuwah/the LORD]: He also will hear their cry, and will save them. (Psalms 145:19)
  • The angel of Yahuwah [the LORD] encamps round about them that fear Him, and delivers them. (Psalms 34:7)
  • O fear Yahuwah [the LORD], you His saints: for there is no lack to them that fear Him. (Psalms 34:9)
  • For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is Yahuwah’s [the LORD’s] mercy toward them that fear Him. (Psalms 103:11)

Related Articles: The Wisdom of the Fear of the LORD and God Has Put Eternity Into Our Heart

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6.  Yahuwah’s [the LORD’s] People

For Yahuwah [the LORD] Takes Pleasure In His People: He will beautify the meek with salvation. (Psalms 149:4)

Yahuwah’s people are those who have purified their souls by obeying the truth of the Gospel (1Peter 1:22-23; Colossians 1:3-5), by learning Messiah’s character to be meek and lowly of heart, and by being born-again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and thereby they have entered into the commonwealth of Israel (Romans 11:17-18; 1Peter 1:3; Ephesians 2:11-13). These are partakers of Yahuwah’s divine nature and are His people, and He delights in them by beautifying them with His salvation.

Have you been born-again as the apostle Peter explains in 1Peter 1:23, by the incorruptible Word of God, and have become a partaker of the divine nature, and are eagerly anticipating the Saviour’s return?

Confirming Scriptures:

  • Whosoever shall confess that Yahushua [Jesus] is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God. (1John 4:15)
  • Yahushua [Jesus] answered, Truly, truly, I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto you, You must be born again. (John 3:5-7)
  • Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2Peter 1:4)
  • For your Maker is your husband; Yahuwah [the LORD] of hosts is His name; and your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; the God of the whole earth shall He be called. (Isaiah 54:5)
  • Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. (1John 4:7)
  • Yahushua [Jesus] said,… For the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came out from God. (John 16:27)
  • Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. (Luke 12:32)

Related Articles: Father Knows Those Who Are His and The Torah: The Key to Unlocking God’s Word

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7.  Being Merciful to Others

Who is a God like unto You, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retains not His anger for ever, Because He Delights In Mercy. (Micah 7:1)

The Scriptures teach us that being merciful is one of our heavenly Father’s primary character qualities. God’s mercy is a very basic, foundational attribute of His character. Many times in the Scriptures, we can find examples and declarations of Yahuwah’s mercy.

As a Father, Yahuwah is tender-hearted and merciful toward His children, and He is quick to forgive, any time we come to Him with a sincere heart of sorrowful repentance.

For us to extend mercy and forgiveness to others can be an aroma of life, perhaps even a tipping point in a person’s life. Let us therefore extend mercy, showing ourselves to be merciful to others which will be a delightful thing in the eyes of our heavenly Father (Luke 6:36).

Can you give delight to the heavenly Father by showing genuine mercy to others just as Yahuwah [the LORD] has had such abundant mercy on you?

Confirming Scriptures:

  • Therefore be merciful, even as your (heavenly) Father is merciful. (Luke 6:36)
  • For Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD your God] is a merciful God…. (Deuteronomy 4:31a)
  • With the merciful You (Yahuwah) will show Yourself merciful…. (2Samuel 22:26a)
  • Let us fall now into the hand of Yahuwah [the LORD]; for His mercies are great! (2Samuel 24:14a)
  • All the paths of Yahuwah [the LORD] are mercy and truth unto such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. (Psalms 25:10)

Related Articles: With The Merciful Father Shows Mercy and Messiah: The Brightness of God’s Glory

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8.  Living According to God’s Truth

I have no greater joy than to hear that My Children Walk In Truth. (3John 1:4)

Every good parent could make the above statement! It is a great joy and delight to have children who are living according to truth, and most importantly — according to the truth of God’s Word!! This is exactly how our heavenly Father feels about His children as well.

As we have seen in our previous Scriptures (Proverbs 12:22b; Psalms 147:11a), Yahuwah’s children have a heart to be truthful, as well as a genuine respect and awe for their heavenly Father. Therefore they honour God by doing as the Psalmist did:

I have chosen the way of truth: Your judgments have I laid before me. (Psalms 119:30)

Your Word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against You. (Psalms 119:11)

Do you have a desire to walk in God’s truth (in obedience to His Word) that you may give joy to your heavenly Father?

Confirming Scriptures:

  • Yahushua [Jesus] said, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by Me. (John 14:6)
  • Teach me Your way, O Yahuwah [LORD]; I will walk in Your truth: unite my heart to fear Your name. (Psalms 86:11)
  • But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God. (John 3:21)
  • And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]. This is the true God, and eternal life. (1John 5:20)
  • If so be that you have heard Him, and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Yahushua [Jesus]. (Ephesians 4:21)

Related Articles: Lead Me In Your Truth: Part 2 – The Ancient Paths and Lead Me In Your Truth: Part 3 – The Person of Truth

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Thank You Father, for Your lovingkindness in giving Your Word to teach me Your truth and Your ways! Help me Father, to trust Your Word and hide Your Word in my heart and honour You by doing the things that are pleasing in Your sight. In Yahushua Messiah’s [Jesus Christ’s] name, I pray. Amen.

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God Resists the Proud, But Gives Grace to the Humble

No one needs to be taught how to be hard-hearted, proud, self-important, or arrogant – we are all born that way!

The scary thing about pride is that God resists those who are proud or arrogant. As the Scriptures tell us, pride is abominable to Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]:

  • Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to Yahuwah [the LORD]. (Proverbs 16:5a)
  • As the Scriptures say, God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble. (James 4:6b)
  • Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble. (1Peter 5:5b)

Evidences of a Prideful Heart

Pride is a strong spiritual darkness that will blind us spiritually, and will eventually lead us into deception if we do not change our ways.

I have been thinking about this lately, because pride is a spiritual darkness that tends to prevail, or periodically overtake everyone. No one is exempt from the darkness of pride! When the darkness of pride covers us, then the Light of God’s Word is extinguished.

I have noticed that whenever a prideful attitude prevails in someone, that person is not following one basic instruction in the Bible (myself included at times):

  • Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. (James 1:19)

A person with a prideful attitude has a very difficult time hearing and listening to others, and is oftentimes very hasty to speak out with anger. As we saw in 5 Characteristics of the Foolish, being quick to become angry is the reaction of fools. Unfortunately all of us have experienced that irritated, fuming feeling that can burst forth from us quick as a flash.

Many people actually prefer a proud, hardened heart because it seems to them that having a hardened heart implies human strength, assurance, and independence. To the hard-hearted, any tenderness or thoughtful consideration is unattractive, because it seems to them as weak, aimless, and disgraceful.

The proud foolishly (often unknowingly) scoff and argue against their Creator, to their own hurt. They attempt to operate themselves by their own human wisdom, understanding, and opinions. We have all done this! We proudly think we can manage just fine without heeding the wisdom and truth of God’s Word — His Instruction Manual, the Bible!

If Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] is saddened by our behaviour, then He will send us warnings, as we saw in God’s Faithful Warning Signals: Learning Our Lessons. If we are going in a wrong direction by behaving with a proud and stubborn attitude, God will try to get our attention by warning us with resistance.

A good way to check ourselves to discern if we are treating a difficult situation with a hard and stubborn attitude is to ask ourselves: “Am I willing to listen and consider that the other person might be right and I might be wrong?” This would be a good question to consider because behaving with a prideful attitude only ends in trouble and disgrace: Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall (stumble, fail, ruin, cast down). (Proverbs 16:18; see also Proverbs 11:2; 13:10; Psalm 31:10); Woe unto him that strives with his Maker. (Isaiah 45:9a).

“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you.” — C. S. Lewis

Evidences of a Humble Heart

If we are truly humble, then we will seek to avoid arrogance, avoid self-centered attitudes, and renounce our indifference toward Yahuwah. The humble recognize the limits of human understanding and reasonings, and instead rely and depend on Yahuwah and the supreme wisdom of His Word. As we saw in To This One Will I Look, it is the humble who understand their own weaknesses, and are therefore more tender-hearted toward others.

One who is truly wise will seek to learn to be as our Saviour, who was meek and lowly (humble) of heart (Matthew 11:29 ). Being lowly means we will be empty, deflated — meaning we will not be puffed up with pride and selfishness — just like our Saviour, who empitied Himself and humbled Himself by becoming a servant. (Luke 22:27; see also Philippians 2:5-8)

The humble, the lowly, will choose to be more understanding of others, patient and teachable. And the humble will talk to Father God often, admitting their needs and sorrows, or expressing their joys and most importantly, expressing thanksgiving for Father’s abundant lovingkindness!

Those of a humble heart know that humility is a choice, a decision of our own will, as Yahuwah Himself has often told us: Humble yourself!” (James 4:10; see also Micah 6:8; 2Chronicles 32:26; 2Chronicles 33:12,). The truly humble have learned that humility is a day-by-day choice. Over and over, those of a humble heart make the choice to be tender-hearted and/or repentant.

Behaving with a humble attitude has the promise of refreshment and comfort and well-being as the Proverbs tell us: Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. (Proverbs 3:7-8; see also Isaiah 57:15)

“If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and considered as nothing. To think of oneself as nothing, and to always think well and highly of others is A Most Perfect Wisdom.” — Thomas a Kempis (See Romans 12:3,10,16)

Resistance — or Assistance

So what do we want? Resistance from God — or Assistance from God?

As we ponder this question, let us remember something that is very important:

Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God] is the Creator of the universe, and He is the only Righteous, Living, Eternal, All-Mighty God, and He is infinitely superior to all human wisdom and reasonings. There is no one who can withstand His power, or say to Him, What are You doing??

As mortal human beings, no matter how high our IQ, no matter how much ‘brain-power’ we might possess, none of us can withstand the all-knowing, all-powerful, immortal Creator of all things! God is far, far bigger than you and me, in every way!! We are little in power, and little in knowledge. We are simply little creatures. We are dust and ashes, in comparison to Yahuwah Elohim — the LORD God Almighty (see Genesis 2:7 and Genesis 3:19 and Genesis 18:27 and Job 11:7-8).

When conflicts and contentions darken our path, if we are puzzled and confused, then perhaps, not always, but perhaps we are in a place where God, in His great mercy, is warning us and resisting us because of a prideful attitude.

If we are quick to become angry, being disgusted and resentful with others and with our situation, think about what Father God tells us: He who is soon angry acts foolishly. (Proverbs 14:17a) and A fool’s lips enter into arguments. (Proverbs 18:6a)

It is the ‘high’ (proud and exalted) regard we place on our own thoughts, our own imaginations, and our own opinions, that often lead us to become hardened, arrogant, contentious, and bitter. These kind of attitudes are the things that Yahuwah [the LORD] resists:

  • Every one that exalts himself shall be abased (humbled); and he that humbles himself shall be exalted. (Luke 18:14b)
  • The Most High, the King of heaven, is able to humble those who walk in pride! (Daniel 4:37b)
  • The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down. (Isaiah 2:11a)

But if we desire Yahuwah’s assistance in the midst of conflicts and contentions, then we will take the pathway of humility by talking to the heavenly Father and acknowledging our need for Him: In all your ways acknowledge Him [Yahuwah/the LORD], and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:6)

We must make this first step of humility toward God before we can know His direction or intervention on our behalf. Father does indeed want us to know His direction because He is loving and compassionate (Psalm 86:15). But we must first humble ourselves by choosing to seek Him by our own free will!

We humble ourselves by choosing, with our words and actions, to depend on Yahuwah’s Word, depend on the Holy Spirit’s confirming guidance within us, and maintain a thankful heart. And, we humble ourselves by seriously considering that we might be wrong about any disturbing issue.

Humility: Wondrous, Mysterious, Rewarding

As the Scriptures teach us, there is something wondrous, mysterious, and rewarding, about being humble!

Notice these 8 rewarding promises to the humble:

  • And unto man He said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding. (Job 28:28)
  • The way of Yahuwah [the LORD] is strength to the upright. (Proverbs 10:29a)
  • For Yahuwah [the LORD] takes pleasure in His people: He will beautify the meek with salvation. (Psalm 149:4)
  • But godliness with contentment is great gain (1Timothy 6:6)
  • But know that Yahuwah [the LORD] has set apart him that is godly for Himself: Yahuwah [the LORD] will hear when I call unto Him. (Psalm 4:3)
  • With the lowly is wisdom. (Proverbs 11:2b)
  • If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously, and reproaches not; and it shall be given him. (James 1:5)
  • For thus says the High and Exalted One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, (I dwell) also with him that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. (Isaiah 57:15)

Humility – An On-Going Quality

Walking in humility is a choice to ‘depart from evil.’ It is “the way of the LORD,” and it is a choice to be like our Saviour Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ]. Yahushua was patient, compassionate, and meek, and He always sought the guidance of His Father.

Let us earnestly desire to be humble and honest about our own limited understanding, because it is to the humble (the lowly) that God imparts His wisdom, strength, encouragement, and thus His assistance.

God gives His grace (His enablement) to the humble, to those who look to Him, call upon Him, and rely on Him and His promises. Out of His abundant love and great mercy, Yahuwah [the LORD] has given us His Word and His Holy Spirit — to guide us, and to help us know the best way to live our daily lives. But we must humble ourselves and seek Him by being open, teachable, and tender-hearted toward Him and His Word.

Humility is an on-going quality with those who are following, and walking with, Yahuwah [the LORD] for it is the humble who experience His amazing, and marvellous, enabling grace!

Thank You Father God, for Your Holy Spirit that is always seeking to guide me in the way that I should go. Help me Father, to look to You in the midst of my troubles and struggles. Help me to keep a humble heart whenever I encounter difficulties. Help me to seek You diligently, and study and learn Your Word for myself. Help me Father, to always trust Your Word, even when there seems to be no hope! I pray in the name of Your Son, Messiah Yahushua [Christ Jesus]. Amen.

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