The Lord says He will lead you in paths of righteousness. Notice that paths is plural which means there are many righteous paths. Where are these paths, what are they and how do you walk on them? So many times, I think we just read scripture without ever stopping to think about what it says.
Firstly, what is righteousness? It has been most commonly described as “being in right standing with God”, which means? Righteousness is simply being justified or declared sinless. It means God has declared you to be without sin.
There is nothing you can do to make yourself righteous. You are righteous. God made you righteous when you were born again.
Jesus became sin and you became sinless. Now, it may be difficult for your mind to accept this but just because your mind has a problem with what God has done does not make it any less true. Let God be true and every man a liar.
Secondly, these paths are not physical they are spiritual. They are found within you, in your heart (your inner being) and thoughts. These are the paths of the kingdom of God. These are the paths that lead to blessing, deliverance, healing, salvation, prosperity, etc. These paths have nothing to do with your good works, they have to do with your good thoughts. Good thoughts are thoughts that are continually focused on the Lord Jesus, the Father, the Holy Spirit and other heavenly things. Scripture says only God is good therefore good or righteous thoughts that are acceptable before God are those that have to do with Him.
This is called being heavenly minded. These paths are within you and no one else can walk them for you. Hearing the Word helps you to see these paths but the Holy Spirit is the only one that can walk them with you and lead you on them. He will never leave you nor forsake you, He will always walk with you and guide you in the way you should go.
Scripture references: 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 3:4; Luke 19:19; Colossians 3:1-2; John 14:26
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