JESUS SAID… “I am THE WAY, the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but by me” – John 14:6
One my favorite childhood choruses went like this:
Jesus is a WAYMAKER, Jesus is a WAYMAKER, Jesus is a WAYMAKER- He made a WAY for me! Once my life was lonely and drear; Jesus heard and He answered my prayer – one day, He made a WAY for me!
Here’s another great chorus more recently:
A PROPHETIC Song by Sinach
You are WAYMAKER, Miracle Worker, Promise Keeper, Light in the darkness – My God, that is who you are!…
THE WAY OF LIFe
Scripture has a lot to say about the right WAY – the WAY of life. Here are a few selections:
Jesus taught about 2 ways – the WAY of life, and the way of death (Matthew 7:13,14).
Psalm 1:6 – For the Lord knows the WAY of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Psalm 5:8 – Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; Make Your WAY straight before my face.
Psalm 18:30,32 – As for God, His WAY is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven;…it is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect.
Psalm 25:4,8,9,12 – Show me Your WAYS, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the WAY… the humble He teaches His WAY.Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the WAY He chooses.
Psalm 32:8 – I will instruct you and teach you in THE WAY you should go; I will guide you with My eye.
Psalm 67:1-2 – God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, Selah. That Your WAY may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.
Psalm 77:13 – Your WAY, O God, is in the sanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God?
Psalm 107:7 – And He led them forth by the right WAY, That they might go to a city for a dwelling place.
Psalm 119:9,30,37 – How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word…
I have chosen the WAY of truth;… revive me in Your WAY.
Psalm 128:1 – Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, Who walks in His WAYS.
Psalm 139:24 – …see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the WAY everlasting.
Psalm 143:8 – Cause me to know the WAY in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.
Psalm 145:7 – The Lord is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works.
Proverbs 3:17 – Her (Wisdom) WAYS are WAYS of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace.
Proverbs 10:29 – The WAY of the Lord is strength for the upright,
Proverbs 12:28 – In the WAY of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death
Proverbs 14:12 – There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.
Isaiah 53:6 – All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Proverbs 15:24 – The WAY of life winds upward for the wise, That he may turn away from hell below.
Isaiah 40:3 – “Prepare the WAY of the Lord; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God.
Isaiah 48:17 – Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the WAY you should go.
Isaiah 2:3 – He will teach us His WAYS, and we shall walk in His paths.”
Jeremiah 32:39 – …I will give them one heart and one WAY, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them.
Acts 4:12 – Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
Daniel 7:25 -Then he will blaspheme the High God, persecute the followers of the High God, and try to get rid of sacred worship and moral practice. God’s holy people will be persecuted by him for a time, two times, half a time.
- Special note: Satan’s attempts to wear out God’s people by persecuting them & getting them tired out.
god is with us to help in times of trouble
Isaiah 43:1-2 – But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you. O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
Isaiah 43:16 – I am the Lord, who opened a WAY through the waters, making a dry path through the sea.
Isaiah 43:19-20 – For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a PATHWAY through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.The wild animals in the fields will thank me, the jackals and owls, too, for giving them water in the desert. Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland so my chosen people can be refreshed.
Isaiah 43:1-2 (MSG) – But now, God’s Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel: “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end—
- Special note – Have you ever been between a rock & a hard place? Times when it seems like things are unbearable — the way too hard and difficult? Times when there appears to be no way out – that you are at a dead end? Feeling like you can’t make it, and tempted to just throw up your hands and quit even trying – like you’re in way over your head, and things are impossible?
- Good news: Nothing is too difficult for God! (Jeremiah 32:17,27.) Jesus said, “With God all things are possible!” (Matthew 19:26.) Jesus said unto him, If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes. (Mark 9:23.)
GOD WILL MAKE A WAY
A prophetic song by don moen
God will make a WAY where there seems to be no WAY. He works in WAYS we cannot see. He will make a WAY for me. He will be my guide, hold me closely to HIs side… With love and strength, for each new day – He will make a WAY!
By a roadway in the wilderness He’ll lead me. Rivers in the desert will I see. Heaven and earth will fade, but His Word will still remain… and He will do, something new today!
GOD CAN MAKE A WAY!!
Sometimes tough times is the soil that the greatest crops come out of. Dirt graves piled over us by our adversaries, the demonic turmoil piled over us sometimes is the soil that grows the biggest victory, .
As God brings miracle growth, He anoints us to move to overcome and by faith we move forward.
God says through one of our foremost prophets in church history (Isaiah):
“I am the waymaker!!”
I can make RIVERS in the desert; I can make PATHS through stormy seas; I can make A WAY through floods or flood times; I can make A WAY through fire; I can make A WAY through the wilderness; I can make A WAY through hard places; I can make A WAY through dead ends; I can a make A WAY through stymied places; …
Throughout Scripture one principle is always constant – God CAN MAKE A WAY when there seems to be no way!!
illustrations from HEBREWS 11
In Hebrews 11 we see the Lord making A WAY:
Hebrews 11:1-6 (MSG) – The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors. By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see. By an act of faith, Abel brought a better sacrifice to God than Cain. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference. That’s what God noticed and approved as righteous. After all these centuries, that belief continues to catch our notice. By an act of faith, Enoch skipped death completely. “They looked all over and couldn’t find him because God had taken him.” We know on the basis of reliable testimony that before he was taken “he pleased God.” It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him.
• Special note: Before Enoch was taken, he pleased God! That is the goal!! Let’s live pleasing God! It is possible to please Him!
Hebrews 11:7 – By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God.
Sometimes you just need to do what you’re told! You can’t see it! You might not understand how it could even be possible. Just have do what you’re told to do, by and act of faith!! Noah didn’t see it, yet! He responded with obedient faith & the result was that his family was saved!!
- Special note: Noah became friends with God!That’s another goal – to be God’s friend! Jesus said, “you are my friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:14)
Hebrews 11:8-10 – By an act of faith, Abraham said yes to God’s call to travel to an unknown place that would become his home. When he left he had no idea where he was going. By an act of faith he lived in the country promised him, lived as a stranger camping in tents. Isaac and Jacob did the same, living under the same promise. Abraham did it by keeping his eye on an unseen city with real, eternal foundations—the City designed and built by God.
- Special note: Abraham didn’t know THE WAY ahead of time, He just trusted God…
Hebrews 11:11-12 – By faith, barren Sarah was able to become pregnant, old woman as she was at the time, because she believed the One who made a promise would do what he said. That’s how it happened that from one man’s dead and shriveled loins there are now people numbering into the millions.
- Special note: Is that easy? Yes!! Just believe what He said! She came to the conclusion, GOD WILL DO WHAT HE SAID!
Hebrews 11:17-19 – By faith, Abraham, at the time of testing, offered Isaac back to God. Acting in faith, he was as ready to return the promised son, his only son, as he had been to receive him—and this after he had already been told, “Your descendants shall come from Isaac. Abraham figured that if God wanted to, He could raise the dead. In a sense, that’s what happened when he received Isaac back, alive from off the altar.
Hebrews 11:20-21 – By an act of faith, Isaac reached into the future as he blessed Jacob and Esau. •21 By an act of faith, Jacob on his deathbed blessed each of Joseph’s sons in turn, blessing them with God’s blessing, not his own—as he bowed worshipfully upon his staff.
Hebrews 11:24-28 – By faith, Moses, when grown, refused the privileges of the Egyptian royal house. He chose a hard life with God’s people rather than an opportunistic soft life of sin with the oppressors. He valued suffering in the Messiah’s camp far greater than Egyptian wealth because he was looking ahead, anticipating the payoff. By an act of faith, he turned his heel on Egypt, indifferent to the king’s blind rage. He had his eye on the One no eye can see, and kept right on going.
- Special note: Sometimes your faith has to look ahead and anticipate a payoff. Payoff’s coming!! Faith arises and anticipates a payoff. Expect God to make A WAY even when there seems to be no way!
There are times when life hands us hard situations. The current atmosphere in our world are filled with difficulties. Situations where our faith must rise and push us to keep right on going. Trusting God will make A WAY for us to pass through the difficult times, to pass through the trying times, to pass through the unknown places, to pass through the unknown destinations… times you can’t believe, when you can’t see!
- Special note: Like Abel’s sacrificial time; like Noah’s stormy time; like Abraham, times when there’s destinations before you that you can’t know, you can’t see; like Sarah’s barren times; like Elijah’s lonely times; like Job’s painful times; homesick times; testing times; deathbed times; just plain old times when it takes faith to handle what we don’t know or see or feel or hear or understand; times when we have to put our faith in the WAYMAKER!
between a rock & a hard place
GOD DOESN’T MIND GETTING BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE AND CREATING WAYS FOR HIS PEOPLE! (Isaiah 43:1-2 / Msg)
Hebrews 11:23 – MOSES’ PARENTS. Their faith was a desperate faith; It was a faith that’s hard to imagine people having to exercise…
The hands of God were working in ways that at first was not readily seen. God was working on Pharaoh’s daughter, He had to make her heart tender towards having a baby boy that was not hers that was one of the Hebrew children. He had to work on her heart and her emotions and make her receptive to that. Behind the scenes God was preparing Moses destiny.
It was not something that his family could possibly even see. It would take an education for his destiny to be fulfilled. It would take leadership skills. It would take management skills. He needed skills that he could not get in a slave camp. Skills that a Pharaoh’s son would receive. It didn’t look like it but God was working!
It may not look like it, but God is working! He was making A WAY that others couldn’t see!
TRUSTING THE WAYMAKER
We just have to trust the WAYMAKER! He knows the end from the beginning – (Isaiah 46:10). Don’t lean to our own understanding. In all our ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct our paths… (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Let’s always trust that God can somehow turn things around & work them together for our good when we love Him & trust Him to do so, just like His Word declares – (Romans 8:28).
In your life today – if you will trust Him you can find Him to be THE WAYMAKER just like everyone that was mentioned in these Scriptures!
Unseen hands are working! You may not see it but unseen hands are working! Unseen plans are forming and unfolding! You may not see it but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t happening… He’s working behind the scene to turn things for your good! To turn things around for your families;To turn things around for prodigals; To turn things around! He’s working behind the scene on ways to bless you! He’s working behind the scenes on making ways to provide for you! He’s leading others into your life you don’t even know about. He’s leading others into your life that will become answers to your heart cry & answers to your prayers. He’s blazing a path beyond the dead ends! He doesn’t stop when it looks it’s all over! He makes A WAY!
JESUS IS THE WAYMAKER!
HE HAS A PLAN THAT WE HAVEN’T SEEN YET!
When God says He will make A WAY, we just zip on around the obstacles in the path and keep on going!
KEEP GOING! KEEP TRUSTING! KEEP BELIEVING! DON’T QUIT! KEEP WALKING BY FAITH! GOD WILL MAKE A WAY…
- Special acknowledgements: Evelyn Asuncion for her assistance in preparing and delivering this message online. Tim Sheets for HIs “Waymaker” message that was used as a key resource (youtube).