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Psalm 37:4 “Delight thyself also in the Lord and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart”
How awesome and life giving it is to delight in God! But how is this done?
I kept on wondering, forcing myself to enjoy Christian music when I did not feel joy when I heard it. I didn’t feel like delighting in God at the time nor could I find the strength or the knowledge to delight in God the proper way; not until the Spirit of God came to show me.Continue reading “Delight Thyself in the Lord”
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. – 2 Timothy 2:3-5
When you get saved by the power of God through Jesus Christ, be ready; for your name was enlisted for battle having a reward which is eternal life.
We are soldiers together in Christ fighting an invisible war. When the devil comes to visit you he will not show any mercy. Whatever means of seduction, torment, or feelings that he will use, it will be use to lure you into sin, to deceive the mind to give in. I want you to understand that when temptation comes it will continue to bother you until you give in; but God be thanked for His Spirit and His Word which conquer and prevail.
God’s Word is a Fountain of Life
Without it’s Truths there is nothing we can do against the forces of darkness that surround us in this present evil world. When you become a child of God you appear on Satan’s radar. Like a lion hunting for prey so will he try to hunt you. If the verses you read are not laid into your heart it will do you no good. Knowledge is one thing but taking out biblical verses in the moment of an attack is another. Christ taught how to effectually use the Word of God against Satan.
When Jesus was tempted He said “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Matthew 4:10) Jesus did not have a Bible with Him to read this out loud to the devil. He said this from His heart and this is the key to prevail against the despairs and lies of hell. You see beloved, the devil likes us to think that his power of seduction and enticement are no way resistible, that you have to give in. This would be true if we were alone in this fight but the truth is we are not the ones fighting; The Word of God fights for us. “The Battle is the Lord’s battle” and not ours.
There is a famous verse that reads: “..Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Zechariah 4:6) By the Spirit of the Lord do we prevail but how is this done? Jesus Himself is the word of God who through Him were all things made. In Him, that is, His Word, is found this source of Life; and what is this Life that is like a fountain? Simply put it that the word of God is living. Yes, it is well alive and active today. Look, even Satan himself could not resist a simple verse spoken against him. How much more will those powers of darkness who are under the rule of Satan be less resistant to the Word of God? This is why God commands us to hide His word within our hearts so that we may prevail against sin and the power of darkness (Psalm 119:9-11).
I would like to add that you would also have a good conduct in your regular walk of life; doing nothing which can hider you from receiving help from God. For how can God help you if you pray not, if you seek Him not and do not the things which please Him? Walk with the Spirit and you will not satisfy the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). So we see then that there is a discipline required that every solider in Christ needs to follow if they want the back up of God’s power in their life against sin.
The Contrasting Power of the Word of God
It divides light and darkness, good and evil; tearing in half all spiritual strongholds in our lives no matter the difficulty. When you are tempted and you begin to quote verses from your heart that are opposite to the sin you are being tempted with, the power of sin begins to draw away for it cannot resist the Spirit of God which is moved by the Word of God. God’s Word does all the work for you, just believe what it says and life begins to flow within you. This sudden life and strength that comes upon you when you take it out to fight is the feedback of God. “Do not be afraid of them, for the LORD your God Himself will fight for you.” – Deuteronomy 3:22
“Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because thou didst rely on the Lord, he delivered them into thine hand. For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” – 2 Chronicles 16:8,9
No power on earth or hell is able to resist Jesus Christ. He is God and in His hands are the keys of death and of hell (Revelation 1:18). The Word when drawn out of the heart will defeat any tempting force that has come to bother or torment you.
Confront the enemy
We tend to back down a bit when the enemy fires at us. No, we must look him in the eyes and rebuke him in the name of Jesus Christ. Whatever that is bothering you (oppression, fear, doubt, lust, etc) call it a ‘spirit’ (ex. the spirit of fear, the spirit of lust). Every sickness, disease or infirmity that Christ dealt with He called an unclean spirit (the spirit of blindness, the spirit of death, of dumbness). There is a demonic spirit behind every attack and oppression. These things attack our heart with all manner of thoughts, suggestions, and offers. These are the enemy’s rounds or flaming darts. You must deal with the attack but How?
Say the contrast of what the enemy speaks in your heart. If he says “you’re going to fall” you say “I will not fall but stand in Christ”. If he says “you’ve fallen too many times in the past , what makes you think you can stand today?” you say “I renounce this sin in Jesus’ name, and I have a God greater than my failures who can keep me from that which causes me to stumble.” Keep rebuking these foul spirits in name of Jesus Christ, always believing God is above the power of darkness.
If I agree with what the devil is telling me (which is lie) then I consent that his lie is true and that what he is saying will happen because I agreed with his lying statement instead of renouncing it with the truth of God’s word. For example, if the devil says “you shall be plagued”, you must say “no plague shall come near my dwelling” then no plague shall come near your dwelling.
Do not show fear. Remember what happen to Peter when he began to sink as he walked on water. And why did he sink? Because he began to look at the waves around him and not Jesus Christ. Put your faith in Jesus looking neither to your left or right else you will sink. The enemy’s attacks are a distraction to cut the flow of your faith form Christ, if you pay attention to them.
Destroying the enemy
Pull the stronghold down by continuing to remain in your position in Christ. He is our foundation. If we built upon the sand we will fall. We built upon Christ when we believe His Power is greater and His Word able to hurt the enemy.
I want you to know that you must be determined to win this fight. The fight is against sin meaning that you must be determined and already renounce the sin that is trying to master you, beloved. Do not think you can somehow get away with your sin by saying sorry to God only to later commit it again. True repentance says “I renounce this sin and have no desire to return to it again and I am willing to fight against it in the name of my God all the days of my life.” Yes, there will be times when we fall, however, The Spirit of God deals with us and helps us get the victory when we believe He is able to forgive us; and when we are determined to fight believing in His Name. No work on our part but to remain in our positions as faithful troops for God. By God’s grace are you delivered and when God gives you grace it teaches you to deny worldly lust and so will you be Holy.
Abide in The Word of God
“If you abide in My word, you are my disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth and truth shall make you free” John 8:31-32
The truth which are the living words of God will set you free when you use it for battle or read it under the guidance of the Spirit. The Lord is awesome in power, strong in might but this can be experienced when we remain in the Word. I remember praying, asking God to teach me how to grab the devil by the throat, how to bring him down when he comes to buffet me. I prayed this because recently each time an attack came I felt weak and suppressed by the bombardment of wicked thoughts. I said “I’m praying but I still feel the effects of the enemy’s attack.” Then the Lord began to work in my heart and out of it came “rounds” to shoot:
–Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon formed against you shall prosper”
–Psalm 91:8 “Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked”
–Psalm 91:7 “A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee”
–Psalm 23:4 “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for thou art with me”
–Deuteronomy 28:7 “They shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways”
–John 16:33 “In the world ye shall have tribulation but be of good cheer I have overcome the world”
–I John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith”
–Psalm 116:4 “O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul”
–Psalm 23:4-5 “Thy Rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over
–Psalm 91:10 “Neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling”
–John 14:27 “Peace I leave you, my peace I give unto you: not as the w1orld giveth, give I unto you”
These are “rounds” that came out of my heart and as I continue to repeat them in my mind, the tempting force overshadowing me left. There was an effect caused by speaking the word of God. Like what was said before, the Word cuts in half, separating that which is evil from you because no evil spirit can resist the Spirit of God. Don’t cease fire until you know and feel the enemy flee from you.
This was such an awesome experience because afterwards I felt a peace flowing through me and a strength I had not before! Also the next day when I awoke I began to read John 8 and life began to flow through me and even now as I write this. I testify to you reading this that there is a power and a life that flows through you when you begin to use the Word of God against the enemy’s attack. Read the word of God and hide it in your heart that you may be able just like Christ to take it out to fight and war against the devil and prevail.
Before I was tempted I prayed, asking God to deliver me, to strengthen me, and to help me out. Our spirit is willing but our flesh is weak and therefore we must watch and pray that we fall not into temptation (Matthew 26:40) God fills our soul with life when we seek Him in prayer and when we keep His Word in our hearts, letting nothing steal it from us that we should not meditate on it.
If you ignore a small leak in your house it will eventually become a bigger mess. In the same way when we ignore a temptation we find out how aggressively difficult it becomes later on. It began first with drops of evil thoughts and then continues to grow becoming more intense and seducing; slowly convincing the flesh to give in to sin until it does.
Your adversary the devil doesn’t sleep and your flesh is naturally inclined to sin; so don’t try sleeping it through, don’t talk your way out of it; Use instead the Truth of God’s Word but what exactly does the Word of God say about this? Here are some practical biblical truths to avoid falling into temptation:
I. Be Prepared Beforehand: Jesus made it clear in Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” To Watch means to stay alerted. How many of us are unaltered of the enemy’s schemes because we’re to busy on Facebook, YouTube, or playing video games? What this does is fill the mind with vanity and set up our hearts to seek pleasure (Self-seeking heart).
In 2 Chronicles 12:14 it says “And he [the king of Israel] did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.” If the heart is not being prepared to seek after God then it is being prepared to seek after sin because if we’re not preparing our heart to seek God then we will do evil as the verse implies. So deny self, pick up your cross and obey God’s commands and you’ll be preparing your heart after God.
II. Cry out to God: I know by experience that when I am in this type of situation I would cry out to God and He would Deliver me. “I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me..” (psalm 118:5) God will deliver those who put their trust in Him. Psalm 50:15 says “call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.”
III. Suffer Patiently Through as you wait for God: Quite hard to say but “it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.” (1 Peter 3:17). At times this will be the case but know that if you are prepared beforehand than you will be able to resist and suffer patiently through the trial or temptation. Not very popular to say but is nonetheless what Jesus Christ spoke in His word would happen if we decide to follow Him (Luke 9:23 , 1 Peter 4:1).
Besides all this, remember always to carry in your heart God’s Word, using it against the devil’s lies but not in your own strength but by the Spirit of God through praise in the day of trouble, through prayer and obedience. If you are struggling with sin in any area of your life continue to pray over it, cooperating with God that He may fix and close that leakage. Don’t allow it to keep making a mess in your life. “He that covers his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” Titus 2:11-12
When you are filled with the loving grace of God, not only do you have peace and joy but there’s also a desire to stay away from sin. Grace produces this desire in us that we may live a righteous and godly life. It teaches us to be sober, to stay away from evil influence and places. By God’s loving grace we are able to deny the pleasures of sin to live righteously for the Lord and not by our own strength.
Without holiness there is no evidence that the grace of God has been bestowed upon you; and If you don’t have the grace of God then how will you enter the kingdom of God beloved? “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Jesus came to save us from our sins that we should no longer live in them; that we may through His grace conquer and destroy all sinful strongholds in our lives which are only meant to keep us out of heaven. We are called to be overcome the world and not vise versa.
Do you have the grace of God? Are you seeking Him in prayer? I notice that when I pray at least 30 minuets I am able to take the shield of Faith and prevail against the fiery darts of the wicked. Let no one think they can resist temptation on their own. Only through Jesus Christ, by His Spirit, are we able to endure in this race for eternal life. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6
To be holy simply means to be set apart for God. We live for God and not for the world. Prayer strengthens us because it connects us with Christ who is the source of our strength. So don’t think you can make it through the day without prayer! Finally brethren, may we all seek God’s presence daily in prayer: “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” Titus 2:13
The way to eternal life is not easy. You must let go of your own will to do His will, you must overcome lingering sinful habits by having faith; choosing rather to suffer affliction rather then to sin. Striving is all about not giving up even if it means to suffer. When we are tempted God does not deliver us from the suffering caused by resisting temptation. Instead He gives us grace to stand against it. He provides the Shield and Sword, the Word of God’s truth to hack and slash our way to safety.
Cry out to God in the day of trouble and He will deliver you. Resist with Faith by using God’s Word against the devil’s lie. Don’t take the devil lightly when he comes; rebuke him immediately when he tempts you knowing that he comes to steal, kill, and to destroy. If you suffer doing what’s right, know that that type of suffering is an evident token of your salvation (thess).
We are told in scripture to “endure hardness as a good solider of Jesus Christ” (2 Tim). War is not fun but painful and harsh. Those enlisted are enlisted to fight. In the same way we are called to wage a good a warfare against our adversary the devil, who plows around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter ) – his devouring teeth are the lies he spews to convince us to sin to which we are called to resist steadfast in the faith (1 Peter ).
The devil’s sole purpose is to frustrate our walk leading to eternal life. He’ll come to oppress you with all manner of sinful and discouraging thoughts. It doesn’t help either that our own flesh will resist the things of God being attracted to sin. We must therefore walk in the Spirit and by so doing we will not fulfill the desires of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).
The road leading to eternal life may be difficult but along the way there are rivers of refreshments for the soul such as the Joy of the Lord which will be our strength (Nehemiah 8:10), Love that comes from God, and the Peace of Christ which comforts our soul (For more on peace check out “Peace I Leave you, My Peace I give unto you”). If we resist temptation and do not give in then know that there will be a blessing upon you. Even as God rewarded David for his faithfulness so will He reward you (Psalm 18:20).
The words of Jesus Christ which when are believed and put to practice will fill our soul with strength. It will help us to strive forward. Little do the majority know the benefits of God and therefore do we strive to reach our goal, eternal life.
Finally brethren, Be strong, be courageous; “strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” (Act 14:22)
I ask the Christian viewer reading this, are you in darkness? Does sin have a grip on you? Those in darkness will be taken by surprise by the Lord, whether by His coming or by death. So what does being in darkness actually look like and is there a way out of it ?
“But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:3-5 , 7-8)
As described by these verses, darkness refers to sinful living or a toleration of sin in ones life.
Jesus said “…If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” (Rev 3:2, 3) and “Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy” (Rev 3:4). God is speaking to Christians here. One group is in darkness and the other is in light and He says to those in the light, “They are worthy”. Be careful with the “once saved always saved” doctrine which teaches you are always saved. That’s false. God makes a clear warning to those Christians who are in darkness to watch or else they will miss His return. Those Christians who miss His return were living in sin and if they were to die in that state suddenly, they would not inherit God’s Kingdom (because they did not keep their garments clean and thus are considered unworthy to be with Christ – See also the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25)
“…the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night…But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief” (1 Thessalonians 5:2-4). We see by this verse that “not watching” is the same as walking in darkness (living in sin). So by this we can conclude that those Christians who will miss the Lord’s return are the ones living in sin; and because they are living in sin they are considered unworthy and will not walk with the Lord in that great day. These once knew Christ and believed in Him but fell into darkness. God warns them to get out but if they remain in it, there is no easy past for them into God’s Kingdom.
Before we knew Christ we were in darkness, which is to say we blindly followed the course of sin which leads to hell. But now, if we are in Christ, we are in the light meaning we follow Him, believing in His sin cleansing blood; having an understanding that the sinful things we did in the past are evil, and thus we can no longer live such a life of sin. ” I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. ” (John 8:12) These things spoke Jesus to show us an example of how we ought to conduct ourselves on earth.
We can fall back into darkness: “Be not partakers with them” implying that a Christian can fall back into these things though we had once believed in Jesus; and if we remain in darkness we will not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:21). We’re saved by faith in Christ but faith without works is dead (James 2:14-17). If you say you believe in Jesus Christ then it will be seen by the way that you live. You can say you love Jesus and profess to know Him all you want, but if you are living in darkness then you have denied Him already (Titus 1:16). And if you deny Jesus He will deny you in that great day (Matthew 10:33). Let us be aware, alerted, watching and examining our hearts to see if we are in the faith. No matter how far you’ve gone from God He’s only one step away and that’s Repentance: a turning away from the course of sin, a confession of those things to God, and seeking Him with your whole heart; while you put your trust in the Blood of Jesus for the washing away of your sins. Amen.
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Keep your Garments Clean
No doubt it is only by faith in Christ that we are saved but if we believe what Jesus said, most assuredly we will keep ourselves away from sin, doing what God commands in His Word; and His commandment is Life (…)
“Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy”. – Rev 3:4
These saints mentioned above are members of the same church who made it into the kingdom of God. Their “garments” were not defiled. They did not defile themselves with sin but endured temptation and difficult trials by having faith in God. “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.” – 1 Thess 5:5-6 That word sober means not to be drunk, to be clearheaded; alert and thinking logically and coherently.
I like how the Berean Study Bible translation of Ephesians 5:3 says it: “there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed [in you].” We all fall short of the glory of God in many ways but its these kinds of sinful hints that defile us, that keep us in darkness. Our cups must be clean outward and inward. No man would drink out of a cup with just a tiny bit of filth. Therefore neither will God tolerate a hint of sexual immorality. I say this in love and in the fear of God.
“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:14-19)
The word circumspectly means careful to consider all circumstances and possible consequences; to look around. To be spiritual asleep is no joke. Those who do not watch shall be taken by surprise when the Lord comes or in judgment day these will give account of their deeds and such as do the deeds of darkness will not inherit the Kingdom of Christ.
“But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.” Thessalonians 5:8
Faith, Love, and the Hope of Salvation: These three things will keep you awake, you will not be asleep.
When God abides in you and you in Him, you have perfect love which casts out fear (1 John 4:18). There is a link between God’s commandments and love. Both are one – If you love God you will keep His Word (John 14:15)
And finally brethren “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” Matthew 26:41
by our works we can deny Him
Christ is our peace when we believe He has forgiven our sins; when we believe His blood cleanses us and not we ourselves by doing good works, for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified (Romans 3:20). Though Jesus gives us peace it can be taken away if we let it.
One way we loose our peace is by fear. It is a type of negative faith that believes something bad will happen. This not only steals our peace but cripples our faith in God, seeing that we have placed our faith in the enemy’s lies. Another is worry, anxiety, doubt, and anger, all of which weakens our faith in God.
The ways of God are the same peaceful ways until we take heed to a lie which will trouble our hearts. God’s ways aren’t always easy but if your faith is in Him you wont have trouble facing them even if it means to suffer. Resisting Temptations, getting mocked at, or being falsely accused may cause us suffering but afterwards it produces the fruit of Peace and Joy, because we remained faithful to Jesus Christ, walking in the Spirit, and thus we produce the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22).
Sin will further distance you away from God’s peace. Those who have Jesus Christ can get right with God through His blood but those who don’t gradually get worst. You see, sin changes a persons face. Though for a time it may seem that person is having fun in their sin but as times progresses you will notice they have no peace. The wicked are like the waves of the sea (Isaiah 57:20). They’re never still, always trying to find some new way to satisfy their endless lust which will ultimately and sadly lead to hell.
Whether it’s sin, fear, confusion, or doubt that’s holding us back from God’ perfect peace, may we get right with God today, forsaking such thoughts and actions that displease God and rob us of His benefits. God wants us to remain faithful, enduring unto the end the trials of life that we may not just receive His peace here on earth but also an everlasting peace in His Kingdom forever. So let us keep the peace of God by not forsaking His way, for Faithful is He who promised! Amen.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
Hey guys, I hope you enjoyed this post! If you’re new, come and visit my blog for more rich post on biblical knowledge! Don’t forget to follow, and there’s also this great new eBook that recently came out called The Amos Effect Unleashed (I wrote the forward and design its front cover). It parallels Amos’ prophecies towards the lofty cites of his time with the United States of America and how it’s unfolding today in our generation. Give it a look here. Thanks again for stopping by, please share and have an great day! God bless
Is there any sin that is holding us back?
Take Rest in God for He desires us to rest in Him in all things. This is hard for our flesh to digest since it always wants to be occupied with something to do. Yet when we put down the things we want to do which seem so pleasing and satisfying and come to Jesus, then do we find true joy and peace.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9) What our flesh desires is deceitful for it was not what the Lord wanted you to do though at the moment seemed right.
“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12) The outcome of every carnal desire will never be what you expected. On the contrary, you will experience a lack of peace or joy after or while doing whatever you chose to do while you believed the opposite.
Even ministry and service for God can be done without the Lord when we go and do things our own way, especially when we serve the Lord while in sin (Matthew 7:22)
Don’t get me wrong, when the Lord asks you to do something, at the very moment of the command there won’t be sudden joy or peace; not after the task is finish. The fruit of the Spirit comes after obedience. Also, there will be some kind of opposition when you go and obey the voice of God.
Before starting the new year, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” Hebrews 12:1
Jesus said “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63) Truly the words of God will fill your soul with life.
A time comes however when we begin to run low on faith, love, or strength to serve the Lord. In seasons like these we are to drink from the fountain of life which is the Word God, living water for the soul. Note how when you are under this state you will feel an opposing force trying to stop you from reaching the Word of God to read it; for the devil knows if you open the Word, the Spirit will guide you to the right verse renewing your hope in God. And with such a renewal of faith there comes a strength and a power that revives your soul.
Once I felt my faith lacking in life and at the same time there was something in my presence trying to stop me from reading God’s word. Yet with all this I pressed through and taking my Bible I began to read Ezekiel 37 and as I read my heart began to be strengthen and like rain pouring on a dry day so was my soul refreshed and revived.
“..Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves, And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live..” (Ezekiel 37:13-14)
Though this verse is a prophesy for the people of Israel (and could possibly be an illustration of the resurrection) I found it to speak to me in the sense that God was telling me “as these dead bones which I brought back to life so will I bring back your faith.” If the Lord can lift up dead man’s bones and put each piece back together so will He be able to bring back our faith and hope in Him; For nothing is greater and more life giving than the joy of God’s salvation, and the hope of it.
I was walking to my job the other day and passing by a 711 there was a woman outside the store begging. She had gone before to my job to buy beer so the thought came “don’t give her money else she will spend it on beer.” I went inside the store and walking out she told me that she was not here to use the money for beer.” As if the woman read my mind I perceived the Lord was telling me “give to the poor” but I did not. Then reaching my job across the street there was another beggar who I knew but having my heart harden I went inside quickly.
Later at night still in my job, I went to a web page that gives random bible verses (www.bibledice.com) and before receiving a verse I began to doubt whether I should have given the woman money. When I checked the random verse it was Proverbs 28:27 “He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse.“
Then it hit me, “My God, it was the will of God to give her money!” God spoke to me first in my heart “give to the poor” (which was in accordance to the Word of God) but I ignored His voice and instead obeyed the voice of doubt, fear, and shame; to which the Lord rebuked and chastised me with a strong verse: “he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse”
Immediately I understood this was the Lord speaking to me so I quickly left my job to find the woman. I did not find her but instead I found the second beggar I met along the way which had gone to the 711 and there reaching him I gave him money.
Afterwards what happen next was incredible. Going back to my job I fell into a state of peace and had it all the way through until I left my job.
Later when I got home I began to think about how to have more of this amazing peace and at the same time I felt very bad because I had disobeyed the voice of God earlier and was afraid I would repeat the same mistake.
As I struggled trying to figure out what it meant to be a doer of the Word and how exactly to do His will, the Spirit of God gave me understanding through His Word. Verse after verse appeared in my mind teaching me how to do the Will of God and I believe this may also help you understand knowing God’s will; that you may also preform it and bear precious fruit of joy and peace.
This peace is the state or reward of doing God’s will
“He that is not with me is against me”
If you are not for obeying the voice of God then you are against God for it is His will for you to obey Him in all things and in all situations.
“The meek shall inherit the land”
The meek are those who are submissive, easy to yield to but to who are we to yield to? The Word of God, He it is to which we are to summit ourselves to. Jesus said “Ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you” (John 15:14)
Interestingly enough, Jesus mentions this same verse in the sermon on the mount “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the land.” (Matthew 5:5) I believe here the word “land” is a cross reference to the Kingdom of God because those who inherit God’s Kingdom are those who obey the voice of God (Matthew 7:21)
If we say we believe in Jesus then let us show that our faith in Him works by doing the things He commands us to do; for faith without works is dead and as Christ hath said “If ye love me keep my commands” (John 14:15)
“If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin” 1 John 1:6-7
” But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you”
The Holy Spirit will, when we encounter any situation whether big or small, will remind us of His Word to preform it and by doing so we will do the will of God and not our own which will never lead us to peace.
This verse should give us an understanding that we should not fret over doing the will of God. The burden and yoke of God is easy and light and is only made hard when we obey the voice of the flesh or devil.
Jesus in His love for us will take on the job of giving us the exact verse to handle in any situation whether its temptation, making a judgement, or dealing with trials so that we don’t depend on ourselves to overcome; for we are called to depend on God and not ourselves. If we depend on our own wisdom, strength, or might then we shall never do the will of God which leads to the kingdom of God (Matthew 7:21-29)
Be prepared therefore, in prayer and watching for the voice of God so that when Jesus speaks you my be ready to hear and perform the verse He has given you.
“..be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves”
To do the word is to preform that which the Holy Spirit tells you to do at any given time that by hearing His commandments in your mind you may do it; that by doing what He tells you, you may be known of God.
God won’t expect you to do what you can’t do but He will expect you to do what you can do. You heard the voice of God when He reminded you of His word so now it’s your turn to do what He commanded; that you may either yield to Him and be a doer or be a hearer only.
“..walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”
To walk in the Spirit is to go on the day hearing and doing what the Spirit tells you just as Jesus when He walked the earth obeyed what the Father told Him.
Walking in the Spirit is not hard at all for Jesus said “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
When we fret and worry over what to do, how to do we are depending on ourselves and not on God so when God speaks to us to do His Word we shall do our own will; because our minds and hearts were occupied with thoughts of doing things our own way thus we are unable to bear any fruit.
“He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful” (Matthew 13:22)
When we Walk in the Spirit we bear the fruit of the Spirit: Joy, Peace, Self-Control, Meekness – all of which are bared when we obey the voice of God.
This shall be the reward we reap and without good fruits there is no entering into the Kingdom of God (Matthew 7:19). When we remain or abide in Jesus who is the Vine we are able to bear good fruit but on our own we can not. What then is to abide in Christ? To do His Will. And how shall we know His Will? When we attend to His voice and do as He says.
There is no formula to live the Christian life nor is there a one time strategy to overcome temptation. Each day is a different day that requires us to hear and obey the voice of God which will be a new thing.
What the Father told Jesus to do when He was in the earth is exactly how our lives with Christ is. This is how we know the voice of God: when it is in accordance to scripture.