Jesus gave us examples of who we are as sons of God; being sons we sub-scribe to a different set of rules that our Father gives us. Our behavior is based on God’s principles and not what the world says or judges us on. The only way we can see God revealed in our lives is when we obey His Word all the way and not fear the earthly consequences.
Jesus Christ constantly molded this to us even in times when the laws of the land were against His decisions. He came to show God’s love but sometimes the rules of religion hindered this very message of salvation. Many suffered under the law because God had not been revealed as a Father to them; since the only picture they knew of God was the Awesome Ruler, they stuck to the law and missed out on the Loving Father who was compassionate to their needs.
The Jews had not learnt of the compassionate God thus they did not know how to show compassion; they had such hardened hearts that they could not rejoice when good things were done to people in need. They rebuke Christ for healing a man who had been sick for thirty eight years and their bone of contention was that the healing had been done on the Sabbath. Being too stuck on the law, they fail to appreciate the message that Christ was trying to reveal-the gospel of love. Sometimes we are also faced by such circumstances where God’s way seems to be objected and many things are put on the line, relationships, careers and business opportunities even our lives, but our response should always be to do what the Father does-like Father like son.
John 5:15-18 The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.” Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal to God.
In a world full of its own ideologies, how does one get to walk like the Father? As a child grows up, character is built based on those around him/her and what the child constantly practices to do; the same applies to our walk with God, the more time I spend with Him the more I understand Him and when I train myself to doing His will, I become more like Him.
So what is my part?
Listen to the Word
God reveals Himself through His Word; it is our guide through all situations in this world. It is a place where I can ask what would my Father do in such a situation? The scriptures give accounts on how God worked in the lives of people going through similar situations and shows us a way out. Sometimes we end up facing hard times and the same Word comforts us; and in case we need to know where to draw the line-the Word is the ultimate law. I wrote something about how to deal with life’s issues through God’s help, read it here.
A friend of mine once sent me a message that just revealed how God’s Word is relevant to all our situations that I thought was pretty cool:
….you say tired, He says I’ll give you rest (Matt. 11:28-30); you say I can’t, He says all things are possible (Luke 18:27); you say I can’t go on, He says My grace is sufficient for you (2nd Cor. 12:9); you say I don’t know, He says I will direct your steps ( Prov. 3:5-6); you say I don’t have, He says I will supply all your needs (Phil. 4:19); feeling alone? He says I’ll never leave you nor forsake you (Heb. 13:5-6)…hands down God has got you covered.
God’s Word reveals who He is to us and what He can do for our situations. The best way to understand the Word is by making it personal; it is not enough to just read through as a routine but try to relate it to your daily life. It may be hard in the beginning but lucky enough Christ promised us a Helper-the Holy Spirit. I need to consciously ask for knowledge and wisdom as I take in the Word so that God can be revealed to me. The Jews read the Word as a custom from a young age yet they never really understood who God was; they knew the law but never bothered to understand the Law Giver.
The Word is not about knowing the laws rather about understanding the One who gave the laws. When I have the mind of Christ, I naturally incline to the law. Just as a child emulates what he sees the parents do as he spends time with them and understands them, we also walk in the law when we understand who God is.
Actively listen to God’s Word by constantly inviting the Holy Spirit to minister to you, keep an alert mind as you take in the Word, have fellowship with believers and grow together and most importantly share what you have learnt from God’s Word. What you teach you become.
The Word reveals who God, our Father, is to us.
Obedience to the Word
It is one thing to listen to God’s Word but unless we activate it through our obedience, we remain stuck in our current situations. God works in seasons and each season has its own assignment based on our acts of obedience. The next stage is never revealed to us unless we do what we are being instructed to do by God.
Taking the example of how the Israelites took forty years in the wilderness to cover a journey of a few days. They heard from God and even knew who God was but this was not enough to take them to the Promised Land; the critical and deciding factor was their obedience to God’s Word.
Unfortunately we go through the same wilderness in our modern day settings and the time it takes for us to move to the next level of our purpose is directly related to our level of obedience. God reveals the plans He has for us but we cannot walk in our destiny unless we choose to obey without delay or compromise.
Sometimes our obedience may call for losing things we value such as relationships that are not in God’s will, walking away from lucrative career and business opportunities which require compromise in our values and to the extreme it may come to putting our lives on the line for the sake of standing on our salvation. So with such consequences why should we not opt for compromise? It all comes down to having an eternal perspective on things. Many people do right hoping those doing wrong will get punished or face the consequences but this is the wrong perspective. Our obedience should not be based on the consequences but on love; because I love the Lord so much, I long to spend eternity with Him.
Basing our obedience on consequence only leads to compromise.
Walk with me; a while back the reason not to have pre-marital sex was the having of babies then with time contraceptives were introduced and the consequence no longer held. With time fear of infections such as AIDS kept many from indulging in pre-marital sex but with the advancement of medicine, even the worst of cases are now containable with ARVs. Regardless what consequence, a compromise can always be reached and it’s only when we go back to our values system that our obedience comes from the right place.
Saying that I’ll do it next time only sets me up for the cycle of compromise and unless I start winning the small battles through obedience, it only gets worse when the big guns are drawn. Flirting with a client to get a deal grows to presidents abusing office with sex scandals; taking a kick back for awarding contracts leads to CEOs embezzling company funds. The stories that make news always start from an act of disobedience that was ignored and grew to bring great people to their knees.
God loves us so much that he does not allow things that can bring us down to come our way. Sometimes power and legacy are withheld from us because though they may be desirable, our disobedience can make them our own folly. God is a great Father, who wants nothing but the best for us; that means if withholding our desires from us is the best, He will do it. Want to know some of the things that you need to allow God to take from you, read here.
When I know God and walk in obedience to His Word, I experience a life of divine power and leave a legacy. In the world, we learn from our mistakes but when I choose to learn from my Father, I am lifted from glory to glory, I learn from greatness.
John 5:19-20 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and will show Him greater works than these that you may marvel….
- What the Disciples Wait On, We Have Already Received in Full (palamas.info)
- I Do Not Preach Faith in Jesus, Why? (delugeop.wordpress.com)
Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 I communed with my heart saying, “Look I have attained greatness and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceive that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
It would not be fair to leave you with this information and let you try to change by your own wisdom and strength-it is like chasing the wind. Only in Jesus Christ does all this make sense and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit will we know the way to go. Say this prayer and receive a new life..
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life, according to Romans 10:9-10—“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I am also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me utterance (Acts 2:4).
The prayer was obtained from the Kenneth Copeland Ministries.