Archive for February, 2012

For the mouth of the LORD has spoken

February 29, 2012

As we continue to peer into the Power of God’s Word, I want us to look into For the mouth of the LORD has spoken. Many claim to be able to speak things into existence. That is a heresy. Only God can speak and have things come into existence, but I digress.

In Isaiah 1, God continues His  call for man to repent and to depend on Him for the atonement of man’s sin. Salvation is not of man but of God. God calls upon man to forsake his sins which separates us from God and causes God to hide His face from man (Isaiah 59:2). Consequently, nothing man can do will cause him or his service to be acceptable to God. There is no amount of forsaking self, giving to the poor or needy, serving the good of man that will qualify man as good enough to be acceptable in the eyes of God; however, here (Isaiah 1) and throughout the Word, God proposes and provides a method of reconciliation.

 18 “Come now, let us reason together,” says the LORD.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient,
you will eat the best from the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel,
you will be devoured by the sword.”
For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

God says that our sins will be atoned for if we are willing and obedient, but we resist and rebel, we will be devoured. When we see the term, For the mouth of the LORD has spoken, it is a declaration that indeed that thing will happen for God cannot lie and does not lie (Numbers 23:19). Matthew Henry said it this way, “They could not in reason expect any other than that, if they continued obstinate in their disobedience, they should be abandoned to ruin, and the sentence of the law should be executed upon them; what can be more just? (Isa. 1:20); “If you refuse and rebel, if you continue to rebel against the divine government and refuse the offers of the divine grace, you shall be devoured with the sword.”

Like those whom God was speaking to then, He speaks to us now. We have a choice. We can accept His divine governance and His divine grace leading to reconciliation with God or we can accept His divine wrath leading to spiritual death. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken, what will you choose?

The Power of God’s Word: Standing on the Promises of God

February 27, 2012

For the past several days, we have investigated The Power of the Word of God. The inspiration for today’s post came from a worship song we sang in church yesterday, Standing on the Promises of God. Scripture carefully points out that every person who builds his life on a firm foundation will stand secure unharmed by troubles, trials or tribulations. The notion that God is our foundation and refuge runs consistently through the bible. Let’s take a couple of examples. Psalm 127:11 Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.” Luke 6:47-49 tells us “47 I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

Do you want to stand or do you want to collapse? If you want to stand, you must be found Standing on the Promises of God. Here are the lyrics to this song presented/writen by Russell K. Carter in the late 1800’s.

  1. Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
    Through eternal ages let His praises ring,
    Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
    Standing on the promises of God.

    • Refrain:
      Standing, standing,
      Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
      Standing, standing,
      I’m standing on the promises of God.
  2. Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
    When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
    By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
    Standing on the promises of God.
  3. Standing on the promises I now can see
    Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
    Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
    Standing on the promises of God.
  4. Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
    Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
    Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
    Standing on the promises of God.
  5. Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
    List’ning every moment to the Spirit’s call,
    Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
    Standing on the promises of God.

That song is very encouraging. Here’s the catch. Unless you commit to following Jesus with your whole heart, these promises are not for you. These promises are only available to the person who follows Christ. Don’t believe me. Hear what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 1:18-22. A portion of that text reads “20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ…” How does one stand firm? By God making him stand firm through the power and promises afforded to him through Jesus Christ.

You are not experiencing the fullness of  The Power of the Word of God if you are not standing on His Word. You are not Standing on the Promises of God if you don’t know Christ. That is, if you have not surrendered your life to follow God as Christ depicted.

Jesus upholds all things by the Word of His power

February 26, 2012

Yesterday, I encouraged us to Stop Trippin. Today, the title of today’s post tells us why. It’s not difficult to understand the concept of things being held together. Our books are held together by the binding along the spine of the book. Let it get wet, the book begins to unravel. Our wheels are held on our cars or bikes by nuts. If the nut becomes loosened, the wheel begins to wobble and may fall off without attention. Our houses are held together by the foundation. When the foundation falters, the house begins to crack or sway eventually leading to its collapse.

Have you ever thought about what is holding our lives, our country and our world together? One of our text of reference today reveals that to us. Hebrews 1:3 tells us “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” There is so much in that verse about who my Lord Jesus is that I could not do justice in attempting to address it all; however, I want to give a stab at discussing the fact that He holds all things (created) together by the power of His Word. Here again, we see the power contained in the Word of God. The Son’s command holds the created order in existence (Col. 1:172 Pet. 3:4–7), preserving it from destruction until that day when His voice will remove all but the unshakable kingdom of God and its heirs (Hebrews 12:26–28).

Matthew Henry described Christ’s position like this: “By him he made the old creation, by him he makes the new creature, and by him he rules and governs both. [3.] He upholds all things by the word of his power: he keeps the world from dissolving. By him all things consist. The weight of the whole creation is laid upon Christ: he supports the whole and all the parts. When, upon the apostasy, the world was breaking to pieces under the wrath and curse of God, the Son of God, undertaking the work of redemption, bound it up again, and established it by his almighty power and goodness. None of the ancient prophets sustained such an office as this, none was sufficient for it.”

Let’s make it more simple. Christ is the preserver of the universe. Without Him, it is clear that things would fall apart. It may seem to us that things are spiraling out of control. True, people’s adherence to the ways of God are getting worse and worse, but God is still in control. Despite that, without Christ holding it together by the Word of His power, it would all collapse. In spiritual terms, Christ holds man together with God by reconciling man to God through His death, burial and resurrection from the dead. Paul said it like this  “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord.” Ephesians 2:19-21

God’s Word is powerful in salvation as well as in sustaining this world. You have access to that power through Christ Jesus. Choose wisely.

Stop Trippin

February 25, 2012

When I grew up, the term “trippin” was a part of the vernacular. Trippin is basically making a bad decision when you could easily make a better choice. It is also to make something out of nothing – an overreaction, being foolish. It is a term that offends many. As a child, I must admit that I used this term a great deal. We knew back then that we could not tell an adult to stop trippin. They could whip you and DFACS did not care or come out. You were on your own. In that sense, it was a term used to express your disgust about someone’s behavior.

Over the past few days, we have been exploring the power of God’s Word. I don’t want to stray too much from that today, but I have to because this is what I posted on FB today. “If you are fed up with this world and its mess needless to say its shady people, commit to Jesus. He is ever-faithful and true. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8” If you know you are not satisfied with your life but you keep doing the same thing or chasing pipe dreams that don’t satisfy, you need to Stop Trippin!

Let me ask you a question in which you will really consider. Is your life going in the wrong direction? Are you discontent with your life? What area of your life is a constant irritant? Have you tried to scale that wall only to fall back down over and over?  My Lord says this, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 The context of this verse provides the back drop of mankind being sheep which obviously need to be led. There are two whom man can choose to follow: satan or the Good Shepherd, Jesus. Jesus tells us what satan’s objective is in our lives – to steal what good God is offering us, to kill our joy and peace and to destroy our lives and soul; yet, we will not Stop Trippin. We continue on in life as if John 10:10 does not exist. We believe that satan has good intentions and our best interest at heart. No way. Moreover, we continue on as if Jesus is not real or that He is a liar. Numbers 23:19 squashes that thought.

Listen, life is too short for you to play around. We know this. If not, life offers us constant reminders. When I went to work on Tuesday, three students had lost their parents over the weekend. They will never see their parents again, alive.   I believe someone was attempting to steal, kill or destroy in the midst of those happenings. Christ offers us an abundant life. Further on in John 10, my Lord says, “14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” Jesus has laid down His life for you to enjoy the abundant eternal life that starts as soon as you commit to Him.

Will you now listen to His voice? Will you lay down your life for Jesus? Trust me, you need to Stop Trippin.

God’s Word – The Source of Joy and Delight

February 24, 2012

One of the most painful yet maturing moments in my life was when I had to convey an unfavorable judgement to an employee whom I had dear affections. No one who cares deeply for another likes to bear bad news.  In A prayer and a word – God’s response, we introduced Jeremiah to you in a troubling time and circumstance. I hope that you read Jeremiah 15. In this chapter, we find the vexation of this prophet of God, Jeremiah. As God’s mouthpiece, Jeremiah was charged to pronounce God’s judgements on His people, the Israelites.

While the Israelites had not been faithful in following Jehovah, the Lord God, God’s patience for their repentance had run out. Jeremiah loved Israelites dearly; therefore, he was sickened by God’s judgement on the people. Here is a portion of God’s judgement on the people for failing to live in accordance with His Word. Jeremiah 14:10-12

10 This is what the LORD says about this people:

   “They greatly love to wander;
they do not restrain their feet.
So the LORD does not accept them;
he will now remember their wickedness
and punish them for their sins.”

 11 Then the LORD said to me, “Do not pray for the well-being of this people. 12 Although they fast, I will not listen to their cry; though they offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Instead, I will destroy them with the sword, famine and plague.”

God had instructed Jeremiah to proclaim to the people a message contrary to false prophets of that time. They pronounced peace, but Jeremiah proclaimed privation. “It was his unhappy duty to denounce the judgments of God upon a people whom he dearly loved, but whom it was impossible to save; for even his deep anguish of heart and melting pathos were powerless with them, and rather excited their ridicule than their attention.” (No. 980) God told him that the people would be destroyed by the sword, famine and plague. In many instances in life, God’s judgment against apostasy may carry great and irreconcilable consequences. How then, in midst of such a distressing emotional declaration, could Jeremiah say “16 When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty.”
It is similar to what Ezekiel says, “1 And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the house of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat.  3 Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.” Jeremiah’s honey sweet experience came from the statement “I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty.” While Jeremiah had to pronounce God’s judgement on His people, Jeremiah’s joy and delight ultimately stem from the fact that Jeremiah bore God’s name as His prophet. This is contrary to the false prophets of that time and the Israelites who failed to surrender their wills to God.
“Jeremiah’s strong sense of allegiance to God and love to Israel made him bear a fearless testimony for the truth; but the reproaches, insults, and threats, which were heaped upon him, sorely wounded his soul. It will be both interesting and profitable to note the root of the joy which grew up in Jeremiah’s heart, like a lone palm tree in the desert. Here was its substance. It was an intense delight to him to have been chosen to the prophetic office; and when the words of God came to him, he fed upon them as dainty food. They were often very bitter in themselves, for they mainly consisted of denunciations, yet being God’s words, such was the prophet’s love to his God, that he ate every syllable, bitter or not. May our hearts be so moulded by divine grace that the words of the weeping prophet in this verse may be proper language for us to use.” Spurgeon
The Lord concludes chapter 15 with this Word to Jeremiah.

Let this people turn to you,
but you must not turn to them.
20 I will make you a wall to this people,
a fortified wall of bronze;
they will fight against you
but will not overcome you,
for I am with you
to rescue and save you,”
declares the LORD.
21 “I will save you from the hands of the wicked
and redeem you from the grasp of the cruel.”

 As ministers of Christ, we are called to let the people turn to us rather than us turning to them. We must stand fast in the way of God despite people not liking to hear the truth of God. We, like Jeremiah, will be a bronze wall, one whom people will fight against but not overcome it.
The power of God’s Word is that which is our joy and delight. Be blessed.

A prayer and a word – God’s response

February 23, 2012

Morning, feeling a little under the weather this morning, so I am really late in writing. Consequently, I will not get it all in before having to ready myself for work. Please read this text, Jeremiah 15. I will share my thoughts tomorrow; however, we often pray, but do we wait for the answer. The answer is God’s Word to us. My daughter, G.I.A. (God Is Able), is an example of hearing from God in the midst of a circumstance (barrenness). Jeremiah shares with us a circumstance in his life where he prayed and God answered. God’s answer became God’s Word for us in Jeremiah 15.

It’s only 21 verses. Read it and ask the Lord God to speak to you.

God Makes It Rain

February 22, 2012

It’s funny how the point of view changes one’s perspective on words. We have been exploring the power of God’s Word over the past few posts. Undoubtedly, many of you who read the title of this post were intrigued as to what would be said because to you ‘making it rain’ does not connote precipitation falling from the sky. In writing and music, they call it the hook. Because of the holiness of God, I can assure you that His association with ‘making it rain’ is solely right and true.

In terms of His attributes like glory, majesty and power, God is not quiescent. As such, neither is God’s Word.  Hebrews 4:12 tells us “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Living and active conveys the dynamic influence of God’s Word in our lives. Isaiah 55:10-11 shows us how God Makes It Rain.

10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

God provides an analogy to help us understand the power of His Word. We all have the understanding of how rain falls from the sky providing water to make vegetation grow. It is that vegetation that provides immediate food for the grower as well as the seed to perpetuate that food supply as long as the rain continues to fall. Life of the seed, the grower and those who consume the food is in the rain. Likewise, life of the believer is in the Word – the physical Word (Jesus) and the written Word (the bible).

Let’s look at the comparison God draws. Again, we know what role rain plays in the growing of crops and the consumption of crops. Hear the Word of the Lord, “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” The comparison is the Word is like the rain in initiating reactions that follow a purpose. God created each seed to produce a certain vegetation or crop. Through Isaiah, God says that His Word will not return to Him empty but will accomplish what He desires and achieve the purpose for which He sent it.  We know that God will do what He said He would do. Numbers 23:19 tells us that “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” He has the power to do it as well. Numbers 11:23 “The LORD said to Moses, “Is the LORD’S power limited? Now you shall see whether My word will come true for you or not.” NASB

God has determined purposes. Each day that this post is posted, I am sure to place scripture in it because of the principle outlined in Isaiah 55:10-11. I know what God has said to me, but I am not sure what God will say to you. It is not important that I know. What is important is that the Word of God is central and key in they writings. That’s why I almost always give you the reference hyperlinked, so you can read it for yourself. Who knows who God will prompt to read further? Once the Word is in your mind, the Spirit can use the Word to draw you closer to the Lord God which is God’s ultimate purpose – to draw men in closer fellowship with Him where they commit to following God through the principles outlined in His Word. This is how God Makes It Rain.

The hand of the LORD his God was on him

February 21, 2012

We have begun exploring the power of God’s Word. Today, we will see an example in which we all desire, but we are unwilling to put the work in to yield the results. In Ezra 7, we see a huge benefit of the power of the Word of God. God Himself put His hand on Ezra. What does it mean to have the gracious hand of God on him?

“6 this Ezra came up from Babylon. He was a teacher well versed in the Law of Moses, which the LORD, the God of Israel, had given. The king had granted him everything he asked, for the hand of the LORD his God was on him…9 He had begun his journey from Babylon on the first day of the first month, and he arrived in Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month, for the gracious hand of his God was on him. 10 For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the LORD, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.”

We must explore the diligence and commitment demonstrated in these verses in order to see the benefit or power that comes from God because of it. Researchers have shared that not only was Ezra a priest, but he was also a Scribe who knew the Words of God as he poured his life into the study of them. A Scribe also made copies of the Word of God and they went through pain-stakingly strict guidelines to ensure the proper copying of the Word of God (v6). Moreover, making the journey from Babylon demonstrated a deep commitment. That 900 mile journey from Babylon to Jerusalem took 4 months to complete, as they would average about 7 miles a day, and a little more if they did not travel on the Sabbath, about 9 miles per day (v8-9).

More than anything else, Ezra made a deliberate, continual, conscious decision to follow God. Like any true theological pursuit, the choice was not easy but that was his hearts desire. What can we take from Ezra’s choice and apply to our own life? We need to make a deliberate, continual, conscious decision to follow the Lord with our whole heart. Delving deep into His Word is a great place to start. Whether an officially ordained pastor or not, anyone who is going to teach God’s Word should follow Ezra’s example if he/she wants to be effective in his/her ministry. First, he/she must study the Word of God. Next, he/she must take what he/she has learned, the things that he/she has studied, and apply them to his/her life. He/she must live what he/she believes. And then he/she can teach it. Truly those who teach effectively have studied God’s Word and lived it.

Let’s see what the book of Ezra has to say about those who have the hand of God on them.

  1. Ezra 7:6
    this Ezra came up from Babylon. He was a teacher well versed in the Law of Moses, which the LORD, the God of Israel, had given. The king had granted him everything he asked, for the hand of the LORD his God was on him.
    Ezra 7:5-7 (in Context) Ezra 7 (Whole Chapter)
  2. Ezra 7:9
    He had begun his journey from Babylon on the first day of the first month, and he arrived in Jerusalem on the first day of the fifth month, for the gracious hand of his God was on him.
    Ezra 7:8-10 (in Context) Ezra 7 (Whole Chapter)
  3. Ezra 7:14
    You are sent by the king and his seven advisers to inquire about Judah and Jerusalem with regard to the Law of your God, which is in your hand.
    Ezra 7:13-15 (in Context) Ezra 7 (Whole Chapter)
  4. Ezra 7:28
    and who has extended his good favor to me before the king and his advisers and all the king’s powerful officials. Because the hand of the LORD my God was on me, I took courage and gathered leading men from Israel to go up with me.
    Ezra 7:27-28 (in Context) Ezra 7 (Whole Chapter)
  5. Ezra 8:18
    Because the gracious hand of our God was on us, they brought us Sherebiah, a capable man, from the descendants of Mahli son of Levi, the son of Israel, and Sherebiah’s sons and brothers, 18 men;
    Ezra 8:17-19 (in Context) Ezra 8 (Whole Chapter)
  6. Ezra 8:22
    I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, “The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.
    Ezra 8:21-23 (in Context) Ezra 8 (Whole Chapter)
  7. Ezra 8:31
    On the twelfth day of the first month we set out from the Ahava Canal to go to Jerusalem. The hand of our God was on us, and he protected us from enemies and bandits along the way.
    Ezra 8:30-32 (in Context) Ezra 8 (Whole Chapter)

What was the result of Ezra’s choices and pursuits? Verse 9 tells us “the gracious hand of his God was on him.” We can experience the same result as Ezra if we make deliberate, continual, conscious decision to follow the Lord God with our whole heart. We are required to make a choice as we are told in Romans 11:22 which says “Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. NIV1984” “Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in Hisgoodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. NKJV”

Consider and choose.

The Power of God’s Word: Meditation leads to prosperity and success

February 19, 2012

Without a doubt, I can purport that the most desirable things for most people is prosperity and success. How we define those two ends will determine what paths we pursue in life. We know that in the world’s perspective that prosperity is largely defined by the amount of money one has. Universally, success is defined as accomplishing one’s goals or being personally fulfilled which may be a by-product of achieving a goal. How does the Word of God define those two central terms? Our text for today is Joshua 1:8 which says “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” In the context of this verse, God was speaking to Joshua about how he should assume the leadership of getting the people to the Promised Land. In Jehovah’s definition, success depends on one’s faithfulness to Jehovah, the one true God. Success can lead to dependence on one’s own strength, instead of upon God.

In Joshua 1:8, the Hebrew word used for prosperous is tsalach which means to advance, prosper, make progress, succeed, be profitable a) (Qal) to prosper b) (Hiphil) 1) to make prosperous, bring to successful issue, cause to prosper 2) to show or experience prosperity, prosper. The Hebrew word used for success is sakal which means to 1) to be prudent, be circumspect, wisely understand, prosper a) (Qal) to be prudent, be circumspect b) (Hiphil) 1) to look at or upon, have insight 2) to give attention to, consider, ponder, be prudent 3) to have insight, have comprehension a) insight, comprehension (subset) 4) to cause to consider, give insight, teach a) the teachers, the wise 5) to act circumspectly, act prudently, act wisely 6) to prosper, have success 7) to cause to prosper

Through all of that biblical technical speak, it appears that God defines prosperity for Joshua as accomplishing the goal or making progress toward accomplishing the goal whereas success is having the right perspective in looking at circumstances with wise practical approaches that lead to prosperity. You may be confused or not accept my interpretation of prosperous and success, but the most important thing is how to become prosperous and successful in anyone’s definition but especially God’s.

Again, we go to Joshua 1:8 to direct us on how to be prosperous and successful. For Joshua, the Book of the Law was what we know as the first five books of the bible Genesis through Deuteronomy. The command in Joshua 1:8 is to “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night,…” For the believer, our charge then is to speak the Word and meditate on the Word. We can do neither if we do not learn the Word. Once learned, we, through the power and direction of the Holy Spirit, can speak the Word and Meditate on the Word. It is that process of speaking and meditating that brings about the desired goal. Joshua 1:8 tells us that we will do everything written in it which leads to prosperity and success. Matthew Henry states “Those that make the word of God their rule, and conscientiously walk by that rule, shall both do well and speed well; it will furnish them with the best maxims by which to order their conversation (Ps. 111:10); and it will entitle them to the best blessings: God shall give them the desire of their heart”

In our quest to empowered by the Word of God to be prosperous and successful, our prayer should be that of the psalmist who said “Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart.” Psalm 119:34 After our obedience, the consequence is prosperity and success. Let’s learn and meditate on the Word of God. You can start with Joshua 1:8.

Blessed are those who walk in the law of the Lord!

February 18, 2012

The Almighty God has many attributes. The fact that the adjective Almighty is used to describe Him connotes that He has power to do anything. We know that God can do anything. We also know that God is truthful. He does not lie. Numbers 23:19 says, “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” From Numbers, we know that God is truthful. Since God is truthful, we also learn from Numbers that God does not change; God does not speak in declaration and then not act or do it; God does not promise then not fulfill the promise.

Since we know then that God acts on His declarations and fulfills His promises because He is truthful and is Almighty, we can believe what He says and expect what He says to pass; therefore, let us go to the Word of God to see the power there in the Word of God. Psalm 119:1-2 says “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart!” (NKJV)

The Word used for blessed in the Hebrew is ‘esher (eh’·sher). It means happy or happiness. God declares and promises that the man who walks (follows, keeps) his law (Word) is blessed or happy. When obeyed, the Word of God has the power to make you happy. How does the Word of God make you happy. First, the one who follows the Word of God out of reverence shows his commitment to God. We know from the Word of God that the one who is committed to following God’s Word therefore God has peace with God. (Romans 5:1). He has God’s commitment as well as God’s peace.

People all over the world are doing all sorts of things to be in a state of peace; yet, the multiplicity of them are still destitute in their search for peace. For one who is at peace with God, peace in relationships and circumstances are a by-product that is promised when one trusts in God (Isaiah 26:3). In Isaiah, we see Psalm 119:1-2 fleshes that out for us in real life. Happiness results when man “walks in the law of the Lord! Blessed (happy) are those who keep His testimony, Who seek Him with the whole heart.” In Isaiah 26:3, God makes a promise to keep us in perfect peace when we trust in Him. The walking in the law is not just obeying rules like many Israelites and Pharisees thought.

How is one blessed by walking in the law of the Lord? We are given perfect peace. Do you lack peace in your life? If you have committed to the Lord through faith in Jesus Christ, then you must trust what God has said and peace is yours. If you have not trusted in the Lord God through Jesus Christ, that promise to give you peace does not belong to you. When the Word says “Blessed are those who walk in the law of the Lord!”, God means that you have faith and your faith is evidenced by your obedience to the Word. If you want to be blessed, believe in the Lord God and Jesus, His Son. That’s the power of God’s Word.