During the past few blog entries, we were dealing with, in my opinion, one of the most important questions that anyone can ask himself, “Are you awake to the existence of God?” As I wrote in my most recent blog entry, His Word!:
“…it was not just the astounding revelation of God’s existence that amazed me, but also the understanding that His Word is a living Word. I had always viewed God’s Word, the Bible, as a boring book full of old stories from the past and full of rules that bound me to live a life that I was not interested in living.
Yet, as I started reading, reflecting, and meditating upon His Word, I discovered a world, which I regretted missing for so many years of my life. Suddenly, the Word became alive! Those stories of old made much sense of the present, but also pointed to what would be in the future. It was through the revelation of God’s existence that my view of His Word changed as I understood that I am now under the “law of liberty” (James 1:25), meaning I am free to live my life God’s way.”
Before I continue, let me just say that I have no intentions to judge anyone; rather, my desire is to encourage each of us to reflect upon the mere meaning of our faith, and our own personal walk with the LORD.
I wrote that ‘I am now under the “law of liberty”’, meaning that I am free to live my life God’s way. The question, then, is how will I know what “God’s way” is? Many would rightly say that they are being “led by the Holy Spirit”, and yes there is no doubt in my mind that the Holy Spirit guides every step of our way. However, in many cases we don’t even know how to hear the Spirit of God. We base our decisions on our feelings, or on what we may think is the Holy Spirit speaking to us, when in reality, it is our flesh or our own thoughts communicating to us.
My dear brothers and sisters, let me suggest that in order for one to live in accordance to God’s way, one must know God’s Word. Indeed, the Holy Spirit will never guide us to act against God’s Word, and we can be sure that what we “hear” is actually from the LORD if it aligns with His Word.
Sadly, as I travel and meet believers from all around the world, I discover that many of them have never taken the time to read the Word of God from beginning to end, i.e., the Book of Beginnings (Genesis) to the final book of John’s Vision (Revelation). If we truly understand the price that was paid for our iniquities, and are truly grateful for that, then we will also have the desire to live in a way that honors Him. And how does one do that? By living according to His Word:
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Thy word. With all my heart I have sought Thee; Do not let me wander from Thy commandments. Thy word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against Thee.” Psalm 119:9-11
When we take the time to read, dwell, and meditate upon the fullness of His Word, not only will we know the way by which we are to live, but we will also find that we have a greater assurance that our faith in Yeshua is not based on feelings, but rather on the truth of His Word.
We will have a better understanding that all those worldly and temporary “pleasures” that we are called to give up, are well worth doing so, as we will know and understand the everlasting joy that awaits those who choose Him now.
I want to end by encouraging each of you who takes time to read this blog to also take time to read the entire Word of God. If it’s difficult, remember that you have the same Holy Spirit within you and He will give you insight into His Word.
If you already have a habit of reading His Word, I would like to encourage you to continue and do it again and again – the more the merrier! As you grow in the grace and knowledge of our God, you will have a better understanding of His character, and His plan for your own life.
“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the Torah (Teaching) of the LORD, and in His Torah (Teaching) he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2
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