See Our Road with God Part 2
For a long while now the Lord has had me on a path to see the importance of His purpose for the church-to advance and bring down Gods Kingdom to earth.
Matthew 6:10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
The last few years however, He has emphasized the significance of not only His first commandment….
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness
but also His greatest commandment
Matthew 22:36-37 Teacher, what is the greatest commandment ‘Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind’
The way these 2 commandments –the greatest and the first– work together have continually amazed me the last couple of years. When you listen to some of the thoughts of the church family in this area, how these teachings are entwined to one ‘path’ of truth, we begin to realize these revelations can only be from God Himself. They are beyond important to us, they are Our Road with God.
Matt. 7:14 But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
While I would like to be able to share what He has been saying to church with these 2 teachings (Part 2), I felt this blog needed to go out first. To be honest, many times the Lord has to simplify things for me so I can grasp them. Years ago at Bible college…I would never admit such a thing…lol, but now I am really appreciative how He ‘dumbs it down’ so I can understand. Kinda feel, Lord if you make it simple, that just means more people can understand…Praise God!
He has laid out these two great truths by showing how many Biblical teachings apply to them, illustrating them by the way of our Road with God. In this context, let’s looks how many Biblical principles fall under the Lords Greatest and First commandments.
The Fear of the Lord
The beginning of Our Road with God
Our Decision to Serve the Lord
Psalm 111:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:
Isaiah 11:2-3 The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord ….3 and He (Jesus) will delight in the fear of the LORD.
In reality, the Fear of the Lord is the beginning of ‘everything’. Jesus delighted in Fearing God because this interacts with the Fire or Glory of God-His Holy Nature.
Hebrews 12:29 For our God is a consuming fire.
This ‘fire’ or glory of the Lord can be manifested in 2 general ways. Through faith in Jesus His son, we are cleansed by the sacrifice on the cross and we can now enter the Lords temple into the presence of God.
Ephesians 3:12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
As ‘sons of God’ (Gal. 3:26) this ‘fire’ radiates with an infinite love…and infuses right into our spirit. This fire or glory is the most attractive-compelling force in the entire universe. Awesome cannot describe how wonderful and filling it is to be close to the throne of the Lord. Moses desired this glorious contact above all request-and only our heavenly bodies will be able to engage in it completely Ex. 33:18-19, 1 Cor. 15:51-56. The ‘Fear of the Lord’ is a holy reverence-being in the presence of the most sovereign and powerful Being in the cosmos. Our ‘fear’ however gives way not to panic, but excitement because we are receiving a total invasion of immeasurable fire and boundless love Eph. 3:14-21.
Without our faith in Jesus though, our sins remain and bear witness to our guilt Jn. 3:14-21. The glory of the Lord-His holiness- cannot abide with sin Hab. 1:13, 2 Tim. 2:13. That is why the call to turn to the Lord is so urgent. His Holiness is in battle with sin. This war will be cease with the wrath of God being poured out at the Great White Judgment Rev. 20:1-15. Fearing this Lord is this manner urges us to avoid the Lords vengeance and seek forgiveness. Please see link- Understanding God, Turning from death to life.
Once we choose to follow Him however, Fearing God is not just about encountering an experience with Him, it is also about obedience to Him. Fearing the Lord is recognizing He is holy and sovereign. Out of gratitude for His gift of eternal life we should desire to obey Him no matter what circumstances arise in life. ‘I will follow you Lord-because You alone are worthy to be served…
Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Rev. 5:13
2 Chronicles 19:9 He gave them these orders: “You must serve faithfully and wholeheartedly in the fear of the LORD.
This result of this devotion to Him keeps us from returning to our ‘old life’ Eph. 4:22-24. Fearing the Lord then not only begins our journey, it also maintains the zeal to continue on our Road with God.
The Light to Our Road
John 1:9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
1 John 2:8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.
Let’s look at the one of the few times ‘true and light’ are used together in the New Testament.
Jesus is the truth and it is always mentioned before light. Truth precedes light because walking in truth (represented by Jesus Jn. 14:6) is the ‘path’ to God, who is ‘The Glory and Light’ Jn. 1:14, Heb. 1:3, 2 Cor. 4:6. As dishonesty-lies- oppose the truth and brings darkness, honesty-truthfulness automatically unites us with God because we are sharing in the very nature of the Lord. When we share in His nature, our unity overcomes any separation from Him Jer. 23:23-24.
John 3:21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
Again, the truth before the light. This time however, the Lord is talking specifically about ‘our walk’.
Notice, whoever lives by the truth-comes into the light.
Being honest with Our Lord and ourselves is abiding in the truth. It is nature of heaven and thus God is manifested in us as we abide in Him-the truth. Whoever walks in the truth arrives at the ‘gate’ of Jehovah (the Light) Matt. 7:14.
Making a genuine decision to be honest with ourselves overrides the denial process (dishonesty) that results because of sin. Truth looks honestly into our soul and ‘turns on the light of God in our life’. It can be painful and at times difficult, but we can never find the road to life without it. It is ‘our compass’ to where we are at and where we need to go. Honesty is a continuum…not only to see where we are in reference to ‘the narrow road’ but brings more light to our hearts as we recognized the falsehoods in our lives. The greater the honesty, the more sin can be recognized and discarded-left for dead on the cross. As a result, the Holy Spirit is able turn our former darkness into a glorious walk with Him -comes into His light-above.
Matthew 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel (sin-lies), but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Our Decision to Enter the Narrow Road with God
When we decide to be honest with the Holy Spirit within ourselves, His light will reveal to us areas of our heart that we have not surrendered to Him. Ps. 51:6 states that our mind, soul-personality has ‘compartments’.
Psalm 51:6 Behold, thou desires truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
When we grow in Him, we are continually needing to surrender ‘our ways’, replacing the old man, becoming the new creature 2 Cor. 5:16-17. We can truly have victory ‘In Him’ (Rm. 8:37), but until we receive our heavenly bodies there will always be a work to perfect His Holiness on earth Phil. 3:12, 1 Thess. 5:23, 1 Cor. 13:12
Surrendering to the Lord can be viewed as our decision (our entrance ramp) to enter the road of God. Satan and our flesh continually to try take us off this road. Surrendering our flesh-selfishness is yielding to the Word and the Spirit claiming Lord, Your will not mine Lk. 22:42. We can see how important these ‘steps of life’ really are-and how they work together. When we become a Christian, if we don’t make the decision to ‘Fear the Lord’ and serve Him in all circumstances because He is worthy to be served, then we get lazy and drift away from the narrow road of God. We increasing become less honest with the Holy Spirit and ourselves, thus the light upon our path dims. Our heart starts to become hard, demanding…doing things ‘our way’. Surrender breaks this cycle-as one brother explains, it cultivates our hard ground (sometimes painfully) and allows the Lords seeds to harvest. Thanks Joe 🙂 . As with all the Biblical aspects to our Road with God, surrender is a continuum until we acquire our sinless glorified bodies and are face to face with the Lord.
1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
the Road of God
Matthew 22:36-40 Which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Jesus, who is infinite is wisdom and understanding, stated this is the greatest commandment.
Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
Just wanted to let the magnitude of this verse settle in.
Our Savior is saying we need to come under this teaching and make it the greatest aspect of our Christian walk. While we will get more in depth in Part 2, the importance of this direction in our lives cannot be underestimated. We shall see so many verses in the Word fall under this truth.
Sanctification (gk hagiasmos) means purification-maintaining holiness. Sanctification and justification starts through our faith in Christ.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Sanctification, the separation from sin continues however throughout our Christian walk.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I have to-want to say I have underestimated what Matt. 22:37 (the greatest command) has meant in my life. When we are in cooperated prayer or worship, and get a ‘glimpse’ of the Lords holiness, I see how far I have fallen short of this. I mention this not to ‘bash myself’, but to say any finger pointing in this pursuit starts with me.
The above verse appears to be the most detailed scripture in the Word of God regarding sanctification. The Lord made this the greatest commandment so we would focus on loving God, as one author mentioned, more that we desire life itself.
To accomplish this task however, the Lord is asking us to ‘dissect’ our entire being-our soul and spirit. He broke it down for us because He wants to ensure each and every part of our heart (walk) is being transfigured into ‘His Glorious Image’ Rm. 12:2.
To love Him in every area of our life means to ‘examine’ every area of our life. It is painful and can be frightening-for this world many times has become our security. It means to relinquish (in His timing) bad habits, surrender personal aspirations, enter undesirable environments, crucify selfish desires and wants, control negative emotions and eventually replace them, maintain diligence in our walk, yes-all of the above and then some. This is the ‘easy part’ however. 2 Cor. 10:3-6 mentions ‘strongholds’ in our lives that we need divine intervention to have victory (in church lingo- we call them Soul Ties). We use Divine tools to dig these rooted problems out or our lives (see part 2).
Abiding In Jesus Jn. 15:7, Keeping His commandments Jn. 15:10, 14:15, Seeking the Lord with ‘all’ our heart Jer. 29:13 are only a few of hundreds of scriptures that fall under the umbrella of this great commandment.
As we set out to accomplish this however, a true heavenly presence of God starts to manifest in our lives-shared with the unified Kingdom Church Matt. 5:14-16. There is no substitute for His glory on Our Road with God. This is why Jesus mentions loving our neighbor after this Holy quest. It is our eternal food Jn. 4: 34, the heavenly light to the lost and brings eternal treasures to our lives Matt 6:19-21.
Determines if We Stay on the Road of God
There is nothing the devil desires more for a Christian than to get him off the narrow Road of God. At times we simply enjoy and abide in the grace of God as we walk with Him.
2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
but there are also times of trials-where we feel weak and struggle.
Acts 20:23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.
Faith is being personally devoted to the Lord when the devil; our flesh, circumstances and others try to derail our walk. As we endure in faith, He gives us the strength to continue on Our Road with God.
James 1:3-4 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.