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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Manual and the Garden, continued
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16—NIV)
The community indeed would expect integrity of Christians if we through the Holy Spirit were keeping God's commandments!
Satan has won a spectacular victory.
What is to be done? We Christians must return at once to the New Testament, read all that Christ and His Apostles have commanded, and pray with all our strength to God to help us do what is written. Only then will God return and heal our land.
I believe God told me when we started on the Internet that we were to warn the Christians of America to begin to keep His commandments. If we do not keep God's commandments our country is going to suffer greatly. Already there are natural disasters. Also Satan is free to move people, including children, to kill one another with guns and knives. There would not be so much demonic freedom if all the Christians were seeking iron righteousness, fiery holiness, and stern obedience to the Father.
People say the Gospel we are presenting is too strict. It is not too strict! It is scriptural! It is we Christians who are too soft. If we want the unsaved to receive Jesus we need to straighten up our lives.
We should have been keeping God's commandments all along, so we are not presenting a strange idea at this point. Rather we are returning to the old paths and are determined with the Lord's help to walk therein.
Scholars tell us the Book of First John was written to combat Gnosticism. Notice what John says:
We know we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. (I John 2:3-6—NIV)
"We know we have come to know him if we obey his commands."
"Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did." This means we must behave righteously as Christ behaved righteously. We must be holy as He was holy. We must obey the Father strictly and completely as Christ obeyed the Father strictly and completely.
Our adamic nature cannot walk as Jesus did just as an ape cannot play the piano with any appreciable skill. But we can pray continually to the Father to help us keep His commandments. Every commandment given by Christ personally and then through His Apostles came originally from the Father. They are God's commandments!
If we are faithful in keeping God's commandments, Christ will be formed in us, and then we will walk as He did and yet does, because it will be Christ living in us.
This is what the manual says. Let's get busy and grow a fine garden. (from The Manual and the Garden)