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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Preparing the Army of God, #9
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8)
"That thou mayest observe to do according to all is written therein." The Jews made the Word of God of no effect by their volumes of traditions and interpretations. The Christians have made the Word of God of no effect by their volumes of traditions and interpretations.
The New Testament shows us how receiving Christ will cancel our sins and change our behavior. Much, if not most, of the writings of the Apostles has to do with the change in our behavior.
Because the Christian churches have chosen to convert the New Testament writings into a set of creeds rather than a manual for spiritual warfare, tribulation and persecution are at hand. The world and the churches soon will be experiencing catastrophic conditions.
The believer in Christ can stand throughout the uproar that is coming upon us, and he or she can help others to stand. Christ's hand is not withered that He cannot save.
In order to stand we will have to repent, confess our sins, and seek the Lord with our whole heart so we can gain the strength to serve Him.
We are the Lord's servants and slaves. He died for us, therefore our life belongs to Him. We are to spend our days in righteousness, in holiness, and in the strictest obedience to the Spirit of God.
We are to take up our cross and follow Jesus each day. We are to present our body a living sacrifice. We are to put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the lusts of our flesh. We are to come out of the world and out of the worldly, pleasure-loving churches. If we do not, the judgment of God will fall on us.
The Christian churches of today are facing Divine judgment. They are not without condemnation. They are condemned by the writings of the Apostles of the Lamb. They have forsaken the Lord and are leaning on the arm of flesh. In many instances they are insincere.
The individual can stand throughout the present lukewarmness if he or she will "speak" the Scriptures, "think" the Scriptures, and do what the Scriptures say—particularly the New Testament, and also the Old Testament as it applies. Even the Old Testament commands us to practice righteousness, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God. This is what God always has required and always will require.
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:9)
When we come to understand God's will for our life we must march forward in faith. It is the time to take the Kingdom. If we will follow the Word courageously the Lord will go with us. When the Lord is marching with us there is no authority, no power, no obstacle in Heaven or on the earth or under the earth that can in any manner prevent us from performing the Lord's will. If we have to stand alone we can perform the Lord's will if He indeed is with us.
To be continued.