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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Three Aspects of the Rest of God, #10
Because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. (Romans 8:14—NIV))
The sons of God are those who are led by the Spirit. It is not easy to learn to walk in the Spirit. It is an art. There are numerous traps and pitfalls. Walking successfully in the Spirit is the rest of God, but to do so successfully requires much experience. The task of elders in the assembly is to guard the new believers until they learn to behave in the Spirit of God.
How wonderful to learn to look to Jesus for every aspect of life, great and small. The tiniest detail is to be held up to the Lord. Usually great decisions are composed of a number of small decisions. It is important to learn to let the Lord make the small decisions as well as the great ones.
Should I ask the Lord if I should go to college? What dress I should wear today? If I should get the car fixed and where I should go to get it fixed? Absolutely! Is the Lord interested in the ordinary occurrences of life? Absolutely!
Will I get anything done if I pray about everything? You will get more done! What area of my life is reserved for my own interests, desires, and judgments? None, if you are wise!
Is this a practical way to live? It certainly is. It is the way man is supposed to live—now and forever. It is the way all the sons of God live, not the children but the sons—the mature.
"Is anything left for me?" one may ask. Whatever you hold back from the Lord is loss for you and for the Lord. Your private possessions eventually will breed worms and stink.
There is an eternal moral law of God that reaches from eternity to eternity. The Ten Commandments are an abridged, negative form of the eternal moral law. The Ten Commandments are in fact a judgment against Satan.
Under the new covenant the eternal moral law of God is written in our mind and heart. Each of the Ten Commandments is engraved in our personality, not in its abridged, negative form but fully amplified until every aspect of every relationship between man and God and man and man is included.
The Sabbath commandment is a good example of that which at first was expressed negatively but in our personality is developed in its fully amplified form.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. (Exodus 20:8-11)
This is the abridged, negative form of the eternal Sabbath of the eternal moral law. The abridged form declared that the believer must not work on Saturday.
Isaiah gives us a glimpse of the eternal Sabbath, although in Isaiah's day it was directed only at Saturday.
To be continued.