Living According To God’s Word

October 31, 2013

Friends,
God’s Word repeatedly commands people to turn to God, follow His ways, act with righteousness and justice, love as God loves, and to be holy. In short, we are to be blameless, upright, and completely pure.

“Oh, I can never be completely blameless and pure,” most people, even “Christians”, argue. “In fact, no one can.”

Yet God’s Word commands that we must be. It commands us to be holy in all we do, just as God is holy. (1 Peter 1:15,16) It commands us to understand that we are done with sin (4:1) and are to be living the rest of our lives only for the will of God. (v. 2) Lust, drunkenness, carousing, and idolatry –detestable behavior reserved only for pagans– is a thing of the past. (v. 3) Fear, timidity, and a lack of self-discipline is a thing of the past. (2 Tim. 1:7) Also finished is that form of godliness that denies the divine power given to Christ’s followers for living victoriously holy, godly, and pure. (3:5) As Jesus says, “Be perfect, therefore, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt. 5:48) That is not a suggestion, but an order. Consequently, everyone who is truly following Christ will be doing everything they can to obey this order.

So how do we rise to such a tall order? We do it “by living according to God’s Word.” (See Ps. 119:9)

“But,” people insist, “I can’t live according to God’s Word –that’s the problem!”

Our answer should be, “Really? And how often are you meditating on it? Are you diligently seeking the Lord? Do you fervently desire to know Him and His precepts? If so, you will be eagerly saturating yourself in His Word, memorizing it, and reminding yourself and others of what it says. These things will be your top priority, your greatest delight, and the focus of your efforts.”

People who claim to love God, but who won’t do what it takes to walk in the power He has offered us for living by His commands (2 Peter 1:3,4), are not sincere. They are not being genuine.

When the psalmist states that purity comes by living according to God’s Word (Ps. 119:9), he goes on to acknowledge that he seeks God with all of his heart. (v. 10) He asks God to keep him from straying from those commands. (same verse) He announces that he has stored up God’s Word in his heart so that he will be able to keep from sinning against God. (v. 11) The psalmist then praises the Lord and asks Him to teach him His decrees. (v. 12) He says that he recounts all the laws from God’s mouth. (v. 13) He declares that he rejoices in following the way of God’s rules like a person who delights in great wealth. (v. 14) He says he meditates on God’s instructions and fixes his eyes on God’s ways. (v. 15) He advertises that he delights in God’s decrees, and pledges to not neglect His Word. (v. 16)

If a person has the attitude and behavior of this psalmist, will he likely be abiding in purity? Certainly he will. He will be conducting himself according to God’s Word, and he will be pleasing to God. He will be following God’s ways, and he will be blameless and upright and holy.

The Word of God is the power. (Rom. 1:16 // 1 Cor. 1:17 & 2:4,5 // Heb. 4:12) The Word of God is the healing, the cleansing, and the deliverance. (Ps. 107:20 // Eph. 5:26,27 // Ja. 1:18,21 // 1 Peter 1:22,23) But it takes saturating oneself in it often –morning, noon, and night. Or “daily”, at the very least. A few glances at God’s Word, even mixed in with a couple of sermons a week, will do almost nothing for keeping a person blameless and pure before God. Is it any wonder then that so many “Christians” maintain that they find it difficult, even impossible, to live according to God’s Word?

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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