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THE WAYS OF THE GOD #2
HOW TO BE TRULY BLESSED! Ps. 128:1
I. BLESSING THRU PROMISES: A. Complete Compliance with The Conditions of God’s Promises
Introduction: Why is it when the preacher preaches against the sins by which others are beset, it is a stirring message, but when it hits them, he has gone to meddling? Why do people: murmur? resist? get upset? react to preaching that rebukes and reproves or challenges them to a deeper life-style? Why are there such reactions when the Bible says 2 Tim. 3:16?
“All Scripture |is| God-breathed and beneficial: for teaching, for inner conviction, for correcting[setting straight again], for discipline which |is| in righteousness in order that the human of The God be fitted[entirely suited] and be completely qualified[to accomplish] for every beneficially good work” (2 Tim. 3:16 APT).
Why are so many people discontented? Because they are not walking in The God’s ways! Why do people react negatively to ministry that is straight forward and exposes sin or shortcomings, when the servant of God seeks to be faithful to his calling because The Word says he is accountable for their souls (Heb. 13:17)? Because they are not walking in God’s ways!
A nuclear submarine in San Francisco naval yard suddenly sank to the bottom. A House Services Committee reported, Inexcusable carelessness! Two different construction crews were working at cross-purposes in attempting to trim her for tests. One crew was pumping water into stern, the other pumping water into ballast tanks in the bow to level her. While the bow crew was off to lunch, the stern crew left water out of the stern tanks. The bow-heavy submarine sank alongside the pier. The Navy informed congress that the cost to raise and repair her would be $25,000,000.
Ps. 128:1 reads, “Blessed is every one that feareth The LORD; that walketh in His ways.” Previously in THE WAYS OF GOD #1, this subject was introduced and this text was explained. Please click here for review. In order to be blessed, one must persistently walk within the limits of The God’s ways and fear Him continually. The manner in which we think, feel, and decide, especially with regard to The God’s Word, affects our relationship to The God. The church is rife with wrong thinking, slackness, indifference, apathy, and lethargy and accepts careless service. Such disaster results! Do you really want: to be blessed by The God? to experience The God’s richest blessings? The you must persistently walk within the limits of The God’s ways in godly fear!
A. Complete Compliance with The Conditions of God's Promises
Some promises in The God’s Word are conditional. Others are corporate for the whole local church and not for the individual unless that individual is a member of that local church and included in the corporate exhortation and promise. But if they are for us individually, we must completely comply with the conditions in order for the promises to be valid. Conditions for corporate promises must be met by the church body and each of us individually to be valid and effectual. Otherwise rationalization results. Four Old Testament Bible characters illustrate this truth: Adam, Noah, Abram, and Eliezer.
1. Adam (Gen.2:15-17; 3:1-12, 22-24 provides a negative illustration, of not walking within the limits of The God’s ways, and he paid for it dearly. It affected all His offspring.)
a. The Blessing of the Tree of Life (Rev. 2:7 cf. Rom. 8:37; 22:1,2) It took 7000 years for humans to be able to partake of the Tree of Life, of which Adam could have partaken in the Garden of Eden. Adam failed to receive the Promise of the result of eating the Tree of Life and live forever as a whole human being with his soul and spirit living in his human body, but he failed to fear The God and walk in His ways.
(1) This partaking of the Tree of Life is the privilege of every one who persistently overcomes, that is - every one that keeps on conquering and is victorious over sin.
(2) Overcoming calls for warfare. We must: be soldiers that are victorious not in our own strength but in the strength, power, and enablement of The Holy Spirit! We must enter the battle to win! (2 Cor. 10:4-6).
“For although continually walking in 0flesh, we are not continually warring of ourselves according to 0flesh. For the weapons of our /warfare |are| not fleshly; but on the contrary, powerful by The God to[the face of] 0vanquishment of strongholds in order to: repeatedly vanquish calculations[reckonings] of ourselves; and every height that is elevating itself against the knowledge of The God; and to persistently bring into captivity every thought unto the obedience to The Christ; and whenever your& /obedience be fully fulfilled, continually have in readiness to avenge every failure to hear and obey” (2 Cor. 10:4-6 APT).
(3) What must we conquer? Wrong thinking! Wrong feeling! Wrong deciding! Disobedience! Incomplete obedience! Disorder! Stealing time! Delaying! Lateness! Carelessness! Indifference! Slack service for The Lord! Discontent!
b. If we keep on walking in The God’s ways we will overcome. If we are conscious of the necessity for complete compliance to the conditions of The God’s promises self discipline is easier. But if not conscious of complete compliance, we will give an account before God at the Baymah (Rom. 14:10,12).
“. . . For we all shall present[technical term, lit.: to. stand alongside] ourselves alongside The Christ’s judgment seat[Baymah] on steps. . . . So then therefore each+ of us shall give account concerning himself to The God” (Rom. 14:10,12 APT).
2. Noah (Gen. 6:9,13-22; 9:1) is a positive illustration of walking within the limits of The God’s ways. Scripture records that “Noah walked with[within the limits of] The God.” Then after recording the detailed instructions to build the ark and the reasons for building it, Scripture records, “22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he” (Genesis 6:22).
Paul wrote to Timothy to suffer hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 2:3,4).
“Therefore you$ yourself suffer hardship as an intrinsically good soldier of Jesus Christ! Not one |who| is warring entangles himself in the affairs of the means of life in order that he please the+ one enlisting soldiers” (2 Tim. 2:3,4 APT).
Paul also wrote to the Roman church encouraging the members to cease yielding themselves as bondslaves to Sin and rather persistently yield themselves as bondslaves to obedience unto Righteousness (Rom. 6:13,14,16,17).
“13Neither continue yielding your& /members as weapons[war implements] of unrighteousness for the Sin! But on the contrary offer[t.t., lit.: to stand alongside, to present] yourselves at once |as sacrifices| to The God, as ones absolutely living&+ out of 0dead& ones and your /members as weapons[war implements] of righteousness for The God! 14For sin shall not exercise lordship over you&. For you& are not under 0law, but[on the contrary] under grace. . . . 16You& are aware, are you& not? That to whom you& yield yourselves bondslaves unto obedience, you& are bondslaves to whom you& are continually obeying, either[restrictive, one of two; this first naturally] to sin unto death, or to obedience unto righteousness? 17But gratitude |be| to The God! because you& were continually 0bondslaves to the sin, but you& obeyed out of 0heart in regard to which type of doctrine you& were delivered” (Rom. 6:13,14,16,17 APT).
Conclusion: Have you enlisted as God’s soldier (2 Tim.2:3,4) in the battle for Truth? What is keeping you back? You have a choice between blessing and a curse! Profit or loss! You can be The God’s bondslave (Rom. 6:13-16) and soldier now or suffer loss at the Baymah! What choice will you make?
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