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Walking in the Truth

September 4th, 2017

The Christian life  is portrayed in the New  Testament in a  variety of ways. The writers of the  New Testament use  word pictures to help us understand. They  use  things that we are familiar with. They take common, everyday   actions  and give them  spiritual application.

One way the  life of a Christian is portrayed in the New Testament is that of a  “walk.”  That is  something that all of  are  able to do unless hindered by health reasons. Ephesians 5:2 reads as  follows: “And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (ESV) We also read in verse 8, “for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” We have been called out of a “kingdom of  darkness,” into the “kingdom of the Son of His love.” (Colossians 1:12-14) The Lord expects  us to live for  Him.  The ‘walk” of the  believer should be a one of  progress.

We know that the  way  we  walk physically and the  pace of our  walk  is  different with each person.  This can  be    illustrated in  the  “marathon concept.” Here in Louisville, KY we have what is called  the “Mini-Marathon.” Many  are entered, and  while only  one person wins the  race, all who  finish receive  some recognition.  Some are fast runners, slow runners, fast and slow walkers. Some are on  crutches, some in wheel chairs,   but their goal is  to  finish the race.

So it is with the believer. We are “in Christ”, we are  admonished to “grow in the grace and knowledge of  the Lord Jesus” (2 Peter 3:18).  Jesus  has a  right to  expect  continual growth in His children. But He  realizes that as  we  all grow at  different  stages in the  physical realm, so it is also in the spiritual realm.  “walking” denotes   progress.  If we desire to  “learn of Him,” and grow as  Christians he will equip us for the   journey. We  must have  our  eyes  upon Jesus at  all time (Hebrews 12:1-2). He   gives  us  His Word  to study, meditate  upon and   apply to our lives.

We must be  found “walking  in the Truth.” This  phrase is  used  numerous  times in the New Testament.  Jesus is the  great example of One  walking in Truth.  In John’s 2  short  epistles, 2nd &  3rd John both  recipients, “the elect lady” in  2nd John 4and Gaius in 3rd John 4 are  commended   for  walking “in the  truth.” John also is thankful that  others are walking in the truth also.

We want to  be  pleasing to our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus in every possible way.  Since  we have   been called out of  darkness into the  marvelous light of the Gospel, we have  an obligation, yea, privilege to help others find their way to Christ also. “Walking in Truth” will help us cultivate  the type of life  we  need to continue to  grow in the Lord.

We must  be  found  following the teachings  found in the New Testament that  show us  how  to live  for Him who died for us!

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God Commissions Joshua

September 2nd, 2017

After the death of Moses, Joshua  led the  Children of Israel  into the  Promised Land.  Here in Joshua 1:1-9 we   read of the commission  given  by the  LORD  Himself.  We  can  make  application for  ourselves from this  passage  on how we are  to regard the Word of God.

He  promises Joshua  and  us that, if we   obey  Him He will never  forsake us. (Joshua 1:5Joshua 1:7-8 tell us what the LORD  told Joshua regarding the Word of God.  Christians  today  must   appropriate these   verses for  themselves.  Remember, no truth of God’s Word is  truly yours  until you  find it for yourself in the Bible.  We must  be like the Bereans in Acts 17:11.

Joshua  is  told  to  do everything “according to the  Law”  that  Moses taught him.  This   tells us that  the whole  counsel of God is important, that  all of God’s Word is  true, not  just the  parts  we like. (II Timothy 3:16-17).  The LORD   instructs Joshua not  to turn from the center of His  Word.  We must be  found believing and  teaching the same message everywhere we  go (II Timothy 4:1-8).

In Joshua 1:8 we see the importance of knowing the  Word of God; that  is, knowing what you believe and why.  A  Christian  who  knows why  he is  one will not fall into apostasy and  be  led astray by the  Devil.

Joshua is  further instructed  to  “meditate on the Word, day and  night.” Meditating  on God’s Word goes  beyond studying His Word. It  tells us that we have be  willing to  put in the  time need to  grow “in the grace and  knowledge of the Lord Jesus.”  We must be like Joshua and  be  strong and  courageous in the Lord,  and  being willing  to share the Word of God with all we come in contact.  Joshua had the opportunity  to live out  his faith, the same can  be said for us.  Joshua 1:9 lets us know that wherever we go, the Lord is  with us.  God will equip us  for service if we will let  Him. We must, as the   hymn writer says, “take the Name of Jesus With You…” So I say to myself and to you, “Onward Christian Soldiers….” let’s keep the  Cross of Jesus uplifted. The world is  lost  without Christ—we have  been given the  opportunity to help them find HIM!

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Rescued from The Domain of Darkness

September 1st, 2017

“For He has  rescued us from the domain of darkness, and  transferred  us to the  kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1:13-14)  Most of us, I’m quite  sure, prefer  light to darkness.  Without Jesus, all of  us were in darkness, members, although we  may not have  known it, in the kingdom of Satan.  Our heavenly Father desired that we all come to a  saving knowledge and has  provided the means through His Son, the Lord Jesus.  We are  glad that we can  share in the inheritance He has for us (Col. 1:12).

The Word of God describes this transformation as  changing  kingdoms. We  have been  brought out of  darkness into the marvelous light of the Gospel.  The  terminology used  here  by Paul is a  military  illustration.  It  pictures Rome  going  into a  free  country and as a  result of waging  war and winning they subdue that  nation and  take them into captivity.  But  in the  spiritual realm, we are the ones in bondage and when  we accept The Lord Jesus and  obey the Gospel, we are “transferred” (NASV) or “translated” (KJV)  or are  “conveyed” (NKJV)  out of that  bondage into  the light of the Gospel.   But  it does  not  end there.  Since we have redemption, the  forgiveness of our sins (Col. 1:14) we must  put  our new found  faith to the  test.  We have been  called out  of that dark kingdom, changed by the   light of the Gospel and  now have the  privilege to  go back into that kingdom, now empowered by the Holy  Spirit and utilizing the  Whole Armor of God (Eph. 6:10-20)  to  help  others  find their way out.  We  can  never  work our way to heaven, but   upon  salvation, we are  to be the  best  workers the Lord has.    Let’s be  found  letting our light  shine for Jesus (1 Peter 2:10)!

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