WALKING IN GOD’S WAYS, 29.05.19
WALKING IN GOD’S WAYS, 29.05.19
When we walk in the intimacy of our Father’s presence, there is a supernatural peace that transcends fear, worry, and anxiety. It’s not about the world’s definition of happiness. It’s about that blessed inner state of quiet, worry-free, stress-free peace that those who walk in real intimacy are privileged to experience. It is a privilege, a benefit, a direct result of walking in God’s laws/ways/precepts/statutes. “You keep in perfect peace one whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isa.26:3). When we focus on Him, we inadvertently follow His ways/laws, and thus receive His blessing of peace. Torah to New Testament, “Shalom I leave you, My shalom I give to you; but not as the world gives! Do not let your heart be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27), the Word of God is unchanging.
Just what do these laws and precepts mean, and how do we distinguish between them? One of the simplest, most straight-forward definitions I have found, comes from http://www.childrenofthepromises.org/Bible%20Study%20-%20God’s%20Law.htm:
“The Ten Commandments, or ten ‘words’ are principles of God’s law. They are the word of God by which man is commanded to live (Matthew 4:4). God is the creator and His word is law. God’s law is perfect (Psalm 19:7). It is holy, just and good (Romans 7:12). It is eternal (Psalm 111:7-8). God’s law is an expression of His divine nature which can be summarized by the word ‘love’.
Defining Statutes – A statute defines how principles of God’s law are enacted in given situations. At Mount Sinai God provided the Israelites with Commandments and statutes. The statutes explained how the commandments were to be applied in their circumstances and were modified in Deuteronomy to fit changing circumstances as they left their nomadic life to become settled on the land.
Defining Judgments – Judgments interpret commandments, or statutes, when circumstances are not clearly defined by those commandments, or statutes. They are given by someone in authority. Moses for example sat in judgment over matters where an interpretation of God’s Law was necessary (Exodus 18:13-16).
Defining Covenants – A Covenant is an agreement between parties. One party may agree to do something in return for something from the other party. In Exodus 20, God agreed to be provider and protector of the Israelites on the condition they worshipped Him alone and kept His law.
Spiritual aspects of the law – God’s law is spiritual (Romans 7:14). The commandments are an expression of God’s divine nature which does not change, neither does the law change.”
“For I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy” (Lev.11:44), is restated in I Pet.1:16, and walked out in action by Yeshua, who then says: “If anyone wants to follow Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross every day, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it” (Lk.9:23,24). How much clearer can it get? This command mirrors the one in Leviticus, since one could not possibly follow in His footsteps without consecrating themselves to Him, being holy, as He is holy. Basically, this should have simplified the following of the law, statutes, etc., making it clear that the two concepts (i.e., following God’s laws and walking as Yeshua walked) are united. Only because of humankind’s need to look for ways around actually doing all these things, making excuses, like “we don’t have to follow laws anymore because Jesus did it all,” etc., we have experienced misinterpretations and disparity on this issue of keeping laws versus following Jesus. There is no disparity; Jesus Christ/Yeshua Messiah IS the law/the LIVING TORAH. What has interfered with what should have been a natural transition from the focus on actual laws/technicalities, to a passion to actually live out all the principles of the law, just as Yeshua Messiah did, is sinful man’s focus on making excuses, pouring God’s Grace over sins in order to sanction such ongoing behaviours that are being clung to by the flesh, justifying, rationalizing, defending unholy/unrighteous behaviour, instead of simply focussing on Yeshua Himself and how He lived out His Father’s commands. Yeshua/Jesus said, “I do nothing by Myself, but speak just what the Father has taught Me. The One who sent Me is with Me. He has not left Me alone, because I always do what is pleasing to Him”(John 8:28,29). This statement negates/overrides false teachings about Yeshua somehow negating, being rebellious, or overturning/overriding Torah teachings.
The bottom line is that all the rules, statutes, etc. were devised for humankind’s own benefit, protection, and general state of well-being. In following Yeshua, the laws, statutes, etc. are also followed, because He is the Living Torah. One could not truly follow in the footsteps of Jesus/Yeshua without walking in the Father’s laws/ways. In taking up one’s cross and following Yeshua daily, (denying/getting rid of the lusts/carnality of the flesh), one acquires true intimacy with God the Father/God the Son/God the Holy Spirit. In that intimacy, that oneness, which enables us to abide in Him/He in us (John 15), as the sap of the tree feeds the branches, giving them life, so too the love, joy and peace seep into those who actually take up their cross daily and follow Him. Such supernatural peace cannot be attained through natural/carnal means. It is not the fleeting bout of happiness one experiences through a trip to Hawaii, a love affair, or shopping escapade. Those are all fleeting experiences, happy moments acquired through circumstances. The supernatural, God-given peace is a tranquil state of mind that endures in spite of circumstances. “And the shalom of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Messiah Yeshua” (Phil.4:7) when you walk in oneness with Him.
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