Walking the Word
To ‘Walk the Word’ is much more than just listening to good messages about God’s Kingdom. When we seek Him first, dedicating each day to Him the fruit we bear is best when His word becomes a daily diet.
From Mathew 11:6 our Lord shares, “And Blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” NKJV
This verse in Mathew is one that brings us to submit ourselves in total surrender, to really want His presence and power to help us through our circumstances.
It’s been over forty years ago I was challenged to spend just five minutes a day reading the bible, now that five minutes a day has turned into reading the bible through each calendar year for over thirty years. My desire to know God through knowing His word has opened up for me wisdom from above, to understand what it means ‘not to be conformed to this world.’ His counsel is far greater than any human reasoning that I might consider.
What I’ve personally discovered through my years in learning to walk the Word are those thousands of promises to lean on. When doubt, despair, or temptation come before me, I am blessed to have memorized such a promise as, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me, and he who loves Me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”[John 14:21NKJV]
Do you love Me more than These?
It was the third time Jesus revealed Himself to His Apostles after a night of fishing, He was on the beach preparing breakfast for them and after the Lord filled their tummy as it were, Jesus asked Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?” [John 21:15-17] Three times Jesus confronted Peter, “Peter, do you love me more than these?”
We know it was Peter, the night of our Lord’s betrayal, in his zeal to champion the cause for Christ’s defense, chopped off the right ear of the slave to the high priest, and denied he knew the Lord, three times, all in the same night.
Peter didn’t show spiritual strength and wisdom, rather, insecurity to let go of self perseveration in the midst of extreme temptation by the devil’s darts thrown at him. It wasn’t at all courage nor was it acting through the power of God’s leading.
Peter wasn’t ‘Walking the Word’ as it were. His heart and treasure were opposite. You might call it Spiritual dyslexia. More than a reading disability, he failed to take hold of our Lord and learn to let go his own reasoning and values. He had to understand and learn the true nature of courage under the Lord’s leading.
What our Lord said, ‘Blessed is he who does not take offense at me,’ wasn’t there yet for any of the disciples. Many, even as for us today if we’re intellectually honest, struggle in letting go of self.
Our heart becomes too concerned about family, future economic stability, health, future goals and ambitions, to name a few distractions.
No Distrust made him Waver
I want to bring into focus who Paul describes in his letter to the Roman Church someone ‘standing on the promises of faith.’ This person lived in a time before Moses, before King David.
‘He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.’
[Romans 4:20-21 NKJV]
My hero here is Abraham, who stepped out in faith and obedience not knowing where God was to lead him in His promise. To a land Israel would one day call their own, as Abraham became ‘the seed’ for the nation of Israel.
Did he walk the word…? Abraham’s word was God appearing to Abraham in ancient Mesopotamia, through the Abrahamic covenant [Genesis 12] and his obedience to go without determining his own course to follow, unlike Peter.
We each have need of growing and learning, to want God first, most, and foremost. Trusting as Abraham with our heart focused more on heavenly things above than things of this world that fade away.
What’s Your Treasure?
Our Lord shares, ‘For where your treasure is there your heart will be also.’
[Mathew 6:21] Do you ever wonder why Jesus spoke this truth in the order he did? Why didn’t He say, ‘where your heart is there your treasure will be also?’
The ‘spiritual heart’ [mind, will, and emotion] should cause us to want God’s priorities in living for His honor and glory, and not for that of self. Emotions on self or things of this world can distract us from Spiritual truths, promises to build solid foundations for God’s honor.
Is our Treasure in what the Apostle Paul admonishes..?, ‘If you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.’[Colossians 3:1-3 NKJV]
Walking the Word will bring an abundant life way beyond human comprehension and a wealth that will never erode or depreciate with the signs of the times. God’s saving account will never go bankrupt or fail us!
Abraham gained more than what promises he understood at the time, he gained increased fellowship and intimacy with the living God. Throughout his journey, God matured trust in Abraham’s walk of faith, as he challenges us to ‘walk the word’.