Thursday, 23 September 2021

Walk Worthy of the Lord


Scripture: Colossians 1 v 10 - 11:  "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 
11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness."

It is a big challenge to be all pleasing to a perfect, holy God, but David, second king of Israel, achieved it with all his many flaws.  God called him a man of My own heart!  What was David's secret?

David had a sincere relationship with the Lord.  He consulted Him through the Ark in the Holy of Holies all the time.  He checked out everything with the Lord and was honourable.  David declared what God loves, I love and what God hates, I hate.  The Ark of the Covenant was to David as the Holy Spirit is to us today.  

David was taught by the Lord, and refined by Him.  He was guided and blessed and uplifted by Him.  He received the psalms from Him which are a wonderful blessing to us thousands of years later.  We learn to please the Lord through them.

Psalms 1 v 1 - 3: "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 
2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."

The very first verses of the first psalm set the foundation for all the rest.  Blessed is the man who does not let ungodly people give him advice!  Who does not enjoy fellowship with those who love sin and mockery.  The man is blessed who loves the Bible, reads it daily and does what it says.  Whatever this man does will prosper.

David was also very quick to repent when convicted by the Spirit.  He never debated his errors nor tried to justify them.  He was honest with himself and with the Lord.  He was not bitter against Saul, who had become hostile against him, attempting to kill him through rage and jealousy.

David never relied on his own strength but always counted on the Lord being with him to fight his battles.  When he went against the giant Philistine, Goliath, he did it in the name of the Lord, and using his familiar, trusty sling against the giant's great sword.  David killed him with one stone. 

David continually praised and worshipped the Lord through his 150 psalms.  He spared the life of Saul because Saul was an anointed king, appointed by God, and he honoured that anointing.  We should honour those who are anointed, who seem always to be persecuted.  So many hate the voice of those who speak the truth.

1 Peter 4 v 3 - 5: "For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
4  Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
5  Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead."

Our past friends expect us to carry on the same excesses we had with them before we got saved.  If we do not then they speak lies about us.  They cannot believe or imagine that a Christian can bring his body under subjection to the Holy Spirit.  That he can forgo the pleasures of the flesh to rather walk worthy of the Lord.

The goal of walking worthy of the Lord is fruitfulness, through submission to God's will, and the power of the Holy Spirit.  We must be honourable in all our dealings with people to the extent of keeping promises even though it may cause us loss of some kind.  We are being changed into His likeness and it should be a banner and a light to those still in darkness of sin.  We must lift Jesus up, exalt Him, and He will draw all men (and women) to Himself.

Fruitfulness means that His kingdom is enlarged by the number of souls saved by our testimony and witness. We sow seeds into hungry hearts and water them with prayer. God gives the increase.  He hears those prayers and puts things in motion to draw those seeking hearts into His kingdom.  We cannot tell God how to reach a stubborn soul, He knows much better than we do what needs to be done.

We should desire to get closer to Jesus, to know Him in the fullness of His resurrection and to possess the mind of Christ. This will give us His knowledge and understanding of the world and how to pray effectively to increase the faith of those who need saving.  

We must put on His strength for the battles that lie ahead. When we fight the enemy he schemes against us, but when we learn to outwit him he is defeated. When he gains nothing from his attacks on us he leaves.  Put on the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6) to stand against his evil tricks, and use the sword of the Spirit, the Holy Bible, to instruct him about the truth concerning us:

- I am born again, baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit. My name is written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
I am a child of the Most High God, my Father.  I am saved from Hell and have the same authority over you, Satan, that Jesus has.

- I am healed of all diseases, and I command your demons to be bound over all my family.  No weapon formed against me, or them, shall prosper.  

- God made me perfect, whole, and pleasing.  Everything you have done to twist, pervert, spoil, hurt, damage my spirit, soul, mind or body is cancelled through the Blood of the Lamb.  Every curse, religious spirit, familiar spirit, ancestral spirit, Freemasonry oath or curse over their 33 degrees, omen or divination, soulish prayer or any other such evil is broken, bound and cancelled forever in Jesus' name.

- I am a new creation, no longer just human, because Jesus lives in my heart.  I am hidden in the Rock.  Satan you can only defeat me if you kill Jesus.  Or if you can tempt me back into your kingdom through sin and disobedience.  I choose to walk worthy of the Lord!

Prayer:  Heavenly Father our delight is in You Lord as we learn to live according to Your ways. Teach us to love, obey, pray, give, and be fruitful every day of our lives. In Jesus' name. Amen.