Keys to Understanding God's Divine Directives!
Keys to Understanding God's Divine Directives! - Study One!
It is a common experience today to meet people who are uncertain about many things. Many are uncertain as to who and what they should believe, uncertain as to what they should do, uncertain about the future - some are even uncertain about Jesus Christ and about the Bible. It is not exaggeration to say that uncertainty has become a characteristic of Our times.
One of the significant things about the inspired Scriptures is the many divine directives they contain to help us in our times of uncertainty. A divine directive is something God tells us to do.
If we pay attention to what He says, and do what He tells us to do, we can be absolutely certain that we're doing the right thing. There would be a lot less uncertainty in our lives if we paid more attention to God's divine directives.
Along with a knowledge of His directives, we need the good sense to DO what He directs us to do. Many of God's directives hold great promise of divine blessing to encourage us to obey them. A typical example is the threefold directive you will find in Proverbs 3:5-6. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct they paths."
I am sure you notice that two of these directives are positive and one negative.
The first directive is positive: "Trust in the Lord with all your thine heart." Now that's clear and definite. It directs you to put your trust in God completely and unequivocally. Nothing less will suffice. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart."
The second directive is negative: "Lean not unto thine own understanding." Whatever you do, don't put your own judgment and your own wisdom ahead of the wisdom of God.
The third directive is another positive: "in all thy ways acknowledge him" - not just in some of your ways, but in all your ways, acknowledge Him as the sovereign Lord of your life.
If you'll obey these three directives, you have His promise that He will direct your paths. Can you think of anything more wonderful than to have the promise of Almighty God that He will guide you through all the problems and pitfalls and vicissitudes of life? What more could anyone ask? Your feelings of uncertainty will dissipate if you know He is charting your course and directing your paths.
Long ago, when God established the descendants of Abraham as His chosen people, He called Moses up on Mount Sinai and gave to him ten directives to deliver to the children of Israel. I am sure you are familiar with them: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, ... Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord they God in vain Remember the sabbath day, to keep in holy. ... Honour thy father and thy mother .... Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness.... Thou shalt not covet..."
If Israel had obeyed those divine directives, she would not have lost her national greatness and been scattered throughout the earth. If mankind had obeyed them, the world today would be a different place than it is. Man's failure to obey God's directives is a proof that he's alienated from God by sin, by your rebellion and disobedience and by reason of that sin is spiritually dead. It was to end that alienation that God's Son Jesus Christ came to this earth to redeem mankind and enable them to be spiritually reborn.
To that end, He took all the sin of all mankind into His own sinless body and died a substitute sin-bearer on the Cross in the place of guilty men, that they might be forgiven and freed from sin's penalty and power. Having paid in full the price of man's redemption, Christ was resurrected from the dead, and He's alive today, offering divine forgiveness and eternal life to all who will believe and receive Him as their Saviour.
If you are uncertain as to what you should do to make certain you have received the salvation He offers, let me point you to the divine directive He asked you to obey. These are His words recorded in Mattthew 11:28 and 29: "Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls."
You see, True Christianity isn't a matter of creeds, or striving to lead a good life, or joining a church, or turning over new leaves. True Christianity is a personal relationship with the divine, living person of Jesus Christ. You establish that living relationship by acknowledging your sinfulness in the sight of God and your need and your desire for God's forgiveness. You obtain that forgiveness by repenting of your sins, your rebellion and disobedience, by coming to Jesus Christ as a guilty sinner seeking forgiveness and asking Him to come into your heart and life as your personal Saviour and Lord.
If you've never done so before, I urge you to respond to His directive and come to Him now. If you do, your life will be changed, not by some resolve on your part but by the presence and power of the true Holy Spirit of God who indwells all who receive the true Christ as their Saviour. To all who receive Christ, and are Biblically Baptized with an Adult, Full Immersion, water baptism, the True Holy Spirit gives a new spiritual nature that delights in God and His righteousness and makes you want to live for Him and serve Him day by day.
After coming to realize the enormity of their sins, the repentant assembly asked Peter and the rest of the Apostles: "Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said to them, REPENT, and let every one of you be BAPTIZED in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call" (Acts 2:3739).
Once you claim Him as your Saviour, He expects you to tell others of Him and his salvation.
His commission to His disciples before He left this earth was a twofold directive:
(1) "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature," and
(2) " Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:"
Now, it may not be possible for you to go as an ambassador for Christ to the faraway places of this earth, but you can go to your own circle of acquaintances in the community where you live and work. There are always ways in which you can help others go further afield. You know, one reason why I'm so delighted with our relationship with The Good News Ministry And Missions Outreach is that it will provide all of us an association with a global Prophetic outreach ministry.
Now, there was a second part to Christ's directive. He told his disciples to go and teach all nations, to Baptize them, to teach them to observe all things whatsoever He had commanded them. This again emphasizes that there's more to becoming a True Christian than merely saying you believe in Christ. Genuine Christianity brings about a transformation of life, as the Scriptures say, "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new." Christians must be taught that the evidence of this transformation is that they live as Christ asked them to live and do what He asked them to do.
The great need across this nation today is for men and women who are not only hearers of the Word of God and believers of the Word of God but who are also doers of the Word of God. There is no use saying you believe the Bible is the Word of God unless you do what it tells you to do, and live as it tells you to live. Christ said to the people of His day, "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Now, what about you? Is your professed acceptance of Christ reflected in how you live and in what you say and do? If not,or if you have any doubts, I urge you to come to Christ today, who invites you to come. Come and ask Him to be not only your Saviour but also the sovereign Lord of your life. May God bless you.
To all who receive the true Christ, and are Biblically Baptized, the True Holy Spirit gives a new spiritual nature that delights in God and His righteousness and makes you want to live for Him and serve Him day by day.
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