A. KNOWING THE LORD OF THE WORD
If we really value the Word of God in our lives, we must allow it to challenge us. The truth in the Word of God will challenge us in many areas such as love, forgiveness, morality, sense of right and wrong, justice, righteousness, mercy, holiness, purity, speech, thoughts, devotion, work, money, relationships and more. We must not simply stay at knowing the Word of God, but it should ultimately lead us to know the Lord of the Word more intimately. Because He is the Word. Our goal is to find Him in the Word. Our pursuit is to understand His ways so that we can know Him better and then please Him in all our ways. The ultimate goal is to become like Jesus, to see like He sees, to hear like He hears and to have a heart like He has and to do what He does.
B. LOVE FOR THE TRUTH
We must not only know the truth but must love the truth enough to practice it. Because He is the Truth. Truth is a person. The Word of God is the Truth. Loving the Truth is loving the Lord. Loving the Word is loving the Lord. And the actual evidence of that love is seen when we practice the truth that we claim to love.
It is time to be more and more real before the Lord. The word of God says judge yourself so that you will not be judged. We must examine our current walk with God. Are we really walking in the truth? Are there areas that we are ignoring or taking lightly? We must judge all areas of unrighteousness in us and look to the Lord to be changed into His image.
Friends, when we walk in the truth it not only brings pleasure to the Lord but we will begin to experience the greatest freedom in our souls. Yes, the path is narrow and difficult but it is that path that leads to abundant life, peace and rest. God is calling us to become the most freest people on earth and a faithful bride without spot and blameless. The Spirit of the Lord in us yearns jealously.
C. TRUTH IN THE INWARD PARTS
David in Psalm 51:6 says, “Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts.” We must not only be aware of the truth or intellectually know the truth but that truth has to become a part of us. This is what the Lord desires. We must become the living epistles.
To practice the truth is to practice righteousness. That means to practice what is right before the eyes of the Lord. This will lead to the Lord’s testimony about us just like He had for Enoch, that his ways pleased the Lord.
If you don’t love the truth, you will be casual about it and this brings compromise into our lives. Actually if your love for the Lord is little so will be your love for the truth. See, when we draw closer to the Lord, we start loving what He loves more and more and we begin hating what He hates even more. There is greater separation of darkness from light in our very souls. The more we get closer in intimate union with the Lord, His light will flood into our souls in greater measures casting out darkness. This is inevitable. As we behold Him more and more we will become like Him more and more. What are we beholding most in our lives?
But why is that it doesn’t happen with many. Because they have pursued principles, methods, rituals, ideals, church programs and agenda’s more than the Lord Himself. They have strayed away from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. Many have pursued visions, goals, blessings and even ministry more than the Lord. They have focussed more on getting to the destination rather than becoming like Him. All these things aren’t wrong and have a place and focus but our primary focus must be the pursuit to know Him deeper and closer and let other things be incidental. Mind you, it doesn’t mean you become irresponsible, unwise and neglectful of your duties and stop doing other things. It is more about balance and putting first things first.
D. TRUE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD
Enoch walked with God for 300 years, that’s a pretty long time. But in a time where there was no fellowship with fellow saints like we enjoy now and where wickedness was all around, still this man made a decision that he will walk with God. It is written in Hebrews 11: 5 of Enoch that he had this testimony that he pleased the Lord. Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:9, “Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.” He was saying our goal is to live a life in such a way that it brings constant pleasure to God.
You cannot walk in darkness and still claim that you have fellowship with God. That is some serious deception.
1 John 1:6 says, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.“
Did you see that? If you practice the truth, you have fellowship with Him. It does not say if you hear the truth, you have fellowship with Him.
Remember Jesus said in Luke 6:46, “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?”
Also remember the parable of the wise and foolish builders in Matthew 7:24-27:
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. “But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
The word of God says in Proverbs 24:10, “If you faint in the day of adversity, Your strength is small.” It is not just about what you are building but how you are building that will determine the true strength when a flood of trials, adversity and pressure come. The foundation will be rock solid only when you live a life of practicing the truth that you read and hear.
E. WHEN YOU DON’T LOVE THE TRUTH
Let me emphasis this strongly, if you don’t love the truth more than your very life, especially in this hour and the times that we are living in, deception will overtake you, my friend.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 says, “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved“.
James 1:21 says, “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”
Pride will not allow you to receive the truth of God’s Word which can transform you. Pride will harden your heart and prevent the seed of the Word of God to get planted. When you receive the Word of God humbly and allow it to challenge you, grace will be released to you. For God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
In 3 John 1:4 Paul says, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” I am sure Paul was sensing the pleasure of God when he heard that his spiritual children were walking in the truth. When you practice the truth, it means you are walking in the truth. To walk in the truth, is walking in the Lord. To walk in the truth, is walking in the Spirit because Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth.
Friends, when you truly start loving the Lord more and more, you will love righteousness more and more. Because the Lord loves righteousness, you will love what He holds dear. He hates all unrighteousness, and you will start hating unrighteous acts, thoughts and deeds in yourself and around even more. All the truth, counsel and ordinances of the Lord in His word is perfectly right. It makes perfect sense to abide in His word. Psalm 45:7 says, “You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” When you love righteousness, that is, His truth so much as to diligently practice it, the Lord will anoint you with joy and gladness. And His joy will become your strength in the midst of life’s difficulties and challenges.
Love the truth more than the riches, honor and opinions of this world. When the majority stand for unrighteousness such that things contrary to the Word of God, you keep standing in the truth even if you have to stand alone or suffer for it. Love the truth more than your life. Seek not the honor from the world but the honor that comes from the Lord.
Ask God for a greater love for His truth in all aspects of life. Ask God for a greater hunger to know Him as He is. Examine your life and look unto the Lord. Introspection is good but we don’t change by beholding the darkness. If you want to sincerely change, the key is in beholding the Lord. Value His word and let it challenge you. Pursue Him. Let His perspective and sensations get implanted deeply in your heart. Let Him increase in your life. Let His light flood your soul.