MODERN DAY CHARISMATICS AND WOF CHRISTIANS HAVE FORGOTTEN THE “IF” (PART 2)

The key to walking in the fulness of the blessings of God is to walk in the light of what you know. And when you walk in the light of what you know more light will be given. That’s a great principle to live by. “In Your light we see light” (Ps. 36:9).

Obedience to both the written Word of God that you know and to what the Lord has revealed to you by His Spirit equals the measure of light you’ve received. For example, if you know that the Word of God tells you not to worry or have any anxiety about anything, and you continue to worry and be filled with anxiety then it could be said of you that you are not walking in the light of that Word (Mt. 6:31) (Phil. 4:6). The Word of God also tells you to do all things without murmuring or complaining (Phil. 2:14), to give thanks in everything (1 Thes. 5:18), to not let corrupt communication come out of your mouth, but to use your words for edification instead (Eph. 4:29), and many such things.

Many want to know the will of God for the direction of their lives or decisions they need to make, but they are not walking in what has already been revealed to them in the written Word. There is enough light in the Word to keep you busy for the rest of your life. But the greatest commandment and the one that fulfills all others is to love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself (Mt. 22:37-39) (Rom. 13:8), or to love one another as Jesus has loved us (Jn. 13:34).

God is light (1 Jn. 1:5) and he who is following Jesus shall not walk in darkness but have the light of life (Jn. 8:12). God is also love (1 Jn. 4:8) and he who dwells in love dwells in God (1 Jn. 4:16). If you’re a believer and you’re not growing in love then you are not growing much at all. You’re not walking in the light of the New Testament where the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost (Rom. 5:5). One could say that the measure of light you walk in is equal to the love of God that you walk in.

If you’re easily offended, have a critical spirit, are always speaking ill-will of others then you don’t walk in much love. This will affect the totality of your life and whether you walk in the blessing of the Lord that is rich and adds no sorrow (Pr. 10:22). If your life moves from sorrow to sorrow, grief to grief, crisis after crisis, bad day after bad day, this is the first place I would check. Are you walking in the love of God? Is there any unforgiveness in your heart?

Do you want to see good days? “For he who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it” (1 Pt. 3:10-11). Why am I saying these things? Because many Christians are not enjoying God’s best due to neglect in these areas. Every step out of love is a step away from the light and into the darkness. Unless you walk in love your faith won’t work because faith works by love (Gal. 5:6). Your faith won’t work when you have unforgiveness in your heart (Mt. 11:25). You can confess the Word all you want, listen to sermons every day, give your tithes and offerings, but you won’t prosper and be in health. Unforgiveness will nullify it all. My wife and I are constantly making adjustments in this area to make sure we are walking in the light of the love of God. The Lord deals most strongly with us in this area. 

I believe in speaking the Word of God over my life, my physical body, my finances, and situations that come up, but confessing the Word of God without obedience won’t work. You can’t be mean to people, take advantage of them, lie to them and stab them in the back and enjoy the blessings of God. You are fooling yourself if you think you can. There are conditions to walking in the fulness of the blessing of the Lord in your life. I have not left my subject.

Notice this scripture, and once again the “if” and also the “because”.

My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment” (1 Jn. 3:18-23).

 Here’s the bottom line: If your heart condemns you you cannot have confidence toward God (1 Jn. 3:21). You cannot come boldly before the throne of God. You cannot believe and receive what you ask for. You cannot resist the devil and take hold of the promises of God. You cannot exercise your God given authority unless you have confidence toward God. Condemnation kills that confidence.

Disobedience results in condemnation and condemnation causes your faith to shrivel. Confess and quote the Word all you want. Without obedience your faith won’t work.

Over the written Word of God, especially concerning your love walk. Obey what His Spirit is saying to your heart (we’ll deal with that in our next blog). Walk in the light of what He’s revealed to you, and the blessings of God shall be fully manifest in your life.

Glory to God!

To be continued…

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