Monday, May 21, 2012

BETH: GOD’S CLEANSING WORD

Restoration for marriage, family, and the church.

22 Meditations on Psalm 119, PART 2
(To follow along from the beginning, please read this first: ALEPH)

BETH. (Psalm 119:9-16)
9Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to Thy word.

In the first post of this series, the Lord established that believers must be immersed in the Word of God. This is essential to a successful walk with Him. Now we see God's perspective on the result of this diligence: we are cleansed by our immersion in His Word. (Eph 5:25-27) Indeed, God's view of this process is central to His concept for marriage, the family, and the church. By paying attention to His Word, obeying His commandments, and walking in His ways, we are sanctified in a manner that only He can execute. This is our preparation to interact with Him on the most intimate level, whereby we are made ready to fit into His plan for us, and afterward to fit into His master plan for the ages. (Eph 2:19-22) This plan includes the distinct pleasure of becoming His dwelling place; a glorified, living, breathing temple of the LORD. Glory to God!

This cleansing and sanctification is not superficial: it takes place within the deepest recesses of the heart. (Psa 119:10-11) That is why there must be a daily level of commitment that devotes time to seeking God and listening for His response. The parable of the sower describes this process in the Lord's terms of seedtime and harvest. (Mat 13:3-9; Gen 8:22) We receive the word into our hearts and it changes us, and in so doing we grow and bear fruit. The soil of our hearts is where we "take heed", by receiving the incorruptible seed of God's Word and letting it work. (1Pe 1:22-23) In order for this transformation to take place we must submit to the Lord with meekness, refusing to defend ways of thinking that do not conform to His way. (Mat 13:18-23) So we have to thrust aside the sinful human tendency to justify ourselves, and let the only Just and Holy Judge perform His work in tearing down strongholds. The end result is a level of maturity and liberation that results in delight in walking with God; meditating on His way of doing things that brings real peace, and keeping His testimonies. (Psa 119:14-16)

This brings me to a word on testimonies. Simply stated, our testimony is a statement of God's Truth as it applies to our lives. Scripture also states that "the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy." (Rev 19:10) (You may notice that I have altered the King James translation by capitalizing the "s" in this passage.) The word of God says that the Holy Spirit does not testify of Himself, but speaks to us what He hears. (John 16:13) Just the same way Jesus spoke only what He heard the Father say, and only did what He saw the Father do, the Holy Spirit now speaks what He hears Jesus say. (John 12:49; John 5:19) That is how we are to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, as our Comforter and guide, as though Jesus Himself is walking and talking with us on a daily basis, and indeed even moment by moment. That is precisely what God intended when He spoke, through Moses, that He would not fail nor forsake the children of Israel, and then reaffirmed this through the Apostle Paul. (Deut 31:6-8; Heb 13:5-6) So in truth, our testimony of Truth is our own reaffirmation that Jesus is our resurrected Lord and Savior, Who dwells in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, Who was given to us by God. Therefore we are given the Spirit of prophecy, for this is the testimony of Jesus. We have been ordained by God, when we are walking with Him to the fullest and we are seeking Him diligently at all times, to receive the full authority that Jesus gave to the original disciples, the same authority that God intended for Adam and all mankind. This is the path to being transformed into His image. This path of cleansing restores us to childlike innocence, and that is essential in receiving restoration of our human soul to the things of God. Praise the LORD!

Rev 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy.

Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in Spirit, and said, I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in Thy sight.

For an overview of the Scriptural basis for pulling down strongholds, and to define the terms, please visit the Targeting Our Weapons page. There is also the initial posting on this blog, which is the central focus of the Jericho Daily concept: STRONGHOLDS, IMAGINATIONS AND HIGH THINGS.

If you would like to make Jesus your Lord and Savior, please visit our Faith Statement page. You will find Scriptures and a short prayer to help you begin YOUR walk with God. This is THE MOST exciting time to be alive and walking in His will. Click here Faith Statement.

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