Follow God’s Written Instructions
For if we sin willfully after that, we have received the knowledge of the truth; there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins – Hebrews 10:26.
The problem with some Christians is not they don’t know the truth; they don’t want to obey the truth. Our truth is not the truth, but God’s Word is truth, and it supersedes our truth.
Some Christians are like the children of Israel; they will submit to some of God’s instructions, but those that instruct them to give up what they like or what they felt was making them give up their rights of decisions or choices, or actions they should no longer do as a Christians they will not submit to His instructions.
Whenever we follow our ideas of what is right and what is wrong, we have placed God on the shelf and are living according to our will and not the will of God. When we live according to our will we will always be led from God’s path to the path of Satan, which causes rebellion and stubbornness.
God has instructed us in His Word to apply as Christians in every area of our lives. The problem is Christians don’t take the time to read and study His Word. Satan is the god of this world, and he has influenced so many of God’s people to follow his instructions rather than God’s instructions.
There has never been anything happening in society that God was unaware of. He knows the beginning to the end and everything in between; that is why He had godly men write down what He was instructing them to give to that generation and the next generation.
God does not desire for anyone to perish (The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance – 2nd Peter 3:9). Not willing for any to perish clearly expresses a desire for the salvation of all who will trust in Him and commit and submit to His instructions.
When a man and woman marry, they are considered by law to be married; Webster’s Dictionary indicates conjugality, wedlock, and union. To be in a union is to be joined, unified, embraced, and coming together. That’s naturally, spiritually speaking, the uniqueness of the Christian experience results from the union of Christ and the believer; this is expressed in Scripture as Christ being in the believer and the believer in Christ.
If we’re in union with Christ then we should be like Christ submitting our lives to the will of God in every area of our lives. Knowing that He is our lifeline and our breath, we should be willing to follow His instructions.
Now if Christ is in the believer, he or she will have the mind of Christ and the heart of God. All godly actions begin with the “renewing of the mind”; if the believer does not read His Word so that the Word of God can renew their mind, the person will continue to think outside of God’s thoughts and desires. When one has the heart of God, that is to have the essential nature and character of God.
Studying God’s Word will enhance knowledge of God’s nature and characteristics. It will enable the believer to choose whether to submit to His instructions or live according to their thinking and desires. We can’t live according to our thinking and desire and please God, nor can we have a relationship with Him because of being rebellious and stubborn.
Rebellious and stubborn-ish is disobedient; some of the children of Israel didn’t enter the promised land because of disobedience. The promised land we’re journeying to is heaven; like them, if we disobey His instructions, we too will not enter the promised land!
Hell awaits those who are disobedient; some think disobedient is fornication, adultery, drunkenness, and taking drugs, but it goes much further than the list they have. Jesus instructed His disciples that man should always pray and faint not, well if the believer is not praying, he or she is not following the instructions.
If we don’t read the Word of God, we can’t follow the instructions because we don’t know what the instructions are (Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand – Revelation 1:3). The Bible is prophecy, past, present and future. Each prophecy instructs the believer on what to do and what not to do as a professing Christianity.
We can’t stand before God and tell Him, “I thought,” He has given each person professing Christianity how to live to please Him, and if we’re not living according to His instructions, we’re walking in disobedience. Disobedience is sin, and the wages of sin is death (For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord – Romans 6:23).
If we’re servants of sin, then we’re not living in righteousness (For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness – Romans 6:20). Either you’re going to live in righteousness or unrighteousness. Not according to your righteousness, but the righteousness of God. God’s Word is righteous; if you follow its instructions, you will live in righteousness.
Hell is real, and many professing Christians are going there because they choose not to follow God’s instructions for righteous living. Don’t live according to what you think is right; compare your actions, thoughts, and behavior to God’s Word to see if you’re living according to the Word of God (Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith: prove your own selves. Know ye, not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates – 2nd Corinthians 13:5)?
So many Christians have conformed to the world rather than the Word of God. They think like the world; their actions are like the world and not Christ-like. We should compare ourselves to the Word of God and not compare ourselves to the world. The world will be destroyed because of the sin in it at the return of our Lord and Savior. Will you be prepared to meet Him?