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We had another great day yesterday at Alife here in Bellingham. Pastors Jonathan and Danie gave us a great challenge to say yes to God for our part in His corporate testimony and purpose. Our yes is not merely for our dream in life, but to be a part of His vision and dream together as the family of God. This will include our yes in areas we don’t think we can. God is the qualifier, and it is for His glory that we live.
As believers in Christ our way is not the way of the world. Our way is the way of Christ. People in the world are seekers of self and not seekers of God. They are seekers of life, but their perspective of life is what they can receive from the world they live in. Their identity is wrapped up in the world they find themselves in or the world they create for themselves in their natural environment in life. They are disconnected from God so their focus in life is to fulfill their needs in created things and created beings. They look to other people and other things to meet their needs. They even unknowingly, and sometimes knowingly, look to see their needs met by spiritual influences that are less than the Creator. Mankind, natural creation, and even spiritual creation are all creation, and they all need the one Creator who gives life, breath, and all things. It is through a personal relationship with God in our hearts that we find our way in life. Our counsel in all things comes from Him, not from the things of this world.
Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.
Our counsel comes from the voice of God in our hearts. It is not merely a counsel that gives us right information to live by. It is a counsel that changes our hearts and gives us right desires to live by. Our path in life is determined by the One who puts the desires of life in our hearts. He puts before us life and death and the Spirit of the Lord within our hearts inspires us to always choose life. Our security is found in our connection to God in every situation of our lives. We are seated with God in Christ in heavenly places, and it is from the inside out that we find true life. The law of God is not the Torah law of the Old Covenant. His law is love that was only reflected in the principles, patterns, and values of the Torah law. Our meditation is upon the love of God. His love gives life. We don’t meditate on His law to know His law; we meditate upon His law to know His heart. We meditate upon all that He says so that we will know who He is. We don’t study our Bible so that we will know the Bible. We study the Bible because it is the book that reveals secrets to our Father’s heart.
Our world consists of everything, and everyone, joined to us in life. How can we be sons and daughters who give life to our world? This is all found in His manifest presence. It is the manifest presence of God in our lives that gives us life. This is the true water of life. There are many seasons in our lives but the key to the fruitfulness of every season of our life is to live in Christ and for Christ to live in us. This is true prosperity, and it will even guide us into physical realms of blessing.
To meditate upon the law of God means to ponder upon it by talking to oneself. This is the meaning of the Hebrew word. It is to murmur to yourself regarding God’s words. What an interesting thought. It is not merely keeping the things that God says in our hearts, but it involves expressing them to ourselves and to the atmosphere around us. This is stirring up the ways of God from the inside out. I believe that the true strength of our meditation is not merely saying God’s words to ourselves but in saying them with God’s presence from within. We must be active and proactive in our relationship with God.
These words of the Psalmist were words spoken by God to Joshua as the entrance to the Promised Land. They were instructions as to how to dwell in the land of God’s promise. These instructions were the key to the victory of God’s people over every opposition to their Promised Land. These instructions also apply to the Promised Land of God’s blessing in our world.
Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
Our meditation is to know God wherever we go in life. God is with us, and we must demonstrate that we are with Him. Our observation is not an observation of the things that He has said or the book that He has inspired to be written. Our observation is of His heart. By this He will teach us His ways, we will walk in His paths, His law of love will be in our hearts, and our lives will be an expression of those who are a part of His community of life. Our vision will be one of peace with God in all things and the testimony of our lives will be that of being part of the community of God’s favor. It is a testimony of being in constant and continual communion with God by His Holy Spirit.
Isaiah 2:3 Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Ted J. Hanson
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