Numbers 3:48: and give the money to Aaron and his sons as the redemption price for those who are over.”
The whole of the bible is a book of direction. The first specific direction God gave man about his life concerned what to eat (Genesis 2-3). God is still concerned about getting you fed, and still leads us to find pasture, being a good shepherd (Psalm 23).
God told Adam that he has been given all trees in the garden for food, except the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. There you have “what to do” and “what not to do” as being the two components of God’s direction.
The temptation of the devil is targeted at getting us to do what God does not want us to do. It is not tempting if there is no element of breaking the word of God in it.
If we are preoccupied with the word of God, doing it, we would not give way to the temptation of the devil in our lives.
When we stand for truth, we at the same time reject lies. When we stand for what is right we reject what is wrong, when we stand in the light, we cannot be touched by darkness (Ephesians 5:8, 1Thessalonians 5:4-9). If we walk in the Spirit, there will be no room for the works of the flesh in our lives (Galatians 5:16). When we express passion for and commitment to Jesus, submitting to his lordship, we at the same time reject the rule of the devil.
There is no understanding of God beyond his word, and the ultimate expression of it is Jesus who is God the word. He said that he is the way, truth and life (John 14:6).
This is about the practical word. The kind of guidance that has to do with living our life, relationships, developmental process, increasing in height, eating food.
It is Jesus as the way that makes it possible. He is the light that lightens everyman coming to the world (John 1:1-5), that means if as a man you are sensible/intelligible, it if because of Jesus, he gives the building block for your personality.
The fact that you are a person and not a rock or an animal is because of Jesus, he is the source of your self-consciousness and identity as a human being. He is the reason you can reason, even if like Stephen Hawking you say there is no God.
The fact that you can sit down in class and learn is because of Jesus. He gives the capacity to live in whatever level of existence that is. Know that everything was made by him and for him. In him we move live and have our being.
But beyond basic, he is the wisdom of God accessible only to the believers. Wisdom is knowing what to do to get the right result. And we can access the wisdom of God in Christ, is not the wisdom of this world, derived from the knowledge of good and evil, but from the knowledge of God.
The wisdom of God, is foolishness to man. But the bible says that the foolishness of God is wiser than men (1Corinthians 1:24). The church is the place where the wisdom/the way of God is taught, and the nations will come flowing into it (Isaiah 2:1-3).
There are three dimensions of truth. There is the truth about God, the truth about yourself and the truth about your environment. The fall of man resulted from the falsification of these three dimensions of truth (Genesis 3).
The devil attacked the truth about God. He said that God was not truthful, that he does not want the best for Adam and Eve, and that he is hiding things from them because he is insecure.
The devil falsely presented himself as having their best interest at heart. So Eve did not know the truth about her environment especially as it relates to the serpent who was talking to her.
She did not know the truth about herself, because the devil confused her saying that she can have what God is not giving her. But the bible says that every good and perfect gift comes from God, from the father of lights, in whom there is no variableness or shadow of turning.
To follow God’s direction we need to come into the truth about ourselves, about God and about our environment, about the people around us, and the situation in which we find ourselves.
John the Baptist was asked by the emissaries of the Pharisees: what do you say about yourself, and he was able to say I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord (John 1:19-24). He did not confused himself with the Messiah, even though people thought he was.
Because he knew who he was, he was able to live accurately and fully in the will of God for him, because who you are is the basis of what you do. And God’s direction will not move you away from the truth of who God is or who you are in him, and would reflect an accurate understanding of your environment.
Jesus is life and he gives meaning to it. God’s direction will always elevate Jesus. There is no life without him. He said that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus has come so that we may have abundant life (John 10:10). God’s direction is towards more and more life, towards victory, overcoming (2Corinthians 2:14, John 4:4, 5:4). He comes with his help to lead us away from death.
In the prayer that Jesus taught, he said we should pray: lead us not into temptation deliver us from evil (Matthew 6:9-13).
We receive from what Jesus is full of- grace, which he makes abundantly available for us (John 1:14-17). Of his fullness we have received grace for grace. We are given different levels of grace (divine ability) for our different levels of assignment. Paul said: I am what I am by the grace of God (1Corinthians 15:10). The grace of God empowers us for all the best in God and all the best of God, it empowers us to be above only and not beneath.
Change comes when we embrace the life of God. But that life comes with sacrifice. God leads us in the direction of making more sacrifice for his kingdom (Luke 14:26-33). He led Jesus to make the sacrifice on the cross and the result was his coming alive from the grave, as a life-giving spirit (1Corinthians 15:45). By losing his life he became one who can give life (John 12:23-27).
- LISTEN: God’s Plan for the Nations, Part 3 (Second Coming Chapel with Daniel Whyte III) (blackchristiannews.com)
- God Has Our Back (craigkuehn.wordpress.com)
- The Will of God (alongtheviadolorosa.wordpress.com)
- Carnal Questions That Challenge The Truth (truthinscripture.com)
- How To Hear From God (krisbelfils.wordpress.com)