Sunday, May 25, 2008

God's command, then and now

God's command, then and now
 
Josh 1:9  Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

 
First we know if God commands something, that it is his will. Who is he commanding? In this verse it applied to Joshua going into enemy territory to battle the enemy and to take an inheritance. The inheritance was place for himself and his people. Jesus has already fought the battle for our inheritance, a spiritual dwelling place. Now with the inheritance secured by faith we are still commanded to go forth into the world, this time with the message of hope and salvation. There is still a battle , this time for the souls of those lost. We will encounter the enemies of God, who will say things to kill our faith, but we hear the Good Shepherd say...
 
Mat 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Mat 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
 
Go ye and teach, baptize; teach them my commands, (fear not), I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  Jesus said amen to this, He will be with us in the Holy Spirit, fear not what is coming in this world. Trouble is coming to the nations, false teachings; go ye and teach them the truth, the commands of Jesus.

Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
 
What the LORD spoke to Joshua concerning facing the worldly battles, we hear from Jesus. Go Ye, I will be with you all the way to the end. Then what? Then he comes for us, either by the rapture or by our death, or sleep.
 
1 Cor 15:51  Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1 Cor 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1 Cor 15:53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
1 Cor 15:54  So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
1 Cor 15:55  O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
1 Cor 15:56  The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
1 Cor 15:57  But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Cor 15:58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

 
Another Command for us: be stedfast, being strong in faith, used as a military term: to have a solid front. This is necessary when facing an enemy.
 
James 4:4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
James 4:5  Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
James 4:6  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
James 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
 
From these verses, we see that our faith requires that we not have friendship with the evil things of the world, or those who would draw us to them.
be unmovable, be not moved
 
Eph 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
Eph 4:12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Eph 4:13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Eph 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Eph 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Eph 4:16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

 
In this, we see we are to be built up in faith through the gifts of the five-fold ministries: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. How should we go forth? We are all commanded to teach, we should no the way of salvation and each has a personal testimony. Walk in your Spiritual gift(s). See 1Cor 12 and Romans 12, for listings of gifts.
 
always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
abounding, to increase to overflowing, let God's Spirit it work through you, overflowing as rivers of living water. The source is through drinking of the Living Word.
 
John 7:37  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
John 7:38  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly
shall flow rivers of living water.
 
Col 2:5  For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
Col 2:6  As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
Col 2:7  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Col 2:8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Col 2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Col 2:10  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

 
your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
 
Heb 4:10  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Heb 4:11  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. (As the children of Israel in the wilderness)
Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Heb 4:13  Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Our labour is not in the flesh, but by the Spirit of God, through Jesus Christ and our powerful message is the word of God.
 
Rom 1:14  I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.
Rom 1:15  So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Go ye forth, be strong in God's Spirit for Jesus goes with you. Be not afraid of their faces.
 
Jer 1:5  Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Jer 1:6  Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
Jer 1:7  But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.
Jer 1:8  Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.
Jer 1:9  Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.
Jer 1:10  See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
I am with you always
 
John 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
John 14:2  In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
 
John 14:25  These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
John 14:26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
John 14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

 Amen

1 comment:

anderj08 said...

Amem