Jeremiah 35:12-19, NIV
Are we listening to God? The question before you implores you to respond not with mere words, but action. James 1:22, 25 NIV, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says…“But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this; not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it – he will be blessed in what he does.”
James was inspired to tell us to, “fix our attention on God’s perfect law.” Strange isn’t it? We hardly hear a message today that encourages us to peer into the perfect law that liberates. Quite the opposite it true. All we hear about is the bondage of law. I want to be extremely clear on this point; the law of God is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous, and good (Romans 7:12). God’s intentions are always good towards those who will listen. When has God ever deceived man?
[Side note: The law cannot save you from sin, but the righteous man who obeys God’s law will find blessings beyond his wildest dreams.]
Psalm 81:8-16 NIV.
John 1:1-3, 14 NIV. Jesus is the Word, which was in the beginning with the Father. So when God the Father spoke on Mount Sinai, we can clearly say that the Word of God delivered the 10 Words (as the Hebrews called them) that is, the 10 Commandments. Why then would Christ, who is the Word of God, latter cancel out His own Word?
The truth is Christ. The Word, i.e., Christ, did not cancel the 10 Commandment. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Matthew 5:17-19, Jesus came not to destroy His own Word, but to fulfill it. Jesus said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” I truly believe the reason we don’t see the outpouring of God’s Spirit on peoples lives today is because we have divorced ourselves from the commandments of God (John 14:15-17).
It time for the Church to come alive. It time for the Word of God to flow freely through the body of Christ. We should have morals, and principles of right and wrong. We need the standard of conduct, i.e. the Word of God, exalted in the Church of God. Words like morals and values should become embedded in the Christian vocabulary. We’re to busy embellishing the phrases of men instead of the Word of God. Listen, God doesn’t wink at sin. I John 3:4 says, “Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness.” (Read verses 5, 6).
If the church doesn’t return to the old paths of sound doctrine, (Jeremiah 6:16) we are going to die. I’m longing for a radical reform in Christianity. We need to come out from the Babylonian doctrines of man and embrace the entire Word of God. I’m weary of people in the church calling good evil. Why should we remain idle while so call Christians deny the authority of God’s eternal Word. (Jeremiah 35:15m, “…Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and reform your actions…”). Christ is coming after a Church without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, (Ephesians 5:27).
The question begs to be answered, Are we listening to God?