Know God, Know His Ways

A few days ago, I had a realization: I have a very difficult time giving up control. This was a brand new realization, I always actually thought I was a pretty easy-going, hands-off type person. Over the last few years, (maybe longer) I have been in an internal struggle with the Lord over so many different aspects of my life. So the realization came about because I just realized, I want to control all parts of my life and yet, I don’t know what God is doing in me, or where He is going in my life. At the moment, the verse in Psalms came to mind that says something like: My thoughts are higher than your thoughts and my ways are higher than your ways. Inwardly, the struggle was over (at least for this particular thing) and in its place was just a peaceful, “Amen, Lord.”

Well, the second message was a confirmation of this experience. In Exodus 33:13 Moses offers a prayer to God in which he says, “Please let me know Your ways, that I may know You.”

Moses was led by God to know God’s ways. His ways refer to the ways in which He deals with us. This is a personal and intimate matter. God does not deal with every believer in the same way, rather He deals with each one of us in a very particular, intimate, detailed way. Our Christian journey is an eternal memorial between us and the Lord. Thus it is a matter that includes only us and the Lord, not any other person. This means that we cannot compare our walk with the Lord to anyone else’s. This means that our complaining to the Lord because His ways of dealing with us differs from His ways of dealing with someone else is vain.

We need to learn this crucial matter of knowing God’s ways of dealing with us. When we know His ways, we will come to know God. To know God means that we know Him as the God in our life. We will see that, actually, He is God and He is very good at being God. He knows what He is doing. Then, all that is left for us to do is accept His ways and to bow down and worship.

When we know God, accept His ways, and worship Him as God, then we will no longer be opinionated toward God, we no longer will attempt to give God advice or counsel, we no longer will demand that He explain and vindicate Himself because of what He chooses to do or not to do in our life. Instead, we will see what God does and simply be able to say, “Amen, Lord. I still just love You.”

When we relinquish control; when we know God; when we know and accept His ways; then and only then can we experience a peaceful life. This kind of a life is a simple life, it is a trusting life.

What can I say? Inside there is only an echo of Moses prayer, “Please let me know Your ways, that I may know You.” I pray this for myself and for each one of God’s children. May we each individually come to know and accept God’s ways of dealing with us and in this way, come to know Him as the only True and Real One.

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The New Covenant

In the previous message we saw the five covenants between God and man. Now, in this message we saw the sixth covenant also known as the New Covenant or New Testament. This New Covenant is Christ Himself. What’s the difference between a promise, a covenant, and a testament? Well, a promise is surety that something shall be accomplished in the future. A covenant, is a promise with a legally-binding guarantee. A testament, is a legally-bound contract that bequeathes its contents to whom they have been appointed upon the death of the enactor. Christ Himself is the New Covenant, the contents of the New Covenant, the Enactor of the New Covenant, and the Executor of the New Covenant. Through His death and resurrection He has bequeathed the New Covenant to us. We simply need to receive and enjoy Christ as the covenant through the exercise of the our human spirit. We do this by breathing the Lord in by living a life in which we daily, hourly, and moment by moment call upon the name of the Lord. Oh Lord Jesus!

The New Covenant/New Testament  has four blessings as God’s bequests to us. The first is that God’s laws have been inscribed into our mind and hearts. These laws or law is specifically the Law of the Spirit of Life.

The Triune God has been processed through incarnation, crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension to become the law of the Spirit of life installed into our spirit.

The fact that it is a law means that we don’t need to fight to overcome, we don’t need to war with the law of sin and death in our flesh, it means that there is a realm where there is no sin, no world, no flesh. It means that all victories are unconscious and effortless, spontaneous. Our brother gave a marvelous example. If you are flying from New York to LA you don’t have to put on some running shoes (unless of course you tend to get everywhere late, ha!), run really, really fast, flap your arms, and will yourself into the air and fly to LA. No! How ridiculous. All you have to do is get into the airplane, sit down, put on your seat belt, and ENJOY the ride! Our attempts to overcome, our attempts to be victorious, or even our response, like that of the Children of Israel, to the law of “All that you say we will do” is as ridiculous as that attempt to fly to LA. Forget about it, just get into your the plane of your spirit and enjoy the Law of the Spirit of Life!

The second blessing is that He will be God to us and we will be a people to Him. Where in the world are there a people who hold Him as God? All the world just casts Him aside. But to us, He is God! He is our inheritance. We are His people, His treasure, and His inheritance.

The Third blessing is that we will know the Lord. This knowing is not the outward recognizing (gk ginosko) but it is an inward subjective knowing (gk oida). In our spirit we have our intuition, the inner sense of life allows us to intuitively know the Lord. There are three ways that we may know God. The first is we may know God by His acts or His doings. This is an outward way of knowing God, and we can see that the Children of Israel knew Him in such a shallow way. Then, the second is that we may know God by His ways or His principles. This is on a deeper level and requires a more intimate fellowship with God. Abraham in his intercession for Lot demonstrated this type of knowing. The third and most deepest way we may know God is to know Him by Himself, that is in His life and nature. This is to know God intuitively.

The fourth blessing that God will be propitious to our unrighteousnesses and our sins He will by no means remember anymore. Christ made propitiation for our sins and has reconciled us to God. Through His precious blood He has resolved all of our problems and opened the way for us to enter into the enjoyment of God on a daily and continual basis. Thus, we can enjoy an organic salvation in His life.

What a marvelous testament God has bequeathed to us!