IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THIS BOOK OF THE LAW!
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.’
There is only one kind of person that God considers to be a success: The one who is Living according to His Word.
This principle is found in Joshua 1:7,8 which is the Scripture text for today’s message ‘Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.’
These words were spoken to Joshua, the one who took over the leadership of Israel after Moses died, the one who was assigned the great task of leading the Israelites across the River Jordan into Canaan and settling them there. What made this immense task more difficult for him was that Canaan was not a vacant piece of land. It was already inhabited by numerous tribes and kingdoms that were very hostile and strong. The question that was perhaps uppermost in Joshua’s mind was: How will I ever do this? How can I succeed?
The answer that God gave to him is simply this: Live according to My Word. This was to be the secret formula of Joshua’s success as a leader of Israel. You will notice that the Word of God is represented in these 2 verses by the word ‘Law.’ This refers to the first five books of the Bible. It was the only portion of the Bible in existence then. And Joshua was given three steps to take regarding the Law that God had given.
“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
“He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers” (Psalm 1:1-3).
*You must not walk in the counsel of the wicked.
*You must not stand in the way of sinners.
*You must not sit in the seat of mockers.
The key issue is where you get your counsel. If you get your counsel from the wrong source, then your whole life will go wrong.
*Your delight must be in the law of the Lord.
*On His law, you must meditate day and night.
That does not mean just spending ten minutes a day reading your Bible, but it means to so fill your mind with the Bible that it occupies your thoughts all the day long. Then you will always be feeding on that which is positive, faith-inspiring, and upbuilding. Right thoughts are important, for what you think will decide how you live.
“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” Psalm 119:165
By the word “law” here is intended, not only the law of the ten commandments, but the -whole of divine revelation, as it was in David’s time, and as it is now. Whatever God has revealed is loved by saintly men. This sacred Book, which we commonly call the Bible, contains the mind of God, so far as he has seen fit to reveal it to men.
Love lies deep, it is in the heart: it is not a thing of the surface, it is of the man’s own self. As a man loveth so is he. To love God’s law is to have the very nature and essence of our manhood in a right condition. To love the Word is something more than to read it, even though we should study it day and night. It is more even than to understand it; for the cold light of the intellect is of little worth compared with the warm sunlight of love. Many, no doubt, perceive the truths which are taught in God’s Word, and so become orthodox in their professed creed; but without love their faith is dead. You cannot learn the law of God as you learn the laws of nature; your heart must be affected by it, and you must obey it in your life, or you do not truly know it. Only he who does the will of God can know of the doctrine. Mere knowledge brings no peace to the man. The truth must go from the head to the heart before its power is known.
As for you who love not God’s law, who know nothing of Jesus, because you have never submitted to the law of faith— there is no “great peace” for you. There may be the deceptive cry of, “Peace, peace, when there is no peace”; but may the Lord save you from it! Soul, there is no hope for thee, thou canst not rest till thou art at one with God. As surely as God made thee, thou must yield to thy Maker, and accept thy Redeemer, and be renewed by his Holy Spirit, or thou art lost for ever. I pray God the Holy Ghost lead thee to accept what God has revealed, and bow thyself to the supreme majesty of his Word, especially to the power and grace of the Incarnate Word, the Lord Christ Jesus; then wilt thou have great peace which transcends to good success for this world and the next. God bless you, beloved, for Christ’s sake. Amen.
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