by Yewande Olamiju
As you start the 2nd month of this year, don’t fall again into the rut of merely following a list of dos-and-don’ts you read in the Bible.Why? Because…a written letter does not take the place of a relationship. Relationships are built on communication and interaction. Jesus said in John 17:3, “this is eternal life, that they may know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.” Apart from communion with Christ we can’t live (John 15:4).
The Israelites in the wilderness were satisfied with just hearing about God (much like reading His autobiography). They knew His acts but not His ways (Psa 103:7)…and we know how they ended. The Bible records that with many of them God was not well pleased. Be like Moses who longed to gaze into God’s face and not just read or hear about His mighty acts.
The Ephesian Church were good in doctrine but had left their first love, Jesus Christ (Rev 2:4, 6).
John 14:16; 15:26; 16:13 and 1 John 2:27 show that we need the Holy Spirit for every single area of our lives. Sometimes an option or a decision seems right but …there is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death (Prov 14:12 AMP). If you have ears, listen to what the Spirit is sayING (Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13,22). What’s important is to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. It’s those that are led by the Spirit of God that are the sons of God (Rom 8:14).
Jesus, the author and captain of our faith, was completely dependent on the Heavenly Father (John 5:30). Prov 3:5 says lean not on your own understanding…in ALL your ways acknowledge Him – care about what God thinks on every issue. Ask for His will.
God still speaks. He still leads. He still gives directions (Rom 8:14; 1 John 2:27 AMP, Amos 3:7 AMP).
Like Paul, our cry should daily be – that I may know Him (Phil 3:7-10).