I will walk in your truth chapter one

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This is a compilation of articles on the topic of Holiness. Issues covered include: 3 kinds of satanic traps a believer should avoid; Holy to the Lord; Leaving the crowd; Living a distinct life; Living by God's word; Not following your sensuality; Pathway to sanctification; Sex and the testaments and Tongue control.

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I will walk in your truth chapter one

  1. 1. KAYODE CROWN I will walk in your truth KAYODE CROWN ii
  2. 2. Copyright © 2013 Kayode Crown All rights reserved. ISBN: 1494808161 ISBN-13: 978-1494808167
  3. 3. CONTENTS 1 „I will walk in your truth‟ 1 2 3 kinds of satanic traps a believer should avoid 5 3 Adam transgressed the covenant 8 4 Don‟t carry any load on the Sabbath day 12 5 Exchanging the temporal for the eternal 15 6 Holy to the Lord 18 7 Leaving the crowd 21 8 Living a distinct life 24 9 Living by God‟s word 27 10 Married to God 30 11 Not following your sensuality 33 12 Pathway to sanctification 37 13 Putting in all for God 39 14 Sex and the testaments 42 15 The practice of hospitality 48 16 The trial of a prophet 52 17 Tongue control 55 18 Wisdom from above 57 19 Wives, subject to their husbands in everything 61 20 Words of healing 66 21 Appendix 69
  4. 4. 1 „I WILL WALK IN YOUR TRUTH‟ Psalm 86:11: Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name. Saying to God, “I will walk in your truth” was the vow that David made to commit God to teaching him His ways. David was assuring God that if He teaches him his ways he would in turn walk in His truth. It therefore seems to me that the truth of God you are allowed to know can be limited by your commitment to walk in them. A sign of Christian maturity is when what you want matches with what God wants; an unreserved commitment to truth is needed in the true disciples. A walk describes a life style, a pattern of doing things, a direction and focus. From the book of Proverbs we learn that there is the way of the adulteress (Proverbs 5:1-9). This comes with certain activities and lifestyle, certain posturing and relationships. One thing that changes when we meet God, for us to be able to walk in his truth, is our relationships. We cannot continue to move with the same gang after encountering Jesus, going to the same places with them, using the same words, championing the same course, or pursuing the same schedule. We cannot stand in the way of sinners (Psalm 1:1-2) and walk with the saviour at the same time. To walk in God‟s truth, we must walk away from those who have no respect for God or His truth. For us to walk with Him, He must transform our close relationships. We must walk with those who will help us in our relationship with God and not those who stand on our path and block our view of God. Therefore, Jesus Christ said that those who follow him must have such
  5. 5. KAYODE CROWN depth of affection for him that the best relationship with their family members will look like hatred in comparison, and not able to rival it by any length (Luke 14:26). He doesn‟t want anything or anybody becoming a stumbling block in your commitment to him. That was the error of Adam (Genesis 3:1-24). When there was a conflict between what God wants and the suggestion of Eve to him, but he chose to follow Eve, who had followed satanic suggestion. Right from that time God has sometimes demanded that people act contrary to their prevailing family demand, to be able to walk his truth and be qualified to be taught his truth (e.g. Gideon [Judges 6:24-40). When God called Abraham, to set out to start a new lineage, he demanded that he walk before him and be perfect (Genesis 17:1). But before then, He had told him to leave his family members behind (Genesis 12:1-4) and walk in the path that He has assigned for him. As suggested by the psalmist in the focus verse, God would reveal more of his truth to you if you had been committed to obeying the previous ones he had revealed. If Abraham never took that step to walk in the path God has wants him to walk, away from his family, then his life story would have been much different from what it was. God taught Abraham more of his ways because he saw that, like the psalmist said: he was committed to walking in God‟s truth. In another place God affirmed that he cannot help himself but tell Abraham stuffs, because, not only has He seen his commitment to truth, He was sure that he would ensure that his family walk in that truth also (Genesis 18:16-22). So when God reveals a truth to Abraham, it has a ripple effect that God wants. God empowers Abraham with truth because he will do them and empower others also. At a time, Jesus challenged those who thought he has come to bring peace on the earth, saying he has not come to bring peace (at least not yet) but a sword (Matthew 10:32-39), a division in the family structure, a judgement on the family structure that does not have him as the centre, that does not glorify him. Jesus said that he has come to pit a man against his father and a woman against her mother in law; all because one would want to walk in God‟s truth and the other does not and inevitably there will be a conflict. That was what Adam wanted to avoid when he chose to rebel against God‟s instruction not to eat the forbidden fruit, against walking in God‟s truth, because of the decision of the wife. He thereafter, disqualified himself from going further in being taught God‟s way. He was “dis-fellowshipped.” When you give your life to Christ, and a conflict starts within your family, because of that with you in the midst of it, you should realise that it is because you are facing the same conflicting situation that Adam confronted, where what God wanted was different from what the family 6
  6. 6. I WILL WALK IN YOUR TRUTH member wanted. The question is: will you still be committed to truth or you are going to yield to the pressure around you? It is a test that Adam failed. What about you? I want to reiterate that walking in God‟s truth demands that you mind who you associate with. The question that Paul asked is: what accord does light have with darkness, what agreement do the children of God have with the children of the devil (2Corinthians 6:14-18)? Paul also added that we should not be deceived, but realise that wrong association will affect your behaviour, your walk, negatively (1Corinthians 15:33). That is why it is recommended that we should love to meet with other Christians so that we may influence each other positively (Hebrews 10:2425). The church is described as the pillar and ground of truth (1Timothy 3:15), and therefore should form the crux of our close strong association. If you are somebody who, because of you‟ve been hurt by Christians, has decided to have nothing to do with Christians, then you need a spiritual check up. You are suffering from what the bible called root of bitterness (Hebrews 12:12-15), you have abandoned the law of love and have embraced the law of self preservation. You have left the law of sacrifice, not bearing with one another (Ephesians 4:1-7, Colossians 3:12-15), and have pitched your tent like Lot, in Sodom and Gomorrah, even though you are called righteous as Lot was (2Peter 2:7). Lot allowed an issue to fester between him and Abraham and choose to walk away from that relationship (Genesis 13:5-13). Commitment to walking in God‟s truth as it affects the choice of our association, also affects the choice or our ambition. What are your aims in life? Are they according to God‟s truth, according to the divine code that has been written in you, according to the divine mandate that you carry? That is the truth you should walk in. The truth is what God has determined about you before the foundation of the earth. Paul said that there are things that have been prepared for you before the foundation of the earth that you walk in them (Ephesians 2:10), that is part of walking in God‟s truth. Paul‟s prayer for the Colossians was that they be imbued with the knowledge of God‟s will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, to be able to walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, walking, living as God wants, and thereby pleasing him (Colossians 1:9-10). Because what displeased God with Adam and Eve was that they went against what God wanted, therefore we can conclude with all absoluteness that what pleases God is the fulfilment of His own plans and purposes. That is why, in what has been called the Lord‟s Prayer, we have a line there which says: let your will be done on earth as it is heaven (Matthew 6:10). That is the way of God. It is the truth that we should walk in; it is called 7
  7. 7. KAYODE CROWN the race set before us (Hebrews 12:1). We are meant to carry out what is in the mind of God. That is why we are told that we need to understand what the will of God is (Ephesians 5:17), being the truth about what God wants to do and what he wants to do through us. That leaves out anything like competition, because the design of our lives, families and ministries according to the truth of God, in his desire and demand, are different. Lastly, there is the truth of who you are in Christ Jesus. One main focus of the epistles of Paul is to ingrain in the believers the truth of their new reality in Christ. When Paul wrote that we are blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly realm (Ephesians 1:3), that is the truth; that we have been translated from the kingdom of darkness (Colossians 1:13), the dominion of darkness to light, that is the truth; that we are set apart from the world and have become a royal priesthood to show forth the praise of God (1Peter 2:9), that is the truth; that we are saved from sin and are now citizens of heaven through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:18-19), having crossed from death into life (John 5:24), that is the truth; that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1-2), that is the truth; that when we pray, God hears and answers our prayer (1John 5:14-15), that is truth. These truths empower us to walk with confidence on the face of the earth, as children of God, having the privileges of royalty. We need to walk in the consciousness of who we are in Christ Jesus, we need to realise that God is for us and not against us (Romans 8:28-32), he is with us and all things are working together for our good. We need to grasp the fact that we are no longer slaves of sin (Romans 6:6-12) but we have been made free in Christ. Buy book 8

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