To lose power over influencing your life is not what you expect when you become a Christian. Every person has something positive and good to contribute to the rest of the world. In doing so, we develop our potential while serving God and others.
More often than not people find themselves in the dark alleys of life, wondering if they'll ever get out. They lack in every need and are unable to fulfill the divine and noble dreams of the heart.
If you've ever thought your life could be a little better, or if you've ever wondered how to fulfill God-sized dreams, you may not be operating fully with God's power.
If you've ever questioned the truth or falsity of a situation and doubted the right course of action, then you may lack the influence God delivers by His full power.
Your time may best be spent in learning and understanding the Commandments of Jesus.
I'm delivering you this message as a wake-up call. You see I am the founder and leader of ChristAudio.com, a website from which I educate over 100,000 people a year.
I hire contracted staff who work for me in all areas of business. I work closely with experts in finance, tax law, marketing, advertising, and internet support systems.
They all bring me knowledge and advice so I can communicate with thousands of people each month.
Most people are surprised when I tell them it all started as a hobby. But not just any hobby. My daily routine was to concentrate and meditate on God's word for 2 to 8 hours. When you develop a habit like that you quickly realize how omniscient and powerful God is and how little your life is in the grand scale of creation.
High levels of power and influence come when we humbly seek God spiritually. Spiritual treasures that are found when we set aside thoughts of the world for a few moments to commune through the meditation of God's word and law for a few moments a day.
When you let your mind go so God's word becomes the psychology that runs your thoughts and actions, you become connected to the creator, the One who knows all things. The One who protects and guides you. The One who whispers in your ear things you should know before making decisions so you can prosper.
A deep relationship with God is unparalleled to anything else. God knows all. God knows all past, present, and future events.
Your relationship with God will cost something though, time. Time well spent in the concentration and meditation of His word and laws yields greater returns in all areas of life. Losses diminish and worries disappear. Effectiveness is boosted and productivity is multiplied. And it starts by spending a few minutes, maybe 10 to 20 minutes each morning reading, listening, and concentrating on the commandments of Jesus.
The truth is, Jesus explicitly stated that we need to follow His commandments and word so we can be more like Him. Unless you've studied the 613 laws of the Old Testament you won’t be able to detect His commandments throughout the New Testament. That’s exactly how even Paul, one of the most influential disciples, taught early Christians, from the law. He taught them lessons through the commandments of God.
I’m often asked, “Doesn’t Paul teach that we aren’t under the law and that we should not follow it?” It was because of that question that I put together a two-hour class dispelling misunderstandings about God’s laws.
To sum it up, Paul addressed specific issues within specific groups of people within some geographic regions who had questions about Old Testament law. Some were Jews, and some were not. Sometimes Paul addressed mixed crowds. Each group had thoughts about how to practice Jewish law along with traditions.
So Paul taught like Jesus. He taught general practices everyone could follow. But, the most important lesson he taught was around vanity.
If you carefully analyze the epistles and take into account historical, geographic, and cultural context, you quickly conclude that Paul warns people about vainly following the law and feeling righteous about it. Paul adamantly warns against this type of self-indulgent behavior.
Another area of concern was legalism. Not only does legalism lead people to vanity, but it also leads people astray from a genuine love of God. Paul even highlights the results of legalism as spiritual blindness and corruption.
In another scripture about following God's law, James instructs Gentile believers to follow specific Mosaic Laws like this:
“Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among the Gentiles who are turning to God, but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood.” Acts 15:19-20
In other words, James doesn't want to impose too many commandments upon us, so he highlights a few important ones in simple language.
We are to “abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from (eating) blood.” These four little laws summarize approximately 30 to 40 Mosaic laws, and nearly half of them are related to food law, while the other half are related to social law (sexual immorality).
Christians who are recommended to follow commandments needed to be tutored in Old Testament ways so they could live for Jesus rightly, and that’s what many of the early Christian leaders did, including Paul.
The other misconception Paul had to quickly dispel was that salvation could be achieved by following the law. Paul straightens the issue by declaring that salvation comes only by faith in Jesus Christ and not by deeds or actions. Gentiles could not read the law, follow it, and expect to be saved. Salvation comes by faith in the Son of God who redeems us from sin.
So did Paul teach the commandments like Jesus? The answer is a resounding, yes! And frequently. In fact, it was his deep understanding of the Law that helped him recognize and accept Jesus his Savior and Messiah.
This what Paul describes about how knowledge of the law helped him recognize Jesus as the prophesied Messiah.
“Therefore the Law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.” Galatians 3:24 – 25
This verse is one of the most precious verses in the Bible. You see, Paul was a prominent Old Testament student. He was on the way to becoming part of the spiritual elite of Jerusalem. His future was virtually guaranteed in the Temple, and to prove his zeal he vehemently persecuted Christians.
Then the Lord appeared to him, and everything changed. He then became the greatest promoter of the gospel.
Galatians 3:24 – 25 reveals that Paul, an Old Testament master, recognized Jesus as the Messiah foretold in the books of the Law and Prophets.
So Paul declares that it was this knowledge of the Old Testament that drew him close to Jesus as the Messiah. Then after receiving salvation by faith, Paul states that the “tutor” is no longer needed.
The “tutor”! How many Christians have been tutored by the law so they can be a powerful servant of Jesus? If the body of Christ were trained with the laws of God they would be able to see how God perfectly fulfills His eternal word from beginning to end through Jesus.
This kind of realization would strike both fear and awe in the hearts of believers worldwide. The image of God within believers would open to a much more significant degree as it did with Paul. The number of devoted Christians would skyrocket.
The reason Paul stated that the “tutor” was no longer needed was that he received the Holy Ghost. You see, the laws of God are imprinted in the Holy Ghost, the same laws that were imprinted in Paul’s psychology.
Paul's knowledge of God's law allowed God's presence to be powerfully manifest in his life. The Laws of God formed and shaped His reality of God prior to his encounter. God's cultivated word and law in Paul's mind was a precursor to God's explosive to work.
God chooses to empower people who are tutored by His laws. Think of it this way.
You have three children and built a sizable business. You want to retire to pursue new ideas or projects, and the people you trust most are your children. So how do you decide which child becomes empowered to run the business?
The decision is easy. You empower the child who knows and understands all aspects of the business. That child has worked with you for years and not only fully understands how the business works, but is exceptionally well-versed on the laws that govern it.
We need to be more like Paul. We need to make God’s laws part of the psychology that runs our life. The Holy Ghost exudes more power in our life and affairs realizing God's will in real-time when we learn to think and live with God's commandments.
Now I want you to imagine having a conversation with Paul today. How do you think he would react if he knew that 75% of the church body is engaged with unsavory acts like pornography, drugs, alcohol, and adulterous relationships.
Based on the tone of the epistles, it wouldn’t go well. He would probably begin a tour of admonishment. He’d teach about sexual immorality (24 laws), adultery (4 laws), debauchery (8 laws), laziness (3 laws), and on and on. And that only touches the surface. In the epistles, he goes into beautiful detail with dozens of Old Testament laws.
If that statement surprises you it’s probably you haven't studied the 613 Old Testament laws as we have here at Christ Audio. If you did, you’d be able to recognize Old Testament law throughout the entire New Testament, including the book of Revelation!
The Laws of God have affected humanity from the beginning of time and will not stop affecting us until we enter our full potential with God.
The New Testament describes that the word became flesh and that the living word was the Light of the world that shone as Jesus. Jesus spoke to all people, both to the Jew and non-Jew. He taught everyone to follow a set of universal laws based on the 613 Old Testament laws. By teaching in this manner, Jesus helps us become more deeply grafted into the tree of Israel.
To punctuate the importance of the commandments, Jesus' final and departing words to us are:
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Can you see the relationship between His commandments and God's presence? His words resulted in 120 beautiful commandments that allow us more influenced by God's presence, help others, and to fully express God's love in everything we do.
The price you need to pay is about 10 to 20 minutes a day. Will you try it for a while? You can stop at any time and you can go for as long as you want. I know people who have reflected on God's commandments making them the cornerstone of thought and life, and their lives reflect the integrity of devotion.
If you're like others who have found deep pleasure in a cultivated life pruned by the commandments of Jesus, then you won't want to quit. I believe this book and the accompanying audio will the most valuable assistants you will have the rest of your life.
Experience for yourself the change God has for you. Follow the practical instructions included with the list in this book and the audio, and then share with me how different you feel even after just 3 or 4 days. God is truly powerful.
If we do as Jesus instructs, we will enter the kingdom of heaven in high status, and you'll see it and feel here on earth. (Matthew 5:19)