Walking with Jesus is indeed wonderful and awesome.Where and how we may walk with Jesus today? What shall we do before we can walk with Jesus? This watchman was alerted when praying in the Spirit, asking God to reveal what the next step of faith in action should be in our walk with the Lord. He was shown Matthew 5:14-20, specifically 16: ” In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” 17 ” To understand this, he was led to listen to the audio Bible, and also read the whole of chapter 5 and then Chapter 6. The verse in 5:16 says, “your good deeds”. The examples Jesus has used in the two chapters talk plainly of the righteous actions of His disciples (‘practice your righteousness’ 6:1) as required under the Law and the prophets’ teachings. Jesus talks about various practical subjects of not committing murder, and even anger and contemptuous of fellow disciples, making physical offering to God and reconciliation, settling monetary matters with creditors, not committing adultery (including not looking at a woman lustfully and not divorcing your wife except for sexual immorality on her part), be sincere and truthful in your dealings with others, proper conduct of giving service and help when asked (even to an enemy in need), how to pray and fast, how to set your life priorities etc. Having been walking in the Spirit for some years, the watchman has found that truly what Jesus has instructed is good and easy to practice by the power of the Holy Spirit in us.
Here is the summary of the understanding from today’s verses he has received as a watchman-intercessor in the Spirit:
- Jesus is speaking to His disciples. For all who receive this, you are considered a disciple.
- Jesus is talking about the righteous walk with Him as His disciples.
- Jesus tells us what righteousness is in God’s eyes.
- Jesus declares that God is righteous and He has never changed.
- Jesus also declares that God’s holy nature and professed righteous standard does not change.
- Jesus tells us what God means and purposes by the professed Law and the prophets’ teachings.
- Jesus sums up by saying that God wants perfection. (5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.)
- Jesus has said, “You are the light of the world”. (Matthew 6:14) Walking with Jesus means we walk (live and practice) His life in us.
John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Some of these Bible verses are quoted as follows.
Matthew 5:14-20 New International Version (NIV) (Please read the whole chapters of 5 & 6 on your own)
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.