The first thing that comes to mind whenever we are talking of a web is the spider web. Its physical appearance is almost invisible. In fact, if the web were visible it would be avoided. The spider-web is always built in a targeted thoroughfare of insect, where the spider does not envisage that a man or a large animal can destroy the web, usually in the unused portion of the basements of houses or on farmlands. The outlook of spider-web is spectacular. It can be considered a masterpiece of artwork in the structures and the meticulous way the spider weaves its thread-like secretion round each of the structures. The structures hold the spider-web in place and are a powerful means of communication. The center of the web is the control point. At this point, the spider can monitor and interpret any movement on the structure or any part of the web.
Every living thing that God created has its own means of sustenance. Spider, a carnivorous arachnid, subsits on other insects it can prey on. No insect would like to stand still to become breakfast for a spider. For this reason, a spider devised a trap, that is, the spider-web, to catch its prey.
After the spider has completed its web, it waits patiently in the center or at any convenient position along the structure of the web waiting for an intruder. When an insect unwittingly walks or flies into the web it will be caught in it. In an effort for the insect to free itself, it struggles with the net and this creates vibration in the web. The forcefulness of the vibration will determine how big the catch is and will also alert the spider that there is an intruder in the web. The s pider will dash in to see what is happening. It has two options at this point. It can either stand still until the captive becomes weak or it can dash in immediately to wind more wax round its prey until it is dead.
Spiders-web or any type of web performs one unique function: it is an instrument of entanglement. World wide web, the super highway technology of our time, has cast a web over our ideas, ideology and reasoning. The whole world is entangled in the web. Sophistication of corporate businesses today, among other things, is being determined by its connection and access to the web. There is no doubt that many of us have laudable purposes to go on the Internet. Today, you do not need to have cash in your hand to do a business transaction. You can buy a home on the Internet. You can pay all your bills via an online banking system. You can be sailing in the sea or be somewhere in the remotest part of the world and go on the internet via a wireless device to purchase whatever Amazon.com or Priceline.com can offer and have it sent to your home. You can even stay in your cozy bed in this winter and order pepperoni pizza and have it delivered to you at home via Internet. What a beauty of technology.
Like the spider at the center of its web, there are people at the core of world wide web working behind the curtain, daily improving the internet languages such as html and java, and monitoring the networking system. They are known as cyber security guru. They improve on the coding of the internet system to meet the corporate needs of the companies. They are controlling, directing and managing data and other information for useful purposes, to the companies advantage and the advantages of the users. They also provide the needed securities over the sophisticated websites of the companies to ensure that an unauthorized access is not permitted to the intruders called hackers on the system.
Apart from the known devil in the computer world, the hackers, there are other forces unknown. Any time an insect is caught in the web, it is on its own. Anytime you are operating in the modern day technology, you are on your own. Out there, the information the enemy could not pass on to members of your family on the television can be done easily through World Wide Web. The pornographic business is thriving negatively on the web. An adulterous man can customize a woman according to his desired statistical beauty through the web before he order that the prostitution business have her sent to his apartment. The music that cannot be played in your home can be listened to on ipads, cell phones and personal computers using ear piece device via internet on the web. Information for making deadly bombs is available on the Internet. The sources of purchasing guns and knives are available on the net.
There are other world-wide webs that are wider and deadlier than the electronic webs of the Internet. This is the web of invisibility. The Book of Ephesians 6:12 put it this way: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” This can be further analyzed as spiritual forces waging war against humanity. In the arsenal of these wicked spirits are the web of temptation, the web of sin, the web of oppression, the web of possession, the web of disease, the web of poverty, web of failure and evil association of evil spirits that are working against goodness of humanity. These evil forces organized themselves in a strategically positions in the high places, at the center of the web, controlling, monitoring and terrorizing men and women, young and old that are caught in any part of the webs of their wickedness.
Do you know that you can still be on this World Wide Web and yet not entangled in it. That takes us to the next triple “WWW”. This triple “www” was in effect from the time immemorial before the planet Earth attained its existence. We have heard about them before individually. We know and recognize each of these www separately and their functions. However, we have not considered the union of these triple www. Does “Word,” “Will” and “Way” mean anything to you? that is, the word of God, the will of God and the ways of God.” The thought of God manifested in His will, and His will manifested in His Word. We all behold the beauty of the thoughtfulness of the ways of God in the work of creation, in His faithfulness and in the excellence of His judgment. If you are dwelling in the word of God, operating according to His will and daily following His ways, you will never be entangled in the web of wickedness of this world.
WHY WE MUST DWELL IN THE WORD
There are two important perspectives we can consider about the word of God in this study. We can look at the word as spoken statements of God. We can as well consider the word as a Living Being “the Second Person in Trinity” that is, Jesus Christ our Lord. Whichever way we consider the word, we have a good reason why we must dwell in the word.
The Bible established that the whole universe was spoken into existence. This is a remarkable importance of the word. If anything is wrong with our lives, it is the word of God that can bring about a lasting solution. Another thing that we must pay attention to is that, among all the living things that God created, only man has the ability to speak like his Creator. In effect, God has His own word and man has his own word. There are some whose words have a powerful effect on the life of others on earth. These are the people operating in the corridor of power of this world. Nevertheless, no matter how powerful their words may be, it cannot be compared with the word of God that shaped the universe into existence. At the cross road of our lives, the word of God will surely make a difference.
The word is a divine language of God that we must learn how to speak When Jesus Christ, the begotten Son of God, was tempted in the wilderness, Jesus Christ, the Word of God, did not think that since he is the son of God he should speak his own word against Satan. He showed a great example by pointing us to the devastating effect of the word of God when He said, “It is written . . .” quoting the word of God from the Scripture. It is not learning how to speak the word that matters alone. We must be in the right spiritual frame of mind, and in the righteousness of God, for the word to have the desired impact.We must also obtain divine authority, that is, spiritual adoption through grace, before the word can be profitable towards the intended purposes it is sent. Have we ever wondered why God told Joshua, the successor of Moses, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shall 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 that shall have good success.” (Joshua 1:8) The word of God is the truth that teaches us how to live each day of our lives. The Psalmist says, “The word of God is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105) One of the secrets behind the success of the famous king David that earned him the title “A man after God’s heart” was that he operated in the light of the word of God. Before he went to war, he would command that the ephod should be brought to him by the priest in order to seek for the wisdom of God concerning a decision he was about taking. (I Samuel 23:9-12; I Samuel 30:7-8) Paul’s encouragement to Timothy and also his encouragement to us is, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Timothy 3:15)
The word of God is spirit and it is life. The life-giving force of the word of God is capable of shaping, molding and completely transforming us according to the will of God. Prophet Ezekiel, the son of Buzi, in his vision of dry bones and in obedience to the word of God spoke life to the dry bones in the Valley of Dry bones. The dry bones came together, were covered with sinew, became filled with the breath of life and they stood on their feet as an exceedingly great army. (Ezekiel 37:1-10) Our Lord Jesus Christ says, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.” (John 6:63) The word of Jesus Christ cast out demon and set the oppressed free. He rebuked the wind and said unto the raging storm, “Peace be still!” The wind ceased, and there was a great calm. (Mark 4:39) The book of Hebrew described the word of God: “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrew 4:12)
In the book of John Chapter One, the Bible tell us that:
1.”In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . 3. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. 14. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. . . . And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except you abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me ye can do nothing. (John 15:4-5)
If we look at the Word as Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, and the Creator of the whole universe, we are on the right track. Jesus Christ is the word of God revealed in prophecies in the Old Testament and He is also the word of God manifested in person in the New Testament. He is the rod out of the stem of Jesse. He is the divine sign in the womb of the Virgin Mary. Jesus Christ is the person Isaiah was speaking of in his prophesy when he said: ‘For unto us a child born unto us, unto us a son given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, The everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6) He left His glory in Heaven to dwell among us on Earth in order to restore all the glory and fellowship of God that we lost in Eden. He came to reveal the mind of God toward mankind (John 3:16) and to teach us the divine will of God. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Him. He is the ultimate sacrifice of our sins that gives us a right to the covenant of Abraham. Having these facts in mind, you will now understand when you compare the two passages above. You will understand why we should abide with him because He is the Vine and we are the branches, and without Him we cannot bear fruit.
The word of God is not only a life-giving force, it is not only the power of God unto salvation, but also a sword of the spirit, (Romans 1:16) a defensive and offense weapon. (Ephesians 6:17) The word is a devouring flame (Jeremiah 5:14) and a crushing hammer. (Jeremiah 23:29) Whichever way we look at the word, if we abide by the word and live each day in it like Joshua, we shall not be entangled in the web of sin of this wicked world and we will also profit from the word.
WHY WE MUST DO THE WILL OF GOD
Before we go on in this study, we must bear something important in mind. Despite the fact that God is our Creator, He never imposes His will over us. Yet constantly, He admonishes us to do His will, because the direction of our will is the direction of our lives. If our will is in line with the will of God, it means that our lives is within the plan of Almighty God. There is a powerful revelation in the ways of Heaven that we, as a whole, must know. The will of God is the secret of peace and orderliness in Heaven. That is why Jesus Christ taught the disciples in prayer that “Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Have you ever wondered that if the whole world is dwelling in the will of God, there would not be the chaotic situations that we are facing today. Whenever man follows his own will that is against the will of God, he always runs into problems.
The will of God is the will of Jesus Christ His Son. The will of God brought Jesus Christ to our planet. The mission of Jesus Christ centered on the will of God? “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of Him that sent me. And this is the Father?s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:38-40) The prophets of God in the Old Testament lay down their own will and followed the lead of God in their prophetic assignments. They spoke as the Lord quickened their spirits and they acted as the Lord bade.
Jesus Christ preached about the will of God. He emphasized the need to do God’s will. The yielding spirit to do the will of God is an evidence of our relationship with God. Jesus Christ said, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21) “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother and sister, and mother.” (Matthew 12:50) Please note something important. Jesus Christ is not requesting that we should do His own will here. You can see the way He was pointing us to His Father in the two passages above. When our will differs from the will of God, it means that we do not have any part to play in the inheritance with Jesus Christ. However, when our will is lost in His, we become one of the families of God on earth.
King David earned the divine title: “The man after God’s own heart,” because of the way he placed the will of God in the top-most position of his heart. In Psalm 40:8 the king said, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.” True to this statement, the king walked in the fear of God and in uprightness of mind according to the will of God in leading and ruling Israelites. At every crossroad in the kingdom of David, he would command the high priest that the ephod should be brought to him to seek the will of God concerning the situation at hand. An ephod is a priestly garment. Among other things, the ephod has a breast piece that contains two stones or plates called the Urim and Thummim. (These names mean ‘curses’ and ‘perfections’ respectively, and refer to the nature of God whose will they revealed. They were kept in a pouch and taken out to get either a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ decision.) An example of this can be found in (Samuel 30:7-20)
The ultimate practicality of the perfect will of God was established by Jesus Christ on the Cross. It is the will of God that a sinner may come to repentance. It is also His will that a sinner may be restored spiritually as if he had never sinned. Nevertheless, there is one major constrain. Without the sprinkling of blood, there is no forgiveness of sin. The Israelites made an atonement of their sins by killing lamb without blemish for trespass offering. (Leviticus 6:1-7) This effort was temporal because the same process has to be repeated every year. We described the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross as a perfect will of God because the will of humanity confronted and clashed with the will of divinity. The human aspect of Jesus Christ did not want to die a painful death. The only way Heaven can rescue humanity from perpetual destruction of sin is for sinless Jesus Christ to go through a painful death on the Cross for mankind. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus Christ was confronted with a choice. A choice to live and the whole mankind died in their sins or a choice of becoming the ultimate sacrifice of the sin of mankind so that man may obtain salvation. He prayed: “O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matthew 26:39) In the end Jesus Christ allowed the will of God to prevail.
Joshua put life and death before Israelites and said: “If it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the goods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) The will of God in your life is that His latter glory will be greater than the former in your life if you can choose the will of God. (Haggai 2:9) It is His will that you may come to repentance and establish a lasting relationship with Him. It is God’s will that after spiritual adoption takes place in your life, you may possess your possession, so that the glory that man lost in Eden can be regained and restored in Jesus Christ. It is His will that the eluding peace will be yours and that joy unspeakable will not pass you by.
When our will is lost in His, it is no longer us that willed again, He is the one ruling in us. When we attain this spiritual level, the Bible tells us in (Psalm 1:3) that our life ?shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth for his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
WHY WE MUST WALK IN THE WAY OF GOD
There are many perspectives by which we can consider the definition of the word ?way? in the light of the word of God. In this study, we are going to seek understanding of the word in three perspectives.
The way of God is an ultimate standard far above the way of mankind: “For my thought are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9) There is nothing spiritually wrong if our ways are like the ways of our Father in Heaven. In fact, this is His will: that we may be walking in His ways. By our understanding of the word of God and comparing it to our lives, we can see how far our ways are from that of God. While we see problems, God beholds a solution. When we behold prosperity, God may be seeing danger. Yet we may wonder why this is so. God is the only one that sees reality. Our focus is tainted with selfishness and worldliness. I mean the selfishness and worldliness that is borne out of the different forces that are operating around us. These factors cloud the vision of man thereby rendering his judgments and decisions concerning a situation inaccurate and wrong. However, with God it is not so. He executes righteousness and judgment for the oppressed. He is a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. A good example of the disparity of the ways and thought of God can be seen at the scenario of the Red Sea. The Israelites saw a dead end in their lives and they cried out in anger unto Moses and said, “Were there no grave in Egypt that you want us to die in the wilderness?” Moses answered them, “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which will show to you today; for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” (Exodus 14:13-14) Israelites saw defeat but Moses saw victory even when victory is not foreseeable. You know the rest of the event. It is amazing, isn’t it? Psalm 103:7 says: “He (God) made know his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.” The prayer of king David was, “Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth, unite my heart to fear thy name.” Psalm 86:11; 27:11 This should also be our prayer today.
“When a man’s way pleases the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7 In looking at ‘way’ as a perspective of a life style, we discover that our way of life is another way we can relate to our God. From this bible passage, this way of life is not a direct attitude towards God; it is our attitude towards other fellow human being. This reminds us of a popular saying among children of God: “Christianity is not a religion it is a way of life the believers chose to live.” It is not an easy thing to live a life of recompensing good for evil. You will undoubtedly give glory to God when you can live a life of peaceful co-existence with all people in a hostile environment because of the knowledge of the wisdom of God in you. There must have been a reason behind the name “Christian” that was given to the disciples in the city of Antioch; perhaps it was because they dwelt together in one accord. On the other hand, perhaps they prayed together in unity, they shared things according to their needs, and preached the gospel of Jesus Christ in the Community. There is one thing spectacular about their way of life that brought about a unique identity. It is the positive uniqueness of our life-style that can touch our relationship with God.
I watched the show “Sliders” recently on the TV. A door with a swirling high electricity current would appear from nowhere for a while. As long as this door remains, many people could be transported to another world. In the book of John 14:6 Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” In this passage, Jesus presented himself to us as the only thoroughfare (door) that leads to the Father. Jesus Christ did not dispute that there other doors exist, but he ascertained that He is the only door that leads to the Father. He is the door of escape from the already condemned world of sin unto unmerited salvation obtainable through grace. This door will remain for a while for as many people as possible to come to the father before the judgment of God will descend upon the earth.
Reflect on This:
For every original, there is a counterfeit. Against the word of God there is an evil word; against the will of God there is an evil will, and finally, against the ways of God there is an evil way. The fact enumerated here does not in anyway equate the power of evil with the power of God. The heart of man is the battleground and this is the only basis of their equality because man is the final arbiter. The word of man, his will and his way does not originate from him. Man is unwittingly vulnerable to choose between the offers of the prevailing forces mitigating in his heart. If God is sitting at the apex of his heart, he chooses the offers of God but if Satan occupies that precious seat, he will choose the offers of Satan. Ironically, when pride mingles with sinfulness, a sinful man will take responsibility of his actions and he will say, “This is my will and that is my way,” having devoid of the knowledge that he is struggling in the web of the wicked spiritual spider called Satan. But remember the principle of wickedness of Satan, “the thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy . . .” (John 10:10) Evil words, evil will and evil ways are the powerful instrument of entanglement in the web of Satan. When the word of God reveals God’s will and demonstrates His ways in your life, I cannot see why the second part of John 10:10 that says, “… am (Jesus Christ) come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly,” will not manifest in your life. When God come to deliver you through his word like a still, small voice emanating from your heart revealing His will and showing you His way, will you not give Him a chance? We pray that God may help you to choose the way of freedom from the entanglement of the deadly web of this wicked world.
The word of God is a sword of the spirit, a defensive and offense weapon. (Ephesians 6:17) The word is a devouring flame (Jeremiah 5:14) and a crushing hammer. (Jeremiah 23:29)
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)
O Lord my God and my Redeemer, let your word have an impact upon my life, let me receive salvation through the knowledge of your word, let your word provide a lasting solution to my problems, in Jesus name. Please, add your own relevant prayers points and pray.
“Is not my word like as a fire,” saith the Lord, and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces” (Jeremiah 23:29)
O Lord my God, in the day of battle of my life, let your word be a wall of defense and a sword of offense for me, let your word be like a fire in my mouth and like a hammer so that my enemies will be broken and utterly consumed, in Jesus name. Please, add your own relevant prayers points and pray.
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)
O Lord, my God and my Redeemer, I don’t want to be cast out from your presence at last. I don’t want to be a spectator as regards doing your will, give me the grace, desire and ability to do your blessed will so that I will be accepted in your presence at last, in Jesus name. Please, add your own relevant prayers points and pray.
“For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother and sister, and mother.” (Matthew 12:50)
O Lord, my God and Redeemer, establish me as one of your families on earth, help me Lord to live each day of my life according to your will, in Jesus name. Please, add your own relevant prayers points and pray.
“He (God) made know his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.” (Psalm 103:7) The prayer of king David was, “Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth, unite my heart to fear thy name.” (Psalm 86:11)
O Lord my God, open the eyes of my understanding, teach me your ways Lord, let me be able to know your ways and behold the beauty of your glory, in Jesus name. Please, add your own relevant prayers points and pray.
“When a man’s way please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.” Proverbs 16:7
O Lord, my God and my Redeemer, I am tired of the known enemies and I am weary of the unknown enemies, Lord let my ways be pleasing unto you and make my enemies establish a covenant of peace with me, in Jesus name. Please, add your own relevant prayers points and pray.