“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:5, 6 KJV).
God is very clear that if we acknowledge Him in all our ways, He absolutely will direct our paths. He will lead us in the way we should go. He will guide us with His eye.
In order for God’s promise to manifest, we must meet the condition. It is erroneous to live recklessly, as though all you have to do is believe, all you have to do is love, all you have to do is just “ask and believe you will receive it.” That is not so. It is a satanic influence that leads to such reckless living. It is presumption, not faith.
Visualize a plate of food placed before you. Would you expect the food to somehow jump off the plate into your mouth and be digested? Of course not. There is something you must literally do. You have a responsibility, a role. You must lift the food from the plate and guide the food into your mouth. You must chew the food. You must swallow it. Only then can digestion begin.
So it is with God’s Word.
And just as it is a good thing asking God to bless the food prior to chewing it, we do well to ask God to bless the reading of His Word prior to beginning the study. It is important, however, to note this. He will not bless that which He has already cursed.
There are conditions to receive God’s promised blessings. These involve choices in how we live daily. We are either daily choosing by faith to trust God with all our heart (mind) and not leaning on our own wisdom, or we are not. When we don’t, by default we give Satan ownership of our hearts (minds).
We either acknowledge God in all our ways and allow Him to direct our paths, or we by default acknowledge Satan in all our ways; and then Satan, through his angels (demons), direct our paths. Period. It is either one way or the other.
Daily trusting in God is lovingly and obediently living by faith in God. Such living engages God’s grace (His power) through His Spirit to do what He commands. In fact, His Spirit gives us both the will and the power to do His good pleasure. (Note Philippians 2:13.) Such are the good works of God. Such is the faith—the love walk—of those whose ways (steps) are ordered by God.
He lets no iniquity have dominion over His called, His chosen. These souls are fully surrendered to the will of God, not to self-will, nor any other’s will. These are the saved of God. The saved of God live by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God, by the very Power of God. It is their lifestyle. Let that sink in.
Do not be deceived. His Word is the voice of God. Listen to the voice of God.