Follow the Word First

And Moses was not able
to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the
glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Whenever the cloud was taken up from
above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their
journeys. But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the
day that it was taken up. For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by
day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel,
throughout all their journeys
(Exodus 40:35-38).
Old Testament saints did not have the Holy Spirit living in
them and guiding them as we do today. They had a cloud over the tabernacle that
they followed by day and a fire over it by night. The tabernacle was where the
presence of God remained. The cloud and the fire reminded them that they were
not to go alone or just go as they pleased. They must wait and follow God’s
direction by day with the cloud and at night by the fire.
Today, we are the tabernacle! We are where the presence
dwells. In our spirit dwells the Spirit of God. And we are to be led by the
Spirit from the inside. The Holy Spirit guides us first of all through the Word
and them through the witness of our human spirit as the Holy Spirit bears
witness with the Word.
I see so many today that are making choices to do thing that
directly contradict the Word! And then they say that the Lord led them to go that direction. It is
absolute deception to do something that contradicts the Word. Some say, well, I have peace about it, and I going
this way anyway!
  Any peace that you
have to do something that contradicts the Word is a false peace!  It’s a
deception! This kind of peace is an emotional satisfaction that is separate
from the peace that comes through obedience to the Word. To be led by the Holy
Spirit means first of all to obey God’s Word. Obedience to the Word produces
peace in our spirit. The moment we disobey the Word, we leave the Holy Spirit
behind and follow our own way and lose the peace of God within.
Colossians 3:15 tells us to let the peace of God rule us as we make decisions. But the peace of God
must be preceded by obedience to the Word or the peace is a false peace!    
Our cloud by day and fire by night is the witness of our
human spirit to the Word and to the prompting of the Holy Spirit in obedience
to the Word! Let’s determine today to be people of the Word!

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