People’s values are those truths that they live by. They usually consist of what a person considers right or wrong. Most laws of the land have a great deal to do with how the majority of people in any society live. These laws and truths may or may not be derived from the standards that God has set for all men. They may be morally wrong in the sight of God. It is the responsibility of all that live within that society to follow the code of conduct set by those that govern the land. It is the responsibility of the Christian to follow all the laws of God. For the Christian the moral truths that all believers should live by are the precepts and commandments of God. When the laws of man conflict with the laws of God the follower of Christ has the dilemma of not breaking civil law and not breaking the law of God. It is our duty to walk in a higher moral standard than civil law states. It is our call to walk in peace with all men wherever possible. However, God’s commandments and precepts outweigh the laws of man.
The believer can’t follow the command of God if he is ignorant to those precepts and commandments. That ignorance will not stand as an excuse when the Day of Judgment is at hand. It says in Proverbs 3:1-3: “My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart.”
God’s law has been set before man to point toward the sin in their lives. It is salvation that sets a person truly free from the law of sin and death. God’s word tells us to keep that which we have been given until the day of Christ. That means that what has been stored up in the believer’s heart should be diligently guarded so what has been discovered isn’t lost. It means that we as believers know what is right and wrong. We have to diligently keep watch on what we know that we don’t sin against God. On our own that will not be possible. It is through the Holy Spirit we are able to walk rightly before God. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to counsel, guide and comfort the believer. It is the believer’s job to stay alert and ready for the temptations brought on by the enemy. In Ecclesiastes 2:26 it states: “For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God.”
God has made every provision for the believer to succeed in His truth. It is through the ministry of the Holy Spirit that we are able to stand the temptation of the enemy. The Holy Spirit gives us the wisdom and understanding that we need to walk in the ways of the Lord. He is ever present to help us through all temptation and every snare set to trap us. All we as believers have to do, is make our mind up to walk in the ways of God and He will see us through the tests and the trials that we encounter along the way.
The only way to truly hold on to our core values is to stay in constant communication with the Lord in prayer and supplication, staying studied in the Word and applying it in our lives, by being teachable (humble in spirit), and being in fellowship with other believers. With these truths set in our lives, we will be able to stand until the end. It is said that the truth will set you free. That truth is the word of God living in our lives through the instruction of the Holy Spirit.
N.P. Smith is the Worship Leader at Until That Day Church in Eagle River.