A Cloud and Smoke By Day, and the Shining of A Flaming Fire By Night

10/05/2018 10:48

If we follow guidance according to the ways of the kingdom of this world, we will be lost, but if we follow the guidance that flows from the Kingdom of God we will find our way through this world’s wilderness. When the Israelites were following the ways of the Living God there was a cloud by day and a fire by night to lead them in the direction to go. Following the Living God is to accept what His Son Jesus Christ did for us on the Cross, and to welcome the infilling of the Holy Ghost. Jesus said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Through the remission of sin, our soul and spirit is receptive to the leading, guiding, and instruction of the Spirit of Christ. We will be lead into the paths that lead through the gates of the New Jerusalem that comes down from Heaven. The Lord Jesus Christ will be the Tabernacle that cast a shadow over us to keep us from the heat of the day, Christ Jesus will be our place of refuge, and Christ Jesus will be our cover from the storm and rain. Satan wants to make things hot for us, to leave us exposed to a hostile world, and to expose us to the storms and rains; BUT, through the Message of the Cross we have a cloud and smoke by day and a shining of a flaming fire by night.

Having the guidance of the Living God comes because we love God with all of our heart and mind. Nothing is more important than God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. With utmost respect and love we speak of every member of the Trinity. We rest solely on what Christ Jesus did for us on the Cross to reconcile our spirit to the Spirit of God. Jesus said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. Respect for the authority of the Godhead is essential to be lead through this earth’s wilderness to enter into the promised land of the New Jerusalem. The Spirit of Christ Jesus is our cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night.

Being led by the Spirit of Christ Jesus means to love one another! This will keep us on the path through the gates of the Kingdom of God as we navigate the wilderness of this world. The Holy Ghost keeps us from murder and any acts that might harm another person. The leading of the Spirit of Christ keeps us from spiritual adultery and guides us away from unfaithfulness to our spouse. When we are lead safely through this wilderness we do not steal, we do not lie, and we do not covet. There is nothing in this world that we desire more than our love for God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. Jesus is a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night; and He said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

We live in the wilderness of this world, but the Cross of Christ is our guide into the promised land of the New Jerusalem. We are set apart from the distractions, enticements, and cares of this world that cause our spirit and soul to become sidetracked from the Spirit of God. We become lost in the kingdom of this world through the ways of the world, desires of the flesh, and the deception of Satan. Howbeit, we find our way into the Kingdom of God through the Message of the Cross. Jesus said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. What Christ did for us on the Cross is to keep our spirit open to be reconciled to the Spirit of the Living God. A receptive spirit is a result of the remission of sin, and that remission of sin comes because of the atonement Christ made for us on the Cross. Living with the remission of sin, the Spirit of Christ will lead us, cover us, and be there for us in times of storms, trials, and tribulation. The Holy Ghost infills us because our sin is dormant, rendered inactive, and made to do nothing in us. In that event, we are willing to follow Christ Jesus who is our cloud and smoke by day and our flaming fire by night. Jesus said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

Scripture Text
“And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defense. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the day time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.
Isaiah 4:5-6 King James Version (KJV)

And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.  Luke 9:23