Deuteronomy 5:33 “Ye shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.”
When God made man, He had intentions and the purpose was first that man would be a replica of Him upon the face of the earth, and by that man can exercise dominion upon the face of the earth. So, God made man in His own image such that man can follow after His likeness, therefore come into dominion. Dominion means taking full control of everything without losing your personality or identity.
So, how will man achieve this? He has to learn God just like when a baby is born, much more than he/she looks like either of the parent, he/she has to learn the ways of the parent. And this can only happen if the baby is in close proximity with either parent. As they talk, the baby learns. As they instruct, the baby forms a way of life. The first words the baby learns to speak are words frequently used by either parents. So, aside looking like the father, the son has to learn the ways of the father if not, the son may be perceived as a bastard.
We need to learn to walk in ALL the ways of the Lord, that is how we can come into dominion. The ways of the Lord are pathways to learning God. We may have the resemblance with God as man, but we must also become like Him in ALL areas of life. And the only way to learn of Him is to stay in close proximity with Him, to hear Him speak to us and to listen and obey His instructions. Our words must conform to His and the words we speak should be reflective of His words.
Not until we begin to walk in ALL His ways can we truly live. To live means to be alive. One would say, “am I not alive even though I am not walking in His ways?” Ephesians 2:1 tells us that we were dead in trespass and sin and God had to bring us back to life. How were we dead? We WALKED according to the course of this world which is according to the prince of the power of the air, and it’s the spirit that works in the children of disobedience…. To WALK like that is death, but to WALK in ALL the ways of the Lord is Life. You see!
When you walk in the ways of the Lord, you will live and not just that, it will be well with you. It means you will prosper in all you do and be in health, and your soul also will prosper. And the blessing also goes further to say, your days will be prolonged on the Land which you have possessed. That’s long life…. Yes, if you walk in the ways of the Lord, you are guaranteed of long life and you will possess your possessions. Don’t let the world teach you to walk contrary. Walk in His ways and live the life of a blessed man. God bless you.