From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

“In I Kings 2: 3-4, King David charges his son, Solomon, soon to become king himself, in this way: “And keep the charge of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies, according to what is written in the law of Moses, that you may succeed in all that you do and wherever you turn, so that the Lord may carry out His promise which He spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons are careful of their way, to walk before Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel’.”  The terms ‘way’ and
‘walk’ are synonymous with how one lives. It is significant to note that walking before the Lord in truth is closely linked with the desire in one’s heart. “But who knows the heart of a man except the spirit of the man.”  <st1:bcv_smarttag>Matthew  22: 16 reveals that our Lord Jesus Christ was known to be dedicated to truth: “And they (Pharisees) sent their disciples to Him, along with the Herodians, saying, `Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer to no one; for You are not partial to
any.”  How did the Pharisees come by this knowledge?  Recall that in John 3: 1 – 21, we read the account of the Lord’s encounter with the emissary of the Pharisees, Nicodemus.  Nicodemus’ opening salutation to Jesus states: “Rabbi (teacher of the truth), we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs (these empirically inexplicable works of power) that You do unless God is with him.””


William H. “Bill” Hicks is a graduate of Wesleyan University, BA, Religion, 1971 who also holds a Masters in Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health (1973). Bill also has studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He grew up in Harlem, New York City, USA during the 1950s and 1960s, graduating from high school before attending Mount Hermon Preparatory School and undergraduate school in Connecticut. He has spent most of his professional life in the public health arena, while being constantly in ministry. He received his license to preach the Gospel at Oklahoma City, OK in 1971. He has written extensively on Christian topics. He enjoys life in Chattanooga, TN with former District Public Defender Ardena Garth Hicks, his wife of 30 years. They have two daughters, Rachel (BA, University of Memphis magna cum laude, 2014) and Sarah (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Global Scholar, University of Tulsa, 2017).
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