The Rule of Law
6:17 KJV) Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and
his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.
Join me in prayer.
Heavenly Father; we come to you with thanksgiving and praise. You alone are worthy of all our adoration. You alone can provide for our every need. Physical, spiritual, social and emotional and more are all under your care. Thank you for your forgiveness where we have failed you and others. We can not even begin to know the price that you had to pay for our sins. Thank you for finding us worth such a great cost. Father I lift up before you those who are sick among us. You know the friends and loved ones who are on our hearts. I lift up David’s neighbor, I lift up Debbie’s daughter, and I lift up Shirley and Rose and so many others who need a healing touch from you Lord. You are the God that heals, so we trust and we believe in you for great things. Thank you for the many testimonies of your healing touch. Thank you for healing my wife. Thank you for healing my daughter. Thank you for delivering me from a life of drugs and alcohol. Thank you for your provision Lord. You are also the God that provides. You own the cattle upon a thousand hills as well as the hills themselves. Thank you Lord as we learn to trust in you, you amaze us at your ability to provide in abundance our every need. You keep our finances secure as we turn them over to you. You keep our spirits high as we look up to you. You keep our lives in order as we follow your leading and teaching.
So now Father it is in the
name of Jesus that we turn our entire lives over to your care and say, Thank you
Lord for making us whole in you. Bless the lesson we are about to read and the
one who wrote it, may we see Jesus and Him only, for it is in His holy and
wonderful name we pray; Amen and amen.
Before I get
into today’s message I want to welcome the new readers and tell all of the
faithful readers how honored I am to be able to give you these messages. It is
the mission of this ministry to encourage and uplift you in the truth of God’s
love for you. We so often get so many mixed messages from our day to day lives.
One day up the next down. It is good to know that God’s love for us never
changes. That is one reason I am excited about today’s message. I have
discovered a difference between the Old Testament and the New Testament that
deserves to be studied to find the balance and the truth, which is in both. So I
guess with that, lets get right into it.
Of all the books of the Bible I believe that Deuteronomy is one of the deepest. I know that Jesus quoted out of this Book more than any other. The Law is not only given a lot of emphasis in this book but the consequences and rewards for following God’s instructions are also plainly laid out for us. I mentioned about the difference that I recognized between the New and the Old Testaments. Think about it and tell me if you agree. One of the biggest differences that I see is how we as Christians look in the New Testament to be sure of our home in heaven. We spend our time thinking about and praying for our eternal soul. The emphasis in the New Testament is on our "salvation."
If we look at the Old Testament and the Jewish followers of its teaching, we discover that the emphasis is not on heaven at all. The Old Testament is focusing us on living our daily lives in accordance with God’s divine plan. It gives us instructions and guidance on how to live an abundant, blessed, long life.
Now the balance that I want to make clear right up front is that I am not talking about “Legalism.” I want to teach today about the Ten Commandments but I do not want to weigh you down with “thou shall and shall not’s” leaving you more confused and feeling guiltier than before you first began reading this message. That was never God’s intention. God never wanted us to be under condemnation. God’s plan is one of redemption and reconciliation. As we look at the Ten-Commandment today look at them knowing that God has already made a way for all of us to walk in His blessings. Because if you have ever read the book of Deuteronomy you know that there are fantastic blessings for those who keep the commandments of God but there are also terrifying curses for those who break the commandments. And guess what? We all have, at one time or another broken at least one of these Ten Commandments. And as we learn in the New Testament from Paul if you break one law you have broken them all. Sin is sin in God’s eyes. He can not look upon it. OK, We all know the bad news, the good news is that we can be forgiven and made completely clean. New creations in Christ Jesus. So look to the Lord and remember God has a plan for you and he is working it out even now.
The first and
perhaps, as you may have already discovered yourself, what I believe to be the
most important commandments is found in the 5th chapter, 7th
verse of this book. (Deu 5:7 KJV) Thou
shalt have none other gods before me.
This is so important to us today because there are so many things that get our attention away from God. There are so many things that we begin to think are more important. God needs to be made first in our lives again if we are to ever get that revival within us that we are looking for. It is that desire for revival that sends us off in the wrong direction searching for something in this world to fill that felt need within us. Some people try to replace it with money and position. Others with alcohol or drugs. Others still with lust and other perversions. Then there are those of us who just go through life not really expecting to ever get that revival desire filled so they give up, and you end up spending your life unfulfilled. It starts with making sure that you have not placed anything above or before God in your life. Check your priorities. Is your Job more important than your family? Is The Football game more important than Church? Is your car more important than your wife? Let’s just stop and put things back into perspective. Do not be deceived, You will still be able to do a great job if you rearrange your priorities. In fact you might find that everything begins to come together as you do.
OK I can see now that I am not even going to be able to get started on this message before I am going to have to bring it to a conclusion. Bare with me just a little longer and let God minister in your life. Because if we get this first commandment the others will be easy. It all comes down to believing, no, rather it is knowing without a doubt that God is, and that He is a rewarded of those who diligently seek Him. It is all about Loving God with all your heart and strength and mind and everything else you can. It is all about knowing that God is exceedingly abundantly able to do more than we could even think to ask of Him. It is all about Jesus who gave us the wisdom of God in the simplest terms that even a child can experience the mystery of God’s unconditional love.
You know the second commandment doesn’t seem that difficult to keep;
(Deu 5:8 KJV) Thou
shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in
heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath
Who would want to be making any graven image in today’s modern world? I don’t know, how about, all of us. How many pictures of Jesus do we have? How about those statues of saints or Mary on peoples dash board? What about all those wonderful pagan symbols that kids are wearing around their necks and in their ears and tattooed in strange places. We are a people of symbols and material expression. We desire to touch and see that which is spiritual. Even when we know that true faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen we want to see something now. So we fall pray for these graven images and in so doing mistaken the awesome grander of a mighty angel of God for some little necked baby with wings. Need I say more?
(Deu 5:11 KJV) Thou shalt not take the name of
the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh
his name in vain.
Well you need to know how I feel about this one. There is no excuse for Christians to be using the LORD’s name without any regard or reverence. We hear far too much of this on prime time television and secular radio let alone at the movies and in the work place. This is one that we all need to stand up and let others know that you do not appreciate it. You will be surprised how much other people will respect you for taking a stand on your beliefs.
4. (Deu 5:12 KJV) Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee.
OK I am way guilty of this one. God does have a perfect plan for our lives and guess what? It includes some rest. Well I am just thankful to know that God is not finished with me yet. He who began a good work in you will complete it unto the day of our Lord. We all have some things to work on. It just seems that I have more than others. And so then I receive that much more grace. OK It is getting late. Let me draw this to a conclusion for today and I will try to continue it next week.
God did not mean for these laws to bring you into condemnation. Think about it you already were condemned. These laws were designed to give you life and more abundantly. Jesus came to bring you forgiveness of all your sins but guess what that does not mean that it is now ok for you to continue in it. Think about it this way; Imagine for a second that you were Catholic or Orthodox or one of those religions where you went to a priest to give your confession. (Now, I am going to get a little controversial here so you be sure to write me back if I offend any of you.) Lets just say that you go to the confessional and ask for forgiveness of having an abortion or for a man it would be paying for the abortion or at least being an accomplice in it. Anyway you go to the confessional say your “hail Mary’s” or what ever else you have to do for penance and go on you way. You can now take communion without any guilt. Now you may never have, or be apart of another abortion your whole life yet politically you support the right to kill these unborn children. You even justify it in the name of population control or health and wellbeing of the child. Now I do not mean to be getting in your stuff but my question is how can so many people who claim to be Catholics take communion and support such a procedure.
It is time for all of us to accept our forgiveness
with thanks giving and rethink how we view God’s “rule of law.” We need to come
to the understanding that God knows how we should be living our lives just a
little bit better than we do. Then when we come to this realization we need to
give up our own dogmatic ideas and stand up for God and “the way.” Jesus said;
“I am the way the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.”
Let’s lay aside all of our own selfish struggles and look to Jesus. We all have
made mistakes and if we were to have to live every moment for the rest of our
lives without ever making another mistake we would not stand a chance. But you
know it is true that God is the God of second chances. Second and third and
forth on up to seventy times seven chances and then some. God is willing to give
you another chance, how about you giving God and yourself one more chance? He
loves you and will be right there beside you to give you all the strength that
you will need to get you through. Let’s start afresh right now. Let the Holy
Spirit of God renew your inner most being as we spend these next couple of
seconds in silent prayer…………………..
Thank you Jesus for transforming me even right now into the person you have called me to be. Work on me from the inside out Lord. I am yours and I thank you for being mine for all eternity. Now Father I pray in the name of Jesus that you hear and answered the silent prayer of each of these your people. In so doing we will glorify you for ever and ever, world without end. In the name of Jesus we pray amen.