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Tuesday, 17 March 2009 15:17

Are you caught in the current? Pick up the oars. Go the other direction.

 

Matthew 5:17-19  "Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them. (18) For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. (19) Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does  them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

 

Old Testament Reading: Deuteronomy 4:1,5-9

1 "And now, O Israel, give heed to the statutes and the ordinances which I teach you, and do them; that you may live, and go in and take  possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, gives  you. (Deuteronomy 4:1)
* Meditation (Don Schwagger):
Do you view God's law negatively or positively? Jesus' attitude towards the law of God can be summed up in the great prayer of Psalm 119: "Oh, how I love your law!  It is my meditation all the day." For the people of Israel the "law" could refer to the ten commandments or to the five Books of Moses, called the Pentateuch, which explain the commandments and ordinances of God for his people.
The "law" also referred to the whole teaching or way of life which God gave to his people. The Jews in Jesus' time also used it as a description of the oral or scribal law. Needless to say, the scribes added many more things to the law than God intended. That is why Jesus often condemned the scribal law. It placed burdens on people which God had not intended. Jesus, however, made it very clear that the essence of God's law – his commandments and way of life, must be fulfilled.
Jesus taught reverence for God's law – reverence for God himself, for the Lord's Day, reverence or respect for parents, respect for life, for property, for another person's good name, respect for oneself and for one's neighbor lest wrong or hurtful desires master us. Reverence and respect for God's commandments teach us the way of love – love of God and love of neighbor. What is impossible to men and women is possible to God and those who put their faith and trust in God. Through the gift of the Holy Spirit the Lord transforms us and makes us like himself. We are a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) because "God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us" (Romans 5:5). God gives us the grace to love as he loves, to forgive as he forgives, to think as he thinks, and to act as he acts. The Lord loves justice and goodness and he hates every form of wickedness and sin. He wants to set us free from our unruly desires and sinful habits, so that we can choose to live each day in the peace, joy, and righteousness of his Holy Spirit (Romans 14: 17). To renounce sin is to turn away from what is harmful and destructive for our minds and hearts, and our very lives. As his followers we must love and respect his commandments and hate every form of sin. Do you love and revere the commands of the Lord?
"Lord Jesus, grant this day, to direct and sanctify, to rule and govern our hearts and bodies, so that all our thoughts, words and deeds may be according to your Father's law and thus may we be saved and protected through your mighty help."

* Supplementary Reading 

Are You Drifting Downstream?

 

 

 

 

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart – Jeremiah 29:13

N ovelist Leo Tolstoy tells the parable of a man who was given a boat and two oars and told to row to the opposite shore. As he was rowing he suddenly found himself in the middle of the river surrounded by boats filled with laughing people. They were drifting along, not a care in the world. "Is this the right way?" he inquired.

"What other way is there?" they quipped.

Soon he was drifting downstream with them. Then he heard a roar in the distance. It was the rapids and a waterfall. He picked up the oars, rowed as hard as he could, and finally broke free of the forceful pull of the current and crowd.

Are you drifting downstream with the crowd? Are you caught in the current? Pick up the oars. Go the other direction. God will save you.

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Apathy…is like the frog in the kettle or the crowd drifting downstream. Is there any part of your life where apathy or indifference has set in and you find yourself drifting in a dangerous direction? Own it. Admit it to God. Then decide what you can do to get headed in the other direction and take one step today!

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This excerpt was taken from the
"Power for Life Daily Devotional"

GOD BLESS US ALL!

PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.


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