If there is one thing that God has asked us, since the beginning of time, it is that we remember Him and obey His laws. They were given to us that we might understand His will and grow in the faith. It is marvelous that God has given us a road map to abide by. God never intended us to walk blindly through life. He loves us so much as to lead us and show us the way. All He asks is, 2“Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.” Don’t be like the men of old, who forgot God’s laws and followed after the lust of their hearts. They sinned and did not believe in God’s 2“wonderous works”. 2“They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.” 2“For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images. When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel”. I can just imagine the fear on these people’s faces in judgment. If you love God, then also walk in His ways. Don’t ignore his laws. An open heart to God leads to true happiness. If we are open to Him, then we will understand how important His laws truly are. 3As we read the Bible, His words become a lamp unto our feet. We are able to understand how to abide in God’s will instead of our own. The truth to the matter is, are you ready to forgo things that are against God’s will?
Many things we are attached to in life are idols and must be forsaken to be in His will. 1Look at the second commandment, for instance. Any idols that we bow down to must be cast aside. Examine what matters most to you and if it isn’t for God, than come to God with it. Look at how much time you spend on things. Are you living for God or the things of the world? We surely are not in His will if our lifestyle is worldly or if sin abides. Think about how much time, in your day, is given towards prayer, Bible study and going out and acting in His service. Come to the Lord and allow His works to replace your own. Allow His laws to take root inside of your heart, that you may walk uprightly. Paul taught, 6“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Only the children of God will be saved. Our belief in Jesus is the first steps of living for Him. Paul continued, 7“the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” If the law helps us follow Christ then it is very important indeed. God asks each us to 2“set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.” Jesus taught, 5“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Read the Bible and walk in God’s laws. 4Live out the two greatest commandments, in loving God and your neighbor. But remember that these two commandments encompasses the ten. As the Word of God speaks, the children of God follow.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I love Your laws. I may not have before but this new heart shows me how great they truly are. They guide me in my walk with You. In my flesh, I despised Your ways but in the Spirit, I love Your ways. My wicked heart has been ripped out of me and a delightsome heart has been replaced. You saw my sins and didn’t cast me aside but had compassion upon me. I could feel Your mercy, as my sins were forgiven. Only You could see my potential and the person I could become. You lifted me up and opened my eyes to Your love. I was lost in darkness but have been found in Your marvelous light. Your Spirit is my guide. It leads me to read the Bible and uphold Your teachings. Your commandments are so important to me. May my heart never waver from following them. I never want to disobey You, Lord. Your ways are my ways. Your laws are my laws. Help me to keep them all my days. I love You. Help me to love my neighbor the same way. Only You help me do this. Thank You Lord. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Deuteronomy 5:8-10 (KJV)
8 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 the earth:
9 Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me,
10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.
2Psalm 78:1-56 (KJV)
1 Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:
3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.
5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:
6 That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children:
7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
8 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.
9 The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.
10 They kept not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law;
11 And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.
12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.
13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap.
14 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.
15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.
16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.
17 And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness.
18 And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.
19 Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?
20 Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed; can he give bread also? can he provide flesh for his people?
21 Therefore the Lord heard this, and was wroth: so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and anger also came up against Israel;
22 Because they believed not in God, and trusted not in his salvation:
23 Though he had commanded the clouds from above, and opened the doors of heaven,
24 And had rained down manna upon them to eat, and had given them of the corn of heaven.
25 Man did eat angels’ food: he sent them meat to the full.
26 He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by his power he brought in the south wind.
27 He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea:
28 And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations.
29 So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire;
30 They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths,
31 The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel.
32 For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.
33 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.
34 When he slew them, then they sought him: and they returned and enquired early after God.
35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.
36 Nevertheless they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues.
37 For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.
38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.
39 For he remembered that they were but flesh; a wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.
40 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!
41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
42 They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.
43 How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan.
44 And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink.
45 He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them.
46 He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto the locust.
47 He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycomore trees with frost.
48 He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.
49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.
50 He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence;
51 And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham:
52 But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
53 And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
54 And he brought them to the border of his sanctuary, even to this mountain, which his right hand had purchased.
55 He cast out the heathen also before them, and divided them an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
56 Yet they tempted and provoked the most high God, and kept not his testimonies:
3Psalm 119:103-105 (KJV)
103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
4Mark 12:28-31 (KJV)
28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
5John 14:15,21 (KJV)
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
6Romans 8:12-17 (KJV)
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
7Galatians 3:24-29 (KJV)
24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.