God’s Promise? Our Obedience?

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Deuteronomy 6: 4 , 5, 6
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. And you must commit yourselves, wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.”

The Israelites stood on the verge of the land God had promised to them. He was soon to bring into a land already established with large cities they had not built. Living accommodations, richly stocked with produce they had not grown and cisterns they had not dug ~ Verses 10 -13. They were not to forget their God in their land of plenty. They were not to allow their wealth to distract them from their God who rescued them from slavery in the land of Egypt. They were to fear Him and serve Him with wholehearted commitment. They were to commit to His commands wholeheartedly, for He alone and only He was worthy of their worship. They were to love Him with their heart, soul, mind and strength, or, their intellect, will, emotions and spiritual and physical being. They were to live, sleep, breathe and digest His commands as they talked of them, taught of them, slept on them, rose with them and wrote them over doorposts and on gates through the custom of the mezuzah attached to door frames of houses and buildings. When passing through the doorways they were to touch the mezuzah to show respect and dependence for the Scripture. They were about to prosper at the gracious hand of their God but not without their obedience to Him.

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Where are we today? Some remote place where God seems distant and ungiving? Maybe a land of compromise? Maybe a land of plenty has distracted us from His gracious hand. On a scale of one to 10 where does your obedience fall? Peer through that opaque veil and catch a fresh glimpse of God once again. Try giving adoration to the only one worthy of your worship, and reestablish your priorities as you enter into your promised land to take possession of your fullness of life in Christ.

As true believers then, Let’s be challenged to stamp God’s commandments on our hearts in wholehearted commitment to our God, the only one worthy of our praise. Let’s be challenged today, to live lives of holiness as we strive to love Him with our whole selves: our intellect, will, emotions and our spiritual and physical being. He has promised abundant life in a spiritual land of plenty, and called us to a life of obedience, therefore, we must live, sleep, breathe, teach and digest His commands as we respect and depend on His Word for His promise of abundant life even amidst the difficulties. He didn’t promise a bed or roses, nor an easy life, but He did promise to guide us through the hard places and to bring us out of bondage into glorious light.

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Breaking Free Of The Past

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It’s easier to defeat an external enemy than it is to manage an internal one. We can rebuke, walk away from, cold shoulder, and ignore the external giving the illusion that we’re in control; not saying it’s right but it is how we deal with many that have hurt us or caused us pain. In the big picture though, It still boils down to that ego inside and that inner selfishness, arrogance and pride that has it’s cold, icy fingers wrapped around us. Yeahhh…Well, that’s a different story! Oh if we could only rebuke it! Cold shoulder it and walk away leaving it in a heap of rubble, life would be grand. However it’s a bigger beast to take on and we are powerless to fight it off as over and over again it resurfaces to defeat us!

God delivered His people out of Egypt , but He had a more difficult time taking Egypt out of His people. Oh they were okay for a short while until food got scarce, then their minds wandered back to Egypt and the pots filled with meat and bread…all they could eat. They had been set free of bondage and set on a new journey to their promised land but they weren’t free at all because Egypt, in their past bondage, still captivated their minds.   They spoke out against their leadership in Moses and Aaron. They complained about their hardships!   They complained of the manna that God was so gracious to provide and thought only of the fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic that were plentiful back in their bondage.   They remembered the delicacies of their table rather than the misery of their slavery!   Do you go there?   Back to comfort zone of your old life style simply because it’s too difficult to move forward?

How much do thankless spirits, passions for self – preservation and “dates with the world” motivate to sin in thought, word and deed?   In our quest for pleasure and safe keeping, we can miss the spiritual mark of God’s salvation, preservation and abundant life, where instead of gaining, we lose it all. G. K. Chesterton once said, “How much larger life would be if “self” could become smaller in it.

Take a look at your heart to see if Egypt still resides within. Do the old ways of sin that held you in bondage still have a lure to take you back there to it’s dreadful prison of torment?
True freedom is found only Christ.   He died for you to allow you to make the break from the old past ~ “the slavery of Egypt” possible in your life.   In His will is perfect freedom and all the sweet manna that life has to offer through abundant life, while living here on this earth. Bonus ~ along with that salvation, is our guaranteed entry into the promised land and haven of rest when this life is over!

Exodus 16: 8
So Moses and Aaron said to all the people of Israel, “The Lord will give you meat to eat in the evening and bread to satisfy you in the morning, for He has heard all your complaints against Him.”

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