1 Kings 2:3 How To Prosper

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“and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go” 1 Kings 2:3

The desire to prosper is something most people have. They want to be successful in everything that they do. Searching the internet will show millions of ways to be prosperous in this life. Billions of dollars are spent annually by people seeking to be more prosperous. There is advice on how to be prosperous in every area of life, relationships, finances, positions, family, marriage, hobbies, and more.

As David was coming to the end of his life, he had made Solomon, his son, the next king of Israel. He gave some advice to Solomon on how to be king. The greatest advice he gave him was to observe and know what God requires of him. All Solomon had to do was obey God and follow all of His commands, then he would be prosperous in all that he does.

The world sees prosperity as being wealthy and having a lot of things, and being in the number one position. While being wealthy and having things can make some things easier, it may not be the most prosperous, because the soul is still lost. If one has all the money in the world, but does not obey God, he has nothing in the end.

Obeying and serving God will create a greater prosperity than anything in this world can give. One may not have any money or things, but with God, he has eternal life, something that money cannot buy.

The one who is obeying God will also be successful, because He is doing what God wants him to do. God will bless and honor anything that He wants one that is being done according to His desire.

If you want to be prosperous and really successful, stop following the ways of this world and follow Jesus. Find out what true prosperity is as you begin to serve God with all of your life.

Doing what God wants will bring eternal security and peace that the world cannot give, nor does it know or understand. Building God’s kingdom is more valuable than all the money or things in this world.

How prosperous are you today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live according to God’s plan for your life; that you will obey God in all He tells you; and that you will know the prosperity of serving God with your life. 

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Deuteronomy 30:11 Not That Difficult

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Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. Deuteronomy 30:11

Following commands can sometimes be very difficult and complex. There are times when the directions are extremely complex. There are a thousand different steps, each depending upon the ones before. If any one of the steps is missed at all, it throws the entire process of completely.

For many people, computer programming is a complex process that is out of reach for them. There are a thousand commands to be written down, in order for the program to work. If any one of the commands has a misspelling or wrong mark in it, the program will not work properly. Knowing each of the commands to right is difficult. It takes a lot of work and training to be able to do it.

Moses had been telling the Israelites all of the commands of God. As he is finishing up, he tells the people who what he is telling them is not too difficult or out of reach. It is something that they can do.

There have been people who have looked at Christianity and said it was too difficult to do. They see many of the rules of do’s and don’ts that they are scared off. They feel it is impossible to do.

However, the commands of God are not that difficult. All of the commands of God come down to two very basic and simple commands–love God and love everyone else. Even those two get more basic–love. When everyone is loving, they will not do anything to harm anyone else, including God.

Once a believer can get this simple concept down, of loving God and loving others, all the rest of the commands of God become easy. Following these commands does not get one into heaven, but it makes the trip easier to make. Only by the blood of Jesus is a person saved, but with being saved, one can love.

If you are overwhelmed by all the commands of God, take a look at what they all come down to. Focus your life back onto the basics of loving God and loving others. Love as Jesus loved you. He gave up His life so that you may live. Be willing to give up yourself so that God can be glorified and others may be lived.

Loving God is not that difficult. You can do it with Jesus!

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know the love of God in your life; that you will learn to love God with all of your heart; that God will strengthen you to love others as He has loved you; and that you will obey God with your whole life.

Deuteronomy 5:32 Do Not Turn Right Or Left

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So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Deuteronomy 5:32

Following the commands of someone is not always fun or easy to do. Often people do not fully understand the reason for the command. Rules are often ignored or seen as suggestions, rather than a requirement.

In the workplace, there are many who will cut the corners on following the procedures for a job to be done. At the moment it looks as though everything will be acceptable and work out fine, because the rule did not make sense. Yet, later, there is often complications and problems, because a rule was not followed through.

Following the directions on a GPS is required, in order to get to the desired destination. To turn to the right or left, will cause one to get off the path, and the GPS has to constantly change the directions, thus the best path has not been taken.

After the Israelites had been given all of the commands of God through Moses, they were warned to be careful to do everything God had commanded. They were not to turn away from any of the commands for any reason.

Even though believers today are no longer under the Law as Moses and the Israelites were, they still must obey God’s commands. Each believer must still obey the commands of loving both neighbor and enemies, showing grace, showing mercy, and being a witness. These commands are not an option.

Along with those commands, God guides people today by His Holy Spirit, in what direction to take in life. God has a path for every believer to follow, and the believer must turn to the right or left off of that path.

God has a path for every person to follow, this includes you. You have a path for your life, given by God. God has commanded you to walk on the path He has for you. As you are walking that path, you must not stray off the path to the right or left.

Trust God’s directions in your life. He will not command you to do what is not best for your life and the best for His kingdom.

Do not allow yourself to be persuaded to turn to the left or right from God’s path for you. Keep a careful watch on the path God is leading you and obey all God has said to do.

I pray today that you will know the commands God has for you; that you will know the path God has for you; that you will not turn from any command God has given you; and that you will do His work on this earth.

Hebrews 8:10 Law On The Heart, Not Paper

 

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This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God and they will be my people. Hebrews 8:10

Laws are something that people cannot really live without. Every nation has many laws put in place to govern the people. While many people will follow most of the laws without any problem, there are some laws that many people hate to follow.

It is the same in a household. Parents put into place many different types of laws (rules) for children to follow. Some children will follow the rules, while some will fight against obeying those rules.

During the time of Moses, God put out some laws for the people to follow. As one reads through the history of Israel, the people had a difficult time following those rules. They knew about the laws, but chose not to follow them.

The main reason people do not follow the laws and rules are because the laws are not really upon their hearts. The law is only in their mind. It is only a set of regulations and may go against their own personal desires.

Long before Jesus came, Jeremiah prophesied that God would place His Law upon the hearts and minds of His people. His Law would become a part of the person’s heart’s desire. It will no longer be a requirement to follow, but a desire to follow. It is as though the person wrote the law himself and so desires to obey that law.

Even in human laws, when a person loves the law or rule, he is ready and willing to obey it with no complaint. He wants to obey because he loves it.

You may have struggles trying to follow some commands God has put in place, such as to love your enemy. Allow God’s commands and laws to penetrate your heart. Learn to love God’s commands to know God has them only for your well-being. The law is not there to hold you down or harm you, but to build you up.

As you learn to love the law, you will be able to follow it with no complaints or struggles. It becomes a desire to obey and please God, not just a command or demand.

Follow God’s laws out of love, not force.

I pray today that you will know the commands of God; that you will have God’s commands on your heart; that you will love to obey God; and that you will see God is set to help you be your best for Him and others. 

Mark 12:33 Love: The Most Important Thing

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“To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” Mark 12:33

A teacher of the law came up to Jesus to ask Him what the most important law was. After Jesus answered him, the man agreed that loving God and all neighbors were the more important than any sacrifice that can be made.

People always want to know what they can and cannot do. They want to know the boundaries. Most want to know, so that they can know how close they can get to the edge without being in trouble. It is commonly thought that only children are great at getting close to the edge of trouble without stepping into it, but adults do it all the time.

Instead of focusing on a bunch of rules, Jesus summed up all the commands of God into two rules: love God, and love others. It is that simple–to love everyone.

Now comes the question: what does it mean to love?

The first place to answer that is found in 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.

Love means that you will do whatever it takes to not hurt the other person.

Love means you will serve the other person as much as possible.

Love means you will obey God in whatever He tells you to do.

Love means you trust God in whatever He says or does or does not say or do.

Love means you will be full of grace and mercy towards others.

Love means you will do whatever it takes to help others be the best they can be in Christ Jesus.

Love means you will spread the gospel message to everyone you meet.

Love means you will not dishonor God or anyone else in any way.

Love means you will build others up and not tear them down.

Love means you will turn away from all sin.

Love means you will have a full relationship with God and with others.

Love means you will listen to God and others.

How each person shows each of these means of showing love will be different, but God can reveal to you how that is to happen.

Fill your heart with God and you will fill it with love. When your heart is filled with His love, it will be easy to show that love to God and others.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will be filled with His love; that you will show God’s love to everyone you meet; and that you will be the light of Jesus to this world.

Matthew 22:40 Only Two Simple Rules To Follow

Love God And Neighbor

“All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Matthew 22:40

Jesus was asked by some teachers of the Law what was the greatest commandment. He told them to love God and to love the neighbor. He finishes with telling them that all the other commandments are based off of those two.

People do not like to have a lot of rules and regulations to follow. They want to have their freedom to do what they want, when they want and how they want. Yet, they know that rules are a necessity.

Since rules are required, most people want to know what they are. In that process, they also want to know what the most important rules are. They want to know which rules will enact the harshest punishment if not followed. It will also let them know what they can cut corners on, because the other rules are not so important.

The challenge with having many different rules, is that it is difficult to remember each one. When a person does his taxes, there are thousands of different rules regulating them. It is difficult for a person to know every one of those rules.

People need the rules to be simplified to be able to understand them. The more rules that there are, the easier it is to miss one.

Jesus simplified all the rules into two. All one has to do is love God and love his neighbor. If that is done, all the other commands of God will be followed perfectly.

In order to follow these commands, you must ask yourself on a regular basis if what you are saying or doing is loving God and loving your neighbor. If your words or actions are loving God and your neighbor, you are following God’s greatest commands and all the other commands of God.

If they are not loving God or your neighbor, you have something you must change. Later in scripture you are told that to love God is to love your neighbor, and to love your neighbor is to love God.

There is now no reason for you to wonder what God’s commands are for you. They are all summed up in two simple little rules: 1) love God, and 2) love your neighbor.

Are you following these two simple commands?

Are you really loving God as you say you are?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will love God with all of your life; that you will love your neighbors as God loves them; and that you will follow God with all of your heart.