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.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21
Jesus makes a very harsh statement that not everyone who calls Him Lord will be saved. It is only those who will do the will of God the Father in heaven.
Words and statements can sound very good. If a person can word it correctly, he can make the best sounding arguments or thoughts. The words can make a person look or sound very good, even when they are not.
People who kidnap or abuse children, often use kind, nice words to trap them. They speak as though they are the best person on the earth, yet are filled with evil. Their actions do not match their words.
Inside the church, there are also many people who claim that Jesus is Lord, know all the verses to say, and can sing all the songs, yet never do His will at all. Some don’t do it out of fear, because what God is asking them to do sounds crazy. Others don’t do it out of rebellion, because they want to still do their own thing. Some start to do God’s will, but when it gets difficult, they give up and go on a different path.
God will never ask a person to do something that He is not willing to give the strength and ability to do. He has perfect love for each person, which will cast out the fear a person may have.
Jesus only did what He saw His Father doing. You are to be just like Jesus. Getting into heaven is not just a simple prayer and a few words. It is also actions based off of those words and prayers. If your actions do not back up the words, then the words are of no meaning or purpose.
In your own life, you must take a look at how you look at Jesus. You may call Him ‘Lord’, but is He really your Master?
As you call Him ‘Lord’, are you doing what the Father wants?
Just as you call out on Jesus to save you, you must also be willing to do what the Father wants you to do. Seek God and find out what He wants you to do, then just do it. It will be worth it in the end.
I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will not fear what God asks you to do; that you will do more than just speak to God; and that your actions will show you are a follower of Jesus.
Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love. Song of Solomon 2:4
Eating food is one thing that people love to do. Many like to eat more food than they really should eat. Different people like to eat different types of foods, but the common factor is that all like to eat.
Restaurants that are set up buffet style are usually very large and always very busy. They provide a wide variety of foods to eat, and an unlimited amount of food. All this for one price. No one leaves hungry.
In this passage today, the bride is asking that the Lord lead her to his banquet hall. She wants to be able to eat at His table.
The Lord is the king. Every king eats very well and only the very best food. To eat there means one will not be eating macaroni and cheese, but prime steaks and lobster. It will only be the best.
As Jesus walked on this earth, He ate at His Father’s banquet table. He was provided more than enough food to sustain Him and satisfy Him. This food was to do the will of His Father. He found great satisfaction in doing what the Father wanted Him to do.
As a believer in Jesus, you are the bride of Christ. You should have a desire to eat at His table. The banquet table that Jesus eats at, is the Father’s table. Doing what God wants you to do will provide you with satisfaction and fulfillment.
In order to know what God wants you to do, you must take time to read the Bible. Take in what He says and devour it. Make it a part of your life. As you begin to know God and what He wants through His Word, you will know what to do in your life. Then you can begin to do those things and find the satisfaction that you need.
The only way this can happen is if you allow God to lead you to His banquet table. Taste of the Lord and find out that He is good. The food that He has for you is the best that there is. Remember that He is The King and only has the best food available.
I pray today that you will know the food God has for you; that you will hunger for His Word; that God will strengthen you to do His will; and that you will do whatever God asks of you.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22
After talking about temptations and trials, pride and anger, James tells the people not to just listen to what God’s Word is saying, but to also do what it says to do. God wants His Word to be read and spoken about by everyone, but even more than reading it, God wants people to do what He said.
Most believers can quote some scriptures about what it says on various topics. They may know that there is a verse about forgiving others, another verse about not sinning, another about controlling their anger, and another about obedience. This list could go on for a long ways for some people.
Knowing the verses and what the Bible says is great, but it is not supposed to stop there. Knowing the Bible does not mean a thing if it is not followed. If a person does not do what the Bible says, then it is no different from a novel bought in a store.
Reading something will give a person good knowledge, but if it is never used, then it was a waste of time and energy. There are believers that have read the Bible at least once every year for many years, yet are still purposely living in a sinful lifestyle. They choose not to do what the Bible says.
James says this type of person is being deceived. He may think he is a good believer in Jesus, but is not even close, since he is not doing what God says to do. God desires obedience over sacrifice.
Sacrificing all of your time to read and study God’s Word is great, but now do what it says. Obey God’s Word.
God’s Word, when really looked at, is very simple. God’s ways of living life on this earth is simple. It all comes down to three simple things: love God, obey God, and love others. When you do these three things you are living like Jesus did.
In this new year as you read or hear God’s Word, don’t just listen, but do it.
Just do it.
I pray today that you will learn to obey all of God’s rules for your life; that God will reveal what His Word says to you; that you apply what God’s Word says to your own life; and that God will strengthen you to do His will.