Joshua 22:5 Be Very Careful

But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all of your heart and with all your soul. Joshua 22:5

It is very easy for people to get lax in using caution when things are going very well. People will often let their guard down and take shortcuts, thinking it is safe. Only when a person is in high alert and paying attention does he keep from slipping up and making a mistake.

Joshua told the Israelites that now that God has given them the land and rest to be very careful to obey Him, love Him, hold on to Him, and serve Him with all of their heart and soul.

Using caution and paying attention to details allows a person to do great things. It is the difference between something failing or just being good and something being great.

Many people feel that there are many rules that God has given and that it is difficult to follow them. The rules are actually very simple–love Him, obey Him and serve Him.

Each day a person can ask God to guide him in what needs to be done and then do whatever that is. The Holy Spirit is right there to guide and strengthen the believer in doing all that God has commanded him to do.

The moment a person decides to relax on his obedience and walk with God, sin will creep in, and he will stray away from God. It takes one to be very careful with constant diligence to love, obey and serve God with all of his heart and soul.

God has called you to live an abundant life in Christ Jesus. He has also given you His Holy Spirit to lead, guide and strengthen you in that process of living.

Focus your entire life on loving God, obeying Him, keeping His commands, and serving Him with all your heart and soul.

Do not allow yourself to be distracted with the temporary things of this world. Do not allow yourself to relax and fall away from loving, obeying and serving God.

Be very careful in how you live your life. The world is out to stop you and destroy you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will love God; that you will obey God; that you will hold fast to God; and that you will serve God with all of your heart and soul.

Deuteronomy 30:6 Allow God To Circumcise The Heart

The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live. Deuteronomy 30:6

Circumcision is a process of cutting away something that is not desired or wanted. It is most commonly thought of with young boys but can be a cutting away in anything else.

This process can sometimes be painful, while at other times very little to no pain. Often it will bring about greater benefits despite any pain in the process.

Moses tells the people that when they turn back towards God, He will circumcise their hearts so that they can love Him with all of their being and live.

The hearts of people who are not following God are filled with self-desires and sinful lusts. Hearts are filled with things that only bring about death in the end, rather than life. The only life that most people have is in the here and now with no view of eternity. It is about pleasing oneself right now.

Believers who have allowed themselves to slip into sinful ways have allowed sin to grow on their hearts and minds. Their hearts have become calloused against God and His ways.

In order to change the calloused heart, one must allow God to circumcise his heart. This is the process of allowing God to cut the desires for sin out of the heart and filling those desires with Himself. As with physical circumcision, this process can sometimes be very painful and at other times very little to no pain.

Only when this process has occurred will a person know and have true life. Desires for sin only bring death. Loving God with all of one’s heart, soul and mind will bring true life for now and into all eternity.

If you are struggling with sinful desires and actions, you have allowed sin to grow on your heart that needs to be cut out. Turn to God and allow Him to cut out what does not need to be in your life.

Desires for sin can only be cut out by the power of the Holy Spirit working in your life. As God circumcises your heart, He can fill it with Himself. With God in your heart, He can fill your life with true joy and satisfaction that the world cannot have, nor understand.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to circumcise your heart; that you will love God with all of your heart, mind and soul; and that you will know the true life God has for you.

1 John 5:3 Obeying God Is Not A Burden

In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 1 John 5:3

Rules are something that many people do not like to have to follow. They are good for the other person, but not for self, because they are restrictive and keep a person from really ‘living’ life.

It is common for many to see how close they can come to breaking the rule, without actually breaking it. More energy is spent in trying to get close to the line, then would be in just obeying the rule.

As John brings his letter to an end, he tells the people that love for God is keeping His commands and that His commands are not a burden.

Looking at many churches and believers, one would think that all a Christian life would be is just living a life of what to do and what not to do, with the emphasis on what not to do. Talk is often heard of what all the commands of God are, laying a heavy burden upon the people.

When the focus is on what to do or not do, the commands are difficult to follow. Believers need to change their focus from what God’s commands are to loving Him. Anyone who loves God will want to obey Him because he trusts Him completely. God’s love is perfect, so He will not give any command that is bad or difficult.

Once a person falls in love with God, he will find joy in obeying His commands. They will no longer be a burden or chore that must be done, but that want to be done.

Living will begin on a level that was never realized before because it is out of love, not duty.

You may see all the commands of God and be overwhelmed and burdened by them. Instead of looking at the commands as a burden, learn to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Get to know God’s perfect love for you.

As you begin to realize God’s love for you, you will begin to love Him back. The love you have for God will lighten the load of obeying His commands, turning them into a joy because they will bring about life.

Do not look at the commands as a must, but that you get to out of love.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will love God with all of your being; that you will find joy in obeying God; and that you will know the life you can have in obeying God’s commands.

John14:21 Obedience Equals Love

Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them. John 14:21

Everyone who is in leadership expects to be obeyed. However, this obedience is often to be done out of duty and respect, having nothing to do with love.

Inside a family the command to be obedient will sometimes be expected out of love, although most often it is still out of respect and pure demand. Most expect obedience out of dictatorial position that one must just obey because of the position.

Jesus had been talking about obeying Him and God. He stated that the one who really loves Him is the one who will obey Him.

Obedience is often seen as a demand or requirement, but rarely seen as a act of true love. Loving God means that one will not want to ever hurt or do anything wrong to Him.

When a person realizes the true love that God has for him, perfect love that will never do harm, he will desire to never hurt God in any way. This means he will never want to do anything, in anyway against God. This is where love and obedience meet together.

The believer who loves God, will thus obey God, not out of fear or duty, but out of love. His love will show up in revealing his trust in God to obey His every command. God gives commands, not to lord it over a person, but out of love to build that person up into the best he can be.

The amount one obeys God reveals how much he truly loves God. The more obedience, the more love. The less obedience, the less love.

As a believer, you most likely express that you love God. Now you must ask yourself how much do you love God and how do you show that love.

Do not be like the world and just say you love, but show it by your obedience. Love God in word and in action. Know that God will never command you to do something that is not the best for you. His love and commands to you are perfect for building you and His kingdom up.

Do you really love God or is your words just words?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love to you; that you will know what God commands you to do; that you will obey all of God’s commands; and that you will show your love to God in obeying Him.

Joel 3:14 Valley Of Decision

Huge valley

Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:14 

Everyday people have to make hundreds of choices, even thousands of choices. Many of these choices are nearly automatic in being made with very little thought put into them. There are other choices that come up that require some thought and consideration as to what to choose.

There are many people who freeze up when it comes to making a major choice fearing making the wrong choice. Or they are quick to make one, but then go back or regret that choice very quickly.

Joel points out that there will be a time when God will judge the nations. During that time the people will be in a valley of decision. They will have to make a choice.

While there are millions of decisions to be made all the time, there are really only two that are most important and provide the answers for all of the rest of the decisions. These are: the choice to love and serve God or not love and serve God. And the other is to obey God or not to obey God. Both these decisions go hand in hand. One cannot really be made without making the other. To love God is to obey Him, to obey Him is to love Him.

Once these two decisions are made, everything else falls into place. God’s word and His Holy Spirit guide every decision from that point forward.

Making these choices, either one of them in any way, is life changing. One way will draw a person into eternal relationship with God. The other choice will put one into eternal battle against God.

Most people will choose to serve self and not love God. Only a few will choose to love and serve God.

If you have already chosen to believe in God, you have chosen to love God. Now it is time to choose to obey God with all of your abilities. Each day you will be presented with thousands of opportunities to disobey God and sin. You have to make a conscious effort to turn away and flee from the temptation and keep from sinning.

You will also need to make the choice to serve God and build His kingdom in whatever way He opens the door for you to do.

Making these decisions will show where your heart is with God. What is your decision today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will choose to love God with all of your heart; that you will choose to obey God in every area of your life; and that you will choose to trust God with your life.