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God’s Commandments on Our Hearts

Deuteronomy 6:6

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.

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My father-in-law just passed and my father just three-plus years ago. These two men have taught be so much – one for 58 years of my life and one for 36 years of my life (I’m not discounting the impact of my two mothers folks – just talking about my fathers in this devotional – partly because they have passed).

My fathers taught me much – about being a man – about being a Christian – about being a husband – about being a father. They both taught me about golf and my father taught me about being competitive. He played high school sports and was in the Navy. They both had a great work ethic and I hope that I have modeled well both of them.

I remember much of what they taught me. I’m trying to live by what they taught me. I pray I was able and am still being able – to pass these things along to my children.

God has also given us much to help us follow His leading. The Ten Commandments (found in Exodus 20) and the Great Commandments (found in Mark 12) are commandments that should be on our hearts and in our minds.

Exodus 20:1–17 – 1 And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before me. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. 8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. 12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. 13 “You shall not murder. 14 “You shall not commit adultery. 15 “You shall not steal. 16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. 17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Mark 12:28–31 – 28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’  31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  There is no commandment greater than these.”

We need to hear the commandments of God and repeatedly place them on our hearts and in our minds. We need to lean toward them and not away from them. We need to obey the commands of God and not the will of the world or our own. God has given us good teaching and we need to hold to it – in all that we do – say – or think.  Spend more time before God in prayer during our Prayer/Fast and seek His face!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

February 18, 2016 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, Fast, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

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