Keeping Holy the Sabbath . . .

The Sabbath is God’s gift to us. He knows that taking a day off is so much against our desires, He has made it a rule.

Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy, is the fourth Commandment. Sabbath means : to cease, desist, a cessation from activity.

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In his book Ten, Laws of Love Set in Stone, J. John says that “When we refuse to co-operate with God’s laws for our body’s proper maintenance, we run an increasing risk of malfunction. God tells us that He worked in creating the universe on a daily basis and that He Himself rested at the end of His efforts.

Resting one day in every seven has therefore the highest endorsement possible : it comes from our creator Himself.”

Now  we  may say  that  this  is easier said than done because  there  are  several  professions that must work on a Sunday. Those in the medical professions, in the emergency services, in charge of public utilities, and of course church staff.

If this is the case, and Sunday is a working day for you, it is very important that you take another day off during the week. Regularly, the same day, if possible. The important thing is that we need to make sure we have a regular weekly break, whether on a Saturday, Sunday or some other day.

J. John also says that “Taking a day of rest also makes a statement about who we are and who runs our lives. It deliberately dethrones work from being central to our existence. The issue that this Commandment addresses is a fundamental one : Who controls our time? By keeping God’s day of rest we proclaim to ourselves, and to the world, that God runs our lives. If He is Lord, He is Lord of our time.”

Ideally, if we could all make the same day our day of rest, we could all rejuvenate together, coming together as well to praise our Lord in Sunday worship and fellowship.

For one day in the week, the Sabbath reminds us that we are dispensable to work  and  the  world, but not  to our families, our community and  our God.

 Some Scriptures pertaining to this article ~ Exodus 20:8-11/Isaiah 58:13-14

 

 

 

 

 

Idolatry . . .

As the first Commandment requires the inward worship of love, desire, joy, hope, and admiration, so the second requires the outward worship of prayer and praise and solemn attendance on God’s Word. It concerns the ordinances of worship, or in other words, the way in which God will be worshipped. The second commandment says to us,

“You shall not make for yourself an idol, you shall not worship them or serve them.”

Matthew Henry points out the fact that, “God forbids us to worship even Him by images, and that our worship must be governed by the power of Faith, not by the power of imagination. Those who truly love God will make it their constant care to keep His Commandments.”

Those Commandments sum up our attitude toward God, in the first four, and our attitude toward our fellow man, in the final six.

Jesus condensed them into two ~ You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and strength and mind, (the first four) and your neighbour as yourself (the final six).

Reverence for God is the basis of the Ten Commandments. Halley’s Bible says that, “Jesus indicated that He considered it the elemental quality in man’s approach to God, and made it the first petition in the Lord’s Prayer.” Hallowed be Thy Name ~ Matthew 6:9-13.

I have dwelt quite a bit upon this subject of Idolatry, because it is a very serious thing to turn our backs on God and serve other things. For that is all they are. Habakkuk 2:18,19 says, “What profit is the idol when its maker has carved it? It is a speechless thing overlaid with gold and silver and there is no breath in it at all.”

Idolatry is absolutely forbidden. Yet we continue to worship movie stars and musicians and models and TV personalities. We worship and immortalise sportsmen and women, bushrangers, and members of the underworld. We worship Jesus’ beautiful mother, Mary (she would be horrified) saints, religious leaders, and in some nations, their political leaders.

God demands our attention to Him as the One and Only God who delivered the Hebrews out of slavery, and ultimately, through Jesus, delivered all mankind from eternal death.

I don’t want to serve death, I would prefer to serve The Living God.

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SOME SCRIPTURES PERTAINING TO THIS ARTICLE ~

Exodus 20:4-6

Habakkuk 2:18-20

Matthew 6:9-13

Matthew 22:37-40

Ephesians 5:5

Colossians 3:5

No other gods . . .

DAY 1

The very first statement God made even before He began to give Moses the Commandments, was ~ I am the Lord your God.

God delivered the Hebrews from Egypt and looked after them with miracle after miracle in the wilderness. He demanded and deserved their worship. Today, many of us who may not be of the seed of Abraham physically, are certainly joined in covenant with him in the Spirit, by the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Old Testament call for obedience by keeping the Commandments, was summarised by Jesus in Matthew 22:36-40 when He said to Love your neighbour as yourself which pretty much sums up the last six of the Commandments.

The first four are in reference to God and what He expects of us, if we profess Him to be our God, and our Lord and Saviour. The first Commandment concerns the object of our worship, Jehovah, and Him only ~ You shall have no other gods before Me.

Matthew Henry says of this first command, “The sin against this Commandment which we are most in danger of, is giving glory and honour to any creature, which is due to God only . . . whatever is esteemed or loved, feared or served, delighted in or depended upon, more than God, we do in effect make a god. In the last words,  before me, it is intimated that ~

1. We cannot have any other god but He will certainly know it.
2. That it is a sin that dares Him to His face, which He cannot, He will not, overlook.

Halley’s Bible says, “In founding the Hebrew Nation, God’s ultimate object was to bring Christ into the world.” And also that, “His immediate object was to establish, in a world of idolatry, as a background to the coming of Christ, the idea that there is One, True, Living God.”

Much of my life has been fraught with many other gods that I have come to realize took the place of My Father in Heaven. Since beginning my walk with Him through reading His word I have come to a place in my life where I no longer want anything at all to stand between me and God.

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DAY 2
Exodus 20:3 ~
“You must not have any other god but Me.”                                                            Deuteronomy 32:47 ~
“These instructions are not empty words-they are your life!”

DAY 3
Psalm 115:1-8 ~
“Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your name goes all the glory for Your unfailing love and faithfulness.
Why let the nations say, Where is their God?
Our God is in the heavens, and He does as He wishes.
Their idols are merely things of silver and gold, shaped by human hands.
They have mouths but cannot speak, and eyes but cannot see.
They have ears but cannot hear, and noses but cannot smell.
They have hands but cannot feel, and feet but cannot walk, and throats but cannot make a sound.
And those who make idols are just like them, as are all who trust in them.”

DAY 4
Isaiah 43:11 ~
“I, yes I, am the Lord, and there is no other saviour.”

DAY 5
Matthew 22:37-40 ~
“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.
This is the first and greatest commandment.
A second is equally important: Love your neighbour as yourself.
The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

DAY 6
1 Corinthians 8:5-6 ~
“There may be so-called gods in heaven and on earth, and some people actually worship many gods and many lords.
But for us, there is one God, the Father, by whom all things were created, and for whom we live. And there is one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things were created, and through whom we live.”

DAY 7
2 Corinthians 6:16 ~
”And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be My people.”

Salvation is knowing the Lord Jesus Christ as your saviour. When we die we live on forever. We either live forever in darkness separated from God the Father of Light, or we live forever in His Kingdom of light and wonder and everlasting joy.

Our decision for Christ or against Christ determines our destination. This is not to scare you, but to bring you to a place of deep thought about who you are and what you truly believe. Do you think there should be more to this life than you feel you are getting? If so, please click here.

The Ten Commandments . . .

DAY 1

The Ten Commandments comprise barely 300 words, yet lie at the very core of Western civilization.

They also make up our legal system and parliamentary structures, but even as Christians many of us could not name all of them.

They were given to Moses by God on Mount Sinai, which can be found in Exodus 20:1-17, and also in Deuteronomy 5:6-21, where they are repeated in the introduction to the Jewish laws.

They are :

1. I am the Lord your God, you shall have no other gods before Me ~

2. You shall not make for yourself an idol, you shall not worship them or serve them ~

3. You shall not take the Name of the Lord your God in vain ~

4. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy ~

5. Honour your father and your mother ~

6. You shall not murder

7. You shall not commit adultery ~

8. You shall not steal ~

9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour ~

10. You shall not covet your neighbour’s goods or his or her spouse.

There is not one of the above commandments that the world honours anymore.

We idolize performers, sporting personalities, money and many other things. We use God’s Precious Name very lightly and in some cases along with other questionable phrases. We play sport, sleep in, go out for coffee, or go to work, on the one day set aside for us by God to come together and worship Him and rest. We no longer respect our parents for the fact that that’s who they are, that they make mistakes too. Every time we gossip and malign and hate someone, we commit the sin of murder in our hearts, and some actually carry it out. The same goes for lusting after someone other than our partner. We may not actually commit the offence but what is in our hearts defines us, therefore laying the foundation to perhaps act on those desires. We are always looking for the quickest way to make a fortune, and some justify theft and dishonestly thrive by it, and wallow in their riches. And as for our neighbours, Jesus called us to Love one another as He loved us.

That’s it in a nutshell. Jesus is coming back soon, and like a thief in the night He will snatch His bride away and we need to be ready. When that happens I want to be doing all God has asked of me.

Guilt and shame hold us back from becoming who God wants each of us to be. Repentance and forgiveness set us free to move on in God.

If we have any problem at all with any of God’s commandments, now is the time to seek help from Him if we are truly serious about seeking His Will for our lives.

If you love ME

DAY 2
Psalm 19:7-11 ~
“The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living.
Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the Lord are true, each one is fair.
They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.
They are a warning for Your servant (that’s you and me), a great reward for those who obey them.”

DAY 3
Psalm 119:1-2 ~
“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord.
Joyful are those who obey His laws and search for Him with all their hearts.”

DAY 4
Psalm 119:32 ~
“I will pursue Your commands, for You expand my understanding.”

DAY 5
John 14:15 ~
“If you love Me, obey My commandments.”

DAY 6
1 John 2:3-6 ~
“And we can be sure that we know Him if we obey His commandments.
If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth.
But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love Him. That is how we know we are living in Him.
Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.”

DAY 7
Revelation 3:3 ~
“Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.”

Walking by Faith . . .

Many of us in the world today have our own ideas of what faith is, and in what or whom we place that faith. Many refer to their religion as their ‘faith’. But to me, faith is so much more than just believing ‘in something’.

My dictionary says Faith is a promise, a trust.

Jesus promised that He would be with us always, so I believe that. If He is walking with me all the time, then I have faith that He always looks after me. I believe He keeps me healthy and safe and helps me with anything He knows I am struggling with at any moment in time.

Of course He does many things in His Own Time, because after all He is God, who sees what the future holds for me, and therefore works in my best interests. Sometimes I can’t see that, and I want instant answers to my problems, therefore potentially creating more problems because of my impatience.

Let’s look at Hebrews 11:1 ~
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (NASB)

I cannot hope for something, and not have faith that it will happen. In the same way, I cannot have faith, without hope. In other words, if I am praying for healing, I have hope for that healing, but what gives my hope power, is my faith that healing will occur. My faith that what I am praying for, is the assurance of what I hope for ; it is the conviction, or evidence, of what I do not yet see, but know is going to happen.

All those Jesus prayed for during His earthly ministry received healing according to their faith.

When my children were young, I would pray over them while they were sleeping, and as they grew older, I chose to exercise my faith rather than worry over them, and stood on this scripture ~
“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NASB)

I believe my faith then, contributed to the fact that now, all my children are serving the Lord. I praise God and thank Him for His Word, which, as I read it daily, continually helps me in making my faith strong.

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DAY 2
Proverbs 22:6 ~
“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” (NLT)

DAY 3
Romans 8:24-25 ~
“We were given this hope when we were saved. (If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it.                                                                                                                                 But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.)”

DAY 4
Hebrews 11:1 ~
“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” (NLT)
Hebrews 11:6 ~
“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.”

DAY 5
Hebrews chapter 11.

DAY 6
All of Hebrews if you can.

DAY 7
1 John 5:4 ~
“For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.”

Finding My Purpose in Life . . .

DAY 1

I’ve always struggled with what my purpose in life is meant to be. Not that I thought much about it while I was raising my children, but in later years I certainly have wondered what on earth I am called to do for God.

In April 2005 I committed to reading a book that changed my whole perspective on quite a few things. “The Purpose Driven Life”, by Rick Warren, showed me these five important things :

I was Planned for God’s Pleasure ~

I was Formed for God’s Family ~

I was Created to Become Like Christ ~

I was Shaped for Serving God ~

I was Made for a Mission.

Now for a person who never was developed in the social aspects of life, and who is very crowd averse, some of these have been very challenging. I’ve always found it hard to meet people and build friendships. So, I have come to a few realizations about who I am and what, I believe, God wants of me.

The very first thing He wants is my WHOLE HEART ~ That’s His Pleasure.                     Then He can begin to show me what He wants for the duration of my life.

He also wants me to WORSHIP with other believers, and get to know them. A big challenge for some of us ~ That’s His Family.

He wants me to READ HIS WORD and learn to emulate His Son. I really enjoy reading my Bible ~ That’s Becoming Like Christ.

He wants me to use the ABILITIES He has given me to help others. This is my way of doing that, by encouraging those around me to look to God ~ by publishing articles about God’s Word on this website, by regularly committing to the Inspirational Calendar I produce each year, to mention a few ~ That’s Serving God.

He wants me to pursue my DESTINY ~ That’s finding my Mission.

So my mission is to ~

Surrender my will to God’s Will ~

Continue to Worship God in Spirit and in Truth ~

Keep reading His Word daily ~

Develop my talents and abilities to use for His Glory.

Jesus Daisies

DAY 2
Psalm 63:3-4 ~ “Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise You!
I will praise You as long as I live, lifting up my hands to You in prayer.”

DAY 3
Psalm 149:4 ~ “For the Lord delights in His people; He crowns the humble with victory.”

DAY 4
Romans 12:10-18 ~ “Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other.
Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.
When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them, pray that God will bless them.
Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.
Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!
Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honourable.
Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”

DAY 5
Ephesians 3:14-19 ~ “When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the creator of everything in heaven and on earth.
I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit.
Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is.
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”

WANT MORE? ~ Read all of chapter 1

DAY 6
Philippians 1:6 ~ “And I am certain that God, Who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”

DAY 7
1 John 1:5 ~ “This is the message you have heard from the beginning: we should love one another.”