Archive | January 2015

Exodus 20 – Ten Commandments

Good afternoon y’all. Today we are looking at Exodus 20. In this chapter God gives the 10 commandments to Moses and the Israelites.

I often hear people say the 10 commandments are old testament laws, and since we are in the dispensation of the new testament, they don’t apply to us. I beg to differ because the 2 commandments Jesus gave in Matthew 22:36-40 is a summation of the 10 commandments:

“Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” Jesus replied, “‘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 neighbor as yourself.’  The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

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I am going to split today’s blog into 2 sections; our relationship with God and our relationship with others.

Be blessed 🙂

Our relationship with God

“You must not have any other god but me. “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love Me and obey My commands. “You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse His name. “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy”. (Exodus 20:3-8 NLT)

The first four commandments focus on our relationship with God and they are summed up by Jesus’ words in Matt 22:37:

“Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”’(NLT)

God longs for relationship with us. He wants to spend time with us. He is also a jealous God. He doesn’t want to share us with any other god. No one or anything should ever take God’s place in our lives. Not even our kids, parents, spouses, career or possessions. God should always come first in our lives. Let’s not forget He was the one who provided all the things in the first place, so why should we place the gifts above the giver? We should know that if we are in good fellowship with the Giver,  the gifts will keep coming.

I want to focus on the second and third commandments.

You shall not make any idol and bow down or serve them:
Sometimes when we hear the word idol, we automatically think it’s an object that we keep sacred and bow to daily. I’ve come to realise that an idol doesn’t necessarily have to be an object. It could be anything from money, tv programs, material possessions, kids, spouse etc. Basically anything that we place above God is an idol. If it’s the first thing we think about when we get out of bed and the last thing before we sleep and it’s all we focus our attention on then I think that is an idol.  Matthew 6:21 tells us that ‘…where our treasure is, there our heart will be also…’. If we treasure our material possessions more than God, then that’s where all our focus will be.  On the contrary, our focus should be on God; and how we can use the material possessions He has blessed us with to further His kingdom.
Today, let’s get rid of our idols and return back to God. Lets love Him with all our hearts, soul and mind.

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain:
The message version says: “No using the name of God, your God in curses or silly banter; God won’t put up with the irreverent use of his name“. (***covering my eyes***. I’m guilty of this offence 😦 ). I wonder how many of us use God’s name in vain. ‘OMG’ we say it without even blinking. It’s like a natural response for most of us. Yet God clearly state we shouldn’t use His name in vain. He is a Holy and Great God. We shouldn’t become too familiar with Him that we regard Him in contempt. Yes, He is a loving and kind God but He is also a consuming fire.  Let’s learn to reverence His Name. There is so much power in His name. Jesus said in John 14: 13-14:
“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it”.(NIV)

Our relationship with others

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.”; “You shall not murder.”; “You shall not commit adultery.”; “You shall not steal.”; “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.”; “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.” (Exodus 20:12-17 NIV)

The next 6 commandments focus on our relationship with others and are summed up by the second command given by Jesus in Matthew 22:39:
“A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”(NLT)

Imagine how peaceful and lovely the world would be if everyone actually obeyed those commandment and lived by it.
Imagine if:
-we all honored our parents;
-we stop killing one another just for the fun of it;
-we are faithful to our spouses;
-we don’t steal from one another;
-we don’t go round telling lies or giving false witnesses;
-and we are all content with what we have and don’t envy or covet other people’s possessions.

I believe it is possible to live by these principles. God won’t ask us to do them if they were not possible to attain. Thank God for the Holy Spirit. We don’t have to try to live out these principles by our own strength. He is there to help us and supply the grace. Let’s call on Him today and ask for help.

Prayer:
Dear Lord, we thank you for today. Thank you for your unfailing love towards us. We ask for grace to love you with all our hearts, mind and soul, that nothing will ever take Your place in our lives. Holy Spirit, please help us to walk in love daily. Let it be evident in our speech and actions towards our neighbors. Thank you Lord. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen

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Have a blessed day and glorious weekend 🙂

***With God all things are possible***

Exodus 19

Good morning y’all. Today we are looking at Exodus 19.

Be blessed 🙂

“Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me”.(Exodus 19:5 NLT)

We are Gods special treasure. A treasure is defined as ‘a valuable or valued item’. To God, we are very valuable and important.  The amplified version says “… My own peculiar possession and treasure…”. Even though God owns the whole earth, He has decided in his mercy to make us his own treasured possession. This is awesome to know that God who created the whole earth delights in us and sees us as people to be treasured 🙂

Before we get carried away, there is a condition to the above promise. The condition is OBEDIENCE. The beginning of verse 5 says “Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant….”. That is, we have to yield ourselves in obedience to God. We have to follow his instructions and do all he has commanded us to do, then we can enjoy all of the promise that He has for us.

“And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.”(Exodus 19:6 NLT)

A kingdom of Priests – Priests are Gods representatives to the world. As christians we are to represent God here on earth like Jesus did. We are to yield ourselves in obedience to him and let him use us to evangelise the world.

A holy nation – That means we are to be set apart for his use. As christians, we are called to holiness. 1 Peter 1:15- 17 says:
“But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.”(NLT)

Verse 5 and 6 of this chapter reminds me of 1 Peter 2:9.

“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light”.(NLT)

Gods desire His children is to be priests and a holy nation who serve him in obedience and holiness.

The question today is: are we being a representative of God and living in the holiness he has called us to or are we spending our time serving and representing the kingdom of this world?

Remember the condition in verse 5 to obey Him. Let’s be people who will use our freedom to obey God.

“Then the lord told Moses, “Go down and prepare the people for my arrival. Consecrate them today and tomorrow, and have them wash their clothing. Be sure they are ready on the third day, for on that day the lord will come down on Mount Sinai as all the people watch”.(Exodus 19:10-11 NLT)

God is a holy God and as such when we approach him we must do so with holy reverence. Jesus has made it possible for us to have access to God 24/7 but we still need to show God the honor and reverence due His name whenever we come into His presence.

God asked for them to be consecrated. That is, they needed to be set apart from those things that distract them from seeking God wholeheartedly. It’s the same for us too, we need to daily consecrate ourselves to God and set ourselves apart from anything that distracts us from God. We are called to holiness.

“On the morning of the third day, thunder roared and lightning flashed, and a dense cloud came down on the mountain. There was a long, loud blast from a ram’s horn, and all the people trembled”.(Exodus 19:16 NLT)

God said He was going to come down on the 3rd day and He did just that. He came down on the third day to meet with the people. This tells me that God is reliable and dependable. He can be trusted to do exactly what He says He will do. God has integrity. So whatever God has told you, know that He is able and will do just that. Numbers 23:19 says:
“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”(NLT)

Prayer:
Dear Lord we thank you for today. Thank you for delighting in us and choosing us to be your treasured possession. We ask for grace to yield ourselves in obedience to you. Pls help us daily consecrate ourselves to you and rid us of anything that distracts us from you. Thank you dear Lord. In Jesus Name we prayed. Amen.

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Have a blessed day 🙂

***With God all things are possible***