February 10, 2019

February 10 
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 ESV
Exodus 19-20 
19 Obey the voice of the Lord, keep His covenant and be His treasured possession.  “The third day”.  Reminds me of something great that happened on the third day!  Moses listened to the initial instructions the Lord gave and passed the test of obedience.  God does not change.  Trust is when the Lord speaks to me and I obey.  Moses knew he could not actually see God lest he die so how could he bring the people up to see God?  He couldn’t and didn’t.  
  • 20: No God’s before the Lord our God – this has not changed.
  • No idolatry – this has not changed.
  • No taking the Lord’s Name in vain – this has not changed.  BTW: taking the Lord’s Name in vain is not just swearing but it is using His Name disrespectfully.
  • The Sabbath day is a rest day from normal work –this has not changed.  One day a week belongs to our Lord and we are to rest in Him.
  • Honor our fathers and mothers so we may live long – this has not changed.
  • No murder – this has not changed.
  • No adultery – this has not changed.
  • No stealing – this has not changed.
  • No false witness (lying) against someone – this has not changed.
  • No coveting (yearning for what someone else has producing jealousy) – this has not changed.
Our Lord summed up these commands:
Matthew 22:36-40 (ESV)
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
How much does a person love the Lord?  By the degree they do not sin.  
Psalms 73 
Coveting is foolish especially of those who seem to have it all on this earth.  Knowing God reveals what happens in the end to those who mock Him even if they seem to “have it all”.  
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

I am to tell of all of God’s wondrous works.
Romans 13
We can complain about the governing authorities but the reality is that God has placed each and every one of them for His purposes.  We will understand at least by the end of days but even know we see how God is moving Nations in that direction.  Taxes are to be paid on all of our earnings in order to please God.  Cheating does not please the Lord.  Give to Caesar what is Caesars and to God what is God’s (Luke 20:25).  Not paying taxes is not trusting God.  Yes, take every legal write off you can but don’t be deceived for God is not to be mocked!  I am only to owe love and not be a debtor.  Interesting that we are reading about the summation of the commandments we just read in Exodus.  
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

In my walk with the Lord. “put on” loving God with all of my heart and my neighbor as myself.
Meditate & Apply: Obey the voice of the Lord, keep His covenant and be His treasured possession.  Love God with all of my heart and others as He has loved me and I will keep from sin.  Those who have God with contentment are the ones who truly have it all.  Longing for what someone else has is called coveting and leads is sin and leads to more sin. Be truly content with what I have or I am grumbling against God and not the person who has what I think I want and need.  God knows what we have need of before we even ask Him (Matthew 6:8) I am to give to “Ceasar” what is his (taxes, law abiding, etc.) and give God all that is due Him.  My debt is love and nothing else so no one owns me except God.  Consistently fulfill the great commands and all else is taken care of on my behalf.

1 Comment

Whitney McCarthy - February 10th, 2019 at 8:40pm

Amen, let God take care of me, not try to do it myself.





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