You know what is recorded there for us, don’t you?
The Ten Commandments.
And you know why they were given, right? A mirror to show us our need for God. A means for us to realize we need a Savior because perfection is something that we just cannot achieve in our sin nature.
Galatians 3:(King James Version)
23But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
24Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
And since salvation, how much attention do we pay to the Ten Commandments? How much time as Christians do we invest meditating upon them?
What if we took another look at them today? To Read them as recorded in the NASB click here or you may prefer to read in your own familiar Text there in your hands. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Good. You’re Back.
See if this bears out with your spirit. Would it not help us if we understood GOD to be saying this to us?
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of slavery to your own sin nature; I saved you and this is what I expect you to learn to do, to practice it faithfully. I will help you. I have come Myself to help you. I am within you since I saved you. So this is what you must do to be conformed to the imagine of your Savior.
I am your God and you will not have another — you will not bow down to your bank account, your position in the church, your career, your family, your boat, your time, your recreation, nothing – nothing but ME. This is the only way for you to be free. It is the only way for you to have happiness or success as you journey My earth. You must listen and obey Me because if you do not, your idols will corrupt your children and make it even more difficult for them to come to Me. I don’t want this. You don’t want this.
In all generations, My plan is the same. It will not change. I will show lovingkindness to My children who obey Me and keep My commandments, those that do not — well they will suffer. That is just the way it is. I am not apologizing for it. It’s best for you and I love you too much to give you a plan that does not work or one that will not make you holy and happy.
You will not take My name in vain. This is more than you just refraining from saying God d__n this or that. This is taking on My name, saying you are Mine and then refusing to obey Me; refusing to be conformed to the image of your Savior.
You need to remember sabbath means rest and you are to rest from your own efforts at trying to save yourself or make yourself good enough for Me to love you. I do. Believe Me. And I expect you to remember this not just on Sunday but every day of the week. And as to work, earning a wage, providing for your family; I expect you to work responsibly. Work enough hours to give balance and order to your family and likewise rest and play too. And yes I expect you and your family to attend and take part in corporate worship with others who believe Me. And yes I expect it every Sunday, unless I let you off for sickness or the like.
I expect you to be kind and gentle with your parents however old, sick or cantankerous you think they are. And if you still live under the same roof and they feed you at their table, you obey them. Your ONLY exception is if they tell you to do something My Word has told you to not do.
Now I am going to give these next ones to you quick because they are really self-explanatory:
Do not murder another human being, period. Inside the womb, outside the womb. And I did say murder, not killings such as in war or threat to life and family.
Do not in your mind fantasize about sexual intimacies with anyone that you are not married to and like Joseph if sexual advances are made toward you I expect you to run for your life immediately!
Do not steal. If it (paper clips, candy bars, Cameros — you name it) ain’t yours by means that you earned it, purchased it or someone gave it to you as a gift — keep your hands off of it! Leave it alone!
If it is not the truth – Do NOT say it! Do not even imply it! Not in spoken or written word, not even your body language. (Not even to yourself about yourself.)Yes! I AM serious!
Do not covet. You will not plot, scheme, cry, pout, or envy ANYTHING that I have given to your brothers and sisters in the Church or your biological family; and certainly that goes as well for anything people who have so far rejected me and yet whom I have allowed, for now, to have use of it.
You practice these things and I promise you, you will be holy in practice and you will be so happy you will have to pinch yourself to make sure you are not dreaming!
I love you. Believe Me.
This blessed and help me today. Although it is not as the inspired WORD you have in your home and hands, I do believe it paraphrases pretty good what the Ten Commandments are to be to us Christians here in 2011.
ABBA, You know my desire here is to help; to encourage myself and others to yield and honor You with our lives. I pray this devotional offering will do that. I am not expecting perfection from anyone, but You, and certainly not from me. You know how messed up in the natural I am. I know that unless You give it and do it there is not one good thing I can do or even think. And so I am grateful for this look at Your Ten Commandments; that they are still vital and helpful to us who by Your Grace have been redeemed. And speaking of redeemed I have some precious ones on my mind today. Thank You for what you are doing to redeem them. HOLY SPIRIT, thank You that You will leave nothing undone that should be done in order to help them receive repentance and restoration. Thank You for what You are doing for our Praying for These list. And, LORD, we need to add Collin and Elaine and Pamela to this list today. You know the illness, You know the strain and drain not only on Collin but his mother and grandmother. I am so glad You care and You are helping and healing. I pray for willing hearts all around this. And our IDOK Troops, we are mindful of them too this day. Thank You for watching over them, for keeping them safe and we ask for safe returns home for each of them. Thank You for Grands recovery and new life. You have been so good and I know You are not finished yet. Thank You. And now for all our IDOKs I pray for peace and strength and open and willing hurts to be the servants and children You have saved us to be in JESUS Name. Amen and amen.
Until then + + +
Kathie Whitestone Thompson
Follower of Christ. Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother. Some call me a teacher. Some say I'm a prayer warrior. A few accredit me with some writing skills. Me? I say I'm a work in slow progress, looking for perfection in eternity and until then having all the holy fun I know how.