You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you… Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children… You shall be careful therefore to do as the LORD your God has commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.  You shall walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess…  Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them, that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.  “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.  You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.  You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.  You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.  You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. —Deuteronomy 4:2, 9; 5:32; 6:3-9

Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them. —John 14:21

Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” —Matthew 22:37-40

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; instead, bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. —Ephesians 6:4

            If you or I really love God we are going to adhere to what He has to say.  Not only that but we are going to immensely desire to sit at His feet and listen to what He has to say.  This is so vital.  He is the One who is sovereign.  He is Lord.  He is Creator.  He is the One who speaks to us His desires and we are to be His servants, being what He desires and doing what He desires.  We are not to add to what He says or take away from what He says.  What He says is to be passed on to our children and what He has told us we are to proclaim and make disciples of all the nations (Matthew 28:10-20).  Those who follow the Lord Jesus Christ will be made “fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19) and will be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). 

            We are not to be forgetful hearers, but faithful “doers of the Word” so we will not be self-deceived (James 1:22-25).  That was the problem with Israel.  They heard God’s Word but they did not put it into practice and they wound up being self-deceive and went after other gods which are no gods at all!  So it is today.  When people do not adhere and live out God’s Word they are led astray.  They wind up with a god of their own making and doing what they want to do.  This often has a Christian veneer and is dangerous to the unsuspecting.  Measure everything and everybody by the Word of God!

Let us be faithful to listen to what God has to say in His Word and then live as He wants us to live.  Dear Father may this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.  Yes, may this be so.

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