Thursday, March 17, 2016

March 17, 2016: Don’t Do It !!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 77  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Dennis Jernigan, with his friend Annie Herring, singing Dennis’ song, Faithful and True,… declaring the need for all Who follow Christ to faithfully follow His way in this life … even though it is so hard at times.

Highlight Passage:  Deuteronomy 30:16 [NKJV] …    
15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, 16 in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. 
… Jesus preaches of the ever sustaining, always providing, love of His Father.
Highlight Context – Deuteronomy 30:11-20 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Moses said it over and over again; but did God’s people get it?

Reference Passage #1 - Exodus 20:1-17 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
…The big 10 don’ts … But do we follow God's signpost??

Reference Passage #3 - John 14:21 [NKJV] …  
21 “… He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” 
… Could Jesus have made it any more clear?

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Poh Fang Chia, reminded his readers (me) of a very human tendency which has hung God’s people up since the Garden … where mankind couldn’t abide by God’s one rule and rebelled against His very clear instructions.

And how many times did Moses have to repeat God’s rules to God’s chosen, who had been wandering in the wilderness for almost 40 years [see today’s highlight passage above]? God gave His people His VERY CLEAR laws, didn’t He? And Moses told the people to follow them or die? But over and over and over again, what was the very human tendency of God’s chosen ones? … Yes, … REBELLION. And we’re still doing it to this day, aren’t we?

When I see a “stay off the grass” sign in someone’s beautifully groomed yard, what does the little boy in me want to do? You guessed it? And when one needs to lose weight, does putting a “NO EATING” sign on the fridge help? Not if we don’t choose to abide by it. … And how many people do we have to see die in auto accidents to motivate us to abide by signs like the one in the attached photo - “NO TEXTING WHILE DRIVING?” 

Moses pointed God’s people to God’s ultimate “DON”T DO IT” signpost (see Exodus 20:1-17) with the warning that they would die if they didn’t obey. … But what was the outcome of that. Jesus (see John 14:21) very clearly declared that only those who truly love Him will keep his commands. But what happened in that other garden when Jesus was arrested by the Temple guard? Yeah, … even His closest disciples bolted and ran in fear.

We all have trouble believing that those “DON’T DO IT!!” sign posts are really for our good. And even when we do believe the warnings are for our good, we often ignore the signs (such as the one in the attached photo) anyway., don’t we? Well, how about it, fellow Christian? If we know it comes from God today, how about we go out there and stay off the grass; … or avoid a little chocolate to lose weight: … or REALLY abide our State’s no texting laws?

 God’s laws are to allow us to live; and if we believe them and love our Lord, we’ll abide by them. So, please listen to the poignant and pertinent song by Dennis Jernigan above; and then let’s just lay down the cell phone and follow our Lord as we drive though life today.

My Prayer Today:  Heavenly Father, …Thank You, Lord, for Your laws to help me stay alive for Your glory. … Amen  

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