”…every part of us and our possessions must respond to God Loving God…”

Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 5 – 6; Psalm 34; Mark 14

Scripture: ‘‘And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.’’ (Deuteronomy 6:5)

Observation: Israel had just been delivered from Egypt, a nation with many gods. This was not to be their pattern in worship. He told them that their God unlike the gods of Egypt is one God. And they in turn were to give Him everything in them…spirit, soul and body. The Egyptians with many gods were not faithful to their numerous gods…you cannot serve two masters…this was not to be heard among them…they were to be totally committed to God and God alone.

Application: What does it mean to love God with all of our heart, soul and body? This is what the Bible says: ‘‘To love God means that we obey His commandments. Obeying his commandments isn’t difficult.’’ (1 John 5:3 GW). This means that every part of us and our possessions must respond to God and His word and by this you demonstrate your love for God.

Prayer: How much of you love God?

The Key to Life ”…our prosperity is not anchored so much on our hard work but more on our obedience and faith in God.”

 

Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 3 – 4; Mark 13

Scripture: ‘‘Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgements, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you.’’ Deuteronomy 4:1

Observation: Moses continues his rehearsal of God’s laws to Israel, which in simple terms were to regulate their social and spiritual lives as they entered Canaan. Their relationships with one another and towards God were anchored on these laws. Obedience to these laws determined their well-being.

Application: The Church is God’s community today as Israel was in the wilderness. We must come to terms with the fact that our prosperity is not anchored so much on our hard work but more on our obedience and faith in God. God’s command yesterday is still valid today. ‘‘You are my friends if you do what I tell you to do.’’ (John 15:14 ERV). As God’s community on earth, His promise to us is not a physical inheritance but spiritual. Obedience to His commands is a precondition for inheritance.

Prayer: Inheritance of God’s promise is based on obedience. How close are you to God’s promised inheritance? Pray about this.