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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Not a Request, But a Command

Deuteronomy 26:11-13, 17-19
“So you shall rejoice in every good thing which the LORD your God has given to you and your house, you and the Levite and the stranger who is among you.
“When you have finished laying aside all the tithe of your increase in the third year—the year of tithing—and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, so that they may eat within your gates and be filled, then you shall say before the LORD your God: ‘I have removed the holy tithe from my house, and also have given them to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, according to all Your commandments which You have commanded me; I have not transgressed Your commandments, nor have I forgotten them.
“Today you have proclaimed the LORD to be your God, and that you will walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments, and His judgments, and that you will obey His voice. Also today the LORD has proclaimed you to be His special people, just as He promised you, that you should keep all His commandments, and that He will set you high above all nations which He has made, in praise, in name, and in honor, and that you may be a holy people to the LORD your God, just as He has spoken.”
God commanded Israel to take care of the priest, widows and the fatherless; these were people who could not provide for themselves.  When I think of the state of our nation, I am grieved over how there are those who expect the government to care for them and expect others to foot the bill. When did we stop caring for our own? Noah (Adam) is the father of us all. Should we not love and care for one another?
When did we stop?  Why did we allow them tell us we couldn't pray in school anymore? When I was a child we were allowed a moment of silence after the pledge to the United States flag. Did you know that one of the reason schools were started in the United States was to teach our children to read so they would not be ignorant of the Word of God. But our government has gotten so big that they want to dictate how we should live: seatbelts for all - I made it through my childhood without a seatbelt; you must give services from your own business to whomever wants service -no matter if you agree with their lifestyle or not; and the latest, all public schools are to allow students to use whatever bathroom you identify with -forget the way God made you.  They call wrong right and right wrong.  Why did we let them replace God's Word with tolerance. Do you think God will tolerate this for long?  He is merciful but he will hold everyone accountable for what we do or don't do.

I refuse to be conformed to the mold of this world. But I will continually be transformed by the renewing of my mind through the Word of God (BIBLE).
How can we do what the Bible is says if we don't read it, meditate on it, and do what is says? 
Jesus was more than willing to die for us, even those who were not born yet. Jesus told us to count the cost of following Him. How willing are you to die to your selfish desires and live solely for Him?
If we aren't impacting the world around us, you have to ask yourself, "Is the world impacting and changing me?" We can't bury ourselves in distractions or bury ourselves in technology. We must seek God with all our heart and pray, pray, pray.
"Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and stand before the Son of Man."

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