Sunday, June 2, 2013

Transforming The Heart

Deuteronomy 30:11-15 “For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?’ But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it. See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.”

In Romans 10 Paul quotes from both Moses and Isaiah. His quote of Moses is from Deuteronomy 30 where he challenges the people to not only follow God’s commandments, but to love the Lord their God which would result in His blessing. However, we know the history of the people of Israel as Paul speaks in Romans is that the very things they knew they forsook in order to chase after a righteousness of their own - a righteousness based upon works and human effort. In doing this they lost sight of the most important thing in which they had been instructed, which is loving and following after God from their hearts. And when it all depends on you there is not rest.

But a life founded in trusting God places us in a condition of humble submission and daily dependence. It also confirms to us that our ultimate success or even progress is subject to His sovereign plan and direction. Our responsibility it to love, listen, trust, and obey.

Romans 8:37-39 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Today in “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (6/2)

Relax in My healing, holy Presence. Be still, while I transform your heart and mind. Let go of cares and worries, so that you can receive My Peace. Cease striving, and know that I am God.

Do not be like Pharisees who multiplied regulations, creating their own form of “godliness.” They got so wrapped up in their own rules that they lost sight of Me. Even today, man-made rules about how to live the Christian life enslave many people. Their focus is on their performance, rather than on Me.

It is through knowing Me intimately that you become like Me. This requires spending time alone with Me. Let go, relax, be still, and know that I am God.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2

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