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About-Him.Com Devotional 07-13-2013
What Does God Require?
We all recall the story of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt and their forty year sojourn in the wilderness. After passing through the Red Sea, they danced and praised God on the shore (Ex. 15:20). Less than two months later as they surveyed the realities of the harsh desert, they murmured and complained against Moses and Aaron (Ex. 16:1). While Moses was communing with God and receiving His law on Mt. Sinai, the people took occasion to have an orgy around an idol golden calf. That generation all died in the wilderness. Forty years later, as the new generation was getting ready to enter Canaan, God told them just what He expected from them, and from us.
Deuteronomy 6:4 ¶ Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is] one LORD:
5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Deuteronomy 10:12 ¶ And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,
Seven hundred years later, the prophet Micah reminded Israel of these original texts.
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Jesus told us that to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength was the greatest commandment of all.
Mark 12:29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments [is], Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this [is] the first commandment.
The human race as a whole never learned to love God as He requires because we are incapable of doing so. Without Jesus, we are no different than the sinful generations before us, but probably worse (2 Ti. 3:1-4).
God saw our condition and remedied it. He set His own love upon us. Not because we were anything special, but because He loved us (De. 7:7). While we were still in our sins, He demonstrated His love for us upon the cross.
Isaiah 63:8 For he said, Surely they [are] my people, children [that] will not lie: so he was their Saviour.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Because Jesus loved and died for us, we became a new creation patterned after His divine nature (2 Pe. 1:4). We now hate the things that we once loved and love the things we once hated.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
All because God loved us first!
1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
We now have a new outlook on life. We’re no longer self-centered, but Christ centered.
2 Corinthians 5:15 And [that] he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
Being made alive in Jesus, we let Him live His life in us. Because He enables us, we can love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. We love mercy and strive to walk in righteousness. As God enables us we endeavor to walk humble before Him, everyday.
Ephesians 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
Do you remember this chorus?
Let your love flow through me, Let your love flow through me
Make me a blessing wherever I may be
Keep me pure, keep me clean, So that You may be seen
Let your love, let Your love, flow through me
The Christian life is a life that consists of following Jesus. A. W. Pink
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