The Ten Commandments
1. First Commandment. “You shall have no other gods before Me.” Exodus 20:3
35 Then one of them,
a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all
your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’” 38 This is the first and great
commandment. 39 And the second
is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as
■Is God first in my life? Is God first in my heart? Is God my first priority?
■Am I loving God in worship and obedience with all my heart, my “whole heart?” Am I loving God with all my soul
(mind, will, emotions) and all my mind (focus, intellect)?
■Did I love anyone or anything more than God?
■Did I doubt or deny that God exists?
■Did I deny or hide that I am a Christian?
■Am I giving time to God each day in thanksgiving? worship? prayer? reading His Word? listening to hear His still small voice?
■Do I value or exalt anyone or anything above God?
■Did I have false gods in my life that I gave greater love or attention to than
God Himself, like money, profession, drugs, TV, fame, pleasure, hobbies, sports, entertainment,
■Do I put God first in my marriage and family?
■Is there anyone or anything that I look forward to being with more than God Himself? (if so then that is my god… it is idolatry and it grieves the heart of God that I love anything or anyone more than Him)
■God says this from His Holy Word directly to me:
Jeremiah 9:23-24 Amplified Bible (AMP)
23Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise and skillful person glory and boast in his wisdom and skill; let not the mighty and powerful person glory and boast in his strength and power; let not the person who is rich [in physical gratification and earthly wealth] glory and boast in his [temporal satisfactions and earthly] riches;
24But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me [personally and practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character], that I am the Lord, Who practices loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.
■Question: In the above verse, do I glory MOST in understanding and knowing God personally, practically, directly? or do I glory more in widsom, skill, might, power, riches?
■Am I bowing down to anything other than God or serving any god other than God?
Dear Heavenly Father, My Lord and Savior Jesus, Precious Holy Spirit!
This is all I want! To love You God with ALL of my heart, soul, and mind! Please help me to love You more and abide in You more! You are my exceeding GREAT REWARD! You are the PEARL OF GREAT PRICE! Lord Jesus you said in John 14:21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. I commit to loving You AND obeying You with ALL MY HEART!
I want to love You and be filled with Your Holy Spirit so Your love can flow through me to people!
I want to be GREAT at the GREAT COMMANDMENT of LOVING YOU! In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
The Ongoing Pursuit Of Wholehearted Love and Devotion to God….
“Abiding” by Lisa Gottshall, Worship Leader, Singer: http://justinrizzo.com/team-blog/01/2013/abiding
Excerpt: ” I can serve my heart out. But that’s the problem… He never wanted heartless servers, only heart-full servers. He whispered to me, “It’s possible to serve Me your whole life and not know Me.” And in a moment my life realigned before Him—for the umpteenth time. Who cares about goal #1 and goal #2?! I gotta get back to looking into Your eyes every day… and whispering words of love to You, and hearing Your whispers of love back to me.
And if I stay in that place, it doesn’t matter what else happens. If I win in this, I could fail at all else and still be successful. (But those in love don’t fail at everything else. They actually thrive. And those in love don’t serve less. In the end, they give all.)
ABIDING… When my heart is overwhelmed, to just keep looking into His eyes. Whisper to Him words of love and hear Him whisper them to me.”
“The Press” by Anna Blanc, Worship Leader, Singer: http://justinrizzo.com/team-blog/02/2013/press “Her desire is to live every moment in constant communion with Christ within. She desires to write songs that will lead hearts in the adoration of Jesus.”
With eleven unscripted months ahead of me, and (Lord willing) years of life yet to be lived, the opportunities and options seem boundless. How close can one heart grow to its Maker, and how alive can it become in the Word of God? These are the questions that ruminate in me these days. I’m not hopelessly optimistic; I know my limitations, and my failures are ever before me. As a wife, mommy, and woman in ministry I know the pinch of a shortage of time. I know the pain at the end of the day, wishing I had made different choices with my time.I daily feel the threats of the “lesser pleasures” that would distract me from simple devotion to Christ. But even these cannot dull the hope and longing to live bigger in love, give more and be abandoned at new levels THIS year. Even beyond the narrow scope of a single year, how will I plan to give everything I am in pursuit of love in the next five years? Ten years? Thirty? With seasons changing around me and time either alluding me or abounding depending on life’s circumstances, how will I live a life of extravagant devotion through it all? My simple, ambitious answer to these questions is what I call “the press”.
How close can one heart grow to its Maker, and how alive can it become in the Word of God?
The press boils down to a heart posture in life. Posture is too stagnant a word: more like heart action. It is the constant, continual, unending reach for God with as much time and energy as we have available….. However, we have the ability, even responsibility to control the level of our pursuit of God in every season.
The gold found in pressing into Him with the short moments is that the heart stays continually in a posture of reaching…. If we maintain the press in our spirits, the minutes that give way to hours come as a joy. Our hearts can flourish and the adventure of drawing near to love that began so long ago with an offering of minutes can grow into a bonfire of a given life. Actually, I believe that through the years of pressing, a bonfire of love is what He sees all along.
“The Bride Of Christ” by David Wilkerson: Click on link: http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/node/15471
“If I do not spend time with Jesus every day—in prayer with Him, or seeking His Word—I do not love Him and I am breaking His heart!”
——————Song Of Solomon 8:6 Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm: for love is strong as
death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire,
which has a most vehement flame.———————
2. Second Commandment. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image – any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me. Exodus 20: 4-6
■Do I have any carved images – any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the water under the earth?
- Bible Verses on “Idolatry” CLICK HERE: http://bible-topics.com/Idolatry.html
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. ” Galatians 2:20
“God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Galatians 6:14
Hated by the world
“…the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18
“For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ;whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame — who set their mind on earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body.…”Philippians 3:18-21
The main reason Jesus came into the world
“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities;The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
READ FULL ARTICLE: http://www.crossroad.to/HisWord/verses/topics/cross.html
Philippians 3:19 Amplified Bible (AMP)
19They are doomed and their [a]fate is eternal
misery (perdition); their god is their stomach (their appetites, their
sensuality) and they glory in their shame, [b]siding with earthly
things and being of their party.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are my God! Nothing
else! No one else!
My appetite is for You! I glory in knowing You and understanding You!
(Jeremiah 9:23-24) and not “earthly things!”
We must daily purify our hearts from any doublemindedness.
Matthew 22:26-40 (NKJV) 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus says that we are not of this world even as He is not of the world. John 17:16-26 King James Version (KJV)
16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
James 1:8 being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
James 4:4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
1 Chronicles 12:33 Of Zebulun, there were 50,000 who went out in the army, who could draw up in battle formation with all kinds of weapons of war and helped David with an undivided heart.
Zephaniah 1:4-6 4 “I will stretch out My hand against Judah, And against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. I will cut off every trace of Baal from this place, The names of the idolatrous priests[b] with the pagan priests— 5 Those who worship the host of heaven on the housetops; Those who worship and swear oaths by the Lord, But who also swear by Milcom;[c] 6 Those who have turned back from following the Lord, And have not sought the Lord, nor inquired of Him.”
Revelation 3:15-18 `I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. `So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. `Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,
I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Psalm 119:113-115 I hate those who are double-minded, But I love Your law. You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word. Depart from me, evildoers, That I may observe the commandments of my God.
Isaiah 5:20-21 20Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
2 Corinthians 1:12 For our proud confidence is this: the testimony of our conscience, that in holiness and godly sincerity, not in fleshly wisdom but in the grace of God, we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially toward you.
1 Timothy 3:8 Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain,
1 Samuel 7:3 Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, “If you return to the LORD with all your heart, remove the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your hearts to the LORD and serve Him alone; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.”
Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
Ephesians 6:5-9 Slaves, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of your heart, as to Christ; not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart. With good will render service, as to the Lord, and not to men,
knowing that whatever good thing each one does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether slave or free. And masters, do the same things to them, and give up threatening, knowing that both their Master and yours is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him. Mark 7: ‘….This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 7 And in vain they worship Me,Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’[b] 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men[c] —the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.” 9 He said to them, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.
2 Kings 17:27-34 Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, “Take there one of the priests whom you carried away into exile and let him go and live there; and let him teach them the custom of the god of the land.” So one of the priests whom they had carried away into exile from Samaria came and lived at Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the LORD. But every nation still made gods of its own and put them in the houses of the high places which the people of Samaria had made, every nation in their cities in which they lived.
Meditations on the Excellencies of the Word of God א Aleph 119 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, Who walk in the law of the Lord! 2 Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who seek Him with the whole heart! 3 They also do no iniquity; They walk in His ways. 4 You have commanded us To keep Your precepts diligently. 5 Oh, that my ways were directed To keep Your statutes! 6 Then I would not be ashamed, When I look into all Your commandments. 7 I will praise You with uprightness of heart, When I learn Your righteous judgments. 8 I will keep Your statutes; Oh, do not forsake me utterly!
David Wilkerson: “The sin of idolatry brought down God’s awful wrath on His own people. It angered Him more than any other sin in the Old Testament, so much that He declared: “The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger” (Jeremiah 7:18).
A new idolatry is sweeping across our world right now. No, we don’t see people kneeling down before carved images anymore; instead, this modern idolatry seduces multitudes by its subtlety and cleverness. Yet it angers God more than any Old Testament idolatry.
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:6-8).
This “other gospel” that Paul mentions is a message of salvation without the cross. The great idolatry of our day is the casting aside of the message of the cross of Jesus Christ.
The cross — including its demands and hopes — is the very heart of the gospel. Any worship, any fellowship, anything calling itself church is blatant idolatry if the cross is not at its center. Such worship is of another spirit entirely and God will have nothing to do with it. Without the cross, all that is left is chaff — a perverted gospel, something from the pit of hell. It is more insulting to the Lord than the idolatry of Israel.
David Wilkerson “Freedom From Sin:” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgqFufM0GWo Excerpts: “These Ten Commandments represent the heart and nature of God. His holiness, His purity, His righteousness.” Excerpt: “In these last days, the only thing I can see is the New Covenant.” “Come to the cross and the victory of Jesus Christ… if you say Holy Ghost come upon me… You Lord are the One Who saved me. If I can plead Jesus that saved me from my sins then I can believe Him to give me dominion over my sins.”
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Our Part In Daily Victory in Jesus Christ: “Putting On The Whole Armor Of God!” http://www.crossroad.to/Bible_studies/Wardrobe/contents.html
3. Third Commandment. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain. Exodus 20:7
■Do I honor God’s Holy name? Do I hallow (keep holy) God’s name the same now on earth as it is in heaven…as God’s Holy name is being kept Holy right now this minute in heaven?
Amplified Bible (AMP)
9Pray, therefore, like this: Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name. 10Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Prayer: Righteous Holy Father God, Lord Jesus my Holy Savior, Precious Holy Spirit. I honor, hallow, and keep holy
Your name. You are Holy FOREVER. I keep Your name holy on earth as it is kept holy in heaven forever. Holy God, I speak of You and Your Holiness with reverence now and forever.
■Did I blaspheme or insult God?
■Did I take God’s name carelessly or uselessly?
■Did I curse, use profanity, or break an oath or vow?
■Did I treat God with disrespect or get angry with God?
■Do I utter false prophecy? Do I say a dream, word, or vision was from God when it
was from my own imagination? Do I speak ONLY the truth of actual dreams, words or visions that are truly from God? or have I pretended to hear a word, vision, dream or miracle from God? (which uses God’s name in vain. )
Incentive to speak ”right” of God so that His anger is not kindled against us:
Job 42:7 7 And so it was, after the LORD had spoken these words to Job, that the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is aroused against you and your two friends, for you have not spoken of Me what is right, as My servant Job has.
Deuteronomy 18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even
that prophet shall die.
The following is an edited transcript of the audio question to Pastor John Piper.
How do you define the sin of taking the Lord’s name in vain?
Well that’s a quote from the Ten Commandments: “Don’t take the name of the Lord your God in vain.” The idea of vanity (and I think the Hebrew carries this connotation) is “don’t empty the name.”
So it doesn’t just refer to a certain tone of voice or a certain use of the word. It’s dealing with God and speaking of God in a way that empties him of his significance.
This includes both throw-away words—like “God!” or “Jesus!”—as well as speaking about him in trifling and flippant ways. Not just swear ways but cheap ways, low and insignificant ways that just treat him like a commodity. And when you hear them you sense that there is no weight to that sentence, no corresponding emotion to that statement. It seems to have just been gutted.
God, Christ, the cross, the things he is and the things he did are great, and they’re weighty. And there’s a certain corresponding demeanor of worship that should be there.
So I think taking the Lord’s name in vain is more than “O my God!” or “Jesus Christ!” It is that plus more.
The positive way to look at it is to revere God, love God, delight in God, know God, fill up God with all that he is. And then out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak.
I think it is far better to take the commandments and not focus so much on the negative—that is “don’t lie, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t kill”—but rather focus on where those come from, and put the emphasis there. And here, “don’t take his name in vain” would mean that you take his name in vain because he is empty to you. Your mind doesn’t feel the weight and fullness of his glory.
So that’s the key: vain is empty. Don’t empty God of his weight and his glory. Fill it up rather than emptying it. http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/ask-pastor-john/how-do-you-define-the-sin-of-taking-the-lords-name-in-vain
Steve Hill: God’s Name in Vain
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Many of us have heard some form of this scripture since our childhood, but how many of us ever fully understood what it meant? I found Thomas Watson’s interpretation to be eye-opening, and I believe you will, too.
We take God’s name in vain when we speak slightly and irreverently of His name. We give earthly kings a title of honor such as “excellent majesty.” We should all the more speak of God with such sacred reverence as is due to the Infinite Majesty of heaven. When we speak slightly of God or His works, God interprets it to be contempt.
When we profess God’s name, but do not live answerably to it, that too is a taking His name in vain. “They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him” (Titus 1:16, NASB). When under a mask of profession, men will lie and deceive and are unclean, these make use of God’s name and abuse Him.
We take God’s name in vain when we use it in idle conversation. God is not to be spoken of but with an holy awe upon our hearts.
We take God’s name in vain when we worship Him with our lips but not our hearts. Isaiah 29:13 reads: “This people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me.”
Be careful in your daily conversation, friend. There are many ways to take the Lord’s name in vain. Be quick to repent and follow the commandment.
2 Chronicles 7; 2 John 1;
Habakkuk 2; Luke 21
4. Fourth Commandment. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8
Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work:…”
■Did I attend church and worship God on Sunday? He is worthy of all my praise for Who He is and for all that He has done for me.
■Did I come to church on time? leave early?
■Did I do work on Sunday that was not necessary?
■Sabbath means “to cease, to rest.” Did I set aside Sunday as a day of rest?
■Did I revere God this day which is God’s day because He deserves the
glory, honor, and majesty worthy of Holy Name?
■Did I “labor six days and do all my work” as God’s Word says or was I lazy or expect someone to do my work for me?
■God worked six days. It is God-like to work. John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.” Did I put in a full day’s work for a full day’s pay? Did I give a fair wage to my employees? Did I “do my work heartily as unto the Lord” serving my Lord Jesus Christ?
■Colossians 3:23-24 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for[a] you serve the Lord Christ.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the
whole matter. Fear God and keep His commandments. For this
is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgement. Including
every secret thing, whether good or evil.
Question: Am I ready to
stand before God who will bring every work into judgement,
including every secret thing whether good or evil?
5. Fifth Commandment. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12
■Did I disobey or disrespect my parents or legitimate
■Did I care for my aged and infirm relatives?
6. Sixth Commandment. “You shall not murder.” Exodus 20:13
■Did I physically kill or injure anyone?
■Did I have an abortion or advise someone else to have an
■Did I attempt suicide?
■Did I take part in or approve of “mercy killing”
1 John 3:15
Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
■Did I get angry, impatient, envious, unkind, proud, revengeful, jealous,
hateful toward another, lazy?
Matthew 5:20-24 Amplified Bible (AMP)
20For I tell you, unless your righteousness (your uprightness and your right standing with
God) is more than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the
kingdom of heaven.
21You have heard that it was said to the men of old, You shall not kill, and whoever kills
shall be [a]liable to and unable to escape the punishment imposed by the court.
22But I say to you that everyone who continues to be [b]angry with his
brother or harbors malice (enmity of heart) against him shall be [c]liable to and unable
to escape the punishment imposed by the court; and whoever speaks contemptuously
and insultingly to his brother shall be [d]liable to and unable
to escape the punishment imposed by the Sanhedrin, and whoever says, You [e]cursed fool! [You
empty-headed idiot!] shall be [f]liable to and unable
to escape the hell (Gehenna) of fire.
23So if when you are offering your gift at the altar you there remember that your brother has
any [grievance] against you,
24Leave your gift at the altar and go. First make peace with your brother, and then come back
and present your gift
■Did I abuse my children or spouse?
■Have I forgiven everyone from my heart?
7. Seventh Commandment. “You shall not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14
■Did I willfully entertain impure thoughts or desires?
■Did I use impure or suggestive words? Tell impure stories? Listen to them?
■Did I deliberately look at impure TV, videos, plays, movies, pictures or read impure materials?
■Did I commmit impure acts by myself (masturbation?)
Matthew 5: 17-31 Adultery in the Heart
27 “You have heard that it was said to those of old,[c] ‘You shall not commit adultery.’[d] 28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast itfrom you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.
Marriage Is Sacred and Binding 31 “Furthermore it has been said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality[e] causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery
■Did I commit impure acts with another – fornication (premarital sex) adultery (sex with a married person)?
■Did I avoid the occasions or places of temptation of impurity?
■Did I engage in homosexual activity?
■Did I respect and honor all members of the opposite sex or have I thought of other people as objects?
Young Korean Girl Goes To Hell And Lives To Tell What She Saw CLICK ON LINK: http://www.ultimatetube.com/videos/13572/Young-Korean-Girl-Goes-To-Hell-And-Lives-To-Tell-The-Tale-What-She-Saw
■Did I look at people from God’s persective? As individuals that He loved so much that He died for them out of love for them?
■Did I try to control my thoughts and think on these listed below? :
Philippians 4:8 Meditate on These Things
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
1 John 3:2-5 Amplified Bible (AMP)
2Beloved, we are [even here and] now God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [[a]as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him [b]just as He [really] is.
3And everyone who has this hope [resting] on Him cleanses (purifies) himself just as He is pure (chaste, undefiled, guiltless).
4Everyone who commits (practices) sin is guilty of lawlessness; for [that is what] sin is, lawlessness (the breaking, violating of God’s law by transgression or neglect–being unrestrained and unregulated by His commands and His will). 5You know that He ppeared in visible form and became Man to take away [upon Himself] sins, and in Him there is no sin [[c]essentially and forever].
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please forgive me for impure thoughts and/or actions. I commit to meditate all day on whatever things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, and praiseworthy! Heaven is my home FOREVER and I meditate on “seeing Jesus face to face right now which cleanses and purifies me as Jesus is pure!” Lord Jesus, Son of God, I meditate on seeing You face to face! Seeing Your Holy Face Jesus! Hallelujah!
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8. Eighth Commandment. “You shall not steal.” Exodus 20:15
■Did I steal, cheat, help or encourage others to steal or keep stolen goods? Have I made restitution for stolen goods?
■Did I fulfill my contracts, give or accept bribes, pay my bills?
■Did I steal time/money from my employer by wasting time at work?
9. Ninth Commandment. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” Exodus 20: 16
■Did I lie?
■Did I deliberately deceive others, or injure others by lies?
■Did I commit perjury? Did I lie under oath?
■Did I gossip or reveal others faults or sins?
■Did I fail to keep secret someone that was confidential?
And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defiles,
neither whatever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they
which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Revelation 21:27 Amplified Bible (AMP)
27But nothing that defiles or profanes or is [a]unwashed
shall ever enter it, nor anyone who commits abominations (unclean, detestable,
morally repugnant things) or practices falsehood, but only
those whose names are recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
10. Tenth Commandment. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, or his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.” Exodus 20: 17
■Did I envy other people’s gifts? possessions? families?
■Did I make material possessions the purpose of my life?
O my God, I love you above all things, with my whole heart and
soul, because you are all good and worthy of all my love
For Further Examination:
by being insensitive towards Your mercies,
by neglecting Your commandments
by being ungrateful
by being indifferent towards Your Truth
by having doubts about faith,
by being superstitious and curious about unGodly
by spiritual weakness, vanity, suspicion, jealousy,
envy, irritability and anger.
by excessive sadness, depression and
by contempt for people, gloating over misfortunes
others, self-reliance, pride and blasphemous thoughts
Sins of the tongue
by idle talk
by criticizing of others, or putting others down
to inflate my own ego
by using rude words, yelling, and by making
by cursing people and wishing them evil
by mockery and insults
by telling indecent jokes, bragging and breaking
by complaining, irreverent conversations and
by spreading unkind rumors, gossiping, lying,
slandering and denunciation.
Sins through action
by being selfish, lazy and by wasting time.
by careless and disoriented prayer
by missing church services and coming late to
by being disrespectful with my parents or those
God has placed in authority over me, by refusing to help them and to do what
they said, by disobedience and stubbornness
by negligence towards family needs and by failing
to instruct my children in the Christian faith
by self centeredness, over-preoccupation with my
career and success in life, greediness, stinginess and by failing to help the
by over-eating, over-indulgence, breaking fasts,
smoking, abusing alcohol, using stimulants, squandering resources and by
by looking at someone with lust, looking at
indecent films or magazines, listening to music which evokes crude or lustful
desires, listening to indecent jokes and stories
by wasting too much time in front of a TV, by
watching scenes of violence and sin.
by being obsessed with my appearance, by behaving
in a tempting matter, masturbation, lasciviousness, sexual perversions,
adultery, and other corporal sins which are too shameful to say aloud
by losing my temper, displaying anger, by
crudeness, rude treatment of close ones, by non-reconciliation and
by hypocrisy, insolence, impertinence and careless
handling of sacred objects
by being cruel, deceitful, stealing, and taking
by consenting to abortion or not speaking out
by having interest in occult subjects,
astrological forecasts and by visiting fortune tellers.
Dear Lord God, Please forgive me. I need Your
mercy. I ask this in Jesus’ Name. Thank You!
“Though your sins may be like scarlet, I shall
whiten them as snow; Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool”
John 14:21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”
John 14:23 Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
John 15:10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
1 John 2:3 We know that we have come to know him if we obey him.
1 John 5:3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,
2 John 1:6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
John 14:15 If you love me, keep my commandments.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You state it very clearly in Your Word that obedience is love. If I am not obeying You then I am not loving You.
Heavenly Father, please help me to obey You as much as I love You! Please help me to love You AND obey You with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength! Help me to fix my eyes on You Jesus now and forever! Help me to abide in You and Your Word! I want to talk to you all day long and be with You! Apart from You I can do nothing! I need Your grace! Lord Jesus take possession of me: mind, body, soul and spirit and fill me with Your Word that I may not sin against You! I commit to obey You with all of my heart, soul, mind, will, emotions and strength! Fill me with Your Holy Spirit! I ask You to fill me with Your holiness and live a holy live through me!
I ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Love, Fear and Obedience by David Wilkerson
By David Wilkerson August 17, 1992 __________
“… By the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.” (Proverbs 16:6) “The fear of the LORD is to hate evil…” (Proverbs 8:13) “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me…” (John 14:21) “And this is love, that we walk after his commandments…” (2 John 1:6)
Love, fear and obedience – when it comes to walking with God, they all mean the same thing. In the past I have preached on love for God, the fear of God and obedience to God, as if they were three different aspects of our relationship to the Lord. But I am learning now that these three are inseparable that you cannot practice one without the other two:
You cannot love God without having the fear of God in you. You cannot love Him without obeying His Word. And you do not truly fear God unless you love and obey Him.
Ask yourself: What is your motivation for gaining victory over lusts, passions and besetting sins? For obtaining holiness, godliness and purity of heart?
Some teach that only the fear of God provokes believers to flee lusts. They quote these biblical passages: “Destruction and misery are in their ways: and the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:16-18). “Fear the Lord, and depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:7). “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death” (Proverbs 14:27).
Scripture says the early church was edified by “walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 9:31) And Jeremiah said sinful Israel didn’t follow God with all their heart because they didn’t fear Him: “My fear is not in thee” (Jeremiah 2:19).
But other ministers teach that the only proper motivation against sin is love. I heard a Baptist pastor thundering on the radio recently: “Fear is not for the Christian – it has torment! You can’t walk with God if you fear Him. Love is the only response to grace you’ll ever need. If you love God, you’ll obey Him.”
This pastor absolutely ruled out the fear of God as any motivation for obedience to the Lord! The very idea of teaching people the holy fear of God seemed abhorrent to him.
Indeed, from pulpits everywhere today you hear mostly messages on love. There is little preaching about the fear of God – almost no powerful prophetic sermons that bring conviction of sin and compromise. Instead, pastors teach: “Just love Jesus with all your heart, and everything will be all right. We’re not under the law – we’re called to liberty! We all fail, but love covers all sin. So just learn to love. Love Jesus and the brethren, and you’ll be guaranteed heaven.”
That sounds good – but it’s not what the Word of God says! You may answer, “But didn’t Jesus say the two most important commandments hinge on love – that we’re to love God and love our neighbor?”
Yes, He did! I have no argument with those who teach that love ought to be our primary motivation as believers. My problem is the difference between the modern-day church’s definition of what Jesus calls love!
Love is not merely an emotion or an affection for Christ. It cannot be fully shown just through worship or preaching. And it can’t be measured by emotions. Many Christians can sit in church and feel great emotion, crying out to God and weeping and then walk straight out of the church and disobey God. Jesus says that’s not loving Him!
Nothing Could Be Clearer in God’s Word: Love Means Obeying the Commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ!
Jesus said the only kind of love acceptable to Him is obedience to His every command – obeying His Word in all things and at all times!
“If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15) “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love” (John 15:10). “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous” (1 John 5:3). Christ could not have made it plainer: Loving Him means obeying His every command!
But what produces a consistent, lasting obedience? I am convinced that godly, loving obedience springs from one source: the fear of the living God! Obedience birthed by a true and pious fear of God is love perfected. I offer the following Scriptures as proof:
“And hereby do we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby we know that we are in Him” (1 John 2:3-5).
“Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28-29).
You don’t hear these Scriptures preached from many pulpits today. Instead, Jesus is portrayed as a doting grandfather who overlooks sin! Of course, He knows we’re all weak, and that at times we’re going to fail. But Scripture is saying something different here: It’s saying that obedience to His commands is love perfected – and the fear of God is what motivates us to obey!
Simply put it all boils down to this: If you truly have the fear of God in you, then you will obey His every word and by doing that, you will be loving Him in the way He says is acceptable to Him.
If you fear the Lord and obey His Word in all things, you won’t have to keep examining your heart to see if you truly love Him. You won’t keep trying to measure your love by your tears or lack of tears. You can simply rest in His Word – Christ’s very own Word – that your obedience to Him is love!
Yet, on the other side of the coin are all the ways we think we express love for Jesus. For example, we can sit in His holy presence and sing tearfully: “Oh, how I love Jesus .,..” “You’re the love of my life….” “Jesus, you’re the center of my joy….” But if we are not obeying God’s Word in our daily life, then all our talking, preaching and singing about loving Jesus are nothing but sentimental soulishness. It is all a sham!
God has commanded you to forsake the world, separate yourself from evil companions, and crucify your flesh with all its lusts and passions. Are you obeying Him in these things? If not – if you continually disobey the Word He has given you – then your worship is totally unacceptable to Him, It is as sounding brass, tinkling cymbals – meaningless noise!
Many Christians Do Not Take God’s Word Seriously – They Don’t Believe God Means What He Says!
Did Jesus really mean what He said to His own dear friends? He told the disciples, “Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him, which after He hath killed hath power to cast into hell: yea. I say unto you Fear Him” (Luke 12:4-5).
Does God really mean it when He says, “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15)? Or, “When lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death?” (James 1:15).
I heard one preacher say recently, “You can’t obey all the commandments in the Bible. And even if you did obey them all, it still wouldn’t save you. That would be legalism!”
No! On the contrary we have tried to destroy Christ’s commands by calling them the law! The wonderful commandments He gave us were for our good, to save us from ourselves and from our sins! He commanded us to repent. He commanded us to believe in Him and in the heavenly Father. And He commanded us to love our brother as ourselves to forgive others, and He in turn would forgive us.
If you are obeying these commands alone – to repent from your sins, to believe that the Father sent Jesus, and to love and forgive your brother – then you are saved! You’re walking in the light as you have received it.
When Jesus says we’re not saved by the law, He’s talking about something altogether different. He’s talking about our efforts to “earn” salvation – the way the Jewish leaders tried to by observing all the religious customs: the washing of pots and pans, the carefully calculated tithes, and all the rest of the 660 works of the flesh.
No one can ever be saved by works. But I ask you: Which of the Ten Commandments can you break and go to heaven? Adultery? Lying? The New Testament itself says, “Adulterers God will judge” (Hebrews 13:4), and “all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:5).
Beloved, we don’t have the right to break any of these commandments! Jesus said He came not to destroy the law, but to fulfill it – and that if any man taught otherwise, he should have a millstone tied around his neck and be cast into the sea!
I’m going to make a very bold statement: I believe it is impossible to consistently walk in obedience and holiness unless you have the fear of God in your heart!
If you don’t have the fear of God, you will eventually believe that God is easy on sin. You’ll think that since He’s your loving Father, He’ll never reject you – that you can sin all you want and keep getting up. You’ll get on a merry-go-round of “sin, confess, sin, confess” – and you’ll say to yourself, “I can do whatever I want, I’ll just run back to Jesus and make it right. He’ll forgive me at any moment!”
No! It is true the thief who hung on the cross next to Jesus was saved in his dying hour – but true repentence had already taken place in him! Many today think they can cry out to God just before they die – but the truth is, they will be too hardened by their sin!
Right now, you may be asking, “How can I obtain the fear of God? If the fear of the Lord is the very foundation of obedience, and obedience is love perfected – then show me how to lay hold of a holy fear.”
You Obtain the Fear of God Just as Israel Did: You Learn It!
The Lord is ready to teach His fear to all who desire it: “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord” (Psalm 34:11)
God teaches us the fear of Him through His Word! He used Moses to give us two examples of how we are to learn to fear Him:
1. Before he died, Moses prescribed for Israel’s kings how to walk in obedience. Moses could see prophetically that the children of Israel were going to make kings after their own lust. So he prophesied to these future kings:
“And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book…and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them” (Deuteronomy 17:15-19).
Every king was to constantly feed his soul and mind on God’s record of past dealings with Israel. He would learn to fear God by seeing how the Lord Jehovah blessed the obedient – and how he utterly destroyed and cursed all who disobeyed His Word.
Beloved, that is how I have learned the fear of God! I’ve searched again and again throughout First and Second Samuel, Kings and Chronicles and each time God’s dealings have been clear: “And the king did that which was right before the Lord, as did his father, and he walked in the fear of God. And the Lord was with him, and blessed him and prospered him, and put the dread of Him in all of their enemies….”
Yet, over and over, the same biblical record says of other kings: “And the king did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, and forgot the ways of God, and walked according to his own mind. And the Lord departed from him, and there was famine and ruin and destruction…”
It was very simple: The ones who did what was right. God blessed. And those who did was what evil, God forsook.
God says through His record, “I have never winked at sin, and I never will. And if you continue to compromise and flirt with sin, I will deal you with just as I dealt with David! I have no favorites. Do you think I will somehow overlook your wicked deeds, when I’ve judged him – a man after My own heart?”
2. Moses also commanded Israel to read anew the commandments of the Lord to every generation. The people were to call a special assembly every seven years, to recount all of God’s righteous dealings with their fathers. Moses prophesied to them: “That they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the Lord your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: And that their children which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it” (Deuteronomy 31:12-13).
Moses was prophesying, “New generations of children will rise up who know nothing about the fear of God! They will have no motivation whatsoever to obey Him and to walk in holiness. Men and women of God must teach them the record of God’s ways in His Word – how He blessed everyone who obeyed Him and cursed all who disobeyed
Beloved, Moses was speaking of our day! Isn’t this what is happening in our country right now? A new generation of youth has risen up, and they know nothing about responsibility and morality. Listen to the talk of any teenager on the street – you’ll hear the vilest, most filthy language on the face of the earth! It’s right out of hell – and our children have been baptized in it through music, movies and television!
This generation is lost – they know nothing about God! And if churches and Sunday schools won’t cry out and provoke young people about their sins, who’s going to do it?
It won’t be the educators! Schoolchildren are now learning about “AIDS education” – meaning, how to use condoms and perform sexual acts! Right now a tract is being circulated among New York City’s seventh graders, called “Your Rights.” It says, “You have a right to have sex with anybody of any gender, anytime you please.” The tract is sponsored by school-related organizations – and their goal is to distribute one-half million of the booklets in every school in the city!
God is saying to the church, “Your children aren’t going to know anything about Me or about My holiness. You must teach them the fear of God – teach them the record of My dealings!”
If you are unwilling to search out God’s Word to learn how He deals with sin and disobedience, then simply consider how He has judged sin in His house over the past five years:
He brought down the entire PTL ministry. The world saw a minister of the gospel chained like a common street criminal – and hauled off to prison for many years!
God shook up His church by allowing all the filthy details to be exposed. I saw the front-page photo and said, “Lord, if nothing else You’ve said in history has put Your fear into every preacher in America, this had better do it!”
God brought down the most-watched TV ministry on the face of the earth! Shame and reproach crashed down on America’s best-known preacher, a man seen on television more than any other in history. And it all fell because of sin!
God showed His church that a man can stand in the pulpit and preach about loving Jesus – but if he’s not living those words, he’s not loving Christ. He can cry and plead all he wants!
I love both of these men – and I’m not setting myself above either of them, or above anyone else. But I do know that if I don’t walk in the fear of God, I will fall too!
Are you someone so special or important that God will overlook your sin, your secret lust, your disobedience? No – you can be sure your sin will find you out! If you have witnessed all of these public dealings of God against hidden sin in His church, and yet you still have not learned to fear God – then you are bound by your iniquity and headed for the same end!
Dear saint, you have to want the fear of God – you have to seek it with all your heart! God does not give His fear to those who are slothful or spiritually lazy: “If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God” (Proverbs 2:4-5)
Yet obtaining the fear of God is actually very simple: It begins by your obedience to Him in what you already know.
Now, when I talk about obeying God, I don’t mean memorizing every red-letter word in the gospels in order to do them all. Rather, if you are simply faithful to obey the light you already have – to obey the commandments you know – God will lead you, step by step, in further obedience and into His holy fear. You won’t have to figure out some legalistic way to obey Him. Obedience will come to you in a very loving, natural way!
Let Me Share With You the Glorious Benefits of Obedience!
Jesus has promised incredible blessings to all who are “perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Corinthians 7:1). There are many such benefits, but I will list only three:
1. You’ll be blessed with a manifestation of Jesus Himself in your inner man. “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21).
This is one of the most powerful promises in the Word of God! First, Jesus says: “He that loveth me shall be loved of my Father.” In other words, “God will have a special love for you because you obey Me!”
We know God has a corporate love for the whole world. But Jesus is talking about something else. He’s saying the Father has a special love in His heart for you when you walk in obedience to His Son. He begins to love you in a very special way!
And I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21). Jesus also says that if you obey Him, He will manifest Himself to you! That is so incredible, I can’t comprehend it. As I prepared this message, I spent an entire week on this one subject: “Lord, what do you mean – if I obey You, You’ll ‘manifest’ Yourself to me?”
I still don’t know how He’ll do it. But I can go to Him in prayer and say, “Jesus, you made me believe I can hang onto this promise. You’ve told me I don’t just know a historical Jesus – but that every day of my life, no matter how old I get, You will become more real to me until my last day!”
Finally, Jesus said, “If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and We will come unto him and make Our abode with him” (John 14:23).
Imagine it: Jesus has given you His personal promise. If you simply love Him through your obedience to Him, He will take upon Himself the obligation to do all these things for you! He will show you the special love that the Father has for you; He will manifest Himself to you; and He and the Father will actually come and dwell within you – possessing you entirely, opening up your understanding to who God is, and filling your body, soul and spirit with the glory of His presence!
2. You’ll be blessed with a special unction and anointing to hear and know His voice. “But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man to teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him” (1 John 2:27).
When the fear of God floods your soul – when you’ve obeyed Him, resisting the devil, fleeing lust, putting away the sin that so easily besets you – you begin to receive the unction of hearing and knowing His voice. You’ll have spiritual ears to hear! You won’t need some prophet or teacher to “give you a word” from God. You will be taught by the abiding Spirit of God!
Yet any Christian who lives in sin – who walks in lust, fornication, covetousness or disobedience of any kind – cannot hear the true voice of God. In fact, nothing he hears is of God – but is either of the flesh or the devil!
I have known Christians, including ministers, who were living in sin – lust-filled, sensual, bound by some wicked stronghold. They began hearing still, small voices.- lovely voices, directing them and promising them good things. These voices said, “My dear, beloved child – God is with you! You will behold wonders, miracles and blessings on all sides,”
But these things never came to pass – because the voices were not of God! It was either their own fleshly desires or the powers of darkness, coming to deceive them!
Oh, the blinding power of lust! Jesus said to the Jews who followed Him: “Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do” (John 8:43-44). Jesus was saying to them, “I speak plainly to you, yet you don’t hear what I say. It is because your heart is filled with lust, and you’re unable to hear the truth!”
Do you want to hear from God? Then get honest with Him about your sin! Lay down your lust, let God deal with you and the soundproof wall that keeps you from hearing His voice will come down.
3. You’ll be blessed with answered prayers and fullness of joy! “if ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you…. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:7,11). Beloved, fullness of joy comes from hearing His voice clearly!
Nothing gives me joy more than knowing the Lord has truly spoken to me. When I have obeyed, and done all that He has asked of me, I come into the secret place to commune with Him – and He begins to speak. And that is as close to heaven on earth as possible!
If you will but say to Jesus, “Lord, I want to walk in Your righteousness, to truly love You through obedience,” God promises:
“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer,’ and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24). “The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29). “The prayer of the upright is his delight” (Proverbs 15:8).
Ask God to put a holy fear in your heart; begin to walk fully in obedience to all you know of His commands – and you will be perfected in your love for Jesus.
Love, Fear, And Obedience Video: “Motivations For Godly Obedience”
(4 Parts) by David Wilkerson
excerpts: “fear the Lord and you’ll depart from evil.”
“The early church walked in the fear of the Lord and the comfort of the Holy Ghost. The comfort of the Holy Ghost didn’t come until they walked in the fear of the Lord.” excerpts from part 3: You start walking in what you’ve already received and then the further light will come to you. The fear of God produces obedience and that obedience is love perfected. Jesus said, “if you obey Me that is love perfected, the fear of God is in you know, if you are obeying My commandments…” If you obey what you have already heard, He will keep revealing, if you walk in what you have already received then the further light will come to you. (He’s not talking about going through every red letter commandment and write them down and try to walk in them)
- Leonard Ravenhill, Revival Preacher said: “Purity IS Power!” (purity of heart) and “The Secret Of Revival Is Obedience!”
Obedience to Jesus is not “LEGAL- istic.” It is “LOVE – A – LISTIC.” (Not “legal-ism” but “love-a-lism!:)”
We want to daily purify our heart and obey Jesus because we LOVE Him and want Jesus and Our Heavenly Father to come and make their home with us!!! 🙂
John 14:21-23 New King James Version (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.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
Not legalistic, but lovealistic 🙂 It’s “love-a-lism!” 🙂 If God’s 1st and greatest commandment to us is to love Him with ALL our heart, soul, mind, and strength AND Jesus said “he who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who LOVES Me” then
obedience is evidence of love. We need to LOVE AND OBEY God with ALL our heart, soul, mind, and strength!
If we want Jesus to manifest Himself to us, if we want Jesus and Our Heavenly Father to come and make their home with us: we need to LOVE HIM AND KEEP HIS WORD, HIS COMMANDMENTS and Jesus PROMISES that He WILL MANIFEST HIMSELF TO US.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit. Please “search me and try me, show me any unclean way in me.” Please show me any disobedience that is separating me from Your manifest Presence. You promise in Your Word that if I love you and will keep your commandments (because I love You) that You will manifest Yourself to me. Please help me to love You and obey You with ALL of my heart, soul, mind and strength. I want to see You God. I want to see Your glory. I ask this with thanksgiving, in Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
Margaret Becker song “All I Ever Wanted” is to love You God faithfully!
Click on link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0DTiio97WU
Misty Edwards: God will ask us: “Did you learn to love?” Click on link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiGrFRrqN4w
Walking In The Glory! By David Wilkerson quote:
“I believe there is only one thing that can keep us going in the coming hard times and that is an understanding of God’s glory. Now, this may sound like a high, lofty concept to you, one that’s best left to theologians. But I’m convinced the subject of God’s glory has very real, practical value for every true believer. By grasping it, we unlock the door to an overcoming life!”
THE OTHER SIDE OF COMMUNION
by David Wilkerson | September 17, 2010
Walking in God’s glory means not only that we receive the Father’s love, but that we love him back as well. It’s about mutual affection, both giving and receiving love. The Bible tells us, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deuteronomy 6:5).
God says to us, “My son, give me thine heart” (Proverbs 23:26). His love demands that we reciprocate, that we return to him a love that’s total, undivided, requiring all our heart, soul, mind and strength.
Just as God’s love for us is marked by rest and rejoicing, so our love for him must have these same two elements:
1. David expresses a rest in his love for God when he writes, “Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee” (Psalm 73:25). The heart that loves the Lord ceases completely from looking elsewhere for comfort. Rather, it finds full contentment in him. To such a lover, God’s lovingkindness is better than life itself!
Beloved, we are the sons being mentioned here! From the very foundations of the earth, God foresaw a body of believers joined to his Son. And even then the Father delighted and rejoiced in these sons. Jesus testifies, “I was my Father’s delight, the joy of his being. And now all who turn to me in faith are his delight as well!”
So, how do we love Jesus in return? John answers, “This is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous” (1 John 5:3).
What are his commandments? Jesus says, in essence, there are two and “on these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:40). The first and most important is to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind. We’re to hold nothing back from him. And the second is that we love our neighbor as ourselves. These two simple, nongrievous commands sum up all of God’s law.
Jesus is saying here that we cannot be in communion with God or walk in his glory if we bear a grudge against anyone. Therefore, loving God means loving every brother and sister in the same way we’ve been loved by the Father.
by David Wilkerson | September 15, 2010
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011] http://www.worldchallenge.org/en/devotions/2010/true-communion———-
David Wilkerson: “The Victory Of The Church” VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzKfP3BhoQ8
by David Wilkerson | August 8, 2012[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
God looked down upon a sin-sick world of people bound in prison-houses of fear and despair and He sent His own Son. Jesus came to earth, taking on the frailty of human flesh, and told all who would listen: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
The invitation of the cross is a call to every soul that is sick of sin. Jesus calls out to all who are burdened with binding chains, powerful habits, besetting sins. “Come to Me now with all your heavy burdens. There is no other way but through My cross!” Jesus died on the cross not only to forgive sin, but to break its wearying power over us. You see, sin wearies the flesh. It saps away all that is good and kind and precious. It hardens the heart, destroying peace and causing guilt, sorrow and shame. It consumes the mind’s thoughts, weakening and darkening the soul. Sin brings on fear and, worst of all, it shuts off all communion with God.
If I were to preach about the demands of the cross in many churches today, with its death to all lusts and worldly pleasures, the crowds would flee, just as they did when Jesus told them of the cost of following Him.
Such churches never even mention the cross. Instead, they pour their energies into clever meetings full of showmanship, dramatic illustrations, and sermons on how to cope with life’s problems.
I believe God must wink at many of these frail attempts to attract souls with modern enticements. He seems to have much patience with such well-intentioned, fleshly efforts to promote the gospel. But God help the ministers of these churches if they refuse to warn their people to forsake their sins.
Jeremiah lamented, “They strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness . . .” (Jeremiah 23:14).
“But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings” (verse 22). I say to ministers, “Bring back the cross — or the people’s blood will be upon your hands.”
Revelation 21:27 NKJV
And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defiles, neither whatever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
Revelation 21:27 Amplified Bible (AMP)
27But nothing that defiles or profanes or is [a]unwashed shall ever enter it, nor anyone who commits abominations (unclean, detestable, morally repugnant things) or practices falsehood, but only those whose names are recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
Matthew Henry Concise Commentary
Rev 21:22-27 Perfect and direct communion with God, will more than supply the place of gospel institutions. And what words can more full express the union and co-equality of the Son with the Father, in the Godhead? What a dismal world would this be, if it were not for the light of the sun! What is there in heaven that supplies its place? The glory of God lightens that city, and the Lamb is the Light thereof. God in Christ will be an everlasting Fountain of knowledge and joy to the saints in heaven. There is no night, therefore no need of shutting the gates; all is at peace and secure. The whole shows us that we should be more and more led to think of heaven as filled with the glory of God, and enlightened by the presence of the Lord Jesus. Nothing sinful or unclean, idolatrous, or false and deceitful, can enter. All the inhabitants are made perfect in holiness. Now the saints feel a sad mixture of corruption, which hinders them in the service of God, and interrupts their communion with him; but, at their entrance into the holy of holies, they are washed in the laver of Christ’s blood, and presented to the Father without spot. None are admitted into heaven who work abominations. It is free from hypocrites, such as make lies. As nothing unclean can enter heaven, let us be stirred up by these glimpses of heavenly things, to use all diligence, and to perfect holiness in the fear of God.
Revelation 21:8 NKJV
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Revelation 21:8 Amplified Bible (AMP)
8But as for the cowards and the ignoble and the contemptible and the cravenly lacking in courage and the cowardly submissive, and as for the unbelieving and faithless, and as for the depraved and defiled with abominations, and as for murderers and the lewd and adulterous and the practicers of magic arts and the idolaters (those who give supreme devotion to anyone or anything other than God) and all liars (those who knowingly convey untruth by word or deed)–[all of these shall have] their part in the lake that blazes with fire and brimstone. This is the second death.
Matthew Henry Concise Commentary
Revelation 21:1-8 … The presence of God with his people in heaven, will not be interrupt as it is on earth, he will dwell with them continually…
Idolaters – Ειδωλολατραις· Those who offer any kind of worship or religious reverence to any thing but God. All image worshippers are idolaters in every sense of the word.
And all liars – Και πασι τοις ψευδεσι· Every one who speaks contrary to the truth when he knows the truth, and even he who speaks the truth with the intention to deceive; i.e., to persuade a person that a thing is different from what it really is, by telling only a part of the truth, or suppressing some circumstance which would have led the hearer to a different end to the true conclusion. All these shall have their portion, το μερος, their share, what belongs to them, their right, in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone. This is the second death, from which there is no recovery.
Barnes’ Notes On The Bible
An Israelite indeed – One who is really an Israelite – not by birth only, but one worthy of the name. One who possesses the spirit, the piety, and the integrity which become a man who is really a Jew, who fears God and obeys his law. Compare Romans 9:6; Romans 2:28-29.
No guile – No deceit, no fraud, no hypocrisy. He is really what he professes to be – a Jew, a descendant of the patriarch Jacob, fearing and serving God. He makes no profession which he does not live up to. He does not say that Nathanael was without guilt or sin, but that he had no disguise, no trick, no deceit – he was sincere and upright. This was a most honorable testimony. How happy would it be if he, who knows the hearts of all as he did that of Nathanael, could bear the same testimony of all who profess the religion of the gospel!
John 1:50-51 Amplified Bible (AMP)
50Jesus replied, Because I said to you, I saw you beneath the fig tree, do you believe in and rely on and trust in Me? You shall see greater things than this!
51Then He said to him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you all, you shall see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man!
Art Katz Commentary
From “Nathaniel – A Key to Breaking The Power Of Our Predictable Christianity” http://artkatzministries.org/articles/nathaniel-a-key-to-breaking-the-power-of-our-predictable-christianity/
Jesus alludes to the dream that Jacob had in Genesis 28, when he was in flight from his brother Esau, and saw the ladder ascending to heaven. It says that on seeing the vision, Jacob “awoke from his sleep.”
If our church life is ordinary and predictable, and is just an instrument by which services are mediated to men and by men—however biblical and however correct—we will never be a gate to Heaven for those who would otherwise perish. There is a conjunction between Heaven and earth, where we need to ascend and descend as the angels of God, bringing something from Heaven into a people and a place, who would otherwise perish in their national culture. Have we seen the greater thing? Have we awakened from our sleep?
Prayer: Righteous Father, please search my heart and see if there is any guile, deceit, falsehood, or duplicity in me! I want to be like Nathaniel! “in whom there is no guile nor deceit nor falsehood nor duplicity! I want to be the opposite of having guile! I want to be “forthright, sincere, honest!” Like Nathaniel and Jacob I want to “see the heavens opened!”
Like Art Katz said, ” We [ I ] need to have something that will bring us [me] out of the sleep of normality, of things as they are, of things as we [ I ] have understood them to be, of things conventional and predictable, and of things that pertain to how we [ I ] have enjoyed our church services. We [ I ]need the kind of seeing and stretching that really opens us [ me ] to the reality that will make us [ me ] indeed an apostolic presence in the earth.!
Please help me God! I want to “see the heavens opened” so that I can live what Jesus told me to pray: Your kingdom come, Your will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10
In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
Definition of guile:
1 : deceitful cunning ; duplicity
Definition of duplicity:
1: contradictory doubleness of thought, speech, or action; especially: the belying of one’s true intentions by deceptive words or action
2 : the quality or state of being double or twofold
3 : the technically incorrect use of two or more distinct items (as claims, charges, or defenses) in a single legal action
Synonyms for guile (other similar words like guile): artfulness, caginess, craftiness, cunningness, deviousness, foxiness, slickness, slyness, sneakiness, subtleness,
Antonyms for guile (opposite of guile): forthrightness, good faith, sincere, honest——————UNMASKING THE JEZEBEL SPIRIT OF DECEIT, MANIPULATION, CONTROL. LUST AND GREED. VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQWxpkWtGFg&feature=related——————Question: Am I a Spirit filled Christian walking in continual communion and obedience to God? Or am I a carnal Christian having my “self” as an idol on the throne of my life instead of Jesus?
Have You Made the Wonderful Discovery of the Spirit-Filled Life?By Dr. Bill Bright
Every day can be an exciting adventure for the Christian who knows the reality of being filled with the Holy Spirit and who lives constantly, moment by moment, under His gracious direction.
READ ENTIRE ARTICLE. On being a Spirit-filled Christian compared to a carnal-Christian: http://www.cru.org/training-and-growth/classics/the-spirit-filled-life/index.htm
Revelation 3:17-19 Amplified Bible (AMP)
17For you say, I am rich; I have prospered and grown wealthy, and I am in need of nothing; and you do not realize and understand that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
18Therefore I counsel you to purchase from Me gold refined and tested by fire, that you may be [truly] wealthy, and white clothes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nudity from being seen, and salve to put on your eyes, that you may see.
19Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude].
3:18 I counsel thee – who art poor, and blind, and naked. To buy of me – Without money or price. Gold purified in the fire – True, living faith, which is purified in the furnace of affliction. And white raiment – True holiness. And eyesalve – Spiritual illumination; the unction of the Holy One, which teacheth all things.
Prayer: Lord Jesus! You “counsel me to purchase from You gold refined and tested by fire, that I may be truly wealthy!” and “white clothes” [righteousness, holiness] that I may be clothed! That is what I want! Please refine me and test me by fire that I may be truly wealthy! Please fill me with Your righteousness and Your holiness that I may be properly clothed! Thank You for that you dearly and tenderly love me! Thank You for telling “my faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten me! In faith I declare that I am “enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent!
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