Last Sunday in church we were singing the song “Be Exalted” and during the worship that followed I received a prophesy, the first line of which was –
“To exalt My name above the heavens – Obey My Law!
to declare your love for My Son Jesus – keep His commands!”
We often declare our love and devotion to God or His Son in praise during worship but what happens after we leave the church? What does God recognize as true devotion in our lives? The answer is what God sees in our everyday life, in our actions and in our words. His requirement of us is written in Deuteronomy –
“And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,” – Deut. 10:12
The prophet Malachi as he was predicting the end of days and the coming of the Lord had this word of encouragement –
“Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, With the statutes and judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.” – Mal. 4:4-6
When Jesus came the first time, John the Baptist first came and prepared the way before him. When John was about to be born, an angel was sent to John’s father Zacharias to explain his ministry –
“For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” – Luke 1:15-17
The ‘wisdom of the just that prepares the people for the Lord’ is the Law given to Moses. The Law which God gave Moses of course was the Ten Commandments which speak of righteousness, sin, and judgement and what God expects from His people. He knew many would forsake the Ten Commandments as a moral code. Scripture said they would be “committing adultery, stealing, lying, and killing and because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” – (Hosea 4:2 and Matthew 24:12). The phrase lawlessness means ‘without law’ and refers to the Ten Commandments, which are God’s laws for human relationships. They are also the definition of true love because God is love! A whole paper could be written on this alone; social, religious, governmental lawlessness. In 1980 the Supreme Court ruled that the 10 Commandments could not be displayed in schools, and it has been a downward slide ever since!
It is time for Christians to renew their knowledge of the Ten Commandments and how they apply to our daily life. If we want God’s blessings on our country, we need to return to God’s Law.
- You shall have no other gods before Me: that includes humanism which exalts the wisdom of man over that of God (almost all modern education is based on humanism), Satanism which includes practicing the occult such as witchcraft or fortune telling or Ouija Boards, love of money which includes playing the stock market or gambling, hedonisms (pleasure or happiness is the highest good).
- You shall make no idols: of things in the heavens, or on the earth, or under the earth, or in the water: This includes witchcraft, free masonry, excessive following of sports or excessive gaming, anything you give more time to than God can become an idol.
- You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain: call yourself Christian then act like the world. You cannot separate your Christianity from your work or your politics or your social activities.
- Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy: remember the Lord Jesus became the sabbath rest for us so do His work always and not your own. Remember, the Lord knew you and ordained you from the womb: (Psalm 139:16) and that you are “His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that you should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). Remember the Lord created heaven and earth in six days and not as the evolutionist teach.
- Honor your father and mother that your days may be long on the earth: listen to their wisdom and obey their commands.
- You shall not murder. This means you shall embrace the sanctity of life both before birth and after birth – this includes abortion.
- You shall not commit adultery: don’t defile the marriage vows you make, and don’t commit spiritual adultery which is turning to the world after you have committed to the Lord.
- You shall not steal: this means take from another what is rightfully his, it also includes fraud and insider trading and it also includes undue taxation and spending the proceeds without the permission of the taxed.
- You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor: this also includes fake news and lies to gain political favor such as using falsehoods or half-truths to malign your neighbor in political advertisements.
- You shall not covet anything that is your neighbors: that leads to political avarice and socialism. Our entire government system has become infected with covetness, especially with liberal progressives and Democrats.
Jesus summed all these commandments up as loving and obeying God and loving our neighbors as ourselves. If we instruct and train our children in these truths, we will have the blessings of the Lord. To keep these commands before us and to be quick to repent if we fail to keep them is the pathway to blessing and protection from the ensnarement’s of the devil.