Matthew 18:20

Matthew 18:20

For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. More »

Romans 1:7

Romans 1:7

To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be his holy people: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. More »

Genesis 1:26

Genesis 1:26

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. More »

Romans 5:1

Romans 5:1

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: More »

 

Happiness

The Greatest Commandment

One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:28-31 NIV)

The Pharisees were always debating the scriptures and the law.  One day they asked Jesus which of the commandments is the most important.  Not sure what they were expecting.  Perhaps the first commandment which they were probably ready to argue that another one was more important.  Jesus did the unexpected as He always does.  He combined all ten into two.  He quoted Deuteronomy 6:4, 5 to love the Lord with all your heart.  He then added to love your neighbors as you love yourself.

His answer is the essence of the ten commandments.  The first four teach us how to love God and how to worship Him.  The love that you have for Him will overflow into your daily relationships with others.  They aren’t rules that you are required to keep for salvation.  You are saved by grace, nothing you can do will give you a place in heaven.  Jesus did it all.  It is a free gift.  Knowing what He has done for you creates a love in you that makes you want to please Him and show your love to Him.  You will want to keep His commandments because you love Him so much.

–Diane

He Delivers

Change How You See

Key to Success

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. (Joshua 1:8 NIV)

What is the key to success?  God told Joshua when he was selected to take over after Moses died that meditating on the Book of the Law, absorbing it so it becomes alive in you is the key to success.  Moses in Deuteronomy 6:6-9 that we should teach it to our children.  When a new king came to the throne, he was to write out a copy of the law for himself so that he would have wisdom in governing and leading the people.

If we take time each day to meditate on one verse until we have memorized it, study it so that we have understanding of the meaning and let it be a guide so that our life will reflect it, now that is the key to living a sanctified life.

Having difficulty understanding a verse?  Look at other verses that deal with the same topic.  I like the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge Cross References that I have on my computer and phone Bible apps that gives me references to other texts.  The Bible does not contradict itself.  If you don’t understand a text look at other texts about the same topic and you will let the Bible interpret itself for you so that you have understanding.

Have a blessed day!

–Diane

Stand Firm