Food for ThoughtDeuteronomy 13:4 Serving God
Food for Thought
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By Marni Montenez

Deuteronomy 13:4 New Living Translation

Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him.

There is wisdom in living as the Lord requires.  So much harm can be avoided by taking heed to this counsel.  

Serving God is our privilege as Christians.  There is no greater honor than to serve a mighty and powerful God who loves and adores us.

1 Samuel 12:24 (ESV)

Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.

In serving Him well, we are being intentional about our love for Him.

We must have a reverence for God and address Him with honesty and respect.  He is God above all other gods and deserves our excellence.  

Godís commands are not a demanding force to make us obey.    He wants willing hearts who listen for His voice and are delighted to live obedient to Him.  As we are quick to do His will we see that in obeying Him we are put in a place for us to be blessed beyond measure.   He delights in us as His children and anything He commands will eventually lead us into the abundant life.   

Most of us go to God and tell Him what we want, what we think and what we feel, but since He already knows these things,  We will benefit so much when we spend time in His presence  listening well and soaking in His wisdom.   In His holy light we are able to feel the soothing warmth of His healing power.

God wishes to speak things to us that will keep us in the moment.  It is when we are present in the moment that we can walk in the fullness of His peace and grace.

God will get us to the point that we are hanging onto Him for dear life. Clinging to God is a necessity.  It is what we were created to do.  We must understand that we can do nothing on our own.  

John 15:5 New King James Version

ďI am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

When we learn how to cling to God as our life support, we recognize that we cannot breath without Him.  The fears we face daily will transform into the fear of not being near Him.  We must keep our eyes steadily gazing upon His Majesty;  ready to follow Him at a momentís notice and living our life that manifests complete surrender to Him.   

Challenge:  Meditate on this verse and let it become part of you so that you live it day by day and moment by moment.  Let it take hold of your heart and move you through life.  Allow God to teach you what it means to cling to Him.

God bless

Marni

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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.