Daily Bread - May 11, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 11 May 2020 08:14
Deuteronomy 28:1 - It shall be that if you will diligently listen to the
voice of the Lord your God to observe to do all His commandments which I
command you this day, the Lord your God will set you on high above all the
nations of the Earth.

There is nothing about God that has changed. The way He felt about things
in the days of the Old Testament is the way He feels about them today. God
has set before us life and death, and has asked us to choose life
(Deuteronomy 30:15-16, 10:12-21; Joshua 24:14-15; Romans 6:23, 8:6; Mark
16:16; John 3:36). The abundant life God has given us is the life of Christ
Jesus the Living Word, Who now lives in those that believe. We are called
to come and dwell in Him with total dependence upon Him. If we come to
Jesus, and yet are unwilling to walk in obedience to His Word and abide in
His life, we will wither and be cast out from relationship with Him (John
15:1-6). If we believe we can sow to sin and iniquity, and participate with
the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life --and yet
still live the life of Jesus-- we are deceived. If we sow to the life of
disobedience, we will reap corruption and death (Galatians 6:7-8; 1 John
2:15-17). God has called us to walk in His Word, to keep His commandments,
and to give our life to living in the Holy Spirit. Jesus said: "If you keep
My commandments, then you love Me, and those who love Me will be loved by
My Father" (John 14:15, 23-24, 15:14; 1 John 2:5, 5:3).

From the beginning, God has called those who would walk with Him to be
perfect (Genesis 17:1). If we will keep His commandments and walk in his
law of life, then we will be blessed. This is not so much a matter of
rewards or punishments; rather there are laws to life and blessings, and
these laws are taught to us by the Word of God. If we choose rather to
follow the ways of sin, then the laws of sin and death dictate destruction.
When we were dead in our trespasses in sin, the spirit of disobedience
governed our lives (Ephesians 2:1-2). When we were delivered from the law
of sin and death, we were given the Spirit of obedience to walk in all the
ways of God. God has worked a marvelous miracle for us in Christ Jesus, and
has given us a transformed life and the aid of all Heaven to do what He has
commanded. It is no wonder that Jesus said, "Be perfect, even as your
Father in Heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48; 2 Corinthians 13:11; 2 Timothy
3:17; Ephesians 4:13; John 17:23; and Colossians 1:28; Hebrews 13:21).

If we are going to dwell in a place of safety and be kept by the power of
God, then we must hear and obey the Word of God. God has given us life, and
life more abundantly. In this life we have been given the ability to
understand the laws of the Spirit of life, and be kept in the ways of God
that we might inherit the blessing in every dimension of our life (Romans
8:2; John 10:10; 1 Peter 1:5). Our Provider, Protector, and Perfecter will
keep us from all harm --no matter what the condition of things may be. In
the day of trouble, He will hide us and be our refuge (Psalm 9:9, 27:5,
46:1-3; Proverbs 1:33). When the devourer comes to destroy, we will be out
of reach. If we will simply obey God's Word and walk in His ways no matter
what the opposition, we will step into the inheritance and live in the
blessings of God (Joshua 1:8).
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