day 8

Follow the Commands of God

Scripture tells us in Ecclesiastes 1:9 that ‘what has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.’  People have been hardening their hearts to God’s Word and His commandments since Adam and Eve.  What is interesting in Ezra’s account was how they handled their return to God following their disobedience to God’s commands.  From the following scripture we see that the people were willing to do whatever it took to be in right standing with God and not in rebellion. Are we as committed today?

Ezra 10:2- 4 (NLT) We have been unfaithful to our God, for we have married these pagan women of the land.  But in spite of this there is hope for Israel. Let us now make a covenant with our God to divorce our pagan wives and to send them away with their children. We will follow advice given by you and by the others who respect the commands of our God.  Let it be done according the Law of God.

Prayer for Obedience

Dear God, when Jesus was teaching His disciples about prayer, he told them to pray that God’s will be done in Earth as it is done in Heaven.   Lord hear my cry.  If I know you, I am supposed to keep your commandments and that is your will!  Forgive me when I fall short and help me to be willing to follow your commandments even when it means great sacrifices to me personally.  I praise you God for all your commandments are right and I choose to delight in the law of the Lord and meditate in your Word!  As I do this, Lord you say that I become like a tree planted by a river of water.  I bring forth fruit and my leaf does not wither! Thank you, Lord, for being my refuge and my strong tower.  I follow the new commandment that Jesus left – that I love others as you love me.   In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Scriptures to Read

Matthew 6:10

 I John 2:3

 Psalm 1:1-3 61:3

 John 13:34-35


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