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Monday, December 8, 2014

What God Requires

In review of Deuteronomy 10:12-13 it says, “And now, Israel, what does the lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul. And you must always obey the lord ’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good."

Bottom Line:
What does God require? He wants you to respect and follow him. He wants you to love and serve from your heart. He wants you to obey his commands. In doing so, it will go well for you.

What this means to me:
What does the Lord my God require from me. He wants me to respect and follow him. He wants me to love and serve him with all My heart. He wants me to obey his commands and decrees, so that it will go well for me.

Its natural to ask, "What does God expect from me?"  In Deuteronomy 10:12-13 it says ““And now, Israel, what does the lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul. And you must always obey the lord ’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.” (NLT).

In this passage Moses gives a summary in a simple and easy to remember form. The essentials of it is: (1) Fear God; (2) Live in a way that pleases him; (3) Love him; (4) Serve him with all your heart and soul; and (5) Obey his commands. It’s easy to over complicate faith with man-made rules, regulations, and requirements. So to keep from being frustrated and burned trying hard to please God, concentrate on his real requirements and find peace. Respect, follow, love, serve, and obey.

Moses gave this set of instructions to the people for the benefit, so that things will go well for them.  This is something I too can hold onto. Life will never be without difficulties or struggles, however things will go much better if I do them. Another benefit is the peace that comes from doing what pleases God.

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