April 7, 2014

Today you should read: Deuteronomy 8:1-20

What a great chapter!  One of my favorite chapters in the Bible!!  Read it carefully.

The theme of this chapter is Obedience to God.

Be Careful to obey all the commands I am giving you today… (v.1)

Obey the commands of the LORD your God by walking in His ways and fearing Him.  (v.6)

Obey God’s commands

God gives us commands and expects us to obey them.  Not in any way to earn His approval – that was done at the Cross through Jesus – but to honor Him and to make our lives better.  Things always work better when you do them God’s Way!

What commands of God are you ignoring and doing life your own way?

What immediately comes to your mind and convicts you when I ask that question?

Walk in His ways

This means we are to live like Jesus.  Remember the question that was popular a few years back?  What would Jesus do?  Where would Jesus go?  What would Jesus say?  To walk in His ways means to walk as He would – in His footsteps.

What are some ways that you’ve been walking in your own path rather than that of Jesus?

Fear Him

This doesn’t mean we are to be afraid of God – simply respect Him.  Not afraid of what He will do because of our sin – but afraid of what our sin will do to Him.  He loves and only has the best in mind for us (Jeremiah 29:11).

In what ways have you ignored God and disrespected Him by your words or actions?

God reminds His wandering children – if you obey my commands I will bless you lives (v.7-9).  The same is true for us.  God’s grace is amazing – but He will not continue to bless disobedience in our lives.

Verses 10-18 give us a solemn warning – When you’re living in God’s blessings – don’t forget God.  It’s so easy to forget when things are going well.  Don’t do it!  Remember where it comes from and Who to thank.

Have you forgotten God during your time of plenty?

Do you need to remember Him again and give Him the praise He deserves for all He’s given you?

Posted by:Tim Parsons

Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

2 thoughts on “April 7, 2014”

  1. “Deut 8:12 For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in, 13 and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful! 14 Do not become proud at that time and forget the Lord your God,. . . . 17 He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ 18 Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful. . . . ”

    It seems Americans in general are doing exactly what the Lord warned Israel about. In the times when Israel did not listen to this warning, it always resulted in God’s discipline. I would like to see God honored and to be spared that same kind of discipline. This reminds me of the urgency to be obedient to the Lord and to share the gospel with others.

  2. Thanks for being a faithful JumpStart reader Mike and for your comment. You’re right – that’s where many are. Praying that God keeps us sharp and focused.

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