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Judith Gayle Smith
royalline@qwest.net
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Why observe GOD'S 10 Commandments today? A return to GOD'S 10 Commandment Law is not the vehicle to return us to the Father! It is a schoolmaster to lead us to call on the Christ because we are too unrighteous to fellowship with our Heavenly Father in true holiness.

Most of HIS Commandments are easy to follow - what Christian wants to murder, steal, bear false witness, covet, commit adultery and etc? Surely these are (mayhaps with the exception of HIS Sabbath Day - which doesn't REALLY sound bad to some?)

My hubby and I believe that Jesus encourages and strengthens us to walk in willing, loving obedience to GOD through His precious gift of grace. Only His perfect, immeasurably supreme sacrifice could enable us to qualify for righteousness - "not of works, lest any man should boast".

We desire to keep His Sabbaths as He ordained them, sanctifying the day HE designated as a tithe of our time and hearts to HIM. (No, a tithe is not mandatory for salvation, but it is a gift we love to give to HIM, and a purely grateful acknowledgement of what HE has given to us!)

True, we can worship Him any time, any day - but DO we? We must be totally honest with ourselves as there are too many reasons not to worship. With the business pressures and family needs of everyday life, can we to truly give HIM the time and dedication HE richly deserves?

A passing moment of prayer, a hurried devotional period before we must take off for work or feed the baby or fight our way through the morning commute? Saturday...a day given by much to accomplishing all the things needed to do because our busy schedules did not permit the commission of them during the week.

Mike and I, through much prayer and study have appreciated the Jewish believers for maintaining HIS standard of the Sabbath, as the day HE set aside for unburdening ourselves and those around us for time for rest and devoting ourselves to holiness.

Too many outside and inner pressures work against a true devotional day in His Word...and it is so easy to make excuses(even "reasonable" ones) for neglecting Him.

When your children visit Grandma, do you want them to run off and "do their own thing" rather than spend time with her? When she hasn't seen them for awhile, and has been practically living for their visit?

When your children come to you for precious time spent with their Dad and/or Mom - do you want them so dispersed by their natural attention span of a gnat that they will only acknowledge you and run off before you can talk with them?

One of the reasons outside of Scripture that Mike and I are not dragged along with other sheep for Sunday only worship, is that churches have become so much more of "business" than holiness - treating the affects of sin rather than addressing the true nature of sin.

I have no quarrels with those who keep Sunday as their church-day, but what of their day of rest and holiness unto the Lord? How many people do you personally know who do not go home after church and get back into worldly things...for the sake of the children, for example?

There was a very good reason GOD ordained the seventh day to be for Him and for us. HE rested on the seventh day and blessed and hallowed it. Where is our gratitude, our thankful hearts to Him for the rest and time spent in fellowship with Him?

He told us that the world would demand our attention for six days...paraphrased, of course! "Six days shalt thou labor and do all thy work". - but the seventh day is given to us to return to Him, yes? HE even gave the land a Sabbath!

We must stop playing at being Christians and start living for Him in holiness and true faith. We must stop sinning with impugnity, trusting HIM to forgive us time after time, no matter how often or blithely we sin. Aren't such putting Him to an open shame? Why must we continue to crucify Christ afresh?

Granted we are children - still growing - but there comes a time when the disobedient child will run into the street and get hit by a car, and all we can do cannot keep him from the consequences of his actions. We grieve, we cry out to GOD, we try to bring life back to a lifeless little body that only knew that his way was better than our way.

Let us strive to obey Him and not fight Him so much! Let us stop arguing over petty matters and look at the "big picture"...our lives here are but a vapor...only what is done for and through Christ will last. We must thirst for His righteousness, and that ours will be the outflow of His living waters!

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Mat. 7:21 "Not everyone that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father, which is in heaven."


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Grace - GOD'S Power!

"Of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues."



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The following comments are for "Why Keep GOD"
by royalline

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This was a really good piece with a good message. I would only offer one suggestion. It didn't seem to flow from paragraph to paragraph. Maybe it's just me, but I got a little lost in the middle. I think it could be stronger if the transition between thoughts/examples was clearer.

For instance, this statement, "Mike and I, through much prayer and study have appreciated the Jewish believers for maintaining HIS standard of the Sabbath, as the day HE set aside for unburdening ourselves and those around us for time for rest and devoting ourselves to holiness." This seemed lost in the middle.

Overall, I enjoyed it!

Thanks!
Shelley

( Posted by: Shel [Member] On: October 18, 2004 )





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