The Duty of a Christian

If you love Me, keep My commandments.

John 14:15

Which commandments are we to keep? What is the Truth and what is a lie about that? Does it make a difference in the life of the believer — and the ones who are watching her — if she sets aside one day per week on which she is not doing any kind of work? Isn’t keeping the Sabbath just for Jews but not for Christians?

Keeping the Sabbath has been very important for the Christian in the 19th century. Listen to what one preacher in the 1800s had to say about it:

It is a sad state of things when sinners are bold in sin; when multitudes can openly break the Sabbath, and openly frequent the tavern.

(Robert Murray McCheyne)

So is the Sabbath still relevant in our day and age? How about calling it by a different name? Just as another label on the box, will not be changing its content, so renaming the day to “Sunday” or “Day off” does not make the command of the LORD void. We can rename the Sabbath all we want to this will never change what God says in His Word about that day.

What does He say about it? You will find separate posts about that in my blog.

My point today is that people can call evil good, but it will in no wise make it good; and they can call good evil, but this will likewise not change it into evil.

People have a tendency to repeat listening to or talking about things which are not true in and of the Word of God. The question: “ Hath God really said?” keeps repeating itself ever since its first appearance in the Garden of Eden and then throughout history.

You see, being a genuine Christian is not about the label (name). It is not what we claim to be or what others are saying that we are. What really matters is that we are aware of our duty and that we will do our duty in love for Christ Jesus the LORD.

So —

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
Fear God,
and keep his commandments:
for this is the whole duty of man.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 (KJV)

Fear God and keep His commandments today.

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Memorizing Scripture

Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.

Psalm 119:11

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are the Word who has become flesh and who has dwelt among us. All people, all places, all things are made through You and for You. You are the One who was and is and always will be before and above all; and all things consist in You. Hallelujah. Guide us in our studying and reading of our Bible, and help us, O God we ask, to put Your Word into our hearts that we may not sin against You. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen.

In Monday’s post I mentioned that I would share a little more about memorizing Scripture. In this post I will only list a few resources (no review, just brief comments in this post), but I hope you will find one or the other source that will encourage you, keep you going, and help you to succeed in memorizing a good selection of verses of the Bible.

It is crucial to hide God’s Word in our heart. One of the reasons being: so that we may not sin against our LORD. More importantly, of course, to know and to remember the Truth — the Truth that will set us free. How else, if not through the Logos (the Word) will we know what sin is, how destructive it is, and how to deal with it?

Gary DeMar Podcast: The Mechanics of Memory  (audio, free to download)

Marquis Laughlin’s How To Memorize Anything: The Fast, Fun And Easy Way! (digital content; buy to download)

KJV New Testament – The Memorization Study Bible (KJV)  (ebook to buy and download; also available as paperback)

(Reviews to follow in a later blog post)

Hide God’s Word in your heart today.

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Growing in Faith

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse.
And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True,
and in righteousness He judges and makes war.

Revelation 19:11

LORD Jesus we praise You for You have not left us without any help. You have left this earth, but You have sent us the great Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to guide us and to keep us safe. Hallelujah! Guide us in and through Your Word this week. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

While reading through the Book of Revelation chapter 19 last December I could not help but notice this wonderful verse in which Christ the LORD is called “Faithful and True.” What a name! How could I have ever missed that? Well, from now on, this verse is marked in red and I will remember it — that’s for sure.

Yesterday’s sermon was all about God’s Faithfulness. Yes, the LORD has always been, remains, and forever will be faithful. Great is His Faithfulness! Let’s get busy studying His Word and getting His Promises into our hearts.

One of the many ways that we can learn more about His Faithfulness and grow in our faith is to read and study His Promises. While reading our Bible, and whenever we come across what He has promised in His Word, we take special note of it: reading these passages more often and/or writing them down into a journal.

Another way for us to remind ourselves of such important facts is to sing about them. Music has an amazing influence on us and others. The words and the tunes of praises are powerful and often highly contagious — infecting other believers as well as some unbelievers. All in all, they are a great way to remember and to declare God’s mighty acts.

Also a way to put His Word into our hearts is by memorizing verses, chapters, and even parts or whole books of the Bible — which will be our topic for Wednesday’s blog post.

Grow in the grace and knowledge of the LORD and Savior Jesus Christ today.

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