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IN FAITH, HE....Devotional

God the Father spoke in The Old Testament Commandments:
These commands are our indictment! He gave us further instruction in The New Testament Commandments and in The Beatitudes. And then, Jesus the Christ provided our pardon!
Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
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Second Commandment
"You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God..."Deuteronomy 5:8-9
Relating Beatitude
"Blessed are those whose hearts are pure in heart,for they will see God."Matthew 5:8
This week it's all about the scriptures! I tried to cut out segments, as the scripture portions seemed to get a bit lengthy, however I just could not. God says it so much better than I could. His Words will bring life to your soul and spirit and I hope you enjoy my leading you into some great passages.
Omnipotent God
Some may think the Ten Commandments are pretty high expectations of mere mortals. They could be right, but what about the expectations of being a Christian? What expectancy should and does God have on His children?
"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." John 8:36
We were purchased by the blood of Jesus and also freed from the laws of sin and death. He who the Son sets free, is free indeed! Or are we? This is where it gets interesting for the believer. In my daily devotions I defined us in the term of "freedom slaves." In saying that, we must not forget His all-encompassing power. He is our Omnipotent God!
The Apostle Paul speaking against the teaching of certain Jewish Christians concerning God's grace states:
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness." Romans 6:15-18
When we love anyone or anything more than we love God, we are making them idols. Make no mistake, God does not want us to put anything before Him. I believe His anger in that is absolute and needs to be reverenced. With yet another thought, I propose God's jealousy is somewhat being zealous at protecting what is precious to Him; That would be US! He knows where we are headed when relying on "self" instead of Him, and has a strong desire to spare us from the troubles and heartaches brought about when we neglect our relationship with Him.
But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. Romans 8:10
God tells us Satan is a master of disguise. He can make what is deadly seem to be a good thing. When he can trick us into doing what God says is wrong, it strikes at the very heart of God. That is why our Lord instructs us to remain in the teachings of His Word so we will know the truth. Only then are we free from sin and slaves to righteousness. In a header entitled "Slaves to Righteousness," from my Bible, I will quote the first paragraph:
Jesus speaking to His disciples. That would be Us as well.
"If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other. John 15:10-17
It seems it is about the joy, and the friendship and, here it is again, the love! When God talks about our brothers and sisters in the verse below, He is talking about how we treat other Christians, our brothers and sisters in God's family. He says if we treat other Christians badly, we are being led by the devil instead of Him.
"Here is how you can tell the difference between the children of God and the children of the devil. Those who don't do what is right do not belong to God. Those who don't love their brothers and sisters do not belong to him either."1 John 3:10
He wants others to know that we belong to Jesus. We need to love Him first of all, so He can show us how to love our brothers and sisters. When we do not love other Christians the same way God loves them, it's difficult for our witness to be for God. Although He will not forsake His children, He will keep high expectations upon us and in the way we live. We are either for Him or against Him and I am sure you have heard, a house divided against itself cannot stand!
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash you hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:7-9
How can I know I am pure in heart? Is this blessing really attainable. Can I really see God? I believe the blessing is mine as a child of God. When I set into practice what He teaches in His Word, IN FAITH, HE... allows me to see Him within my heart with the "spiritual eyes," which are at my disposal anytime I choose to use them. It is good to remember the, submit, resist, wash, purify, mourn, as well as the humble yourselves before the Lord, part of the equation. The pureness of my heart is in my relationship with Him. He is always waiting to clear up wrong thinking, to grant a proper response when needed and to guide with the Fruit of His Holy Spirit.

Lord Jesus,

May I never forget your Omnipotence. You always have the last say in all things. Thank you for the blessings you bring from obedience and for those you allow to shape my life. I give You praise, honor and glory forever because You are my God!

Amen

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