Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 31, 2017

First Four

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 7:22 pm

Matthew 19:18-19 18 “Which ones?” he inquired.  Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself. (NIV)

 Have you noticed Jesus didn’t include the first 4 commandments?  I believe that’s because He knew mankind, in and of themselves, could not keep those 4 commandments.  This is why Jesus had to come and die for our sins.  This is also why the Holy Spirit has come to dwell in us.  It is only through the power and guidance of the Holy Spirit that we can try to keep those 4 commandments.  It is only through the blood of Jesus that we are forgiven when we slip in our efforts to keep those 4 commandments.  The commandments Jesus quoted to that man are commandments we can choose to keep.  They are within our own power.  Because of our sin of self-centeredness, the first 4 commandments are against the desires of our self-centered nature.  These are the commandments that take dedication and love to and for God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  Let us continually ask for the infilling of the Holy Spirit to enable us to put God first in our minds, hearts and lives making all he commandments the way of our daily living.

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