Live by Them

You shall observe My judgments and keep My ordinances, to walk in them: I am the LORD your God.  You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them: I am the LORD. Leviticus 18:4-5

Observe/Do: Become, bear, bestow, exercise, keep, labour, maintain, yield.

Keep: Guard; preserve, save

I shall bear, exercise, keep, labor, maintain and yield to Your judgments, Father, and guard and preserve Your Ways.  I shall live by them.  You are the Lord.  Amen.

His Every Word

Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers. Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

Deuteronomy 8:1-3

I’m so hungry for the Lord! I’ve been neglecting my devotions these past couple weeks… I miss spending time with my Jesus! It feels good to get back in the Word. How do people survive without Him?? Continue praying for our family as we are taking on so many new things… I’m trying to slowly implement them, but we need all of them for the peace and calm of this house. Things have been good; but we know we are missing so much of what the Lord has to offer. We want to experience His blessings! I love how He continues to bring it back to Him… to Him be all the glory!
God bless you!

Strivings of Righteousness

man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. James 1:20-21

Lord, remove the unholy anger from deep within from its very roots and replace with a tree to bear good fruit! In Jesus name I pray and believe that it has been done! Amen!

The LORD is my helper; I will not fear!

Let brotherly love continue. Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. Remember the prisoners as if chained with them—those who are mistreated—since you yourselves are in the body also.

Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:1-7

In a world that has become ensnared by time, vain commitments, fear, confusion and selfish ambitions, it can be easy to concern ourselves with these things over the needs of God’s people and the development of our hearts. What is our heart set out to do? Are we revolving our lives around His moral compass, or fitting Him into our limited perceptions of greatness? I pray that my conduct would be without covetousness and that I’d be content with all that I have so I can boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

Paul’s Charge to Timothy
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
1 Timothy 6:11-16 (emphasis mine)

Paul didn’t just suggest this to Timothy, he charged him; commanded him to “fight the good fight of the faith,” to “take hold of the eternal life,” and to “keep this command without spot or blame.

So you, man or woman of God, flee from all envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. Fight the good fight of the faith, take hold of the eternal life, keep this command without spot or blame! Guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith. Instead pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness! (1 Timothy 6:4-5, 11, 20-21)

To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

A Wise Man Listens to Advice

“But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the LORD.” 2 Chronicles 18:4

Micaiah continued, “Therefore hear the word of the LORD : I saw the LORD sitting on his throne with all the host of heaven standing on his right and on his left. And the LORD said, ‘Who will entice Ahab king of Israel into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?’

“So now the LORD has put a lying spirit in the mouths of these prophets of yours. The LORD has decreed disaster for you.” 2 Chronicles 18:18,19 & 22

The king of Israel then ordered, “Take Micaiah and send him back to Amon the ruler of the city and to Joash the king’s son, and say, ‘This is what the king says: Put this fellow in prison and give him nothing but bread and water until I return safely.’

Micaiah declared, “If you ever return safely, the LORD has not spoken through me.” Then he added, “Mark my words, all you people!” 2 Chronicles 18:25-27

The king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I will enter the battle in disguise, but you wear your royal robes.” So the king of Israel disguised himself and went into battle. 2 Chronicles 18:29

someone drew his bow at random and hit the king of Israel between the sections of his armor. The king told the chariot driver, “Wheel around and get me out of the fighting. I’ve been wounded.” All day long the battle raged, and the king of Israel propped himself up in his chariot facing the Arameans until evening. Then at sunset he died. 2 Chronicles 18:33-34

First seek the counsel of the LORD… then listen!

The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice. Proverbs 12:15

Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to take warning. Ecclesiastes 4:13

(emphasis mine)

Sweet Promises

Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:

He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

Psalm 37 (verses 3-7 emphasis mine)