FOUR OUT OF TEN
by esther robinson
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If I were Abraham, I guess I would have got angry with God like steam coming out from a boiling kettle. After 74 years of walk with Him, is this the statement He has got to say about me? “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless” (Genesis 17:1). Immediately in flesh I would have muttered, “Lord! What do You think I was doing all this while having left my native land and my dear ones? How do You think I have been so far with You?” It is here we are called to witness Abram’s obedience and impeccable dependence, who left everything to follow God without any reserve or questions.
God graciously gives Abram the following blessing. “And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you (Genesis 17:7). At the outset, talking about descendants to a man who is not yet blessed with a child through Sarah seems like the blink on a student who sees a question appearing in the question paper that is not in the scope of the book that has been mastered. However, exactly a year later, the promised blessing is granted confirming the power of the Almighty God.
A certain well-known preacher who loved God with all his heart and walked with Him for nearly fifty years had a similar experience. Once during a conversation with God he asked this of Him. “My heavenly Father, what do You want me to do?” God responded his question. “Go read My commandments and follow them.” Although he did not dare to question God, yet thoughts such as, “I learnt the ten commandments at the age of ten by heart and all these years I have abided by them. What else has it got to offer me more?” arose questions like the waves of the sea. However, with implicit obedience he lowered himself on a chair opened the bible with all reverence and began reading each commandment one by one pleading for the Holy Spirit’s guidance (Exodus 20:3-17; Deuteronomy 5:7-21).
“You shall have no other gods before Me.” This statement simply meant that you must be loyal to God. It is not merely removing the visible forms of grave, craved, sculptured, embossed, painted, spun or like images. Besides that, it has got to do with the removing of invisible images anything other than God that are worshipped in the secret vaults of the heart aware or unaware. It could be a matinee model, your mentor, parents anything be it living or non-living for that matter. God demands an unfailing loyalty from us.
Taking a driving test in a particular country is not that easy. A certain young man at the age of twenty-five happened to appear for this test. His instructor quite happy over his training gave this comment. “I guess you will get through in the maiden attempt.” The young man was pleased. On the day for taking the test he traveled in a taxi driven by an unbeliever. To his utter dismay he failed to get through. The young man entered his room very disappointed. That is when God pinpointed his mistake. In course of the conversation with the taxi-driver – an unbeliever, the young man old that he was on his way to take a driving test. The unbeliever asked him, “Isn’t that very difficult? Shall I pray to my God for you?” The young man overwhelmed had asked him to pray without first depending on God himself. This may seem an insignificant act yet carries a profound truth that God does not approve your depending on others, other than Him for anything.
For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,. Human psychology states that a three-year-old boy is possessive of his mother and would state at anyone looking at his mother in an unusual way. Most of us know about the true love that operates between a husband and wife. A pastor and his wife married for about three years ran into a casual conversation somewhat like this. The wife spoke. “If I happen to pass away say just like that, would you remarry?” For which the pastor responded as follows. “Sure. Of course, I would get married again. You will be resting happily with God. God has asked man to enjoy life is it not?” Not enraged with fury but taking this in a lighter spirit his wife told him her piece of mind. “I will come back in the form of a spirit and kill the woman whom you marry.” No doubt, some amount of jealousy prevails were true love exists. If ordinary human bonding could carry this amount of jealousy, how much more of jealousy would be involved between the “Creator –created” relationship. One thing we are called to bear in mind is that if we are zealous for God He will not be jealous of us.
RESTRAIN YOUR LIPS
‘You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain. Do not make your vows in haste before God. It is not God who requires vows from you, but it is you who are making a vow before Him. Therefore, one has to be cautious in fulfilling the same otherwise God would demand that out of you. As a result you may lose the blessings that He has in store for you. God does not require anything from man it is man who gets everything from God. Therefore we should not use the name of God in vain. God has asked man to give one tenth but some being over righteous makes rash promises of giving away twenty, thirty and fifty percent to god which He does not require. Very few live upto the promise they make failing to understand that God would require everything vow made while in the flesh from you. Beware! You cannot mock God. Restrain from using your lips in vain uttering the name of God and making vows casually. Everyone is called to analyze three spirits viz Holy Spirit, spirit of man and that of Satan before making a vow to god. Tongue is both the most deadliest as well as wonderful part of the human body. We are accountable for the words that we speak. Repent for those vows made in haste, plead and then He will forgive your ignorance and command blessings in your life.
REST AND RELAX YOUR SOUL
Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. One should bear in mind that God did not take rest on the seventh day being weary of his labour. Instead, He took rest to relax and rejoice over the creation of His hands. Sunday being the first day of the week, the day that symbolizes the resurrections of Christ as well as the Day of Pentecost in the former days was called “Holy Day” by the Gregorian calendar. Later on became a ‘holiday’. In most parts of the world, Sunday is declared a holiday. It is the earnest desire of God that we as His children should rest, relax and rejoice in our soul over the things created by God over which He as given the dominion to us. A spiritual break is essential for everyone. Everyone is called to look at the Holy Bible from the perspective of a student who is willing to learn from the Invisible Teacher. Jesus Christ while He sojourned in this earth fulfilled these commandments in His life.
At once, the servant of God realized how far he had strayed from the commandments of God. He was once again on his knees asking the Lord to pinpoint those areas where he needed to surrender without any reserve. In His immense grace and mercy, God can draw a straight line using a crooked pencil.
I have recorded what the Holy Spirit revealed to that servant of God, the rest six could be recorded by you so as to be rated ten out of ten. God bless you.
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I loved your writing. It brought memories to my attention. Forgive me Lord for making vows, that I didn't keep! It makes us examine ourself. I couldn't find your two writings; Rainbows, who am I? I looked under the list of your work and on search. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. I've not been on this site very long. Thank you, Connie