STAY TRUE TO GOD
Love God with all of your Heart
Jerry A Collins
v Do you love the Lord your God with all your heart?
v How deep must your commitment be to God?
v What are the rewards for obedience?
What is the difference between a
chicken and a pig at a bacon and egg breakfast? In a bacon and egg breakfast,
the chicken is involved, while the pig makes a total commitment! Nothing more threatening or challenging than a need for total
commitment and evidence of a lack thereof. George Washington was
constantly taunted and dogged by the less than total commitment of Thomas
Jefferson in his cabinet.
1. OUR DEVOTION TO GOD IS EXPRESSED BY OUR FULL COMPLIANCE TO HIM 10:12ff
The only courtesy God asks for is
complete loyalty and devotion. So God calls on
Summary of Israel’s responsibility 12-13 In view of God’s past grace toward them God would require five things as they enter their new destiny. First, that they fear Him—becoming so acutely aware of God’s moral purity and omnipotence that you are genuinely afraid to disobey Him. Second, to walk in all His ways—to not change or alter these. Third, to love Him—a full devotion and affection that motivates you to please Him. Fourth, to serve Him with all heart and soul—a consuming passion to fulfill His expectations. Fifth, to keep commands and statutes—obey His Word completely. Such commitment was for their own good —that it mite go well with you.
Rationale for this responsibility 14-19 First, God initiated
a relationship with them 14-15. There is not a part of creation that God is not
sovereign over 14. He has no rivals! So He could set His affection on your
fathers and love them, choose to serve their best interests, and chose the same
for their descendents, ahead of everyone else even now 15. This all began
according to Eze 16:1-15 simply because God stumbled
upon them, saw they were vulnerable and decided to show them favor. Second,
the only proper response is full compliance to Him 16-19. That means
‘circumcise’ your heart—that is quit hardening your will against God’s commands
and expectations—as they had been doing since leaving
God’s worthiness of full compliance seen in promises already being fulfilled 20-22 They are already numerous a partial fulfillment of promise to Abe—like stars of heaven Gen 15:5. So have no hesitation in your God. He is able. He is worthy. Take that with you all of the way thru the land when you settle there.
2. WE CAN CONFIDENTLY COMPLY SINCE GOD IS ABLE
Our devotion is not baseless because our God is able to perform powerful deeds to serve our need.
Evidence of God’s powerful acts 1-7 First, He reminds these
who were under 20 at the time of Exodus of the miracles performed then 1-4.
These were object lessons to teach and discipline this generation about their God
and His need to correct them when they rebelled. God’s power displayed in
to comply by these powerful deeds 8-16 First, their strength
depended upon their obedience 8-9. They could only prosper there and possess
what God gives them by obedience. So strength, possession, and victory is solely a matter of moral compass not military prowess. Second,
Prosperity in the land based on compliance 10-12. In
God’s Word must invade every area of life 18-24 Like 6:7-9 the Word
of God must be visibly, physically present in your
life understanding it’s content to shape the moral and spiritual character of
the family. (The reality of Jesus in your home.) Possessing
your position in life is dependent upon full
compliance and for your kids too. The only way to drive out the sin in your
life and possess what God has given you. If
So when in the land a ceremony of full dedication 25-32 This ceremony would repeat and reinforce Moses instructions and solidify nee for compliance when they entered. (1) We must make a commitment to be fully devoted to Christ every single day. Take up our cross daily and follow Him 10:12-13. (2) That devotion can only be displayed through obedience to His commands, expectations—His Word applied directly to our lives 10:12-13; 11:1, 13, 22. (3) Motivation for compliance comes not from trying to muster emotional feelings for God but by reflection upon God’s faithful display of power in the past 11:1-7. (4) Our children will tend to follow what parents live and what they are reminded of daily by their surroundings 11:18-19.