The Word of Grace Devotion for the Week of November 3, 2014
Keep It Simple
Deuteronomy 4:40- “Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”
Beloved, I have often said from the pulpit that Christianity is simple. What I mean by this is that being a Christian merely involves reading God’s Word and doing what it says. It is simple but it is not easy.
I compare/contrast Christianity with that of losing weight. The recipe for losing weight is also simple, eat fewer calories than what you burn throughout the day and you will lose weight. It is simple but not easy. Not easy because while the spirit may be willing the flesh is weak.
Take forgiveness for example. It is not a difficult concept to understand. Someone offends you and the Lord asks you to forgive them,Matthew 6:14-15, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” It is simple to understand but not easy to do. Forgiveness is hard, sometimes really hard. But forgiveness is also necessary.
Thankfully, the Lord understands that we will have a difficult time implementing His commands. Hence He has given us a helper! (Praise God we do not have to do it all alone!). The Lord has given us His Holy Spirit!
Someone once said that God’s commandments are God’s enablements. In other words, God does not give us a command we cannot keep. He gives us His Holy Spirit to enter into us to help us, to empower us to live this Christian life.
Only through the power of the Holy Spirit will we be able to keep His commands. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.”
Beloved, when you find it difficult to, “keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children,” remember Ephesians 3:20 and Philippians 4:13!
Remember to keep it simple. Read His Word and do what it says, “that you may prolong your days in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and I will be praying for you!