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Message of the Day: Follow God, Cleave and Grow Up in Him!

You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.” (Deuteronomy 13:4, NKJV)

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In Canaan the Israelites would meet many new temptations. Moses therefore warned them not to be curious about the religious practices of the former inhabitants, lest they copy them and corrupt their own religion (Deut. 29-32). They were also to be aware of the person who could apparently perform miracles and predict events. The test of the genuineness of the person was not whether his predictions came true, but whether he led people in the ways of God.

To walk after the Lord your God is to go wherever he would have us to go. We must follow as the sheep follows the shepherd. We must be filled with a sense of God’s greatness, majesty, and righteousness. Without the sense of this, we lose the attitude of mind in which we can best honour Him. We must endeavor to have this fear if we want to follow God.

The fear of God impels us to keep the his commandments. God must be so feared that what he has commanded shall be our delight to perform. This fear is not a cringing dread. On the way of life we must ever be on our guard so that we may find the right way, so much the more as snares are laid in our way by the enemy – from which we cannot deliver ourselves, but which we shall be able to avoid if we listen to the voice of God, who teaches us to be prudent, and points out the way for us.

Finally, we must seek God’s presence with burning desires, and with deepest love an warmth of heart and spirit. When we have reached this far, that we cleave to him and then grow up in him, great shall be our benefit!

Sources:

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

http://www.biblegateway.com

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