Tuesday, October 14, 2014
How’s your walking?
Deut 11:13 And it shall be that if you earnestly obey My commandments which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul,
:14 then I will give you the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your grain, your new wine, and your oil.
:15 And I will send grass in your fields for your livestock, that you may eat and be filled.
:16 Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them.
:17 Lest the Lord's anger be aroused against you, and He shut up the heavens so that there be no rain, and the land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the good land which the Lord is giving you.
:18 Therefore you shall lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
:19 You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
:20 And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,
:21 that your days and the days of your children may be multiplied in the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, like the days of the heavens above the earth.
:22 For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do – to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to hold fast to Him –
:23 then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess greater and mightier nations than yourselves.
Rom 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
To walk in the way of the Lord requires time, effort and lots of practice. If we stand still and smile, we can pass as being transformed. But the way we walk (and talk) tells how far along we are in living out the transformation. Being changed means giving up our previous way of life and learning a new way to walk and talk.
A change in behavior begins with a change in the heart.