This morning I read Deuteronomy 30. Several verses struck a chord. To put this chapter into context, Moses is talking to the Sons of Israel, which included some Gentiles (see Exodus 12:38), before they crossed the Jordan River. He begins by talking about blessings and curses, dispersion and restoration. In verse 6, we read, “The LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.” Obedience brings restoration.
What it means to love the LORD with all your heart. “I command thee this day to love thy God, to walk in is ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it” (verse 16 KJV). “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (verse 19 KJV).
Nowadays,I am disturbed by the term “carnal Christian,” which sounds like a contradiction. In fact, I can’t find the phrase in scripture, although the New Testament describes such a person in I Corinthians 5: 1. The man was having an affair with his father’s wife. When the congregation approached him at Paul’s urging, the man repented and the congregation welcomed him back. We all sin but to walk in continual sin without repenting is inexcusable. The Bible makes it clear that “grace is not a license to sin,” and yet I see this happening in many denominations. All you have to do is watch the news to know what I’m talking about.
If you love the Lord with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself, you will not fall into continual sin. Paul warns us in I Corinthians I: 6-9: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God” (KJV).
in 2 Timothy 3: 1-5 (KJV), Paul writes, “In the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” Beloved, we are living in the last days.
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