Posted by: rshalomw | June 28, 2008

YOU CAN’T PASS THIS TEST!

Two groups of people will respond differently to the title of this post.  The first group will be challenged by this title and determined to prove that they can pass this test.  The second group, no matter what kind of test it is, lack confidence and even if they might do well, their lack of confidence will not allow them to.  It doesn’t matter which group you fall into, the truth is that neither group of people will be able to pass this test.  You must score 100%, or you will fail it.

You may or may not have heard of the Ten Commandments, but the One who created you and the universe you live in will judge you by these standards. Your future depends on how you measure up to the Ten Commandments (Hebrew order):

א  . 1 I am the Lord your God who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
You may think, that’s easy, this doesn’t  apply to me because I didn’t come from Egypt so this first question doesn’t apply to me.  Wrong!  Notice the verse starts out “I am the Lord your God.”  Is He the Lord your God?  Does He direct your life, or do you?  Acts 17:28  For in Him we live and move and have our being Is He the center of your life, or is something or someone else?

2. ב You shall have not other gods before me.  You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. 
You may think, another easy question, I don’t have any idols in may life.  Notice the commandment says the He shows love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.  Many who are reading this do not love Him, yet alone keep his commandments.  Do you worship Him, or is your life or your family or your children or your possessions or your intellect number one.

3. ג You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
Have you ever used the name of the Lord wrongly when when something goes wrong, when someone has scared you, in disgust over a situation, or when you have hit your finger with a hammer?  Matthew 12:34  Jesus said “…for out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.”

4. ד Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.  On it you shall not do any work…
Most people reading this have not remembered the Sabbath day, yet alone keep it holy.  Most do what they want to do and when they want to do it.

There are six more commandments left, but if your are honest with yourself you know that the title of this Post is correct.  Why is this test so hard?  The answer is found in Romans 3:19-20  “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.  Therefore no one will be declared righteous  in his sight by observing the law;  rather through the law we become conscious of sin.”  Romans 3:22  “This righteousness from God comes through faith in  Jesus Christ to all who believe.”

Even if you say you have kept all the above perfectly, you are still in grave danger because  in James 4:6  it is recorded:  God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.  Romans 3:10  records “There is no one righteous, not even one.”  Romans 3:10 records “the sinful mind is hostile to God.  It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.”  James 2:10 records “For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point  is guilty of breaking all of it”  God’s standards are far above man’s.

What is the purpose of the Commandments?  Galatians 3:24 records “So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.  Jesus is the answer to grave state you are in without Him.  John 14:6 records Jesus saying “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No on comes through the Father except through me.” 

2Corinthians 5:17  “Therefore, if anyone is united with the Messiah, he is a new creation
the old is passed; look, what has come is fresh and new!”  (Complete Jewish Bible by David Stern).   the Ruach HaKodesh  (Holy Spirit) is essential.  Galatians 5:16  “What I am saying is this:  run your lives by the Spirit.  Then you will not do what your old nature wants.” 

If you are reading this and you know you are not right with God, you are in need of salvation

  Repent [t’shuvah in Hebrew].   Repent  means to turn from doing things your way and turning to God’s ways.  Trust in Jesus [Yeshua], not yourself.     Ask him to fill you with his Holy Spirit.  Read your Bible every day and obey the teachings of Jesus.  Attend a Bible believing Church that teaches that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.  Walk in His Love to all who attack, are critical of you and say nasty things about you.  Follow the teaching of Jesus in Luke 6:22  “But I tell you who hear me:  Love your enemies and do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” 

                                                       Shalom in Jesus

 

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