TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, September 26, 2018:
Rules of moral conduct; the body of moral principles or values held by or governing a culture group or individual; moral principles.
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
You will be accepted if you do what is (ethical) right. But if you refuse to do what is (ethical) right, then watch out. Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you, but you must subdue it and be near its Master.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
What is your guide for establishing ethics that you can live by? For some it is watching and listening to their parents. For some it is based on what their peers live by. For others it is just to do what they feel is right. That basically is what we call now the “ME” generation. This ethical standard has been prevalent down through the years. In Judges 17:6 we read that long after the death of Joshua, all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.
Have we forgotten that God gave Moses, to give to the Children of Israel and us today, The Ten Commandments (found in Exodus chapter 20)? He gave these for a reason. And that reason is that because of our sinful nature man has the ability to devise all sorts of evil. Laws and regulations, in God’s sight, are necessary to keep man’s evilness in check.
God created us and He wants what is best for us so He gave us the Ten Commandments as a guide to living an ethical, God fearing life style. These commandments are like a measuring stick to help us be what God wants us to be.
God took Moses up to the mountain top and gave him the most complete and important code of ethics that has ever been known to man. They literally cover every detail one needs to live a Christ centered life even today.
Jesus added to these ten when He was on this earth by giving us two more commandments. They are found in Matthew 22: 37-38. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all Your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself?
God expects us to live by these standards of ethics and not by what we think is right or what someone else suggests. In Proverbs 14:12 we are told that there is a consequence for doing things our way. It reads, “There is a way that seems right to a man but in the end it leads to death.”
May we make one more suggestion? We feel it is so vital to keep the Ten Commandments and the two in the New Testament that Jesus gave us that we urge you to get a copy and place it in a place where you can see and read it every day. When you subscribed to our devotionals we sent you a copy of our Book Mark with these on it if you had a U.S postal address. We cannot send out more unless you help us with the printing and postage. They are available for one dollar each and two dollars outside of the United States.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Romans 3:23.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Help me each day to live a life based on the commandments that You have given us as a guide for living in today’s world. Help my family, friends, and neighbors to study your commandments and make them a vital part of their lives.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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