The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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03/23/2015

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Authority For God's People


"The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to FEAR the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today" (Deut.6:24).

There are three things that often go unappreciated in a world that is obsessed with individual rights and freedom of expression. They are: authority, obedience, discipline. Now don't get me wrong.... I am alright with individual rights and freedom of expression, but they must co-exist with the three things I just mentioned. In today's verse, Moses, who has been given the authority over the people, is reminding them about obeying the LAW that they had just received and their responsibility to it. In the world of human affairs, those in charge are often tainted by human imperfections; it is never this way in the kingdom of God! With God, we are not given any "arbitrary" laws to obey. The ruler of heaven and earth has no master blueprint to keep folks from having fun... Simply put, He knows the behaviors that hurt people, and He forbids them. In today's verse, Moses tells Israel, "so that we might always prosper..." As it comes from God, "thou shalt not" might actually mean "do yourself no harm..." Sometimes, people may feel deprived in the short term, but in the long-term, obedience to God results in blessed and noble lives. Christians ought not wait for heaven to enter the joys of godly living, but rather experience them now... Today's world offers sins which have a seasonal appeal that we must resist, just as Moses did. "He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time" (Heb.11:25). Given the nature of the God we serve, the wise and the blessed obey Him....

Have a great start to your week... Begin it with a RAK or two... Love mark Phil.4:11

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