Words from the Heart for Friday November 23rd, 2018
For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.
Deuteronomy 30:16 (NLT)
Love the Lord and Keep His Commands
The Lord promises to bless and bring increase. The God who first gave that blessing to His creation now repeated it to a nation who were about to enter into their promised land. These are His people who will love their God and walk in His ways.
By law, you generally cannot keep wild animals captive — or release them into the wild — in Ontario. Some exceptions exist — but are regulated under provincial laws. These include: studying wild animals as part of scientific research – capturing moose to put on a radio collar to track their movements for example. Undertaking approved educational programs at such places as a zoo, and supporting immediate, authorized hunting opportunities – a game bird hunting preserve, for example, are also legal.
Followers of Jesus don’t need surveys and studies to prove that walking with Jesus has benefits in this life, as well as in eternity. After all, Jesus said that He had come that we would have abundant life. But recent studies have found that those who are people of faith do live longer and healthier lives. This doesn’t mean that being a Christian guarantees that we will live without challenges and illnesses. But, by living according to Biblical principles, we can avoid so much that a life of sin leads to. Back in Deuteronomy 30:16 God makes this promise: “For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.” While salvation is a free gift that is received by faith, we are called to offer our gratitude to the Lord by living a life that pleases Him. This not only glorifies Him, but it offers to us God’s promises of abundant life.
These have been words from the heart.