Our Duty to God pt 2

5. We have a duty to have communion with God. We are to speak with him and listen to him. We are to have conversation with him just like we would have with our earthly father. “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14 (emphasis supplied) This communion should not be considered a duty but should be something we want to do in our daily lives. God allows us to speak to him 24/7. How much we who have lost love ones would give to be able to speak to them again and talk with them. Although we miss that opportunity with earthly loved ones, we have that opportunity everyday with God. We need to take advantage of that opportunity.

6. We are to have hope in the Lord. “And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.” Psalm 39:7 (emphasis supplied) This duty was put forth mightily by Abraham, “Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.” Romans 4:18. (emphasis supplied) The Message Bible sets it out as, “When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do.” We, like Abraham, need to focus on what God said he would do rather than on what we don’t see. Remember, we walk by faith and not by sight.

7. We have a duty to love God. We, however, should not look at it as a duty, but need to understand that it is something we should do automatically to one who has provided us with life and breath. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6:5. (emphasis supplied) Jesus quoted this scripture in Matthew 22:37-38 in noting that this was the ‘first and great commandment.’ “And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways , and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul.” Deuteronomy 10:12. (emphasis supplied) The Message Bible expresses it this way, “So now Israel, what do you think God expects from you? Just this: Live in his presence in holy reverence, follow the road he sets out for you, love him, serve God, your God, with everything you have in you, obey the commandments and regulations of God that I’m commanding you today——live a good life.”

8. We are to joy in the Lord of our salvation. “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.” Psalm 5:11 (emphasis supplied) Why should we be down in the mouth? We have much to be joyful about in the Lord. I’ve heard it said by Judson Cornwall that “Happiness is tied to happenings, but joy is tied to Jesus.” Why shouldn’t we be joyful? We have been saved from an eternity in hell and a life of hell on earth. We have received his Holy Spirit and healing and deliverance is available from our Lord Jesus Christ. If you can’t have a smile and a joyful disposition over that, my friend, you are dead!

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