Simple Recipe

 

Kitchen.I actually like to cook and prepare food. I really like to bake cookies, cakes and such. The part I hate about cooking and baking is the cleaning up afterward. I usually follow the recipe when it’s written down. Some things that I make, I already have the recipe memorized and it’s pretty easy. Then there are those complex recipes that call for multiple ingredients and multiple steps in the process. I have to admit that when the recipe is followed properly, the end product turns out great.

The Lord is leading His people to their new land. They have left the land of Egypt and they were under the leadership of the Egyptians. They were subjected to some ungodly worship and customs. The Lord is now speaking to the people preparing them to come up under His leadership and His government. I came across this one verse that seems to summarize the detailed recipe for living to honor Him. Check this out…

4 You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the Lord your God. 5 Keep my decrees and laws, for the person who obeys them will live by them. I am the Lord. (Leviticus 18:4 NIV)

That is really simple to understand. The Lord is making it clear what He expects and He’s implying that He will inspect as well. While this is really simple and clear, it’s really harder to do than it sounds. I am pulled and tempted in so many ways and from so many angles, it’s hard sometimes to simply follow God’s recipe for success. He built those boundaries with my protection in mind. Often when I step outside the boundaries, I’m hurting me way more than I’m hurting Him.

This recipe for a good life is simple to remember. I believe I should simply focus on walking with the Lord this morning; then this afternoon and then one day is in the books. Tomorrow I will again focus on the recipe for living. At the end of my life, I hope the product that this day-to-day recipe has produced will bless the heart of God.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Regulations

'Permitted by law', under 'Legal'There are regulations in just about every area of our culture. There regulations about the speed of travel, the amount of exhaust a vehicle can emit, the things I can build on my property and many more. Regulations are simply a part of my life. Some regulations seem to get a little too close and personal, but others I do understand because they bring order in our society.

The Lord gave a lot of instructions to Moses regarding all sorts of offerings for different situations. He gave the people instructions on how to prepare the offering. He now gives instructions to the priest regarding the offering regulations. Check this out…

14 “‘These are the regulations for the grain offering: Aaron’s sons are to bring it before the Lord, in front of the altar. 15 The priest is to take a handful of the finest flour and some olive oil, together with all the incense on the grain offering, and burn the memorial portion on the altar as an aroma pleasing to the Lord. 16 Aaron and his sons shall eat the rest of it, but it is to be eaten without yeast in the sanctuary area; they are to eat it in the courtyard of the tent of meeting. 17 It must not be baked with yeast; I have given it as their share of the food offerings presented to me. Like the sin offering and the guilt offering, it is most holy. (Leviticus 6:14-17 NIV)

The Word of God carries many other regulations that are still active in our society today. For example, our civil and criminal law can be traced back to ancient scripture and how they were set up. When the Israelites left Egypt and were traveling to what would become their land, they had to set some new guidelines for themselves. They had operated under the regulations and rules of Egypt. They now were becoming a country of their own and they needed regulations.

I need regulations in my home, in my work and in my relationships. There are certain protocols that should stay in place and keep my behavior inside the boundaries. I think regulations are the step-by-step instructions for living out my faith and following the Lord fully. Some regulations can be self-imposed, while people in authority impose others over me.

There are times when government regulations get over-the-top and too involved in our lives. There are often unintended consequences to too much regulation. The Lord’s regulations on my life are pretty simple and straightforward. I am to love like He loves. I am to live like He lives. I am to follow His plan for my life. I am to trust Him with every detail of my life. I don’t ever want to challenge the Lord’s regulation upon my life.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Above The Law

legal gavel, scales and law bookIn our country and perhaps in every country there is a rule of law. The law is a set of guidelines and rules that regulate the actions of people who are part of a particular country or community. The laws of a city or community most often apply to those outside the community who are just visiting. The laws are for our protection from one another and protection from us. Sometimes the law seems very restrictive and at other times it is totally logical. I may not like all of the laws of this land, but I have to learn to live by them or face the consequences.

There are those who think that they are above the law. In a small town sometimes the leaders and politicians can get by with stuff that the average citizen can’t. I knew of an official that was picked up and should have been cited for DUI, but was taken home by law enforcement because of the position he held. That is not how it should have played out. There are consequences for breaking the law. There is no one who is above the law. Even the people responsible for writing the law have to obey the law. The most powerful man in our country is the President and he has to obey the law.

Jeremiah was dealing with a king who thought he was above the law. This was not going to end well. Check this out…

22 It was the ninth month and the king was sitting in the winter apartment, with a fire burning in the firepot in front of him. 23 Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll, the king cut them off with a scribe’s knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire. 24 The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes. 25 Even though Elnathan, Delaiah and Gemariah urged the king not to burn the scroll, he would not listen to them. 26 Instead, the king commanded Jerahmeel, a son of the king, Seraiah son of Azriel and Shelemiah son of Abdeel to arrest Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet. But the Lord had hidden them. (Jeremiah 36:22-26 NIV)

 

When the law of the land doesn’t cover something, the Law of the Lord does. We were designed and created to love and serve one another. We were not wired to serve ourselves at the expense of others. Unfortunately that is who we become at times. I’m convinced that even those who think they are above the law of the land should remember that they are subject to the Law of the Lord. The Law of the Lord affects how I treat everyone from the lowest position to the highest position. I am never above the Law of the Lord. I would be wise to live like it. The Lord will discipline the law breakers and it is not necessarily a cake walk. I must learn to live within His boundaries or face the consequences of disobedience.

Pressing On!

Dwayne