Love you all, praying for you.
I just love God’s Word. It’s not what you would expect. It’s often just the opposite. It will expose you and correct you if you will let it. It tells you what’s right, not what seems right, and sometimes what’s right – doesn’t seem right. The Pharisees were always confused. They were more about what looks right, than what is right. They would accuse people of breaking the laws, that they themselves break, or worse. God is more about inward heart condition than outward appearance. His commands are for our good. Jesus fulfilled the law, and raised the standard. Now the motive is love. We follow Him, not the law. We walk in the Spirit, not according to the flesh. Remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy. Most people remember the Sabbath, but not to keep it holy. Jesus fulfilled the law, but didn’t remove the Sabbath. Jesus just said, The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. When the disciples picked a stalk of grain to eat, they accused them of breaking the Sabbath. Jesus reminded them, “Don’t you remember what David did when he ate the showbread that only the priests should eat?” When Jesus healed on the Sabbath, they accused him of breaking the Sabbath. But He reminded them that they pull their donkey out of a ditch on the Sabbath, but it is not lawful to heal? To bring life? Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy. Set apart – not like every other day. Some people will never go to work on the Sabbath, they won’t even cut their lawn, and give you the side eye if you do. Yet they go to church, complain that the preaching is too long, and the music is to loud, and then come home and binge watch Netflix full of immoral acts by people who do not fear God. Is that the Sabbath? Just because some people misuse it, doesn’t mean you are not called to do it. How do you remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy? Remember that it’s just as important what hearts and minds do, as what hands and feet do, or don’t do. Whatever your conviction, do it. But while you keep the Sabbath, remember to keep it holy. It’s not just for a needed rest for your body, it’s a day to focus on God, not other things… to be thankful and prayerful, and even helpful to others – as God leads. I am not saying do not observe the Sabbath – that you can do anything you want to do. Don’t take my words, as a cause to stumble. I’m just praying that you would know the fullness of the Sabbath Rest, not just the motions that tradition demands, but the life, that the Spirit of God wants to give. Praying that God’s Sabbath for you will be honoring to the LORD in every way, that you would hear His voice, and do as He leads, that it would be the rest and refueling that God intended it to be - free of false guilt, or excuse to sin. That you would live in the freedom of Christ, not the bondage of the enemy. That you will seek the LORD on what He would have you do, to honor him on the Sabbath. To be lead by the Spirit, not the flesh, not tradition, or other people’s expectation. But what God expects of you – to honor Him, and be filled with what He has for you. Praying that you will remember the Sabbath, to keep it holy.
Love you all,
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Kelly Kamentz - Jesus follower, husband, father, and friend, helping others surrender time, thoughts, money, and testimony, to fulfill their purpose!