Deuteronomy 6:4-15 – “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! 5 “And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; 7 and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. 8 And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. 9 And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. 10 “Then it shall come about when the LORD your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you, great and splendid cities which you did not build, 11 and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and hewn cisterns which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and you shall eat and be satisfied, 12 then watch yourself, lest you forget the LORD who brought you from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 13 You shall fear only the LORD your God; and you shall worship Him, and swear by His name. 14 You shall not follow other gods, any of the gods of the peoples who surround you, 15 for the LORD your God in the midst of you is a jealous God; otherwise the anger of the LORD your God will be kindled against you, and He will wipe you off the face of the earth.” NASB
I realize that is a lot of scripture to wade through in preparing for a devotional message. The idea of devotional suggests brevity and with that much scripture, brevity would seem impossible. With that in mind let me off this ‘three-legged stool’ of which I speak.
The threefold are “Love, Life Actions, and Divine Promises.” There is the direct and specific instruction that we are to teach these elements to our children and those under our sphere of influence.
The first directive, which is an often-repeated command from God is we are to Love God with our all. All our hearts, all our souls, and all our strength. If we were to package that and put it, in a nutshell, it would be to TOTALLY LOVE GOD! If we reach that condition and position the Obedience is a foregone conclusion. If we Love God to that extent, we would never think of disobeying for that would wound His heart and pleasing Him is paramount in our minds.
Moses instructed Israel that the Words of God’s Commandments and Law were to be on or in their hearts. Jesus reflected on that truth and principle in telling us that we were to abide in Him, and His words were to abide in us. He also said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” (John 14:15). He did not say, “If you love Me, you will want to keep My commandments.” He said, “You Will.”
The Hebrews had a practice and believed that it was the responsibility of the parents, especially the father’s to teach their children the Law of God. Life lessons were to be taught at every opportunity.
Instead of texting, burying our heads in our phones, tablets, and computers or being brain-washed by the TV, we are to teach in our homes, the principles and truths of God. When we travel or walkabout, use whatever presents itself to illustrate God’s truths. He gave a directive that the Pharisees took to the extreme and said, “bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” He is saying, “Get them in your heart and become one with the truths of God and the Word of God.”
The Promise was “IF” we will do that and Love God with our All and become One with His Word God will send incredible Blessings upon us. He will give us our Place of Promise and we will reap benefits that we did not provide the labor to receive. He will cause abundance to come into our lives in every possible manner. We will become what God says we are, “Overcomers!”
If we see prosperity as being what we hold in our hands, we will forever be poor. If we see true biblical prosperity as beginning on the inside and working its way to the extremities, we will be as the Hebrews – “People Who Do Not Lack.” When, I say that, I have people look at me and roll their eyes. The Hebrews, who followed God with a whole heart live with ‘No Sense of Lack.’ They may not have had abundance in possessions but the had confidence that God would supply. The Early Church lived believing that, “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory.”
I pray that we will all discover and incorporate into our lives God’s Three-Legged Stool of Life. I pray that we become people who Love God with our all, Live according to His Word, and Receive His Promises.
God bless you and may the Blessings of God be yours powerfully and abundantly today!