God tells us “What” to do in life but leaves the “How” up to the individual.

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God tells us what to do in life but not how to do it.

God knows that he created each person with certain needs and abilities. Not everyone can do the same thing the same way but everyone can do what God asks them to do.

There are only a few things God says “Do Not Do”.

Exodus 20:3

“You shall have no other gods before me.”

This is the first command, and is opposed to the polytheism of the Gentiles, the Egyptians, from whom Israel was just come, and whose gods some of them might have had a favorable opinion of and liking to, and had committed idolatry with; and the Canaanites, into whose land they were going; and to prevent their joining with them in the worship of other gods, this law was given, as well as to be of standing us to them in all generations; for there is but one only living and true God, the former and maker of all things.

Exodus 20:4

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.”

Perhaps it would be better to translate “any image,” for the term used (pesel) is applied, not only to “graven” but also to “molten images” often finished with graven tools. God “will not give his glory to another”, He will not suffer a rival near his throne. He is not “jealous.” as the Greeks thought, of mere success, or greatness; but he is very jealous of his own honor, and will not have the respect and reverence, which is his due, bestowed on other beings or on inanimate objects.

Exodus 20:7

“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”

Make use of the name Lord or God, or any other name and epithet of the divine Being, in a light and trifling way, without any show of reverence of him, and affection to him.

Exodus 20:13

“You shall not murder.”

The Israelites are told that to take life is a crime. God forbids it. As usual, no exceptions are made. Exceptions appear later on; but the first thing is to establish the principle. Human life is sacred. Man is not to shed the blood of his fellow-man. Self-defense is lawful; but much which is not deemed murder by the laws of man, is such before God.

Exodus 20:14

“You shall not commit adultery.”

Our second duty towards our neighbor is to respect the bond on which the family is based, and that conjugal honor which to the true man is dearer than life. Marriage, according to the original institution, made the husband and wife “one flesh” (Genesis 2:24); and to break in upon this sacramental union was at once a crime and a profanity against the God who created it.

Exodus 20:15

“You shall not steal.”

Thou shall not steal. Which is to take away another man’s property by force or fraud, without the knowledge, and against the will of the owner thereof.

Exodus 20:16

“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.”

False witness is of two kinds, public and private. We may either seek to damage our neighbor by giving false evidence against him in a court of justice, or simply calumniate him to others in our social intercourse with them. It results in an injury to his property or his character. As fatal to the administration of justice, false witness in courts has been severely visited by penalties in all well-regulated states.

Exodus 20:17

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

“Thou shalt not covet”: lays it down again that we are not mere slaves of our natural desires and passions, but have a controlling power implanted within us, by means of which we can keep down passion, check desire, resist impulse. Man is lord of himself, capable, by the exercise of his free-will, of molding his feelings, weakening or intensifying his passions, shaping his character.

Matthew 23:8-10

“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah.

Christ said, “be not called;” here he uses the active, “call not,” as if he would intimate that his followers must not give this honored title to any doctor out of complaisance, or flattery, or affectation. Upon the earth. This is to differentiate the title of Father we give God in heaven out of respect for him. No apostle and no disciple of Jesus called another disciple “Father” in obedience to Jesus teaching.

 

God has given us a few “Do’s” also.

Luke 6:31

Do to others as you would have them do to you.

This is the “Golden Rule” and is nearly impossible to perform without help from our heavenly father.

Matthew 22:36-340

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Luke 18:24-27

Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

So then no one can be saved by what man can do. Only by God’s work in our lives is anyone saved.

1 Peter 5:7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

God cares for us; therefore we must not be over-anxious, but trust in him. The participle “cast” is aorist, as if implying that we are to cast the whole burden of all our anxieties by one act of faith upon the Lord.

Romans 10:9-10

That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.

Acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ as the only Savior. Believe in your heart that he who died for all of your offenses has been raised so you can receive justification; and you depend solely on him for that justification, then you will be saved from the punishments reserved for those who will die and then go to hell.

True faith does not lie in the bare assent of the mind to the Gospel, or any truth contained in it. It does not reside in our thoughts concerning the person and office of Christ, but in the heart. It is not a notional knowledge of things to be believed; nor is it saying that a man believes; but it is heart work, a believing with all the heart. This is the type of a faith in which all the powers of the soul, the understanding, will, and affections, are concerned; it is a seeing of the Son, a beholding of the glory, fullness, suitableness, ability, and willingness of Christ as a Savior, with the eye of the understanding spiritually enlightened; it is a going out of the soul to Christ, in various acts, such as venturing into his presence, prostrating itself at his feet, resolving if it perishes it will perish there; a giving up itself unto him, determining it will have no other Savior, leaning and relying on him, and living upon him; which faith works by love to Christ, moves the affections, stirs up the desires of the soul to his name, and endears him and all that belong to him to it.

 

Salvation is the possession of everyone who confesses their sins and believes that Jesus died to take the punishment they deserve upon himself and then call upon Jesus.

Romans 10:13

For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Joel 2:32

And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the survivors whom the LORD calls.

 

Matthew 28:18-20

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

The phrase does not mean merely invoking the Name, under the sanction of the great Name, but something more than this. It signifies into the power and influence of the Holy Trinity, into faith in the three Persons of God, and the duties and privileges consequent on that faith, into the family of God and obedience unto its Head.

 

This then is God’s plan for man’s salvation.  Our ultimate duty to God after we have believed and confessed is to go and preach salvation to others. Not in only the name of the Lord but by his power and as each person is lead to obey.

God tells us what to do but leaves the how to each individual to obey as he or she can and desires to follow.

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About chaplainchucks

I am an old Marine who has become a Chaplain. I love to write stories, poetry and to perform wedding ceremonies. I live in the mountains in Southern California but work near the beach. I also enjoy camping and cooking in my Dutch Ovens. I am a philosopher, gentleman, Renaissance man and great-grandfather. USMC 1976-1980 (Tank Battalion) US Army 1980-1988 (Military Intelligence) Minister license 1995
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