New Testament Commandments & 31 Days of Prayer for Self-examination

God said: You shall have no other gods before Me and You shall make no idols. [Exodus 20:3-5] Then Aaron made a false god and they worshiped the idol. [Exodus 32:1-14Don’t think this can not happen to us. Have you ever seriously considered God’s commands in the New Testament and how you are doing at keeping them? When we love God we will obey these commands out of love, not duty!

I will REVIEW my recent actions, motives, thoughts, and words against each quality; CONFESS where I have sinned against God & others; REPENT of this sin, asking God for forgiveness and help [a] to change our heart and [b] in our persevering to turn from sin. Ask each day “Does my life reveal the glory of God to others, at my expense and without expecting merit from God or others?”

1st day of month – 1. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. [Mark 12:30-31]

2. “19 Go therefore and make disciples [new converts] of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,  20  teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” [Matthew 28:18-20 ] & The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. [2 Timothy 2:2]

3. Study & meditate on God’s Word daily:  16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.[ 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Romans 10:17; for the HEAR method of Bible study click here]

4. Be filled by the Spirit” daily [Ephesians 5:18b CSB] The indwelling Spirit can fill the Disciple with this content daily; teaching the Word in an understanding way to know more and more of the love and glory of Jesus, B  guidanceC bringing Jesus glory by telling you whatever He receives from Jesus, D the fruit of the Spirit, strength, G helps us in our weakness & intercession  and conviction of sin. I and  “the fruit of the Spirit:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;” [Galations 5:22-23a; for footnotes click here]

5. If you love Me*, you will keep My* commandments. [* Jesus, John 14:15, John 14:21,23 ]

6.  Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. [1 Thessalonians 5:16-18]

7.  Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. [Romans 12:1-2]

8. Make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, love [2 Peter 1:4-8]

9. Do everything to the glory of God [1 Corinthians 10:31]

10. Be holy because I am holy.[1 Peter 1:15-16]

11. Be humble [James 4:6,10; 1 Peter 5:6-7]

12. Be encouraging and helpful: Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, [1 Thessalonians 5:11 & Hebrews 10:24-25]

13. Submit to God, and resist Satan and he will flee from you [James 4:7]

14. Love, because He first loved us. [1 John 4:19,7-21]

15. Love your enemies and pray for those that persecute you [Matthew 5:44]

16. Abide in faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love. [1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, 13]

17. Grace giving–the tithe plus offerings: 23 For you tithe … and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others….Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. …God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; [Matthew 23:23, 2 Corinthians 8:1-7,9:6-10 Jesus dramatically increased the OT law in NT under grace, see Matthew 5:21-22, 27-28, 43-44; ]

18. For this is what love for God is: to keep his commands. And his commands are not a burden, [1 John 5:3 CSB]

19. Give all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. [Ephesians 3:20]

20. You have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, [1 Peter 2:21]

21. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, [Ephesians 5:25]

22. Each one of you is to love his wife as himself, and the wife is to respect her husband.  [Ephesians 5:33]

23. Walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. [Galatians 5:16]

24. Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. [Hebrews 13:17]

25. Be pleasing to Jesus: Therefore, whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to him. [2 Corinthians 5:9]

26.  Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. [Ephesians 4:29 ]

27. Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing. [1 Peter 3:8-9 ]

28. You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way…and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. [1 Peter 3:7 ]

29. “13 Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause my brother to stumble.” In 1 Corinthians 8 Paul was addressing the problem of that day, eating meat after it had been sacrificed to idols. He ended with v. 13 refusing to do anything to cause his brother to stumbleToday this applies to pornography, drugs, alcoholic beverages, etc.  We all know people and families who have been destroyed because a person took the first drink of alcohol. The only safe way to protect your testimony is to abstain from all pornography, drugs, alcoholic beverages, etc.  This NT commandment is a part of many others including: Be not deceived: man will reap what he sows [Galatians 6:7-8]; Abstain from all appearance of evil [1 Thessalonians 5:22]; The 1st & 2nd commandment [Mark 12:30-31]; and Be holy because I am holy. [1 Peter 1:15-16]   

30. “Be ready” for the 2nd coming of Jesus today [Matthew 24:44; Luke12:40]

31. Be patient toward all people [1 Thessalonians 5:14; 2 Timothy 2:24]———————————————————————————

32. Be persevering and patient  in tribulation and affliction [Romans 12:12]

33. Be kind and tender-hearted one to another [Ephesians 4:32]

34. first cast the log out of your own eye [Matthew 7:5]

35. Be not weary in well doing [2 Thessalonians 3:13]

There are many more commands in the NT. Email your favorites not on this list to Mail@lukevision.com

Because I love Jesus, how am I doing at keeping His commands every day? Which ones do I rebel against? What do I worship as a substitute idol for something I desire?

Henry Luke 10/24/2017

 

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