Were Rules Really Made to be Broken?
Posted on March 25, 2019 by America's Keswick in Victory Call
For I am the Lord, I do not change… (Malachi 3:6a)
While browsing a local gift store a sign caught my eye. It read, “If you always follow the rules you never have any fun.” Today we see so many believers in Jesus Christ willingly compromise the commands of Scripture. In Malachi’s day this was true as well. In chapter 2:10-16, God said, Do not intermarry, but they did. God said, Do not follow after foreign gods, but they did. God said, Do not divorce but they did so for no reason. We live in a time when people want to update Jesus and give Him a new look. They want to take His words and put them into a new context and compromise the rules. Some are challenging what God really meant by some of His rules. We hear little ‘thus saith the Lord.’ Malachi 3:6 says, I am the Lord, and I do not change. The rules don’t change because God doesn’t change.
So, how will we know the rules? By reading the Bible and taking God at His Word. This is not a lesson in legalism, which kills, but in obedience, which brings life. The Bible, Bible helps and sound biblical materials are easily accessible. We have no excuse for not knowing God’s expectations for us.
How can we keep the rules? Malachi 2:16 says …therefore take heed to your spirit. Heed also means “to guard.” We are usually prone to compromise when our guard is down and we are distracted from living in obedience.
What do you do if you have broken the rules? Recognize your sin. Repent of your sin. Remove the sin. Restore your relationship with Jesus.
I am the Lord, I do not change… The rules don’t change because God doesn’t change.
This devotional was first published in Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2.
Written by Kathy Withers Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and teaches a Bible Study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.
Daily Quote: “Faith is to rest, not in the best of God’s servants, but in His unchanging Word.” – Harry Ironside
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. – Revelation 21:3