“You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name. He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen.” Deuteronomy 10:20-21
this past sunday- after Jimmy & Carolyn’s precious wedding – pastor rob gave a really convicting message- he and the elders pinpointed 8 strongholds that we as a church had, which prevented us from fully trusting in God and relying on the Spirit to lead us. to be more frank they were sins that we needed to confess of and abandon. and to be honest the message was really convicting cuz i dont live my day acknowledging that i really do sin. i don’t do drugs or kill people so i’m good right? yet i do- i’m engrossed in american consumerism, live according to me 1st then others, defined by my circumstances, the issues go on. (but just to expand a little i had a dream saturday night that people were taking away my ‘stuff’ day by day and i was freaking out and panicing in the dream. that shows what i think about- that’s sad.)
today my boss shannon was kind enought to share her story with me. and as she did she made the point that if we have nothing to confess or ask help for- we’re either in denial or we’re lying. i was in denial.
as deuteronomy says, we need to cling to God. right before verses 20-21 moses talks about how after all israel had seen God do, they were still constantly rebellious. they weren’t clinging. they’d get what they could from their protector and they’d move on.
this is how the dictionary defined ‘cling‘: to adhere closely; to stick; to hold fast, especially by twining round or embracing; as, the tendril of a vine clings to its support; — usually followed by to or together.
when matt first came to echo he did a series on Jesus’s message about abiding in Christ. Jesus used the same metaphor of being attached to the vine. it’s interesting that the word ‘cling’ is explained in a similar way. we are to cling to Jesus- i need to cling to Jesus- cuz if not i’m going to continue living in denial. another dictionary defined ‘cling’ as resisting separation. not only do i need to attach myself to Jesus- i need to resist the sins that cause me to separate from Him. so as an initial step i need to confess, on a daily basis- and give God the credit for being my support.
…now the part about swearing in God (v. 20)… anyone know what that means? cuz i’m pretty sure i have the wrong idea.