15th Day : What makes the Word of God have no effect in your life?
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The question of the day is as following: “What makes the Word of God have no effect in your life?
This question is very interesting! Let us know why, yes?
Accompany me in the book of Matthew, chapter 15, verse 3:
He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”– then he need not honor his father or mother. Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.
What does transgression or to transgress mean? It is to pass a limit, to deviate from it, to abandon truth. A person that transgresses is someone who knows there is a limit, that they have to walk down a certain path, they know that there exists truth, but they “escape it”, they deviate from it.
Jesus asked the hypocrites, who had asked Him in regards to the disciples who had not washed their hands… It is interesting that every time that I ask you a question, I appeal to your intellect; it makes you think. What does this mean? That things appeal to your intellect, you don’t use emotion, and that is exactly what the Lord Jesus did! Look:
“Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ ” (Matthews 15: 3-4)
I am going to tell you something: God left us His Commandments in the time of Moses, and many know them; you who frequent a church, that are Christian, you know as well as I the commandments and are not attentive to them. Naturally, you are making your obligation with God a tradition. For example, I (Viviane) was born in the church and I know the traditions and ways for a long time.
Maybe you have been in the church for many years and you already have the costume of pronouncing the ten commandments, of citing a verse, of praying, of giving your tithe and your offerings, of participating in the services, of searching for God, and making comments. But what happens then? This ends up, for many people, being a tradition when you are not vigilant to the Law of God, to His Voice and His Word.
“For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’ ”
Do you what honor means? It is to respect, to revere. When I do this, do I talk back? No! Do I look with bad eyes? No! I simply accept what is being said and I am not going to impose my will, nor justify myself. That is reverence.
For example, God tells me things that I have to do, how to turn the other cheek and not respond: “Oh God… I am not going to turn the other cheek, because that person is wrong!” If this exists from my part, what is going to happen with me? I know the Word of God and I deviate from it, I transgress a commandment, a law, an order, my obligation. I am disrespecting God! It’s exactly the same thing when you do this with your father or mother, here on earth, that represent authority over you, just like God and the church. God represents my father and the church represents my mother.
These people who are not attentive to the Word of God, transgress commandments and obey traditions. They give their tithe, their offerings at church, they think that they are just because they pray; they know how to interpret the law, they speak of the Word of God, inclusively they speak about things they have already overcome in life, but they do not have any consideration for the Word of God. And the proof? Look at what Jesus says:
‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’
(Matthew 15: 4)
What is cursing? It is to speak badly of, to insult, to offend, to provoke. You who like to do exactly that, you who “abuse” your mother and father, you keep complaining about her, it doesn’t matter how much of an unbeliever she is… you should honor them because it is a commandment of God. He didn’t say: “Whoever has a mother day that does not honor Me, you don’t have the right to honor them.” He didn’t say that… He said this:
“Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me…”
(Matthew 15: 4-5)
And you can tell me: “But I go to the service, I speak with her in this way because she doesn’t understand me; she wants to impose her will on me and doesn’t let me go to church!” You know that there is a way of speaking. If you respect her, have reverence, when you make any decision, you will not be disrespectful… because you first have respect for God. If I respect Him, who I don’t see, then I will respect even more those who I see. Yes or no?
Be careful! There are many accompanying this post right now who have family members that are above you, or even in church, that do not honor God, or do not honor their mother (the church). They speak badly of the church, of God… be careful! Those “people” are bound to be “put to death”. And if you were to read and go more in depth about honoring you father and mother, in the Old Testament, in the book of Numbers, you will notice that the son who was rebellious was stoned to death! That was the law back then… God does not like error and in the time of the Law, these were the attitudes taken, of stoning rebellious children, because imagine if the children in those days did not respect their parents. Imagine in the beginning of life… If He didn’t make such a severe rule, or commandment, where would we be today? That is why there was that part where God made people fear Him and say: “Look, don’t do that, because there will be consequences!”
Many, because of “grace” think the following: “I can do that because I won’t be stoned.” This law doesn’t exist, but the Word of God remains. Today what He wants that you and I to do is to follow, and be attentive to His Word, to obey and not to live in tradition… To do things right and do other things wrong.
Probably, cybernaut, you feel accused right now and are saying: “But I did so many bad things to my mother, to my father, and I didn’t even know; I didn’t see it that way.” You made a mistake… but from now on, if you commit this mistake again, you will be transgressing the law, because now you are conscious of what is right. Maybe, you didn’t have this consciousness, and no one ever taught you, but now be attentive to the Word of God (see how important it is to read the Bible), that you have this care, and this respect in knowing how He thinks, teaches and wants He wants you to act before these situations.
Cybernaut, you who are reading this post in church right now, I would like it if possible, that you participated and spoke to God about this. Then write here on the Blog, and write about what called you attention, and what happened to you while reading this post.
Take care with the Word of God, so that you do not make it tradition, but you honor It with your life!
A big hug for you. Tomorrow we will be back!
19th May 2017 at 11:33
At the end of day 15, I realised I get lippy with my mum and yesterday ended me getting talking back as a form of defense. When my mum is my authority not the other way around. This all became clear when I saw it from her point of view that made things worse. The blog made me realise I have accept the word of God in my actions. My actions just needs to obey.
12th January 2016 at 5:06
Hi mrs. Viviane! I am going to work on this. Sometimes I don’t know if how I’m treating my parents are right. Sometimes, I stand to the way I treat them because I think I am right. But as you said, if I respect them,I have reverence, when I make any decision, I should not be disrespectful… Thank you for posting this.
11th January 2016 at 6:18
I am so much revived with this message, I have so many mistakes I committed in the past concerning my mother-inlaw in her last days on earth, as she was sick and in need of my care although I cared for her but when she made a mistake I would be rough with words towards her. Now this message came to me in the right time as I was asking myself questions about my success I seem to have no progress in life . But now my mother-in law is no longer alive, but I believe God will forgive me as I have read through this massage I’ll start to do what is right and ask forgiveness from God as I cannot go to her grave and ask for forginess because she is no longer and have no part on earth anymore..Thank you Mrs Vivian.
7th October 2015 at 11:17
Thank you Mrs Viv
Everyday I read your blog, God speaks to me and I am grateful because I know God is working in me.
This post is for me,this is how I am. My parents don’t come to the church and so many times I believe that God wants me to win them for His Kingdom but I have been a bad example because I thought that I don’t need to respect them because they don’t come to church nor understand me.
But I learned here and during the fast that I need to change my behaviour and action towards them, respect them as the word of God commands.
I am changing day by day, it’s not easy but the strength I have conquered during the fasting makes it possible for me to be a better person, I see my parents as souls, and souls that needs to be taken care of.
6th October 2015 at 5:48
Thank you so much Mrs Viviane,I never realised how wrong I was interpreting this commandment,I would want my mother to see things my way and I even thought she was imposing things on me when she tried to correct and guide and as for my dad I had no respect for him because he was absent.but now I see its not about them(my parents) but doing what is right before God.honouring them regardless of their short comings(Smiles).