A Handbook of Bible Law - Relationship to God

Copyright 1991 by Charles A. Weisman. 2nd Edition: Aug., 1992; 3rd Edition: Dec., 1994

RELATIONSHIP TO GOD

Comments: The Bible teaches that the main duty of man is to have a proper relationship with his Creator-God Almighty. Thus a primary concern or message of the Bible is to tell us of the existence, the nature, the ways, the plans and requirements or laws of our Creator. This being necessary that a proper relationship with God may exist.

The proper relationship that man is to have with God his Creator exists in several different realms or spheres of relationship:

Spiritual relationship - This entails our belief, trust and faith in God as an invisible Supreme Deity, and our prayers and pleadings to Him.

Mental relationship - We must have an understanding and acknowledgment of God in heart and mind. This relates to what we think about God, whether we praise or blaspheme his name and existence.

Physical relationship - This includes the physical or tangible things we do here on earth for the sake of God and His Kingdom on earth. It entails doing the will of God, serving Him, and obeying Him in our works and deeds.

Legal relationship - This entails our legal obligation to our Creator to keep his laws, and not to abide by the ways or laws of other gods which would violate or obstruct our obligation to God Almighty. This realm also includes a covenant relationship, Father-son relationship, Husband-wife relationship, etc., with God as the Father or Husband as the case may be.

We can see that our relationship with God is multifaceted and how each specific realm of relationship overlaps with others. If we have little belief then we will not be doing the works God desires us to do, which means we violate our obligation to God as sons. Thus our spiritual relationship and physical relationship with God has inevitable connections with our legal relationship with God. The manner in which we fulfill one realm affects the others.

God's first and foremost commandment He gave as being absolutely essential for any manner or type of relationship to exist with Him is that:

"I am your God, and you shall have no other gods besides Me" (Exod. 20:2-3).

Without acknowledging the existence of God as your creator, it is not possible for any of the different realms of relationship to come into being. Speaking on this first commandment Martin Luther says:

"The first commandment teaches the tight attitude of man's innermost heart toward God. Man's thoughts concerning God, his relations to him, and the reverence he should feel for him, are here set forth"' (1 Luther's Cat. Writings 192).

The first commandment is the focal point of every other aspect of relationship that comes into play between man and God. If one does not recognize the God of the Bible, or acknowledges some other god, then he will not love God, fear Him, praise Him, have faith in Him, obey Him, etc.

Man has had a host of other gods throughout history, always being something that man esteems and reveres above every thing else, all which hinders his relationship to God. It matters not if it is a golden calf, or money, or personal pleasure or some man worshipped as an infallible hero.

Our relationship to God is brought into perspective when we contemplate the nature of our existence compared to God, and realize our own insignificance in God's presence:

'And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He [God] does according to His will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him at have You done?' (Dan. 4:35).

It is evident that without God our life is vain, for God's will and works are what our lives depend upon. This is a perspective we must acknowledge and respect. While God could abandon and ignore us or even destroy us, He rather only asks that we love, fear, and serve Him and keep His Laws and Commandments in exchange for His blessings.

2A - Access To God

  1. Access to God is by Christ. John 14:6-7; Rom. 5:1-2; Eph. 2:12-13, 18; Heb. 7:19, 25; Heb. 10:19; 1 Pet 3:18.
  2. No man comes to the Father but by Christ. John 14:6.
  3. Access to God needed to obtain mercy and grace. Heb. 4:16.
  4. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. James 4:8.
  5. Access to God is privileged to the saints of God. Deut. 4:7; Psa. 15; Psa. 23:6; Psa. 24:3-4.
  6. If you seek God, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off. Deut. 4:27-29; 1 Chron. 28:9.
  7. The LORD is near to all who call upon Him in truth. Psa. 145:18.
  8. We are to earnestly seek God. 1 Chron. 16:11; Job 5:8; Psa. 27:4; Psa. 42:1-2; Psa. 84:1-2; Psa. 105:4; Isa. 55:6; Hos. 10: 12; Zeph. 2:3.
  9. The wicked are commanded to seek God. Isa. 55:6-7; James 4:8.
  10. We are to urge others to seek God. Isa. 2:3; Jer. 31:6.
  11. Those who are far from God shall perish, it is thus good to draw near to God. Psa. 73:27-28.
  12. Seek the LORD and you shall live. Amos 5:4-6.

2B - Faith and Belief

  1. All are required to have faith in God. 2 Chron. 20:20; Mark 11:22; John 14:1.
  2. Christians required to believe in Christ and on His name. John 6:29; John 14:1; Eph. 1:1; Col. 1:2; Gal. 2:20; Acts 20:21; 1 John 3:23, Rev. 17:14.
  3. Believe in Christ to do the work of God. John 6:28-29.
  4. Faith needed to open relationship with God. Acts 14:27; Rom. 5:2; Eph. 3:12; Heb. 11:6.
  5. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much. Luke 16:10-11.
  6. We are to believe in the gospel and scriptures. Mark 1:15; John 5:46-47; Acts 24:14; Phil. 1:27; Jude 1:3.
  7. We are to believe in what Moses and the prophets wrote. 2 Chron. 20:20; Luke 16:29-31; John 5:46-47; 2 Pet. 3:2.
  8. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom. 10:16-17.
  9. Whoever believes in Christ shall not be condemned, but have eternal life. John 3:15-18; John 6:40, 47; John 7:38; John 11:25-26.
  10. We are to put our trust in God as our help and shield (for he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him). Psa. 4:5; Psa. 7:1; Psa. 11:1; Psa. 32:10; Psa. 37:3, 5; Psa. 56:3, 11 ; Psa. 115:9-11 ; 2 Cor. 1: 9.
  11. Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is in the LORD. Jer. 17:7.
  12. Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 1 Cor. 16:13.
  13. Do not put your faith and trust in materialistic wealth and security, but in the living God. Luke 12:16-30; 1 Tim. 6:17.
  14. Your faith should not be in the wisdom of men butlin the power of God. 1 Cor. 2:5.
  15. He that believes in Christ, believes in God the Father. John 12:44.
  16. Those who believe in God should also be careful to maintain good works. Titus 3:8.
  17. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Prov. 3:5.
  18. Blessed are they that have not seen Christ, and yet have believed. John 20:29.
  19. Warnings against coming into unbelief. Heb. 3:12; Heb. 4:11.
  20. Those who are guilty of unbelief have not the word of God in them and are not Christ's sheep. John 5:38; John 10:26.
  21. Doubtfulness in the ways and power of God is forbidden. Matt. 14:31; Matt. 21:21; Luke 12:29; Acts 10:20; 1 Tim. 2:8.
  22. The power to do great things is given to those that have faith and doubt not. Matt. 21:21; Mark 11:23; Mark 16:17-18.
  23. We are not to believe every spirit but try them whether they are of God or not. 1 John 4:1.
  24. It is better to have faith in the power of God than in the wisdom of men; it is better to trust the LORD than to put confidence in rulers. Psa. 118:8-9; 1 Cor. 2:5.
  25. Faith required for remission of sins. Acts 10:43; Rom. 3:25.
  26. Through faith we establish the law. Rom. 3:31.
  27. Faith necessary in the Christian warfare. 1 Tim. 1:18-19; 1 Tim. 6:12.
  28. Whatever is not of faith is sin. John 16:9; Rom. 14:23.
  29. Faith without works is dead. James 2:17-26.
  30. Faith necessary in prayer. Matt. 21:22; James 1:6-7.
  31. None of those who trust in the LORD shall be condemned. Psa. 34:22.

2C - Fear of God

  1. To fear God is a primary duty of man. Eccl. 12:13.
  2. We are commanded to fear God (you shall fear the LORD your God). Deut 10: 121 20; Deut 13:4; Josh. 4:24; Josh. 24:14; 1 Sam. 12:14, 24; Psa. 22:23; Prov. 3:7; 1 Pet 2:17.
  3. The fear of God must be constantly maintained. Deut. 14:22, 23; Josh. 4:24; Prov. 23:17.
  4. The eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him. Psa. 33:18.
  5. The fear of God restrains sin. Exod. 20:20; Psa. 4:4; Prov. 16:6.
  6. Fear of God is necessary to the worship and service of God. Psa. 5:7; Psa. 2:11; Heb. 12:28.
  7. Fear not them which can kill the body, but are unable to kill the spirit; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both spirit and body in hell. (1067 geena (gheh'-en-nah) Matt. 10:28; Luke 12:4-5.
  8. God will fulfill the desires of those who fear Him. Psa. 145:19.
  9. Not to fear or reverence man (for it will bring a snare upon you). 1 Sam. 15:24; Prov. 29:25; Isa. 8:12,13; Isa. 51:12; Matt. 10:28; John 7:13; John 9:22; Heb. 12:9.
  10. Those who fear God receive mercy and acceptance from God. Psa. 103:11-13; Psa. 145:19; Psa. 147:11; Luke 1:50; Acts 10:35.
  11. We should have a fear of God's punishment, wrath and judgment. Isa. 2:19; Luke 21:26; Rev. 6:16-17; Heb. 10:27.
  12. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Prov. 1:7; Prov. 9:10.
  13. Awe and reverence of God is given by fear of God. Psa. 89:7.
  14. The fear of the LORD leads to life and salvation, and he who has it will not be visited with evil. Psa. 85:9; Prov.19:23.
  15. Blessings shall come to the man who fears the LORD. Psa. 112:1; Psa. 128:1, 4; Mal. 4:2.

2D - Idols and Idolatry

  1. There is but one God, the LORD God the Father. Mark 12:29, 32; 1 Cor. 8:6; 1 Tim. 2:5.
  2. You shall not have any other gods but the LORD God. Exod. 20:1-3; Exod. 34:14; Deut 5:7; Deut 6:14; Matt. 4:10.
  3. You shall not engage in idolatry and worship or serve the gods, idols or graven images of other nations. Gen. 35:2; Exod. 20:4-59 23; Exod. 23:24; Lev. 17:7; Lev. 19:4; Deut 17:2-4; Josh. 23:7; Psa. 81:9; 1 Cor. 10: 149 19-20; 1 John 5:2 1.
  4. Keep yourselves from idols. 1 John 5:21.
  5. Sorrow and shame shall come to all who hasten after another god and who boast of their idols. Psa. 16:4; Psa. 97:7.
  6. are commanded to destroy all pagan idols, shrines, alters, groves, pillars, images, etc., that are in the land. Exod. 23:24; Exod. 34:13; Num. 33:52; Deut. 7:5,25; Deut. 12:2-3; Deut. 13:12-17; Judges 2:2; Judges 6:25-28; 2 Sam. 5:21; 2 Kings 23:14-16; 2 Chron 34:3-7; Mic. 5:13-14.
  7. You shall not make for yourself or erect any graven image, idol, molten god, or likeness of anything to worship. Exod. 20:4, 23; Exod. 34:17; Lev. 19:4; Lev. 26:1; Deut. 4:15-19, 23-25; Deut. 5:8-9; Deut. 16:22.
  8. You shall not bring a graven image or other such abomination into your house. Deut 7:26.
  9. Graven images, idols and other pagan things to be burned with fire and the material it is made out of is not to be salvaged. Exod. 32:20; Deut 7:25; 2 Kings 23:4, 6, 11-15.
  10. It is vanity and foolish to make and worship idols or graven images. Psa. 115:4-8; Isa. 2:20; Isa. 42:17; Isa. 44:9,17-19; Jer. 10:14-15; Jer. 11:12-14; Jer. 16:20; Rom. 1:21-25.
  11. We are not to acknowledge the gods of heathen people by making mention of their name or by swearing by them. Exod. 23:13; Josh. 23:7.
  12. Death penalty is to be given to idolaters. Exod. 22:20; Deut. 17:2-5.
  13. Those who make graven images are cursed. Deut. 27:15.
  14. Do not set up idols in your heart, for it will cause you to stumble into iniquity. Ezek. 14:3, 4, 7.
  15. National punishment, captivity, curses and destruction for idolatry or worshiping false gods in the land. Exod. 22:20; Deut 4:25-27; Deut 8:19-20; Deut 11:16-17; Deut 18:20; Deut 29:23-27; Jer. 44:3-6; 1 Chron. 5:25-26.

2E - Love of God

  1. You shall love the LORD thy God with all.thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. Deut. 6:5; Deut. 10:12; Deut 11:1, 13, 22; Deut 30:6, 16, 20; Josh. 22:5; Matt. 22:37-38; Mark 12:30; Luke 10:26-28.
  2. God is faithful to those that love Him, and keeps His covenant and mercy with them (God acknowledges those who love Him). Deut. 7:9; 1 Cor. 8:3.
  3. God loves them that love Him. Prov. 8:17.
  4. This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. 1 John 5:3; 2 John 1:6.
  5. He that loves father or mother, son or daughter more than Christ is not worthy of Christ. Matt. 10:37.
  6. A love of worldly things is evidence of not having a love of God. 1 John 2:15-17.
  7. All things work together for good to them who love God. Rom. 8:28.
  8. Heed the ways of the LORD your God, for He will test you as to whether or not you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Deut. 13:3; Judges 2:22.
  9. We are to have a love of Christ (he who does not let him be accursed). John 21:15-17; 1 Cor. 16:22; Eph. 6:24.
  10. In order to love Christ one must obey His commandments. John 14:15, 21-24; 1 John 2:5.
  11. We are not to allow anything to separate us from the love of God which is in Jesus Christ -not tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword, or principalities or powers. Rom. 8:35-39.
  12. Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Jude 1:21.

2F - Laws & Commandments of God
(See also 4A)

  1. We are required to always keep all of God's Law, His charge, His statutes, His commandments, and His judgments. Exod. .15:26; Lev. 18:4-5, 26, 30; Lev. 19:37; Lev. 20:22; Deut 4:14, 40; Deut 6:17, 25; Deut 7:11; Deut. 8:1, 61 11; Deut 11: 1 , 8, 32; Deut 13:4; Deut 26:16; Deut 29:9; Deut 30:10, 16; Josh. 22:5; 1 Kings 8:58, 61; Ezek. 20:19.
  2. This is God's commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another. 1 John 3:23.
  3. God loves only those who keep His commandments. John 14:23.
  4. Following the Commandments of God is righteous. Luke 1:6.
  5. We must obey Christ and his commandments. John 15:14; 2 Cor. 10:5.
  6. You shall walk in all the ways of the LORD your God. Deut. 5:33; Deut 10:12; Deut 11:22; Deut 13:4; Deut 26:17; Deut 30:16; Josh. 22:5; Psa. 119:1, 3; Psa. 128:1.
  7. The book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night. Josh. 1:8; Psa. 1:2.
  8. We are to keep God's law continually for ever and ever. Psa. 119:44.
  9. Adhere to God's will, for He will try and prove you to see whether or not you will walk in His law and keep His commandments. Exod. 16:4, Deut 8:2; Judges 2:22; Judges 3:1, 4; Job 7:18; Psa. 26:2; Jer. 6:27; Jer. 17:10.
  10. Whoever shall break one of the least of these commandments (of God), and so teaches others, shall be called least in the kingdom of God; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. Matt. 5:19.
  11. Walk orderly and keep the law. Acts 21:24.
  12. We know God by keeping his commandments. Thus he that claims to know God but does not keep His commandments is a liar. 1 John 2:4-5.
  13. The law and word of God is absolute and perpetual. Isa. 40:8; Mal. 3:6; Matt. 5:18; Luke 16:17; 1 Pet 1:25.
  14. Sin is the transgression of the law. 1 John 3:4.
  15. The wages of sin is death. Rom. 6:23.
  16. Where there is no law, there is no transgression. Rom. 4:15; Rom. 5:13.
  17. The law gives knowledge of sin. Rom. 3:20; Rom. 7:7.
  18. Obedience to the commandments of God are of prime importance in our lives. Eccl. 12:13; 1 Cor. 7:19.
  19. The law of God will bring blessings if obeyed. Lev. 26:3-12; Deut. 7:12-24; Deut. 11:13-15, 26-27; Deut. 28:1-14; Deut. 30:19 15, 19-20; Josh. 1:7-8; Isa. 1:19; Luke 11:28.
  20. The Law of God will bring curses and punishment if disobeyed. Exod. 15:26; Lev. 26:14-45; Deut. 8:19-20; Deut. 11:16-17, 26-28; Deut. 28:15-68; Deut. 30:1,15, 19; 1 Kings 17:1-41; Isa. 1:20; Isa. 42:24-25; Jer. 5:24-25; Hos. 4:6-7.
  21. Blessings to be brought back to a people who return to obeying God's laws. Deut 30:1 -10; 2 Chron. 7:14.
  22. Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive with them. Prov. 28:4.
  23. The law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, the ungodly, for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murders, whoremongers, homosexuals, kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine. Gal. 3:19; 1 Tim. 1:9-10.
  24. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments. Matt. 19:17; Rev. 22:14.
  25. If you keep the commandments, you shall abide in Christ's love. John 15:10.
  26. Blessed is the man who delights greatly in God's commandments. Psa. 112:1; Psa. 119:92.
  27. The law has dominion over us as long as we live. Rom. 7:1.
  28. You shall not add to the word which God commanded nor take away from it. Deut. 4:2; Deut. 12:32; Josh. 1:7; Prov. 30:6; Rev. 22:18-19.
  29. You are not to deviate from the law to the right or to the left. Deut. 5:32; Josh. 1:7; Josh. 23:6; 2 Chron 34:2.
  30. Man cannot render perfect obedience to the law (all have sinned). 1 Kings 8:46; 2 Chron. 6:36; Eccl. 7:20; Rom. 3:10; Rom. 3:23; James 2:10-11.
  31. We are exhorted to study the law and scriptures. John 5; 39; Acts 17; 11; 2 Tim. 2:15.

2G - Heathen Practices

  1. We are not to learn or follow the ways, customs or abominations of the heathen or of any ungodly nation. Lev. 18:3, 26-30; Lev. 20:23; Deut 12:29-31; Deut 18:9-12; 2 Kings 21:1-7; 2 Chron. 36:14; Jer. 10:2.
  2. We are commanded not to worship, serve or sacrifice to the gods of the heathen. Exod. 23:24; Lev. 17:7; Deut. 6:14; Deut. 7:16; Deut. 11:16; Deut. 32:16-17; Ezek. 20:30-32.
  3. Witchcraft, wizardry, and sorcery condemned and forbidden to be practice. Exod. 22:18; Lev. 19:31; Lev. 20:6, 27; Deut. 18:10-11; 1 Sam. 15:23; 2 Chron. 33:6; Isa. 47:9; Isa. 57:3; Mic. 5:12; Mal. 3:5; Acts 13:6-11; Gal. 5:20; Rev. 21:8; 22:15.
  4. Divination, soothsaying, and the use of mediums, spiritists and occultists are forbidden practices. Lev. 19:26, 31; Lev. 20:6, 27; Deut 18:10-11; 2 Chron. 33:6; Isa. 47:9-15; Ezek. 12:24; Mic. 5:12.
  5. We are not to listen to diviners, enchanters, mediums or sorcerers. Isa. 8:19; Jer. 27:9-10; Jer. 29:8.
  6. Do not covenant with the heathen or their gods, or keep company with the heathen and idolaters. Exod. 23:32-33; Exod. 34:12, 15; Deut. 7:2; Psa. 26:5; 1 Cor. 5:11.
  7. God desires the elimination of divination from the nation. Ezek. 12:23-24.
  8. Divination and enchantments provoke God to anger. 2 Kings 17:17.
  9. People are led astray and afflicted when guided by diviners instead of pastors. Zech. 10:2.
  10. We are not to sacrifice children to false gods or according to heathen practices. Lev. 18:21; Lev. 20:2-5; Deut 12:31; Deut 18:9-10; 2 Kings 16:3; Jer. 7:31; Jer. 19:5; Ezek. 20:31.

    2H - Obedience and Submission
    (See also 2P)

    1. You shall obey the voice of the LORD your God. Exod. 15:26; Deut 13:4; Deut 27:10; Deut 30:2, 10, 20; Josh. 24:24; 1 Sam. 12:14; Jer. 7:23; Jer. 26:13.
    2. Submit yourselves to God. James 4:7.
    3. Disobedience to God causes national captivity by heathen or enemy nations. Judges 3:7-8; Judges 6:1-2; Judges 10:6-7; Judges 13:1; Neh. 9:26.
    4. Obedience to God required by walking in His ways and by keeping His commandments. Deut. 10:12-13; Deut. 11:8; Deut 28:1; Josh. 22:5; 1 Sam. 12:14; 1 Kings 2:3; Eph. 5:1.
    5. We are to be obedient to the faith. Acts 6:7; Rom. 1:5.
    6. Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it. Luke 11:28.
    7. Circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer. Deut. 10:16; Jer. 4:4.
    8. We ought to obey God rather than men. Acts 5:29.
    9. To him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin. James 4:17.
    10. As servants of God you are to obey God. Rom. 6:16.
    11. To be obedient to God we are to be doers of His word and not hearers only. James 1:22-25.
    12. It is not sufficient to call on the name of Christ, but to do the things which He says. Luke 6:46.

    2I - Backsliding

    1. We should pray for help in turning to God from backsliding ways. Psa. 80:3; Psa. 85:4; Jer. 31:18; Lam. 5:21; Acts 3:26.
    2. Warning not to cause or tempt others to backslide. Prov.28:10; Matt. 18:6.
    3. We are commanded to turn from evil ways and to keep God's laws and statutes. Deut 30:9-10; 1 Sam. 7:3; 2 Kings 17:13; Isa. 31:6; Jer. 18:11; Hos. 14:1-4.
    4. Warnings of the iniquity of turning from God. Exod. 32:8; 1 Sam. 15:11; Psa. 85:8; Jer. 8:5; Jer. 14:7; Hosea 11:7; Hosea 4:16; Luke 9:62; Neh. 9:26.
    5. If a backsliding people shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek God's face, and turn from their wicked ways; then God will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chron. 7:14.
    6. God is angered at those who turn their heart from Him. 1 Kings 11:9; Psa. 78:57, 59; Psa. 101:3.
    7. When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked do, all the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered. Ezek. 18:24.
    8. Backsliders are exhorted to turn again back to God. 2 Chron. 30:6; Isa. 31:6; Jer. 3:12-14, 22; Hos. 6:1; 1 Thes. 1:9.
    9. Backsliding from God's ways causes punishment and the loss of His protection. Num. 14:43; Prov. 14:14; Isa. 59:2, 14-15; Jer. 2:19; Jer. 5:6; Jer. 15:6.
    10. If a people sincerely return back to God from their backsliding ways, God will bring them back from captivity, and have compassion on them. Deut 30:1-4.
    11. If any will forsake the LORD and their heart turns away from Him, then His anger shall be aroused against them, and many evils and troubles shall befall them. Deut 30:17-18; Josh. 24:20; Judges 2:12-14; Judges 10:6-7;
    12. We should endeavor to bring back those guilty of back-sliding. Gal 6:1; James 5:16.

    2J - Serving and Worshiping God

    1. We are commanded to serve God and to hold fast to Him. Deut. 6:13; Deut. 10:20; Deut 13:4; Luke 1:74; Rom. 1:9.
    2. You are to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Deut. 10:12; Deut 11:13; Josh. 22:5; 1 Sam. 12:24; Psa. 119:69; Eph. 6:5-6.
    3. We are exhorted to worship and serve only God. Exod. 34:14; Deut. 5:7-9; 1 Sam. 12:14; 2 Kings 17:36; 1 Chron. 16:29; Psa. 95:6; Psa. 96:9; Psa. 99:5; Matt. 4:10; Luke 4:8; John 4:23-24; Rev. 14:7; Rev. 19:10; Rev. 22:9.
    4. No true Christian lives or dies for himself, but lives or dies for Christ. Rom. 14:7-8.
    5. A faithful servant of Christ is to occupy his Kingdom. Luke 19:13.
    6. As servants of Christ you are His freemen and thus are not to be servants of men. 1 Cor. 7:22-23.
    7. True worship and service to God requires not formalism or excessive piety but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God. Hos. 6:6; Mic. 6:6-8.
    8. You shall not worship the LORD your God in the manner that the heathen nations serve their gods. Deut 12:30-31.
    9. A good and faithful servant of God is one that is fruitful and productive with the abilities and resources God has given him. Matt. 25:14-30; Luke 19:12-25.
    10. No man can serve two masters; You cannot serve God and wealth. Matt. 6:24; Luke 16:13.
    11. True worshipers are to worship the Father in spirit and in truth. John 4:23-24.
    12. By serving Christ you will receive from Him the reward of the inheritance. Col. 3:24.
    13. Blessed are those servants whom Christ shall find on the alert and doing according to his will. Luke 12:35-48.
    14. You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve. Luke 4:8.
    15. No man, having put his hand to the plow (to follow and serve God), and then looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. Luke 9:61-62.
    16. Serve God with a perfect heart. 1 Chron. 28:9.
    17. Serve God in sincerity and truth. Josh. 24:14.
    18. Serve the LORD with gladness. Psa. 100:1.
    19. Serve the LORD with fear. Psa. 2:11.
    20. We are not to worship angels. Judges 13:15; Col. 2:18; Rev. 22:8-9.

    2K - Blasphemy

    1. You are not to take the name of God in vain. Exod. 20:7; Deut. 5:11.
    2. Cursing or blasphemy against God forbidden. Col. 3:8; Lev. 18:21; Lev. 19:12; Lev. 24:15-16; Psa. 109:17-18.
    3. We should give no occasion for blasphemy to occur. 2 Sam. 12:14; 1 Tim. 6: 1.
    4. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit never to be forgiven. Matt. 12: 31-32; Mark 3:29; Luke 12:10.
    5. Whoever blasphemes the name of the LORD shall surely be put to death. Lev. 24:16, 23; 1 Kings 21:10,13.
    6. Pray to keep yourself from profaning God's name. Prov. 30:9.
    7. One blasphemes the name of God by breaking the law which he preaches others to keep. Rom. 2:21-24.
    8. The nation suffers from swearing. Jer. 23:10; Hos. 4:2-3.
    9. It is a foolish people who blaspheme God's name. Psa. 74:18.

    2L - Confession and Repentance of Sins

    1. Repentance commanded to all by God. Ezek. 14:6; Ezek. 18:30, 32; Matt. 3:2; Mark 6:12; Acts 17:30.
    2. Repentance commanded by Christ. Matt. 4:17; Matt. 9:13; Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3, 5; Rev. 2:5, 16; Rev. 3:3.
    3. God requires confessing of sins to Him (not to men). Lev. 5:5-6; Hosea 5:15.
    4. Confession of sins is regarded by God through deliverance. 1. Sam. 12:10-11; Job. 33:27-29.
    5. Confession and repentance necessary to pardon sin and for God to release us from His chastisements and punishments. 1 Kings 8:35-39; Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19; Acts 8:22; Rev. 3:19.
    6. We are exhorted to acknowledge our transgressions and iniquity and confess them to God. Josh. 7:19; Psa. 32:5; Psa. 51:3; Jer. 3:13; 1 John 1:9.
    7. True repentance is evidenced by one's fruits. Dan. 4:27; Matt. 3:8; Acts 26:20.
    8. He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. Psa. 32:5; Prov. 28:13.
    9. The word of God to be read to aid in repentance. Jer. 36:6-7
    10. Confession and supplication to God required before God will release a nation from enemy infliction or captivity. 1 Kings 8:33-34; Neh. 1:3-7.
    11. In prayer make repentance to God that He may blot out your transgressions. Psa. 51:1.
    12. Confessing of iniquities and turning from them required before God will give mercy and restore His blessings to a people. Lev. 26:40-42; 2 Chron. 7:13-14; Isa. 55:7; Ezek. 18:21, 27-28.
    13. We should repent of any uncleanness, fornication, and lasciviousness committed. 2 Cor. 12:21.
    14. Unless you repent you will perish. Ezek. 33:14; Luke 13:1-5.

    2M - Glorifying & Praising God
    (See also 2O)

    1. We are to give glory and praise unto God. 1 Chron. 16:28-29; Psa. 22:23; Psa. 86:9; Isa. 42:12; Isa. 43:21; Matt. 15:31; Acts 4:21; Acts 11:18; Rev. 5:13; Rev. 14:7.
    2. We should glorify God in body and spirit. 1 Cor. 6:20.
    3. Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31.
    4. Let no one glory or boast in men. 1 Cor. 3:21; 1 Thes. 2:6.
    5. Praise should be offered to God continually. Psa. 34:1; Psa. 35:28; Psa. 44:8; Psa. 45:17; Psa. 71:6.
    6. We are to give to God the glory and praise due to his name (the LORD's name is to be praised). Psa. 29:2; Psa. 96:8; Psa. 113:1, 3; Psa. 135:1; Psa. 145:1-3.
    7. Exalt the LORD our God. Psa. 99:5,9; Psa. 118:28; Isa. 25:1-3.
    8. Praise and exalt the name of God with song. Exod. 15:2; Psa. 9:11; Psa. 27:6; Psa. 30:4; Psa. 40:3; Psa. 47:6; Psa. 66:4; Psa. 68:4, 32; Psa. 69:30; Psa. 101:1; Psa. 135:3; Isa. 12:4-5; Isa. 42:10; Jer. 31:7.
    9. Punishment for not giving glory unto the name of God. Dan. 5:23; Mal. 2:2; Acts 12:23; Rom. 1:21.
    10. Praise God for healing received. Acts 3:6-8.
    11. Glorify God to others by your good works which they may observe. 1 Pet 2:12.
    12. He who glories, let him glory in the LORD. Jer. 9:24; 1 Cor. 1:31; 2 Cor. 10:17.
    13. Praise and extol the LORD in the congregation of the people and among the multitude. Psa. 107:32; Psa. 111:1; Psa. 109:30; Psa. 149:1.

    2N - Prayer

    1. Prayer to God commanded. Isa. 55:6; Matt. 7:7; Philip. 4:6.
    2. To be close to God we must call on God. Psa. 145:18.
    3. Prayer to be continuous (without ceasing). Acts 12:5; Col. 4:2; 1 Thes. 5:17; 2 Tim. 1:3.
    4. Prayer brings to us the things we need. Deut 4:7; Psa. 99:6; Psa. 118:5; Zech. 10:1; Matt. 6:6; John 14:13-4.
    5. Pray for God to lead us in His righteousness. Psa. 5:8.
    6. Public prayer and worship acceptable. 2 Chron. 7:14; Neh. 8:5-6; Neh. 9:3; Psa. 42:4; Psa. 95:6; Isa. 56:7; Zech. 8:21; Matt. 18:19; Luke 1:10; Heb. 10:25.
    7. Whatsoever you shall ask the Father in Christ's name, He will give it to you. John 14:13-14; John 16:23-24.
    8. Do not be theatrical or showy when you pray, for it is better to make your prayer in secret. Matt. 6:5-6; Luke 20:47.
    9. Your requests and needs are to be made known to God by prayer and supplication. Phil. 4:6.
    10. We are not to have vain repetitions in prayer. Matt. 6:7.
    11. Prayers not answered to those who ask with wrong motives so as to satisfy personal pleasures. James 4:3.
    12. Prayers of intercession to be made on behalf of others. Exod. 32:31-32; Exod. 34:8-9; 2 Chron. 30:18-20; Luke 22:31-32; Acts 12:5; Eph. 1:15-16; 2 Tim. 1:3.
    13. All things which you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive. Matt. 7:7-11; Matt. 21:22; Mark 11:24; Luke 11:9-13.
    14. God will not hear the prayers of a wicked people. Isa. 1: 15.
    15. Prayer regarded as an abomination and rejected by God from those who hear not the law. Prov. 28:9; Zech. 7:11-13.
    16. Be not hasty to utter anything before God, therefore it is better that your words be few. Eccl. 5:2.
    17. The manner of prayer commanded by Christ (The Lord's Prayer). Matt. 6:9-15; Luke 11:2-4.
    18. Prayer to be without wrath and doubting. 1 Tim. 2:8.
    19. Pray to be restored from backsliding. Psa. 80:3; Psa. 85:4; Lam. 5:21.
    20. Prayer required for forgiveness of iniquities. 2 Sam. 24:10; 2 Chron. 7:14; Psa. 25:11; Psa. 51:1-4; Jer. 14:7.

      2O - Gratitude and Thanks
      (See also 2M)

      1. We are required to give thanks to God. Psa. 50:14; Psa. 97:12; Psa. 100:4; Psa. 106:1; Psa. 105:1; Psa. 136:1-4; Col. 3:15; Col. 4:2.
      2. With thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Phil. 4:6.
      3. It is a good thing to give thanks to God. Psa. 92:1.
      4. Offer thanks to Christ for guiding your life. 1 Tim. 1:12.
      5. When we give thanks to God for what He has done in our lives, it demonstrates our faith in Him. Luke 17:12-19.
      6. Give thanks to God for His indescribable gift. 2 Cor. 9:15.
      7. Give thanks through Christ and in His name. Rom. 1:8-9; Rom. 7:25; Eph. 5:20; Col. 3:17; Heb. 13:15.
      8. Give thanks in public worship and addresses. 1 Chron. 16:4, 7-8; 1 Chron. 23:30; 2 Chron. 31:2; Psa. 35:18.
      9. Give thanks always for all things to God. Psa. 30:12; Psa. 100:4; Eph. 1:16; Eph. 5:20; 1 Thes. 1:2; 1 Thes. 5:18; 2 Thes. 1:3; 2 Thes. 2:13.
      10. Give thanks upon the completion of great undertakings. Neh. 12:31, 40.
      11. Sing songs in thanks to God for all His goodness and the wonderful works He has done. 1 Chron. 16:7, 99 23; 2 Chron. 5:13; Ezra 3:11; Psa. 92:1; Psa. 105:1-2; Psa. 107:1, 8; 115:21, 31; Psa. 147:7.
      12. Give thanks before taking food. Matt. 26:27; Mark 14:23; John 6:11; Acts 27:35.
      13. Give thanks for victory over death and the grave. 1 Cor. 15:57.
      14. Give thanks for wisdom and might. Dan. 2:23.
      15. Give thanks for the grace and blessings bestowed on others. 1 Cor. 1:3-5; Eph. 1:15-16; Phil. 1:3-5; Col. 1:3-6.
      16. Give thanks for supplying our bodily needs and other necessities. Deut 8:10; Rom. 14:6-7; 1 Tim. 4:3-4.
      17. Give thanks for nearness of God's presence. Psa. 75:1.

        2P - Judgment and Punishment
        (See also 2H)

        1. God judges, rewards and punishes every man according to his works and deeds. Isa. 59:18; Jer. 21:14; Jer. 32:19; Ezek. 18:30; Matt. 16:27; Rom. 2:5-10; 1 Cor. 3:13-15; 2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Pet. 1:17; Rev. 2:23; Rev. 20:13; Rev. 22:12.
        2. Punishment is the fruit and reward for iniquity and wicked ways (you shall reap that which you sow). Job 4:8; Psa. 91:8; Prov. 22:8; Eccl. 10:8-9; Isa. 3:11; Jer. 16:18; Rom. 6:23; Gal. 6:7-8; Heb. 2:2.
        3. God punishes wickedness. Lev. 26:18; Isa. 13:11.
        4. All who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law; but doers of the law shall be justified. Rom. 2:12-13.
        5. God chastises and punishes only His sons who He loves, for if you receive not chastisement, then are you bastards and not sons. Psa. 89:30-32; Prov. 3:11-12; Heb. 12:8.
        6. All must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. 2 Cor. 5:10.
        7. Be cautious if you walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes, for all these things God will bring you into judgment. Eccl. 11:9.
        8. The LORD tests the righteous, but the wicked His soul hates; upon them He will rain coals, fire and brimstone and a burning wind. Psa. 11:5-6.
        9. Cursed be he that does not heed to all the words of the law. Deut 27:26; Jer. 11:3-4.
        10. Mercy triumphs over judgment. James 2:13.
        11. Every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Rom. 14:12.
        12. Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned. Matt. 12:36-37.
        13. Each one's work will become manifest and revealed by fire, and the fire will test each one's work, as to what sort it is. 1 Cor. 3:13.
        14. Each one's faith will be tried with fire. 1 Pet 1:7.
        15. God executes judgment here on the earth. Deut 10: 18.
        16. Rewards and punishments commence in this life. Psa. 18:20; Prov. 11:31.
        17. Every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor. 1 Cor. 3:8; Col. 3:23-25.
        18. Punishment is given by disease and pestilence. Exod. 15:26; Deut 28:21, 35. 2 Chron. 26:16-21.

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