We are constantly admonished by the Lord, to keep His commandments. In Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus plainly tells us that those who do not the will of the Father, are workers of iniquity, and will have no part in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus then asks, "Why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say" (Luke 6:46)? When the rich young ruler came to the Lord, asking what he should do to inherit eternal life, Jesus told him without hesitation, if thou will enter into life, keep the commandments (Matt. 19:16-17). The wise man of Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, sums it up best. "This is end of the matter; all hath been heard: fear God and keep His commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." Revelation 22:14 says, "Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates to the city. In light of the above scripture, and many others, I think we can safely conclude that keeping the commandments of the Lord will be of vital importance to the salvation of our eternal soul, on that final day.

In light of what the Lord has said about keeping His commandments, let us now look at some commandments, that we seldom notice. In Philippians 4 we are commanded to rejoice in the Lord always, and in nothing be anxious, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your request be known to God. What is the Lord telling us here? Could it possibly be that we are to always rejoice in the Lord, and not worry? I think we can say without doubt, that most, if not all of us, are guilty of worry. We may ask, how can one not worry, with all the evil and sickness, that is in the world today? Someone may say, well if we are not to worry, then we can't plan on what our family will eat tomorrow. That is not what the Lord is saying, for He plainly says, if a man refuses to work then let him not eat (II Thess. 3:10). What the Lord is saying, do what we can, and let Him deal with the things we have no control over. Just for one moment, let us look at worry another way. There is no advantage, there is no benefit, there is no power, there is no change, in worrying. Worry is an exercise in utter futility, that is nothing more than a detriment to those doing the worrying. Can any of us add even one moment to our life span by worrying (Matt. 6:27)? The answer is of course, a resounding, "No". Since worry is detrimental to our well being and accomplishes absolutely nothing, then why do it? We must look at what is truly important in this life. Nothing in this world will last, so the only thing that is important to our life, is our spiritual relationship with our Father in heaven.

We can and should be concerned about the evil and sickness in this world, but we can and should, cast our concerns upon the Lord, for He cares for us (I Peter 5:7). Our job is not to worry, but to keep the commandments, and cast our worries upon the Lord, for He is in control. We are totally dependent on God, we breathe His air, we drink His water, we eat His food, we walk upon His earth. He sustains our lives, for in Him we live, and move, and have our being ( Acts 17:28). Why not render obedience to Him, give your life to Him, and the peace of God that passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:7). Our job is simply to keep His commandments and endure till the end and we will be saved (Matt. 24:13). And again in Revelation 2:10, Jesus tells us to be faithful until death, and He will give us a crown of life for all eternity. The bottom line is, don't worry, just do what the Lord says, and He will give you peace in this life and a life with Him for all eternity when this brief life is over.

We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God's word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00.