Part 8. Looking at the ninth commandment: we’re not to speak badly or to lie. Sounds easy in itself, but we speak up to 20,000 words a day, but only around 700 have any real value. And we’re increasingly living in a culture of ‘truth decay’ and ‘alternative facts’.
Part 7. Theft isn’t something that’s just done by robbers at midnight, sneaking into your neighbours house. More often than not it’s ‘white collar crime’: tax avoidance, inflated costs, stealing from work, sick days and clocking off early.
Part 5. The command to not murder is simple, but in Matthew 5 Jesus explains that anyone who is angry with his brother is guilty of the same thing. Jesus’s primary concern is the root, not the fruit. Get the root right and good fruit will follow.
Part 4. Want to be blessed? Learn to rest. Take time off, switch off and head off… into recreation, relaxation, restoration, recovery and relationship: ultimately relationship with God.
Part 3. Names are important, because names stand for something. There’s power in a name. In the beginning, Adam got to name all the animals and creatures God had created. But he didn’t get to name God himself. Instead, God simply introduces himself: “I AM WHO I AM”.
Part 2. We’re not to have any ‘idols’ in our lives — anything that blanks out, covers over, pushes out and replaces God. There are lots of good things in life which, if we’re not careful, can push God down the order of priorities.
Part 1. Far from being irrelevant, the Ten Commandments are God’s best way to live. We’ve all fallen short of them, but God has saved us anyway. Day by day, we can obey God’s word as we walk by the power of the Holy Spirit.
A one degree alteration in your course, over a period of time, will change the whole trajectory of your life. So what do you want to do this year? How can we grow in our walk with God?
Part 11. Motivation changes when we understand grace. We don’t mind subjecting ourselves to another when they gave it all to set us free.