Dt. 11:8 π Dt. 30:16 π 2 Chr. 16:9 π Psa. 101:6 π Mt. 5:48 π Eph. 3:19 π Eph. 4:13 π 1 Jn. 2:4 π Rev. 22:14
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.” ( 2 Chr. 16:9; top )
This verse has often been quoted – and only partially – as an automatic way to gain blessings from the Lord. However, there are conditions involved that must be acknowledged and fulfilled or, as King Asa found out, you spend the rest of your life in strife and wars.
In order for God to show Himself strong in the behalf of His people, they are required to have a perfect heart toward God. This implies perfect, total trust. Anything less, even a little less, ends up leavening the whole lump.
The Scripture in Deuteronomy reinforces this by saying, “If you keep My commandments, then will I bless you,” ( Dt. 30:16 ) and conversely, if you do not keep them, God will curse you. ( Dt. 11:8; top )
John, in the New Testament ( 1 Jn. 2:4; top ): “He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” This strong language should encourage us to seek nothing less than a perfect heart toward God.
There is a verse in the Psalms ( Psa. 101:6; top ) that implies you can only serve God by walking in a perfect way.
“…Until we all attain…the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection, the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ and the completeness found in Him.” ( Eph. 4:13 , Amp.; top)
“And to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.” ( Eph. 3:19; top )
“Be perfect, even as your Father in Heaven is perfect.” ( Mt. 5:48; top )
The profundity of obeying God’s commandments to gain His seal of approval and to qualify for having the right to the tree of life, and also to enter into the city of God, is clearly expressed in the following verse:
“Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.” ( Rev. 22:14; top )
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