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Date: December 9

Category: Follow God

Deuteronomy 30:14
"But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your mind and in your heart, so that you can do it."

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiIn the Bible, "the word" is a term that is often used synonymously with the commandments, precepts, and ordinances of God. So in this passage God says that the word He gives us is near. We read something similar in verse 11 of this chapter, "For this commandment which I command you this day is not too difficult for you, nor is it far off." So the things God commands us to do is not too difficult, nor is it far off. Then in verses 12-13 we read that the word is not hidden in heaven, neither is it lost in the sea. Finally, we come to verse 14 where we read, "But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your mind and in your heart, so that you can do it." These three elements are very important.

According to verse 14a, the word is in our mouths. In other words, God wants you and me to open our mouths and speak the Word of God. If there is anything that we want to speak that is not in line with the Word of God, then we are not to speak those things. God wants us to open our mouths to speak the Word of God. Notice what it says in verse 15, "See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil." According to Proverbs 18:21, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]." Our tongue can speak either or and create that very circumstance in our lives. That's why it's so important to have the Word of God flow out of our mouths every time we open our mouths to speak.

Now in order to have the Word of God in our mouths, then we have to allot some time each and every day to read the Bible. But not only should the Word be in our mouths, verse 14b says that the Word should be in our minds. So it's not enough to just read the Word of God, but we have to remember what the Word of God says. That's how we will keep God's Word in our minds. According to Romans 12:2, the Word of God should transform our minds so that we will think in line to what God says in His Word. In 2 Corinthians 10:5 we read that we are to subject every thought under the lordship of Jesus Christ. So if our thoughts are contrary to God's thoughts, then we are to change those thoughts immediately. That's what it means to have God's Word in our minds.

But along with having the Word of God in our mouths and in our minds, verse 14c says that the Word should be in our hearts. The heart is the centre of who we are. That's where our spirit is. We make choices in life based on what is in our heart. Actually, Jesus said in Luke 6:45c, "For out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his mouth speaks." So when the Word of God is in your heart, then your mind will think proper thoughts. Then when your mind thinks proper thoughts, that's when your mouth will begin to speak proper words. That's why all three elements are so important.

Then according to verse 14d, the purpose of having the Word of God in our mouths, our minds, and our hearts is so we can do it. God wants us to obey His Word. That's why He has brought His Word near to us. His Word is near to us so that we will put it in our hearts, our minds, and our mouths – all for the purpose of obeying it.

We read in verse 16, "[If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which] I command you today, to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His ordinances, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land into which you go to possess." The length of our lives and the blessing in our land all depend on our obedience to the Word of God. Then in verse 17 we read, "But if your [mind and] heart turn away and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall surely perish, and you shall not live long in the land which you pass over the Jordan to enter and possess." So there are great rewards for obeying the Word of God, but there's also great punishment for disobeying it as well.

Then in verse 19c we read, "Therefore choose life that you and your descendants may live." Obeying God's Word is a choice we have to make. When we make that decision, then we will receive the benefits that come with obedience. But in order to obey God's Word, we need to know it. The only way of knowing God's Word is to have it within our mouths, our minds, and our hearts. So today let us set aside some time for God's Word because according to this passage, God's Word is very near.

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