Brothers and Sisters,
We don’t have to pretend that humanity has a history of not being selfish and disobedient towards God. We don’t have to pretend that we are perfect and that we have everything together. God already knows our hearts. What we are asked to do is to allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and help us to listen (to hear and respond).
Remember, no matter whether we want to believe it or not, we need a Savior. We need an intercessor and we deserve to be punished for our sins. Yet, God handles us with Grace and Mercy. When we have acted with disobedience and selfishness, God lavishes us with love and chooses to send us the Savior we need.
It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives that we can begin to truly listen and love God at the depths of our beings.
Meditate on Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and not only pray for a heart that listens and loves but also to be willing to
Impress them (God's commandments) on your children. (vs. 7)
Talk about them when you sit at home. (vs. 7)
Talk about them when you walk along the road. (vs. 7)
Talk about them when you lie down and when you get up. (vs. 7)
Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. (vs. 8)
Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (vs 9)
Take some time and read Joshua in preparation for next week's message.