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KEEP THE SABBATH DAY HOLY

Many of us learned The Ten Commandments in Sunday school. They speak about our allegiance to God and to one another, yet we fail to honor them.  Let me say, we have to be intentional about keeping them, for there are many things that get in the way.  For the Christian, Sunday is our Sabbath. Yet, many things take place on our sacred day. Many people work on Sunday or have family and other crucial and demanding responsibilities to carry out.  I believe when we are not able to attend church every Sunday there should be a time, we honor God and put God first.  We should not let the day go by without private prayer and devotion.  The fourth commandment is recorded in Exodus 20:8: 

 “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”

Notice that in the previous verse we have the third commandment that deals with the use of the Lord’s Name in vain.  We know that this commandment is not always honored. Therefore, next to using the name of the Lord in vain we see this commandment that calls upon us to observe the Sabbath that it may be a day of rest, renewal, and worship.  Remember also that there was a time when Jesus was accused of breaking the Sabbath, but He replied that the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath. No matter what our society has done to the Sabbath, we still have an obligation and responsibility to honor it. It is the Lord’s Day.  For the Jew it was the sign of the covenant between God and His chosen people; for the Christian, the Sabbath is a time for us to worship and praise our God.  Prayerfully, you look forward to Sunday morning, to go into the Lord’s house and worship Him in spirit and truth. It is a blessing, obligation, privilege, and honor. When you cannot attend worship because of work or other responsibilities, find the time to pause and give God thanks. There are those who argue whether the Sabbath is on Saturday or Sunday, but the reality comes out of the fact that the Sabbath can be any day. In fact, every day we are given the opportunity to worship Him. In conclusion, remember this is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it

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