GOD’S COMMANDS AND PROMISES TO THE BELIEVER

God, as referred to in this write-up is the Creator of the Universe and the Possessor of the Heavens and the Earth and all that are in them.
The believers are those who have put their complete trust in the LORD and who believe Jesus Christ is the Messiah and the Son of God.
Commands or commandments are charges (orders) or directives; a gracious provision of God’s law or religious instruction, obeyed as an act of love and devotion to God.

“Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD swore to your fathers”. (Deut. 8:1). We have claim to this promise today as we are spiritual descendaants of Abraham. We are not a Jew because of the flesh but we are Jew by the spirit because Abraham is the father of all believers.
    Deuteronomy 8:1 tells us that we should obey God:
In our Heart by loving Him more than any relationship, activity, achievement, or possession.
In our will by committing ourselves completely to Him.
In our mind by seeking to know Him and His word, so His principles and values form the foundation of all we think and do.
With our Body by recognizing that our strength, talents, and sexuality are given to us by God to be used for pleasure and fulfillment according to His rules, not ours.
With our finances by deciding that all of the resources we have ultimately come from God, and that we are to be managers of them and not owners.
With our future by deciding to make service to God and man the main purpose of our life’s work.
The LORD says “Observe my Sabbath and have reverence for my sanctuary. I am the LORD” “If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands. I will send you rain in it’s season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruits. Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land”.
God gave commands to Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Israel as a nation, Joshua, Gideon, Samuel, David and to Elijah. God also gave commands to the Believers with many promises. (Here is a list of commands to the believers).
It is very important that Jesus’ followers abstain from the idea that some laws or commandments are Moses’ and others are Christ’s commands. Such a thinking is wrong. Moses made no laws and Jesus too made no laws. All laws or commandments are from the Almighty God.
From the accounts given in the Book of Genesis, we read of how God made a covenant with Abraham our father and gave him a commandment concerning the circumcision of the flesh. Even though circumcision is not a prerequisite for salvation, believers must still do it because it’s pleasing in the sight of God.
From the Book of Exodus, we were told of God’s covenant with Moses and the children of Israel. We also read of how God handed down the Ten Commandments and other laws through Moses to the children of Israel. Even though some of these laws have become obsolete as a result of Christ’s coming. We are still under the rest of the laws.

Jesus, messenger and son of the Almighty God, who is God Himself also brought us a new covenant and some new laws and He also emphasizes some of the very important old laws. Jesus also gave His followers lots of commands. It is important to make a distinction between a law and an advise. A law is mandatory and is something you have to obey. Disobedience of the law of God results in sin and the penalty for sin is death (Rom. 6:23). On the other hand, you can take or ignore an advise. Advise are good and make life a lot better when taken and they keep us closer to God and away from sin. Jesus’ advise when taken leads to eternal life.

In the next few pages, the commandments of God as delivered by His Son Jesus will be presented so that His followers or believers may know them and use them in their daily living. And as the Psalmist wrote (Psalms 119:11) “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”.
Abstain from all appearances of evil (I Thess. 5:22)
Abstain from all fleshly lusts (I Pet. 2:11)
Avoid troublemakers (Rom. 16:11)
Avoid profane and vain babblings (I Tim. 6:20)
Avoid false science (I Tim. 6:20)
Avoid foolish questions (Titus 3:9)
Avoid argument about the law (Titus 3:9)
Be reconciled to a brother (Matt. 5:24)
Be wise as serpents ((Matt. 10:16)
Be harmless as doves (Matt. 10:16)
Be thankful (Col. 3:15)
Be patient toward all men (I Thess. 5:14; 2 Tim. 2:24)
Be ready to give an answer of the hope that is in you . (I Pet. 3:15)
Be transformed (Rom. 12:2)
Be patient in tribulation (Rom. 12:12)
Be children in (avoiding) malice (I Cor. 14:20)
Be men in understanding (I Cor. 14:20)
Be steadfast (I Cor. 15:58)
Be unmovable (I Cor. 15:58)
Be always abounding in God’s work (I Cor. 15:58)
Be of one mind (Rom 12:16)
Be separate from the unclean (2 Cor. 6:17)
Be angry and sin not (Eph. 4:26)
Be filled with the Spirit (Eph. 5:18)
Be anxious for nothing (Phil. 4:6)
Be example to other believers (I Tim. 4:12)
Be gentle to all men (2 Tim. 2:24)
Be ready to teach (2 Tim. 2:24)
Be content with what you have (Heb. 13:5)
Be vigilant (I Pet. 5:8)
Do not be like hypocrites in prayer (Matt. 6:5)
Do not be afraid of men (Lu. 12:4)
Do not be conformed to this world (Rom. 12:2)
Do not be children in understanding (I Cor. 14:20)
Do not be deceived by evil companions (I Cor. 15:33)
Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers (2 Cor. 6:14-18)
Do not be drunk with wine (Eph. 5:18)
Do not be weary in well-doing (2 Thess. 3:13)
Do not be slothful (Heb. 6:12)
Do not be influenced by strange doctrines (Heb. 13:9)
Beware of false prophets (Matt. 7:15; Phil. 3:2)
Beware of evil men (Matt. 10:17)
Beware of coveteousness (Lk. 12:15)
Beware of backsliding (2 Pet. 3:17)
Do not bid false teachers Godspeed (2 Jn. 10, 11)
Bring up children in the Lord (Eph. 6:4)
Cast your cares upon God (I Pet. 5:7)
Have confidence in God (Heb. 10:35)
Come out from among the world (2 Cor. 6:17)
Count it joy when you are tempted (James. 1:2)
Treat others as you expect to be treated (Matt. 7:12)
Desire the milk of the Word (I Pet. 2:2)
Do all to God’s glory (I Cor. 10:31; Col. 3:17, 23)
Do all things without murmuring or disputing (Phil. 2:4)
Earnestly contend for the faith (Jude 3)
Give no place to Satan (Eph. 4:27)
Give thanks (Eph. 5:20; Phil. 4:6)
Give time to reading (I Tim. 4:13)
Give no offence (I Cor. 10:32)
Give freely (2 Cor. 9:6,7)
Give as God has prospered (I Cor. 16:2)
Give willingly (2 Cor. 9:6,7)
Give purposely (2 Cor. 9:7)
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit (Eph. 4:30)
Grow in grace (2 Pet. 3:18)
Have no fellowship with darkness (Eph. 5:11 )
Have compassion (Jude 22 )
Have a good conscience (1Pet. 3: 16)
Hold forth the Word of life (Phil. 2:16)
Hold fast sound words (2 Tim. 1:13)
Honour fathers (Eph. 6:2)
Honour mothers (Matt. 19:19)
Honour widows (I Tim. 5:3)
Honour rulers (I Pet. 2:17)
Lay aside all envy (I Pet. 2:1)
Lay aside all evil speaking (I Pet. 2:1)
Do not lay treasures on earth (Matt. 6:19)
Let your light shine (Matt. 5:16)
Let everyone deny himself (Matt. 16:24)
Let him share with the needy (Luke 3:11)
Let everyone obey civil laws (Rom. 13:1)
Let no man deceive himself (I Cor. 3:18)
Let everyone examine himself at communion (I Cor. 11:28)
Let your request be made known to God (Phil. 4:6)
Let your speech be with grace (Col. 4:6)
Do all things in decent order (I Cor. 14:40)
Let those who are taught support the teacher (Gal. 6:6)
Let wives be subject to their husbands (Eph. 5:22; Col. 3:18)
Let husbands love their wives (Eph. 5:25)
Let wives reverence their husbands (Eph. 5:33)
Let everyone be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath (Jas. 1:19)
Let the afflicted pray (Jas. 5:13)
Let the adorning of women be more inward than outward (I Pet. 3:3,4)
Don’t let the left hand know what the right hand is doing (Matt. 6:3)
Do not let sin reign in the body (Rom. 6:12)
Do not let the sun go down on your wrath (Eph. 4:26)
Follow things that edify (Rom. 14:19)
Walk in the Spirit (Gal. 5:25)
Do not provoke one another (Gal. 5:26)
Do not be weary in well doing (Gal. 6:9)
Come boldly to the throne of grace (Heb. 4:16; 10:19-23)
Do not forsake assembling together in worship (Heb. 10:25)
Exhort one another (Heb. 10:25)
Lay aside every weight (Heb. 12:1)
Run with patience the race before us (Heb. 12:1)
Look to Jesus (Heb. 12:2)
Offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually (Heb. 13:15)
Do not judge one another in doubtful things (Rom. 14:1)
Do not cause others to stumble (Rom. 14:13)
Mark troublemakers (Rom. 16:17; Phil. 3:17)
Pray for your persecutors (Matt. 5:44; Luke 6:28)
Pray for the labourers (Matt. 9:38; Luke 10:2) in God’s vineyard
Present your body to God (Rom. 12:1)
Put on the new man (Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:10)
Put on the whole armour of God (Eph. 6:11, 13)
Do not quench the Spirit (I Thess 5:19)
Consider yourself dead to sin (Rom. 6:11)
Redeem the time (Eph. 5:16)
Resist the devil (Jas. 4:7; I Pet. 5:9)
Restore backsliders in meekness (Gal. 6:1)
Strengthen feeble knees (Heb. 12:12)
Study to show yourself approved to God (2 Tim. 2:15)
Take no anxious thought of tomorrow (Matt. 6:34)
Take the Lord’s Supper (I Cor. 11:24-26)
Be careful not to despise little ones (Matt. 18:10)
Be aware of yourself and your doctrine (I Tim. 4:16)
Withdraw from disorderly people (2 Thess 3:6, 14)
We should live by every word that proceededth out of the mouth of God (Matt. 4:4) that is we should familiarize ourselves with the Holy Bible which is the word of God. We should let it’s teachings guide our lives and we should put our trust in God.
We should not tempt the Lord our God (Matt. 4:7)
We should worship the Lord our God, and HIM only shall we serve (Matt. 4:10)
We should Repent of our sins: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matt. 4:17)
“Follow me”, said Jesus, “and I will make you fishers of men”. (Matt. 4:19; Matt 19:21, 29)
Jesus commanded us to live an exemplary life. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven (Matt. 5:16)
We should not break or teach any one to break the commandments of God (Matt. 5:19; Matt. 19:17)
Thou shalt not kill (Matt. 5:21; Matt. 19:18)
Settle your differences with your Christian brothers or sisters and do not call anyone a fool (Matt 5:22-23)
Thou shalt not commit adultery (Matt 5:27; Matt. 19:18)
Swear not at all (Matt. 5:34)
Whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also (Matt. 5:3). We should not try to take revenge.
Be merciful (Matt. 5:7). Give to him that ask thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. (Matt. 5:42)
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you. (Matt. 5:43-48)
Give alms to the poor and do it in secret (Matt. 6:1-4)
Pray to God and do so in secret (Matt. 6:5-13)
Forgive others their trespasses against you. (Matt. 6:14-15; Matt. 18:15-17, 21,35)
Fast but do so in secret (Matt. 6:16-18)
Be generous towards others and for God’s work (Matt. 6:19-21)
Have faith in God (Matt. 6:24-32, 34)
Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness (Matt. 6:33)
Do not judge other people (Matt. 7:1-5)
Do unto others as you will have them do unto you (Matt. 7:12)
It is lawful to do a good deed on the Sabbath day but we must remember to keep the Sabbath day holy and work free (Matt. 12:12)
We should not blaspheme against the Holy Ghost (Matt 12:31-32; 36-37)
We must strife to do the will of God (Matt. 12:50)
God commanded us to eat anything we want as long as it agrees with us (Matt. 15:11-20)
Jesus urged His followers to obey those put in command over us except when in violation of Gods law, perform our civil duties including payment of taxes (Matt. 17:24-27; Matt 22:16-22).
There must be NO divorce between a husband and his wife says the LORD and believers must not marry a divorcee (Matt. 19:4-9)
Thou shall not steal (Matt. 19:18)
Thou shall not bear false witness (Matt. 19:18)
Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself (Matt. 19:18; Matt. 22:39)
Jesus commanded that church leader must not lord over the congregation but must be ready to serve the people (Matt. 20:26-28; Matt. 23:7-8, 11,12)
Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (Matt. 22:37, 38; Mark 12:29-31)

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world (Matt. 28:19-20).
Jesus commanded His followers or believers to observe the Lord’s supper in remembrance of Him (Luke 22:19).

Jesus commanded His followers or believers to be born again. (John 3:3). To be born again, one has to repent of one’s sins, change one’s way to a Godly way, beg God for forgiveness of one’s sins through the name of Jesus, believe in Christ as one’s savior and the Son of God. When these are done, God HIMSELF will then baptize the believer and this is the spiritual baptism. This can then be followed by water baptism which is the physical baptism and a shadow of the spiritual baptism.

God is a spirit: and they that worship HIM must worship HIM in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship HIM. (John 4:23-24). Here, Jesus is commanding His followers to abstain from using pictures of HIM or any form of image of HIM or God or anything in heaven in prayer. We must pray in spirit, in truth, and in faith. It is our lack of faith and our intense desire to be in contact with God that is preventing us from throwing those pictures and images away from our altars and this is also preventing us from worshipping God properly. Any worship with images around is idolatrous worship.
A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another (John 13:34-35) (John 15:12-17).

Abstain from things offered to idols and from blood. (Acts 15:29)
These are the commandments given by God and our Lord Jesus Christ to His followers according to the New Testament of the Bible.
God’s Promises:
A promise – is an oral or written agreement to do or not to do something upon fulfillment or unfulfillment of a given task. A promise is a vow and a basis for expectation. For example, God promised Abraham and his descendant the land of Canaan if he will be faithful and steadfast towards Him.
God made over four hundred and seventy-five promises in the Bible to various people and He has fulfilled all except futuristic ones whose time of fulfillment has not yet come. By faith we have seen and received them already.

These promises were made to believers and they can be claimed as we fulfill His commandments to us. These promises are:
Abundant life (Jn. 10:10)
A crown of life (Rev. 2:10)
A heavenly home (Jn. 14:1-3)
A new name (Isiah 62:1,2)
Answers to prayer (I Jn. 5:14)
Assurance of salvation (2 Tim. 15:13)
Cleansing (Jn. 15:13)
Clothing (Zech. 3:4)
Comfort (Isi. 51:3)
Companionship (Jn. 15:15)
Deliverance (2 Tim 4:18)
Divine sonship (I Jn. 3:1,2)
Everlasting life (Jn. 3:16)
Fellowship of Christ (Matt. 18:19)
Fruitfulness (Jn. 15:4,5)
Gifts of the Spirit (I Cor. 12)
Glory after death (Matt. 13:43)
God’s protective care (I Pet. 5:6,7)
Growth (Eph. 4:11-15)
Guidance (Isa. 42:16)
Hope (Heb. 6:18,19)
Inheritance (I Pet. 1:3,4)
Joy (Isa. 35:10)
Knowledge (Jer. 24:7)
Liberty (Rom. 8:2)
Peace (Jn. 14:27)
Power for service (Jn. 14:12)
Renewal (Titus 3:5)
Rest (Heb. 4:9,11)
Restoration (Isa. 57:18; I Jn. 1:9)
Resurrection (Rom. 8:11)
Rich rewards (Matt. 10:42)
Spiritual fulfilness (Jn. 6:35)
Spiritual healing (Hosea 6:1)
Spiritual light (Jn. 12:46)
Spiritual treasures (Matt. 6:19, 20)
Strength (Phil. 4:13)
Temporal blessings (Matt. 6:25-33)
Understanding (Ps. 119:104)
Victory (I Jn. 5:4)
Wisdom (James 1:5)
Christ advocacy (I Jn. 2:1)
Victory over sin (I Jn. 5:4)
Ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:20)
Forgiveness of sin (Luke 7:48)
Justification (Rom. 5:1)
Redemption (Rev. 5:9)
Indwelling by the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:16)
Anointing by the Holy Spirit (I Jn. 2:27)
Being a temple of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 6:19)
Being born again (John 3:3,7)
Having a mansion of glory (Jn. 14:2)
Being seated with Christ in the heavenlies (Eph. 2:6)
Having a name recorded in heaven (Luke 10:20; Phil. 4:3; Rev. 13:8)
Having access to God’s grace (Eph. 2:18)
Becoming a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17)
Reconciliation with God (Rom. 5:10), etc

Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Surely the goodness and mercy of God shall follow all believers, all the days of our lives; and we will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Amen.

He who gave these commandments and made these promises says “Surely I come quickly”. We who believe say “Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus”.
Glory to Our Father and to our Lord Jesus. Amen.

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