FAITH CAPSULE: By your action or word, do not add to God’s command.
Whatever God says is important and it demands full attention to avoid misrepresentation. God does not waste His word and He means what He says. God spoke to Adam in the Garden of Eden, “Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:15-17) When the chief of all deception cunningly approached Eve with its destructive agenda, he asked Eve, “…Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1) Eve opened the door for the devil when she responded to the devil by adding to what God does not say when God gave Adam the command. She added to God’s command stating, “…Nor shall you touch it, lest you die.” (Genesis 3:3)
Are you one that consciously or unconsciously adds or take away from the word of God? It does not matter who you are when you add to the word of God, you are set for failure. Before God, it is not acceptable for any man to add or take away from His word.
By your way, not only by His word, are you adding to the word of God? Romans 3:7-8 records: “For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? And why not say, “Let us do evil that good may come?” Deception in the name of God is adding to God what does not belong to God. There is no way by which any testimony that is loaded with inexactness is going to please God and same it is when one consciously or unconsciously say what God did not say.
God gave a detailed word of command to Jeremiah directly for His people. After giving His word, He commanded Jeremiah, “Therefore prepare yourself and arise, and speak to them all that I command you.” (Jeremiah 1:17) Delivering God’s message demands preparation because with preparation comes detail presentation. A well-presented message is what keeps the messenger from sinning against God. He sent Moses, “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” (Numbers 20:8) Moses went as directed, but presented Gods command according to his own desire. Moses did not speak but struck the rock twice with his rod. (Numbers 20:10) Moses, by his word and action he added to God’s command which failed him to step on Promised Land.
Prayer for today: Ask from God that you will not walk outside of His word.