Rules? Who needs them? Well, truth be told, without rules, life would be impossible.
But how can that be preacher? I don't want anybody to tell me what to do. I'm a free agent?
Here's a question for you. How would you like to take away the rules that govern the universe, including the sun coming up tomorrow morning?
That's a silly question; there's nothing to do with my independent life.
Yes, it does because everything is tied together with the same rule that governs the sun and regulates the seed that will produce your next meal.
Have you ever heard anybody say, "if you don't work, you don't eat?" That's a rule that has worked in all of history. That's why the farmer gets up early every morning to plow the ground and plant the seed. That's why the carpenter put his tool bag on to build another house so he could feed his children. That's why the mother gets up early to prepare breakfast and send her children to school so they will prosper in life also.
You do away with rules, and your life has no Rudder to guide you to the target that you have in mind.
When Jesus said if you kept his commandments, you would prosper and be a success, he was talking about obeying the rules of life that have been set out ahead of you.
The number one rule for you to have a long life is to obey and honor your mother and father. No, that's a rule we can live with.
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