chronological day 80 :)

Please read Deuteronomy 31:30, Deuteronomy 32, and Psalm 90. I love Moses’ psalm!

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Isn’t Psalm 90 all the more precious, now that we have spent so much with Moses?

“God, it seems You’ve been our home forever; long before the mountains were born, Long before You brought earth itself to birth, from “once upon a time: to “kingdom come” – You are God” (Psalm 90:1-2 MSG)

“It seems you’ve been our home forever” – isn’t that meaningful?  Moses did not need to enter the promised land – God was his home.  The Lord is all we need!

chronological day 79 :)

Please read Deuteronomy 29:2-29, Deuteronomy 30, and Deuteronomy 31:1-29.  Lots going on, Moses is starting to wrap things up here.

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“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” (29:29 NKJV)

God will take care of the hidden things. However, what is revealed is our responsibility.  If we know what is right, we must do it!

Deuteronomy 30 is a balm to my spirit after those rough words on disobedience a few chapters ago:

“God, your God, will restore everything you lost; He’ll have compassion on you; He’ll come back and pick up the pieces from all the places where you were scattered. No matter how far away you end up, God, your God, will get you out of there and bring you back” (30:3-4 MSG)

God will always restore, always bring us back home, always remember us if we only turn back to Him.  We are never too far for His hand to reach us. That’s my favorite ❤

chronological day 78 :)

Please read Deuteronomy 26, 27, 28 and 29:1. Does anyone else see a theme developing as Moses is teaching the children of Israel?  Obedience, obedience, obedience!  He is about to send them into the promised land on their own, after 40 years together. I imagine he feels a great deal of responsibility toward them.

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The blessings of obedience are many! The opposite, though….

“Among all the peoples where God will take you, you’ll be treated as a lesson or a proverb” (28:37 MSG)

God can use our lives, whether or not we are in obedience.  If we are obedient, God will use us as a lesson or example to other of what to do.  If we are disobedient, God will use us as a proverb or warning to others of what not to do.  (Remember? Nothing is ever wasted by the Lord – but we could waste our lives in disobedience). Thankfully we live under grace purchased for us by the Blood of Jesus – but even still, disobedience carries heavy consequences.

chronological day 77 :)

Please read Deuteronomy 21:10-23, Deuteronomy 22, 23, 24, and 25, and head on back.  What are you thinking about this morning?  Here’s what I am thinking:

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Rough day… so many rules that we not have to adhere to under grace, but we still have to maintain a high standard of holiness, purity and morality.  There IS right and wrong, as much as our society would like us to forget.

chronological day 76 :)

Let’s read Deuteronomy 16:18-22, Deuteronomy 17, 18, 19, 20, and Deuteronomy 21:1-9. Busy day!

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A couple of things…. I love Deuteronomy 20:4 MSG:

Don’t waver in resolve. Don’t fear. Don’t hesitate. Don’t panic. God, your God, is right there with you, fighting with you against your enemies, fighting to win”

When the Lord is with us in a battle, we can be assured that the end result IS victory – He means to win.  

I also liked the encouragement in Deuteronomy 20:20 about not cutting down trees:

When you mount an attack on a town and the siege goes on a long time, don’t start cutting down the trees, swinging your axes against them. Those trees are your future food; don’t cut them down. Are trees soldiers who come against you with weapons? The exception can be those trees which don’t produce food; you can chop them down and use the timbers to build siege engines against the town that is resisting you until it falls.

It made me think: even though these battles seems harsh to us, there was always a purpose. In man’s excitement over a victory, maybe he can become overzealous and do more damage than necessary, but we are warned against that. God doesn’t waste anything, and doesn’t want us to waste anything either.  When the battle is over, praise the Lord and let it be over.

chronological day 75 :)

This morning, we’ll read Deuteronomy 13, 14, 15, and 16:1-17.

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“Yes. Obediently listen to God, your God. Keep all his commands that I am giving you today. Do the right thing in the eyes of God, your God” (13:18 MSG)

It stands out to me today that even though we sometimes think of the 40 years in the wilderness being a waste of time of a consequence for disobedience and full of crazy laws that seem to make life difficult…. Well, listening to Moses re-cap that period  of time, we see what it was REALLY about: learning how to be in relationship with our God who loves us so. That’s not at all a waste of time! If it takes 40 years, if it takes a lifetime, I’ll commit to it! God is so kind to us!

“You only are a people holy to God, your God; God chose you out of all the people on Earth as his cherished personal treasure” (14:2 MSG)

chronological day 74 :)

Please read Deuteronomy 10-12.  I know this is all a review, but I am loving it! Moses wants the people to know who they are and Whose they are as they enter the promised land.  

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“So now Israel, what do you think God expects from you? Just this: Live in His presence in holy reverence, follow the road He sets out for you, love him, serve God, your God, with everything you have in you, obey the commandments and regulations of God that I’m commanding you today—live a good life” (10:12-13 MSG)

Deut 10:12-13 says to live in God’s holy presence (I think purposefully).  Cut away the callouses from our heart.  Don’t harden against the Lord.  Don’t let anything desensitize you to His Holy Spirit.  What do you think God expects from you? Live a good life!

“Ruthlessly demolish all the sacred shrines” (12:2 MSG)

12:1-3 talks about ruthlessly tearing down shrines. our application is to ruthlessly cut out anything that threatens to take the place and priority that God should have in our lives.  Keep first things first. These are actions we must take every day! Be diligent and zealous to be obedient and live in God’s holy presence – be holy because He is holy.  These are actions WE must take – not things which God does for us. Don’t let anything take His place!

chronological day 73 :)

Please read Deuteronomy 6, 7, 8, and 9. Get your highlighters out-  you might want to highlight these blessings!  (I like to use a colored pencil or crayon, so the ink doesn’t bleed through my Bible pages!)

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So many blessings and encouragements to stay obedient to the Lord! God will continue to increase His people, but don’t forget that all blessings and gifts come from Him. He is so good to us!

“Listen obediently, Israel. Do what you’re told so that you’ll have a good life” (6:3)

“Love God, your God, with your whole heart” (6:5)

“Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children” (6:6)

“Deeply respect God, your God. Serve and worship him exclusively” (6:13)

There are lots more!  The blessings of obedience are many.

“It will be a set-right and put-together life for us if we make sure that we do this entire commandment in the Presence of God, our God, just as He commanded us to do.” (6:25)

“And this is what will happen: When you, on your part, will obey these directives, keeping and following them, God, on his part, will keep the covenant of loyal love that he made with your ancestors: He will love you, He will bless you, He will increase you. (7:12-13 MSG)

Amen and amen ❤

chronological day 72 :)

Deuteronomy 3:21-29, Deuteronomy 4-5.

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I love Deuteronomy 4 – let’s read a little together, and the emphasis is mine:

“Now listen, Israel, listen carefully to the rules and regulations that I am teaching you to follow so that you may live and enter and take possession of the land that God, the God-of-Your-Fathers, is giving to you. Don’t add a word to what I command you, and don’t remove a word from it. Keep the commands of God, your God, that I am commanding you.

You saw with your own eyes what God did at Baal Peor, how God destroyed from among you every man who joined in the Baal Peor orgies. But you, the ones who held tight to God, your God, are alive and well, every one of you, today.

Pay attention: I’m teaching you the rules and regulations that God commanded me, so that you may live by them in the land you are entering to take up ownership. Keep them. Practice them. You’ll become wise and understanding. When people hear and see what’s going on, they’ll say, “What a great nation! So wise, so understanding! We’ve never seen anything like it.”

Yes. What other great nation has gods that are intimate with them the way God, our God, is with us, always ready to listen to us? And what other great nation has rules and regulations as good and fair as this Revelation that I’m setting before you today? Just make sure you stay alert. Keep close watch over yourselves. Don’t forget anything of what you’ve seen. Don’t let your heart wander off. Stay vigilant as long as you live. Teach what you’ve seen and heard to your children and grandchildren.” (4:1-9)

Moses continually points the people to God – and points out how no nation on earth enjoyed the intimacy with God that they did, no other God like theirs, that they could pray to God and He listened… and this is even before Jesus! Sometimes we think of God as being a step removed or angry or far away, but He never was. He never is. He always wanted a close relationship with His children – and He still does today! Thank You, Father!

chronological day 71 :)

Please read Deuteronomy 1-2, Deuteronomy 3:1-20.  Let’s visit!

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“These are the sermons Moses preached to all Israel when they were east of the Jordan River in the Arabah Wilderness” (1:1 MSG)

Now Moses will re-cap their history, teaching the people again their story with God as the centerpiece.  After 40 years, people have died and babies have been born.  It’s crazy to think about, but there are some in this company who have never known anything but wilderness. They need to know, before they enter the promised land, how they were guided and protected by the Lord up to this point – and also be encouraged that His faithfulness will continue!

Be encouraged by the past, not bound by it.