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Our Journey – Week 11

Our JourneyCome join us to read through the Bible Chronologically – this six day plan gives you Sunday off so that you can have a devoted prayer time to reflect and journal on what you’ve read throughout the week! And if needed – a day to catch up on any readings you may have missed. Please know that you can begin with the 1st of the year or at any time you please (and then catch up when you’re able to – maybe even next year)! May God Bless you as you walk and build your relationship closer with Him!  

March 10

Deuteronomy 5-7

March 11

Deuteronomy 8-10

March 12

Deuteronomy 11-13

March 13

Deuteronomy 14-16

March 14

Deuteronomy 17-20

March 15

Deuteronomy 21-23

March 16

Prayer  /  Reflection  /  Journal & Bible Reading Catch Up

Deuteronomy

I’m actually beginning this post with Ch. 1… as I finished off last
time with Numbers! So – what exactly does Deuteronomy mean?
Well… the Greek translation is: deteros = second; + nomos = law

The purpose of this book in the Bible is to remind the people of what God had done and encourage them to rededicate their lives to Him. Moses addresses the Isrealites three times: after giving a brief history lesson emphasizing God’s great acts on behalf of his people, Moses reveiwed the law; than he restated the covenant – God’s contract with his people. Learning these lessons will prepare them to possess the promised land.
     As you read through Deuteronomy remember how God has expressed His kindness in your life, and then commit youself a new to trust, love, and obey Him.

A. 1:1-4:43
What God Has Done For Us:
Moses’ First Address

Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.
                                                                        Deut. 4:9

The note shared from The Life Application NIV Bible for this verse: Moses wanted to make sure that the peple did not forget all they had seen God do, so he urged parents to teach their children aobut God’s great miracles. This helped parents remember God’s fathfulness and provided the means for passing on from one generation to the next the stories recounting God’s great acts. It is easy to forget the wonderful ways God has worked in the lives of His people. But you can remember God’s gerat acts of faithfulness by telling your children, friends, or associates what you have seen Him do.

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     Take the time at least once a week and focus on the goodness of God. Stop by – Girlfriends In God to check out the meme God Stop Friday! I look forward to joining in on this meme soon – I hope 😉

I first heard of God Stops from Beth Moore’s Believing God Bible study! The stop in Godstop is an acronym for “savoring the observable presence.” You can order the book and/or complete the study with the workbook through the link above with Lifeway or with a church.

  • Practice, even during rough times, praising Him.
  • Journal Moments of ways God is making His presence or acivity observable.
  • Share these moments with your family & friends

But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find Him if you look for Him with all your heart and with all your soul.
                                                                  Deut. 4:29

Do you want to know God? God promised the Israelties that they would find Him when they searched with all their hearts and souls. God is knowable and wants to be known – but we have to want to know Him. Acts of service and worship must be accompanied by sincere devotion of the heart. As Hebrews 11:6 says, “Anyone who comes to him must bleieve that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” God will reward those who pursue a relationship with Him.

Make the time each day to spend time with God – for most it’s easiest to wake up earlier for this devotion time. Spend time reading His Word, Praying, Seeking Him!

B. 4:44 – 28:68
Principles For Godly Living
Moses’ Second Address

  1. The Ten Commandments
  2. Love The Lord your God
  3. Laws for proper worship
  4. Laws for ruling the nation
  5. Laws for human relationships
  6. Consequences of obedience & disobedience

 

Tie them as symbols on your hands …
         Deut. 6:8

 

be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
                                                             Deut. 6:12

Moses warned the poeple not to forget God when they entered the promised land and became prosperous. Prosperity, more than poverty, can dull our spiritual vision because it tends to make us self-sufficient and eager to acquire still more of everything – except God. The same thing can happen in our church. Once we become successful in terms of numbers, programs, and buildings, we can easily become self-suffiecient and less sensitive to our need for God. This leads us to concentrate on self-preservation rather than thankfulness and service to God.

We need to be careful … not to idolize materialistic things. Keep our focus on the One that deserves all of our attention – God Himself!

Detestable Practices
7:26 Do not bring a detestable things into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Utterly abhor and detest it, for it is set apart for destruction.

18:9-13
When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God.

Moses warned the Israelites against becoming ensnared by the idols of the defeated nations by coveting the silver or gold on them. We may think it’s all right to be close to sin as long as we don’t participate. “After all,” we say, “I won’t do anything wrong!” But being close can hurt us as we become attracted and finally give in. Avoid the snare of sin by first reigning in your desires. Then stay as far away from sin as you can.

Today people are still curious (as the Israelites were) and fascinated by horoscopes, fortune-telling, witchcarft, and bizarre cults. Often their interest comes from a desire to know and control the future. But Satan is no less dangerous today than he was in Moses’ time. We need to guard ourselves against Satan.

Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.
                                                                                 Deut. 8:5

It is said discipline comes out of love… a child without discipline needs much love. The son/daughter will eventually learn to respect the boundaries set for him/her.

Obedience
Deuteronomy 8:1 tells us to obey God’s commandments. We do this by obeying God with…

OUR HEART….By loving Him more than any relationship, activiy, achievement, or possession
OUR WILL….By committing ourselves completely to Him
OUR MIND….By seeking to know Him and His Word, so His principles and values form the foundation of all we think and do
OUR BODY….By recognizing that our strengths, talents, and sexuality are given to us by God to be used for pleaure and fulfillment according to His rules, not ours
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
OUR FUTURE….By deciding to make service to God and man the main purpose of our life’s work

Taken from the Life Application NIV Bible

Join me next posting for Our Journey as I finish up my study points in Deuteronomy and continue on into Joshua… until next time (hopefully tomorrow) – God bless, HL

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One Response

  1. Check out Karen’s post regarding Deuteronomy … http://surviving-motherhood.blogspot.com/2008/03/he-will-deliver.html

    God Bless, HL

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