The Importance and Necessity of Obedience

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6 – 8.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Deuteronomy 8:11-18 (NLT)

11 “But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the LORD your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today.

12 For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in,

13 and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful!

14 Do not become proud at that time and forget the LORD your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.

15 Do not forget that he led you through the great and terrifying wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, where it was so hot and dry. He gave you water from the rock!

16 He fed you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for your own good.

17 He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’

18 Remember the LORD your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

Throughout the three chapters noted above, there is a common theme – Obedience, and the importance of it. As I read verses 11-18 I was reminded of how true and applicable the same warnings are for us today. I was directed to a commentary that really touched my heart in its explanation of obedience and I want to simply share that with you this morning:

In times of plenty, we often take credit for our prosperity and become proud that our own hard work and cleverness have made us rich. It is easy to get so busy collecting and managing wealth that we push God right out of our lives. But it is God who gives us everything we have, and it is God who asks us to manage it for Him. 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, activity, 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 pleasure 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

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Dear Lord I have been reminded of the importance of obeying You and Your commands. It is so easy to give lip service and say that we will obey, but yet as Your Word so aptly says: as soon as we get over the hump; as soon as our dire need is met; as soon as our emergency is over, we quickly return to a mode of pride in all that ‘we’ can do ourselves. Please forgive me for being so independent and for taking my eyes off You. Thank You for always being there for me. Thank You for Your outstretched hand to help me in all of life’s circumstances. Please help me to always be obedient to Your Word, for Your ways are not my ways, and Your ways are truly perfect in every way. Lord, I praise You for watching out for me and directing my daily path. May I be obedient in every aspect of my life so that my life might truly be a living testimony of the Savior that loved me so much that He gave up His greatest treasure, His only Son, so that I may one day join Him in heaven for all eternity. Thank You Lord Jesus!

 

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We Have Been Given Victory!

Scripture: Deuteronomy 3.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Deuteronomy 3:1-2 (NLT)

1 “Next we turned and headed for the land of Bashan, where King Og and his entire army attacked us at Edrei.

2 But the LORD told me, ‘Do not be afraid of him, for I have given you victory over Og and his entire army, and I will give you all his land. Treat him just as you treated King Sihon of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon.’

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

Many of us tend to be ‘worry warts’ in our everyday lives. Unfortunately, this applies to Christians and non-Christians alike, so I want us to be reminded of something God told Moses in the above verses. Now God had already helped Moses through many situations, overcoming huge armies, the red sea obstacle and lots more. But at the time that Moses was looking at the army of King Og, it was a huge mountain to him that he was unsure he and his men could overcome. God knew this, so He put Moses at peace by assuring him that He had this one under control. I believe that this is something that we face each day – the doubt and fear about how we are going to handle the challenges that we are about to face. Wouldn’t it be great if we had the confidence that Moses had? Think about it friend, we serve the same awesome, powerful God, so obviously it is a matter of our faith that is lacking. Perhaps it is a matter of relationship between us and our Maker that is lacking, because as we grow in a relationship we become more trusting of the other party. We also become more knowledgeable about the other party. As we know God, and as we trust God, we will place our faith in Him and learn about His awesome love and great power to do so much for us. How is it with you friend? Have you developed your relationship with God to an extent that you can face your day in confidence knowing that He goes before you and He is handling all the challenging things that tend to make you nervous? I praise God that He loves me that much that He would look out for me in such meaningful ways!

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Lord, I am thankful for who You are. I am thankful for Your love for me in meaningful ways, so that I may face this day in confidence, knowing that You’re in control and that there is nothing too big or impossible for You to handle, for all things are possible with and through You. Please guide me in Your way today, protect me from harm and lead me in a path where I may share Your grace and love with someone who need to know You.

 

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God May Not Be Listening To You

Scripture: Deuteronomy 1.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Deuteronomy 1:42-45 (NLT)

42 “But the LORD told me to tell you, ‘Do not attack, for I am not with you. If you go ahead on your own, you will be crushed by your enemies.’

43 “This is what I told you, but you would not listen. Instead, you again rebelled against the LORD’s command and arrogantly went into the hill country to fight.

44 But the Amorites who lived there came out against you like a swarm of bees. They chased and battered you all the way from Seir to Hormah.

45 Then you returned and wept before the LORD, but he refused to listen.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

From the title, many of you may have been curious enough to open this blog to confirm that this Brother has definitely lost his mind, right? However, what I have done is merely quote, or perhaps slightly re-worded verse 45 of Deuteronomy 1. I believe that we can tell from this passage that God had given His instructions, much like He does in providing instructions to us through His written Word today, but the people rebelled against and disobeyed God, much like we do today when we insist on doing things our way. However, in verse 45 the Israelites returned and wept before the Lord after realizing their wrongdoings, and today we come back to God and ask for forgiveness because we chose to do things our way. Friends, I am here to draw to your attention that, as in the case of the Israelites, there may come a time that God may refuse to listen because of our total disregard of His divine instructions, and because of our pridefulness and determination to do things our way. I can’t think of one thing that I might regret more than to know that as I plead before my loving Savior, that He shuts me off and refuses to listen. For He is the One who is always there for me when all else around me fails and when there appears like there is no one else who is listening to me or caring what I may have to say. I am reminded that I am the servant and He is the Master, and it behooves me to listen carefully and obey Him. I must not do anything that causes Him to shut His ear to my cry. How about you, friend? Will you also recommit to obedience today?

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Dear Lord, thanks for loving me enough to guide me each day and show me Your ways and Your character, so that I may follow in obedience and be blessed by You. Please impact my conscience so severely each time that I am tempted to do otherwise, so that I will quickly turn from my wicked and selfish ways and turn to You for Your perfect will. You loved me enough to die for me Lord Jesus, oh that I may return that love through total obedience to You, and in my efforts to be more like You each day.

 

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God Truly Is ________

Scripture: Mark 15.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Mark 15:39 (NLT)

39 When the Roman officer who stood facing him saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

The Roman officer, who was probably at the crucifixion to protect the interest of the Roman government, saw something about Jesus that got his attention and made him remark as he did in verse 39. In fact, I believe that it would be safe to say that this event made a believer out of this officer. So often during our day we see miraculous things, yet we hear folk attributing them to ‘the man upstairs’ or ‘mother nature’ or whatever. Friends, that may be ok for a non-believer to say, but not for a believer. In fact, in that circumstance God has just opened the door for you to praise Him. Imagine having a non-believer friend in the car with you, and while driving down a country road you see a few deer frolicking through the pasture. There are many things that you could say, some positive and others negative, but why not use that as an opportunity to comment on the beauty of all that God has made for us to enjoy, followed by something like “Isn’t God good”? This could open up the door for additional moments of truth where you might share other areas of your life where God shows His beauty. For someone reading this who may not know my God, please stop and smell the roses. The beauty around us is a blessing from God. It didn’t just appear. Look for the beauty in things today, and give credit (or praise) where it belongs, to the maker of this universe and all that is in it. He truly is the Son of God, and He truly loves you and I. Let’s give Him praise today for being such an awesome God!

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Lord Jesus, You truly are the Son of God, my Redeemer, my Savior, my Deliverer, my Friend and my everlasting Father. Thank You for all that You provide for me each day to make it through this life, and for all that You provide for my enjoyment and praise. May I never fail to praise You in all things, is my humble prayer today, while saying thank You for welcoming me into Your family and kingdom!

 

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Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out

Scripture: Numbers 32.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Numbers 32:23 (NLT)

23 But if you fail to keep your word, then you will have sinned against the LORD, and you may be sure that your sin will find you out.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

The subject of this devotional is a phrase that I have heard most of my life, and it was used in a sense that I should remember that nothing that I did was hidden from mom or dad! Little did I know that this was an actual quote directly from Numbers 32:23, and spoken by God when He warned the Israelites to be sure and follow through with all that they had promised Him they would do for their families and flocks. Very often today we make promises to God, especially when we’re in a pinch and desperate for the intervention of God. At times like this we make some promises and deals with God like: if you heal my child and restore her back to normal life, I will go to church the rest of my life. Friends, I have seen where promises like this were made, and then they were testified about before others, but the human part of the bargain was kept for perhaps two weeks! Consider the facts right after 9/11 when churches were filled the weekend following the event, then each week thereafter fewer and fewer people kept their promise of attending church if God would keep them and their families safe from terrorists. In verse 24 God went on to say that it was fine for the people to do what they wanted to do, but just know that if their promises were not kept and they failed to keep their word, then know that God will act. Because of the years in the wilderness, I believe that the people knew what this warning meant, because over time they saw some pretty sever repercussions for disobedience. Friends, God warned that we are to keep our word, in fear and out of respect of an awesome God that will hold us accountable, so be careful little lips what you say today! Remember, God’s not dead, and He is our constant Friend, Protector, Savior and Lord, BUT He is also our Judge and accountability partner.

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Lord Jesus, please guide me into the path of righteousness this day. Please help me to listen before I speak. Please remind me of the One that I represent, and how important it is that I say it straight, and as accurate as possible, so that the hearer could easily place their faith in what I say because of my relationship with You. Thank You for the reminder today that You are very aware of all that I say and promise, and as a soldier of the cross, I am expected to live in obedience and follow through on all that You have said and all that I have promised.

 

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Protection Against Denial of Jesus?

Scripture: Mark 14.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Mark 14:29-31 (NLT)

29 Peter said to him, “Even if everyone else deserts you, I never will.”

30 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, Peter—this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny three times that you even know me.”

31 “No!” Peter declared emphatically. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the others vowed the same.

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

Peter was one of Jesus’ disciples that was closest to Him, yet when placed under pressure he buckled and did exactly what he promised Jesus he would never do. Peter was placed under pressure, and very close scrutiny, because Peter knew that if the authorities confirmed that he was closely associated with Jesus and His ministry, that they may very well do the same thing to him as they were doing to Jesus. We may never be placed under that kind of scrutiny, but we must be prepared for that kind of scrutiny. There will be times that friends may ask us in a crowd what our stance is on Christianity, or whether we are a Jesus follower, or why don’t we join them for some worldly fun that we know would be a bad reflection on our witness. In fact friends, today could very easily be one of those days when we may have to take a stand for our Lord. This is easy to do in church, or amongst other Christian friends, but are you strong enough and bold enough to take that stand before a group of jeering friends who are looking to see us fail in our pious thinking or our supposed stand for Christ? Are you prayed up and ready to take a stand for our Lord?

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Lord Jesus, You have given us confidence to serve You and take a stand for you, but way too often we silence our lips because we don’t want to stand out in the crowd. We just want to melt away in the crowd and not be noticed. I believe that taking a stand for You may convince the doubting and the unbeliever that we really are who we say we are – born again Christians. Please give me that boldness and courage today to take a stand for You. Please give me strength to truly stand firm for what I believe so that I may be the witness to my co-workers and friends that they expect and need in order to convince them that I am real in my faith. May You shine through in every moment of my life today is my humble prayer and plea. Please touch the lives of my Christian brothers and sisters who also claim You as Lord.

 

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Powerless Outside The Will of God

Scripture: Numbers 24.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Numbers 24:13 (NLT)

13 ‘Even if Balak were to give me his palace filled with silver and gold, I would be powerless to do anything against the will of the LORD.’ I told you that I could say only what the LORD says!

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

As inviting as it may have sounded to Balaam to have King Balak send for him to come and get rid of the Israelites for him in return for some awesome gifts, Balaam said to the messengers that he would only do what God authorized him to do and what pleased the Lord. When Balaam stood before the Israelites and allowed God to speak through him, he wound up doing just the opposite of what Balak wanted, for he blessed the Israelites. Friends, this is a powerful statement, especially when we think about the power that the kings had back then, and their total disregard for human life. Think about it – out of fright for what Balak may do to him, or out of greed for what he could get from Balak for a successful mission, Balaam could very easily have gone with the flow and did what the king ordered. Isn’t that what many of us would do today? Yes, I know that you are insisting that I am wrong with that last statement/question, but may I at least encourage you to speak with God and ask for His guidance to avoid such a pitfall? I believe very strongly that way too often we become crowd pleasers, and way too often our greed kicks in – like in the case of so many Christians who fail to believe God when He said He would care for us and take care of our every need, yet we are some of the first at the counter to purchase lotto tickets! Yes, way too often we find it easier to place our faith in the enormous odds of winning the lotto than we are in trusting the God who created this universe, you and , and who has proven Himself over and over again. Balaam was determined that his power came from the Almighty, and doing anything outside of His perfect will would be useless and utterly powerless. Let’s seek that kind of faith today friends!

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Lord we claim to the world that we believe in You and have faith in You and we follow Your every command, yet we show the world that we are really wimps who will do almost anything they ask of us. Please forgive me for the times I have failed to fully trust You and stay true to Your perfect will. I need Your strength to overcome, I need your wisdom to understand the right thing to do, I need Your perfect will to be so evident to me that I will never question the right thing to do in every circumstance of life. Please be the Lord of everything thing in my life and in every move I make and in every word that comes from my mouth. In my life, may I seek to serve You and honor You in all things. Thank You Lord Jesus for hearing my prayer.

 

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