Why does God love us?

"The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. 8 But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and …

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How long will we be in this wilderness? …

Sometimes, we feel like we're in a wilderness - and we can't get out of it! The first half of the book of Exodus tells of the deliverance of the people of Israel from their time of bondage in the land of Egypt. Things were looking up! Surely, there were better days ahead for them. …

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God is calling us on to maturity … (Overview Of The Old Testament: Deuteronomy).

Deuteronomy 1-6 God is calling us on to maturity: ‘go in and take possession of the land; (1:6,8; Philippians 3:13-14). Do not hesitate to move forward with God: ‘do not fear... It is a good land which the Lord gives us’ (1:21,25). Will we be the new generation, ‘a new creation in Christ’ (2 Corinthians …

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Help us, Lord, to walk with You … (Praying Through God’s Word: Deuteronomy).

Deuteronomy 1:1-46 Lord, You call us with Your challenge. You call us to make our choice. We are to put the past behind us. We are to press on into the future - with You and for You. We hesitate - and we end up doing nothing. Help us, Lord, to turn from our self-centred …

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Lord, help us to put the past behind us, and press on into the future – with You and for You … (Praying Through God’s Word: Deuteronomy).

Praying Through God's Word

Deuteronomy 1:1-46

Lord, You call us with Your challenge. You call us to make our choice. We are to put the past behind us. We are to press on into the future – with You and for You. We hesitate – and we end up doing nothing. Help us, Lord, to turn from our self-centred ways. Help us to walk with You in Your way – the way of faith, the way of obedience.

Deuteronomy 2:1-37

We thank You, Lord, that You are greater than all our problems. As we look back on the way You’ve led us, help us to say, “Grace brought me safe this far.” As we look to You to lead us into the future, help us to say, “Grace will lead me home.” Thank You, Lord for Your “amazing grace.”

Deuteronomy 3:1-29

Sometimes, Lord, Your blessing seems to be “so near and yet so far.”…

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All you need is love? … (Praying Through God’s Word – Deuteronomy 13-22)

You can find more of this series of prayers at A Prayer For Every Day.   Deuteronomy 13:1-14:21 Lord, You are the God of love. You are also the God of holiness. We like to hear about Your love. It makes us feel good. We're not so keen on hearing about Your holiness. You are …

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At the heart of worship, there is to be the Word of God.

Deuteronomy 11:1-13:18 God had blessed His people greatly. They were to live in obedience to Him. This is the way of further blessing (chapter 11). At the heart of our obedience to God, there is worship, true worship, worship which glorifies the Lord (chapter 12). At the heart of worship, there is to be the …

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God shows us His love. We love Him. He shows us more of His love. We love him more … (Deuteronomy 26:1-27:10).

The people of Israel had a testimony. They had been redeemed by the God of love. Thankful for His love and salvation, they brought their offerings to the Lord (26:5-9). The call to obedience is grounded in the gift of salvation. Redeemed by the Lord, we are called to be 'a people holy to the …

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Love your enemies – with the love of the Lord … (Deuteronomy 22:1-30).

Care for 'your brother' (1-4). Our caring is not to be selective - 'If the brother does not live near you or if you do not know who he is' (2). When Jesus says, 'Love your neighbour as yourself' (Luke 10:27), He means much more than loving the people who live near us, the people …

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The wilderness – a place of testing – with the promise of better things to come … (Deuteronomy 8-10)

Deuteronomy 8:1-9:21 -  The ‘wilderness’ was a place of ‘testing’.  God was ‘disciplining’ His people.  He was teaching them to ‘walk in His ways’ (2,5-6).  In the ‘wilderness’, we must remember this: ‘man does not live by bread alone… man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord’ (3).  Everything that proceeds …

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When the enemies of Christ and the Gospel are raging … (Deuteronomy 20:10-21:23)

The offer of 'peace' is made (20:10; Romans 5:1). Some refuse to 'make peace'. They choose to 'make war' (20:12). When the enemies of Christ and the Gospel are raging, we must be resolute in our commitment to living 'as the Lord our God has commanded' (20:16-18). We are to 'do what is right in …

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God is at work among His people, teaching them many lessons … (Deuteronomy 11:1-14:21).

Deuteronomy 11:1-32 -  God is at work among His people, teaching them many lessons.  Through His precious promises and strong warnings, He leads us in the way of obedience and blessing (31-32).  If we are to enjoy the Lord’s blessing, we need the whole Word of God – the warnings as well as the promises.  …

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Let go and let God have His wonderful way …

“Take the staff, and you (Moses) and your brother Aaron, gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink” (Numbers 20:8). Speak to the rock – this is what the Lord told Moses to do. What did Moses do? – he “struck the rock twice with …

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‘If God Is For Us, Who Can Be Against Us?’

Deuteronomy 33:18-34:12 ‘The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms’(27): This is no guarantee of peaceful tranquillity. For Israel, there was conflict. ‘Saved by the Lord’, Israel had found true happiness. Still, there were ‘enemies’ to be ‘thrust out’ and ‘trampled down’(27,29). Knowing the blessing of God’s salvation is no guarantee …

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We Are To Be ‘A People Holy To The Lord Our God.’

Deuteronomy 13:1-14:21 Obedience to God involves an uncompromising attitude toward those who would lead people away from God. Those who say ‘Let us go and serve other gods’(13:2,6,13) must not be permitted to exert their evil influence on God’s people. God says, ‘You must not listen to them (13:3,8). Temptations to ‘idolatry’ can come under …

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‘We Will Give Ourselves Continually To Prayer And To The Ministry Of The Word.’

Deuteronomy 8:1-9:21 The ‘wilderness’ was a place of ‘testing’. God was ‘disciplining’ His people. He was teaching them to ‘walk in His ways’(2,5-6). In the ‘wilderness’, we must remember this: ‘man does not live by bread alone... man lives by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord’(3). Everything that proceeds out of …

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Holiness And Honesty

Deuteronomy 21:1-22:30; Luke 16:1-18; Proverbs 9:13-18 Holiness and honesty are two qualities which are to characterize the life of the Christian. The 'laws' in Deuteronomy stress the importance of holiness. Jesus, in His parable of the shrewd manager, emphasizes the importance of honesty - "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted …

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Be Resolute In Your Commitment To Living ‘As The Lord Our God Has Commanded.’

Deuteronomy 20:10-21:23 The offer of ‘peace’ is made (20:10; Romans 5:1). Some refuse to ‘make peace’. They choose to ‘make war’(20:12). When the enemies of Christ and the Gospel are raging, we must be resolute in our commitment to living ‘as the Lord our God has commanded’(20:16-18). We are to ‘do what is right in …

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‘It Is The Lord Your God Who Goes With You; He Will Not Fail You Or Forsake You.’

Deuteronomy 30:1-31:13 - For Israel, a real turning to the Lord with ‘all the heart and soul’ involved obedience to ‘His commandments... written in this book of the law’ (30:10). We are not left wondering what God wants us to do - ‘...the Word is very near you...’ (11-14). Through His Word, God ‘sets before’ …

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We see how much God loves us, and we want to love Him more, and more … (Preaching the Word of the Lord – Deuteronomy 6:1-9).

We don't begin with the call to love God. We begin with His plan to bless us - "the land" (Deuteronomy 6:1,3): "There is a happy land, far, far away, where saints in glory stand, bright, bright as day." * "far, far away" - "Your Kingdom come": What a great future! * "saints" - That's …

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Pay Careful Attention To God’s Word.

Deuteronomy 17:14-18:22 Even the king is subject to God’s ‘law’. His supreme responsibility is this: Pay careful attention to God’s Word (17:18-20). Politically, he may be in an elevated position - a ‘king over’ others (17:14-15). Spiritually, he must not allow ‘his heart’ to be ‘lifted up above his brethren’(17:20). There must be humble obedience …

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God Blesses Us Because He Loves Us – Not Because We Are Worthy Of His Blessing.

Through His strongly worded warnings, God calls us back from the way of disobedience (Deuteronomy 27:15-26; Deuteronomy 28:15-24). Through His promises of blessing, He calls us to the way of obedience, the only way to true happiness (Deuteronomy 28:1-14). God’s blessing cannot be taken for granted. Where there is disobedience, there is no blessing. Our …

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The spiritual dimension must never be forgotten.

Deuteronomy 18:1-19:21 “The land the Lord you God is giving you” (Deuteronomy 18:9; Deuteronomy 19:1,8,10,14): In all the practical instructions given to the people of Israel, there is always this reminder of the spiritual dimension. They are the people of God. They have been blessed by the Lord. They are to live as people who …

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In The Service Of The Lord, We Must Not Be ‘Fearful And Fainthearted.’

Deuteronomy 19:1-20:9 Justice is concerned with (a) the protection of the innocent - ‘innocent blood will not be shed in your land’(10); (b) the punishment of the guilty - ‘you must purge the evil from among you’(19). Through justice, God is to be glorified among His people. We are to fight for the Lord without …

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Spiritual Principles – For Today

Deuteronomy 22:1-23:25 We read the detailed instructions regarding morality. We feel that we are in another world, the world of ancient Israel. Nevertheless, we get hints, here and there, of the timeless, spiritual principles, which are still applicable to us today. Deuteronomy 23:5 – “The Lord your God loves you.” Deuteronomy 23:14 – “”The Lord …

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Will we be the new generation, ‘a new creation in Christ’?

Deuteronomy 1:1-2:37 With the exception of Caleb and Joshua, the older generation – including Moses – was not to enter the land (34-38). For the new generation, there was a challenge. There must be no more failures. One wasted generation was enough. This was the time for real commitment to the Lord. He loved them …

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From the land of bondage – to the land of salvation

Deuteronomy 16:1-17:20 “Honour the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 16:1) – We are to worship the Lord. Our worship is to be filled with thanksgiving, praising the Lord for His redemption – “The Lord your God brought you out of Egypt.” Moving from the land of bondage, we move, by faith, into the land of salvation: …

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God Is Faithful. Let’s Be Faithful To Him.

Deuteronomy 31:1-32:52 Moses’ time of leadership was coming to an end. Joshua would replace him as the leader of God’s people. With God’s command – “Be strong and courageous” – and promise – “you will bring the Israelites into the land that I swore to give them, and I will be with you” (Deuteronomy 31:23), …

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Pray For God’s Mercy. Ask Him To Make You More Holy.

Deuteronomy 28:25-68  There is nothing inevitable about the chain of events described in these verses. These are the consequences of disobedience. God is warning His people: ‘If you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God…’(28:15). Why does God warn His people of the consequences of disobedience? He wants them to draw back …

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Triumphant hope, glorious hope, eternal hope

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). In these words of Jesus, there's a great message of hope - triumphant hope, glorious hope, eternal hope. Triumphant hope Jesus speaks to us about "tribulation" …

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How are we to experience an ever-increasing measure of God’s blessing?

Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22 The Lord’s people were on a ‘journey’ (Deuteronomy 10:11). They were journeying with Him. He was leading them in the way of His blessing. In our journey through life, how are we to experience an ever-increasing measure of God’s blessing? – “Fear the Lord your God, follow all His directions, love Him, and …

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The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet …

"The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet ... " (Deuteronomy 18:15). This prophecy has its greatest fulfilment in Christ. Jesus is more than a prophet. He is the substance of the prophecy concerning God's Kingdom. The coming of God's Kingdom is the coming of Christ - both His first coming (our …

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Feed us, Lord …

Deuteronomy These thoughts are based on Deuteronomy 8:3. Feed us, Lord.Feed us with Your Word.Give us hunger,Real hunger – for Your Word. Satisfy us, Lord.Speak to us – Your Word.Fill our hearts with joy,The joy of knowing You.

Some Simple Thoughts From The Scriptures

Genesis When I was writing these words, I was thinking of some of the stories in the book of Genesis (the book of beginnings). I was thinking about Adam, Abraham and Joseph - and I was thinking about Jesus!___________________________________________ It was the genesis of my life.Things were looking so good.Then, it all went badly wrong.What …

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Always seeking, never finding …

"The word is very near you" (Deuteronomy 30:14). Some people are always searching - but never finding. They look here, there and everywhere ... and, then, they start again ... and so, the search continues ... always searching, never finding. They tell us, "It's all about the search." Jesus tells us something very different. He …

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Deuteronomy 17:14-21:23

Deuteronomy17:14-18:22 -  Even the king is subject to God’s ‘law’. His supreme responsibility is this: Pay careful attention to God’s Word (17:18-20). Politically, he may be in an elevated position – a ‘king over’ others (17:14-15). Spiritually, he must not allow ‘his heart’ to be ‘lifted up above his brethren’ (17:20). There must be humble obedience …

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