The Lord is looking for His people to stand up and be counted as His faithful servants.

Deuteronomy 29:1-30:10; Luke 18:31-19:10; Proverbs 10:1-10 The Lord is looking for His people to stand up and be counted as His faithful servants. There is a commitment to be made, a commitment to be maintained. It is not only beginning with Christ. It is going on with Him. This is illustrated in the story of …

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‘Obedience and Blessing’ or ‘Disobedience and Curse’?

Deuteronomy 27:1-28:68 Obedience and blessing or disobedience and curse - This was the choice which was set before the people of God. It is still the same choice today. What a difference there is between the two ways - the way of obedience and the way of disobedience, the way of blessing and the way …

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The Lord gives us the strength that we need.

Praying Through God's Word

“The Lord said to me, ‘ … I have begun to deliver ,.. Now begin to conquer and possess …'” (Deuteronomy 2:31).

In our walk with the Lord, there is both grace and faith – his grace, our faith. His grace comes first. His grace is reaching out to us – calling for our response. His grace is always greater than our faith. Often, we are deeply aware of our own weakness. The Lord comes to us in our weakness. He says to us, “My grace is sufficient for you. My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). As we receive this word from the Lord, he gives us the strength that we need to walk, more closely, with him in the way of faith.

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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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When we speak the Word of God, we need both humility and courage.

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law (Deuteronomy 29:29). We are to speak for God with humility, and we are to speak for him with courage. Why must we speak with humility? When we speak …

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Jesus is more than a prophet.

Deuteronomy 16:21-18:22; Luke 14:15-35; Psalm 44:13-26 “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 – …

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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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Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Deuteronomy 11:18,26-28; Romans 3:21-25,28; Matthew 7:21-27

Obedience and Blessing 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 (Deuteronomy 11:31-32).  If we are to enjoy the Lord’s blessing, we need the whole Word of God – the warnings as well as the …

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Jesus is greater than all the Old Testament prophets.

"The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him ... I will put My words in His mouth. He will tell them everything I command Him" (Deuteronomy 18:15,18). Here, the Lord is directing our attention beyond Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, …

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Speaking the Word of the Lord to the people of this generation

 "Now Joshua son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him. So the Israelites listened to him and did what the Lord had commanded Moses" (Deuteronomy 34:9). From generation to generation, the work of the Lord continues. We read on through the Old Testament - Moses, …

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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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Pardon For Sin, Strength For Today, Bright Hope For Tomorrow

“Be strong and of good courage… the Lord your God… goes with you… ” (Deuteronomy 31:6). As well as providing atonement for our sins, the Lord provides us with strength to live to His glory.  We give thanks for God’s gift of forgiveness – “In Christ we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins” …

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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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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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‘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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‘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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Underneath are the everlasting arms

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33:27). Life isn't always easy. Often, we have to live with difficulties that just won't go away. However much we may wish things were different, nothing ever seems to change. In times like these, it's good to read about God's everlasting arms. When …

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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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Faith in the Lord is very different from faith in ourselves.

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law (Deuteronomy 29:29). “We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me …

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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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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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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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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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Out of the wilderness and into the promised land (Travelling Through God’s Word: Deuteronomy).

Deuteronomy The people of God were about to make a new beginning. Their years of wandering in the wilderness were almost over. Soon, they would be in the promised land. God had brought them to the promised land, and he would be with them as they entered this land. Joshua would lead God's people into …

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My soul thirsts for God, the living God.

Deuteronomy 6:1-8:20; Luke 11:33-54; Psalm 42:1-6a God’s people were called to enter the promised land. They were called to live in obedience to the Lord who had brought them into the promised land. To those who refuse to enter into God’s land of blessing, God says, “Woe to you experts in the law, because you have …

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Don’t lose out on God’s blessing.

Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Luke 18:1-30; Psalm 47:1-9 Sadly, it is possible to be living in the promised land yet living in disobedience and thus losing out on the promised blessing. The Pharisee, in Jesus’ parable, lived and worshipped within the tradition which remembered God’s mighty act of redemption. Nevertheless, his heart was far from God. He …

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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 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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No looking back; we must keep going forward.

Deuteronomy 1:1-2:23; Luke 9:57-10:24; Psalm 41:1-6 We are to make progress in the life of faith. There can be no looking back. In Deuteronomy 1:6-8, the Lord calls His people to press on. In Luke 9:62, the Lord Jesus emphasizes that we must keep going forward. It will not be easy. There will be opposition. …

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Jesus Christ – God’s perfect Son

Deuteronomy 19:1-20:20; Luke 15:1-32; Psalm 45:1-9 Above all men, it can be said of Christ: “You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace, since God has blessed you forever” (Psalm 45:2). When we read the parable of the prodigal son, we are reading the words spoken by the …

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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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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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The love of God is for every nation and every generation.

"Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one that the Lord loves rests between His shoulders" (Deuteronomy 33:12). The Lord loves us. His love casts out our fear. His love gives us security. His love shields us. We rest in His love. There's …

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From conflict to triumph

Deuteronomy 30:11-31:29; Luke 19:11-44; Psalm 48:1-8 A comparison may be made between Israel’s entry into the promised land and Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. Ahead of both, there lay conflict, but beyond the conflict, there was triumph. Their triumph is the triumph of God – “As we have heard, so have we seen in the city …

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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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