Friday, March 22, 2019

Set Apart

Scripture:

“You have been set apart as holy to the Lord your God, and he has chosen you from all the nations of the earth to be his own special treasure.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭14:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

In this passage, God says that Israel was set apart as holy to the Lord and they were chosen from all the nations of the earth to be his own treasure.  IN the New Covenant, we are grafted in to the lineage of Abraham and these words apply to us if we are His people.  Peter tells us that we are a chosen generation and a royal priesthood.  He goes on to call us God’s own special treasure.

Application:

I need to remember that God has chosen me to be His own special treasure.  He has plans for my life and I need to follow Him with my whole heart.  I also must see those around me who are also part of God’s family as God’s own special treasure.  God values people and I must do the same.  I can’t call common what God has called uncommon.

Prayer:

Lord, help me to honor Your people.  Help me to value what You value and esteem highly what You esteem highly.  Help me not to see people only from a human perspective, but from Your perspective.  Teach me to love people like You love people.

Your Son,
Jeff

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Blessing of Obedience

Scripture:

“Be careful to obey all my commands, so that all will go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and pleasing to the Lord your God.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭12:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

God tells His people here to be careful to obey all of His commands.  He adds to it the reason, so that it will all go well with you and your children after you.  He goes on to say that you will be doing what is good and pleasing to the Lord.  In other words, God constantly was telling His people to carefully obey His commands because He wanted to bless them with great favor and an awesome life.

Application:

Over and over God told His people in the OT to carefully obey Him.  We must learn to carefully obey the Lord in every area of our lives.  I want His word written on the tables of my heart and I want to fully obey Him in every area.  I want to walk in His blessings, but also realize that my obedience is the key to my blessings.  I want to learn to obey.

Prayer:

Lord God, help me to do Your will in every part of my life.  I want to walk in Your favor and blessings.  I want my children to be blessed and to see the day of good things.  Forgive me for incomplete obedience.  Show me how to completely and fully obey You.

Yours Forever,
Jeff

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Be Careful

Scripture:

““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.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭8:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

God was about to bring the children of Israel into the Promised Land.  He told them He was going to bless them and kick all their enemies out of the land.  He gave them specific instructions about how to defeat their enemies, but He also knew the human spirit and warned them about being careful to remember Him when their day of blessing came.

Application:

Many times, like the people of Israel, we seek God to bless us, then when He blesses us, we go and do our thing or think we achieved greatness on our own.  It is in the season of blessing that we need to be careful.  We must learn to honor God in the good times and in the bad times.  He must be praised for every good thing He has done for us.  God does bless His people and blesses obedience.  WHen He does, we must be careful to not forget Him.

Prayer:

Lord, help me to walk humbly before You all the days of my life.  You have blessed me over and over.  Without You, my life would be a disaster.  I need You Lord.  Help me to always remember that every good thing in my life is because of You.  You are the source of every good thing that has ever happened to me.

Yours,
Jeff

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Stay on the Path

Scripture:

“Stay on the path that the Lord your God has commanded you to follow. Then you will live long and prosperous lives in the land you are about to enter and occupy.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭5:33‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

Moses told the people of Israel, as he was speaking for the Lord, that they needed to stay on the path God had commanded them.  He promised them that if they would, they would live long and prosperous lives in the Promised Land.  If they did their part, God would do His part and their lives would be blessed and prosperous.

Application:

Every covenant God makes has two parts.  One part is our part, IF we do whatever, THEN He will do what He Promised.  Our goal should be to honor the IFs and follow the Lord with our whole heart, then He will do His part and bless us and prosper us.  I want to walk in the complete and total blessing of the Lord.  I want to live a life of complete obedience and I want to live a life in His blessing.

Prayer:

Father, help me to do Your will above all else.  Help me to do my part of the IF so that You can do Your part of the THEN.  Teach me obedience in all areas.  Show me Your will and then empower me to do it.  I am Yours.

Your Son,
Jeff

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Helping Others Win Their Battles

Scripture:

“We will cross the Jordan into Canaan fully armed to fight for the Lord, but our property will be here on this side of the Jordan.””
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭32:32‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

The tribes of Gad and Reuben had seen the land on the east side of the Jordan River.  It was across from the Promised Land, but not in the Promised Land.  They decided they wanted to settle there instead of going across.  Moses told them they could have the land, but they needed to go into the Promised Land and fight with Israel until everyone defeated their enemies and the land was divided to the tribes.  They decided to go over and fight for their brothers and sisters, then come back to their own land.

Application:

Sometimes we are called on to fight battles that are not our own.  It may be the battle a friend or brother or sister in the Body of Christ, but there will always be times when we need to help someone else fight their battles in life.  When we help others fight their battles, our needs will be met for us.  God always provides for those who are caring for others.

Prayer:

Lord, teach me what battles to fight and who needs my help.  Help me to never be self-centered and think only of my own needs and desires, but to think of others.  I want to see those around me begin to win battles.  SHow me how to help.

Your Son,
Jeff

Friday, March 15, 2019

Don’t Make Vows You Cannot Keep


Scripture:

“A man who makes a vow to the Lord or makes a pledge under oath must never break it. He must do exactly what he said he would do.”
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭30:2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

God is very clear here about the making of vows to the Lord.  He says if we make one, we are to do exactly what we said we would do.  We must never break a vow.  Jesus told us to let our yes be yes and our no be no.  When we say something, we are to follow through on it.

Application:

Many times our heart wants to do something and we let our lips say it.  I must learn to refrain from making promises I can’t keep.  God takes this very seriously, and I need to be stronger in my resolve not to make vows I can’t keep.  Many times my heart wants to do more than my body and mind are able to do and I overcommit, then I have to break a promise.  I need to work on this.

Prayer:

Lord, help me to not make a promise unless I know I can follow through on it.  Teach me to honor my word and follow through on the words I speak.  Let my yes and yes and my no be no.  I don’t want to make promises I cannot keep.

Yours,
Jeff

Thursday, March 14, 2019

As Zealous as the Lord

Scripture:

““Phinehas son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron the priest has turned my anger away from the Israelites by being as zealous among them as I was. So I stopped destroying all Israel as I had intended to do in my zealous anger.”
‭‭Numbers‬ ‭25:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Observation:

Phinehas, the grandson of Aaron the priest, saw a man take a Midianite woman into his tent in front of the whole camp of Israel.  When he did, he took a spear into the tent and thrust it through the man and into the woman.  About this, God said Phinehas was “as zealous as I am... So I stopped destroying all Israel as I had intended to do.”  God honored the zeal of Phinehas and said it was like His very own.

Application:

God is a zealous God and He likes it when His people get zealous for Him as well.  Zeal can cause people to do wrong things, but truly righteous zeal will honor God.  I want to get angry about what God gets angry about and I want to be sad about what saddens Him.  I want to be happy by what makes God happy and zealous about what He is zealous about.

Prayer:

Father, make me zealous about the right things.  Let me represent You well.  Help me to not be zealous for zeal’s sake, but to be zealous about what You are zealous about.  Teach me when to be zealous for You and when to step back.

Yours Forever,
Jeff