“Little faith will save a man, but little faith cannot do great things for God.” – Charles Spurgeon
KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Monday, March 11, 2019
Chapters: Deuteronomy 1-2
Message: It Is Time
Hello My Friend,
As Christians, we really do not realize the hand God plays, not only in our own lives, but in every single soul, whether He uses that soul to glorify Him, proclaim Him, bring fear to the world, or bring His people to fear Him, nothing that goes on in this world is by chance, it is all God, and how we, no matter who we are, perceive God to be. “What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,” – Romans 9:22-23.
“which he had afore prepared unto glory,” The things we are seeing today are not a shock to God, He already knew it was going to happen. God’s hand is in every thing from the people we have in office to the killing of so many precious lives. Do you think for one moment that God does not have some kind of vengeance planned for taking lives that never had a chance to live? Oh, His judgment is coming, and has already begun, the world is just too hardhearted to realize that, and it is God who, in fact, keeps their heart hard. We may not realize it, but every soul created has been given the knowledge of God, the lives they choose are what lead them to increase or reject that knowledge. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” – Romans 1:20-21.
The Book of Deuteronomy contains thirty-four chapters, the author is Moses and it was written to the Israelite’s, the timeline is approximately 1451BC. The purpose of the book was to reinstate the law to the new generation of Israelites that was given forty years ago on Mt. Sinai to their parents. What we are to learn from the book is that obedience to God always brings His blessings, but disobedience brings judgment. Forty years have passed since the Israelite’s were hindered from crossing over the Jordan into the promised land, one year for each day that the twelve spies spent on the land. Now, the wait was over, God gave the okay that they were able to go in and take possession of the land.
“And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them; After he had slain Sihon the king of the Amorites, which dwelt in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, which dwelt at Astaroth in Edrei: On this side Jordan, in the land of Moab, began Moses to declare this law, saying, The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount: Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates. Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.” – Deuteronomy 1:3-8.
“Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:” There comes a time when God says, “I have kept you long enough from the things I promised, it is time to go and get it.” But do not think that He is not going to give us a little replay of what we have done to get to the promised land, those who are saved, will see all the good they have done from birth to their salvation, to missed opportunities, those not saved will see everything from birth, to their constant rejection of Christ, to their death. Before Israel took their journey into the promised land, they got a replay of their journey to the promised land, beginning with why they had to spend forty years in the desert.
“And when we departed from Horeb, we went through all that great and terrible wilderness, which ye saw by the way of the mountain of the Amorites, as the LORD our God commanded us; and we came to Kadeshbarnea. And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said, We will send men before us, and they shall search us out the land, and bring us word again by what way we must go up, and into what cities we shall come. And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us word again, and said, It is a good land which the LORD our God doth give us. Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God: And ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the LORD hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us. Yet in this thing ye did not believe the LORD your God, Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day.” – Deuteronomy 1:19,22,25-27,32-33.
“Because the LORD hated us,” I have to admit, every time I am faced with, yet another challenge I do think that it is God punishing me for something in my past. And I have complained, vented, asked God when He ever forgive me, and let me move on. You know what, challenges are not, unless we really are living in sin, in which that would be Him chastening us, punishments, they are opportunities God uses to work on our faith. Just yesterday, when I was praying I told God that I failed Him because of my lack of faith, but He reminded me that it was not my faith that was lacking, it was my lack of putting my past behind me. You see, once we receive Christ as our Saviour, all of our sins are forgiven, all the way back to the first one we ever committed, Praise God! We are the ones who keep bringing them to the surface, and hinder God because He hears every thing. Do we get chastened sometimes? Sure, there are repercussions for sin, especially unrepentant sin, but it does not last, and we are all the more better as a Christian than when we started this journey. Moses reminds them that their parents, and he himself have been denied access into the promised land because of their disbelief.
“Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers, Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the LORD. Also the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, saying, Thou also shalt not go in thither. But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it. Then ye answered and said unto me, We have sinned against the LORD, we will go up and fight, according to all that the LORD our God commanded us. And when ye had girded on every man his weapons of war, ye were ready to go up into the hill. And ye returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD would not hearken to your voice, nor give ear unto you.” – Deuteronomy 1:35-38,41,45.
“but the LORD would not hearken to your voice,” Disbelief is really the only thing that can stop us from getting anything from God, it is what keeps people from receiving Christ, it is what keeps people in poverty, it is what keeps people from getting many things that He promises His people. Once He makes His decision He will not change His mind, and He will not hear us on that matter any further. So, if you are asking Him for something, and you are not getting it, perhaps He has closed His ears on that matter. When we simply listen to what He has to say, and accept His decision, that is when He will start to bless us again. Moses reminds them if this, and that while they had to live in the desert for forty years, they lacked nothing.
“Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea, as the LORD spake unto me: and we compassed mount Seir many days. And the LORD spake unto me, saying, Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward. And command thou the people, saying, Ye are to pass through the coast of your brethren the children of Esau, which dwell in Seir; and they shall be afraid of you: take ye good heed unto yourselves therefore: Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a possession. Ye shall buy meat of them for money, that ye may eat; and ye shall also buy water of them for money, that ye may drink. For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.” – Deuteronomy 2:1-7.
“Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land,” You see, God sends us into the world to be the light that shines Christ, we are not to mettle with them because this land is not ours. However, we are able to purchase the things that we have need of until we get to our promised land. When we trust God in all our matters He will take care of us, we lack nothing, and those who do only do so because they are focused more on what God will not give them. “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.” – Philippians 2:13-16.
Jesus Christ Magnified: “For the LORD thy God hath blessed thee in all the works of thy hand: he knoweth thy walking through this great wilderness: these forty years the LORD thy God hath been with thee; thou hast lacked nothing.” – Deuteronomy 2:7.
Today’s Prayer: God, You have so much to show and give us, but we often hinder or even stop You from doing it because of our unbelief. When we are waiting for Your promises we tend to get envious when we see our enemies getting things before us. When we are waiting for Your promises we tend to get anxious, and try to help You out or jump ahead of You. None of these things gets You to move any faster, the only thing that You want us to do is walk with You by faith, and never stop believing in Your promises. Lord, Help us to overcome these things by keeping our eyes on You, trusting You, listening to You, and being the light that shines Your Son in this dark world. Use us to be a vessel of honor, and keep reminding us that You are in control of all things, and when the time is right, we will receive everything You promise. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
God Bless You, I am praying for you,
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