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Offering…

 “‘In addition to what you vow and your freewill offerings, offer these to the Lord at your appointed festivals: your burnt offerings, grain offerings, drink offerings and fellowship offerings.’”

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION : NUMBERS 29 IN FOCUS)


Our entire life is all about offering! God offers us the free gift of breath each day to continue the journey of life! The appointed time has come and there is no other time like now to make free offerings unto God; a living offering unto the Lord!

There is this one thing God demands from us today: our lives, and it is not just our lives, but also the whole ‘subsets’ of our lives too. Jesus Christ poured out Himself for our sake and so He said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” (Luke 9:23 ESV).


All lives belongs to God, but not all lives that will go to Him at the end of ages. All lives belong to God, but not all lives shall be saved, however,  “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Acts 2:21. “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” (2 Timothy 2).  Jesus Christ said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 7) . All lives belongs to God for He is the giver of life and  breath and so Jesus Christ said, “Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it… ” Luke 17.

Why thou offer thy life to the world at the expense of thy eternal salvation of joy and glory in Heaven above? For a moment, the world can give all that we seek for: that understanding and insight, wealth and fame, protection and influence, honor and glory, authority and power, but one thing the world can never assure us is our eternal life of salvation, and knowing that  there is an eternal life of condemnation, the world is ever ready to blindfold us from knowing the real end, and the long journey of either eternal salvation or condemnation after our short journey of life hear on earth, so we may keep ‘enjoying’ the world until we get to the real end and see the real end.

They were to make a  sin offering for atonement (Numbers 29:11) to secure their lives so that they may not be cut off from God , but Jesus Christ paid it all for us on the cross that those who will believe in Him, will not have their lives now and miss it in the end, but will have their lives sealed, by the blood of the Lamb of God, for an eternal redemption in Heaven above when our lives here on earth is over!

Abraham was to offer something to God! “Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” (Genesis 2) God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. (Romans 3). He is a precious offer from God; a lamb without blemish or defect(1Peter 1:19)

He came in the form of man to offer His life as a living sacrifice pleasant unto God Almighty.

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”

32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One”   (John 1)

Is gold or riches better than life?  seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  He can bless exceedingly and abundantly! The apostle said, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12).

“Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!” (Revelation 8:13)

They were fully dedicated to God and so they said,  “We must take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God, as he commands us. (Exodus 8:27)”  What shall you offer unto the Living God, oh mortal man? Behold, something terrible is at the end of the journey for they that shall be condemned; do something now before you get to an eternal end of had I known!  Behold, offer something to God now! Behold, offer the totality of your life to God! Behold, the Lamb of God: Jesus Christ, is coming again!


HYMN

Hark! the voice of Jesus crying,

“Who will go and work today?”

Author: Daniel March (1868)

1 Hark! the voice of Jesus crying,
“Who will go and work today?
Fields are white and harvests waiting;
Who will bear the sheave away?”
Loud and long the Master calleth;
Rich reward He offers free;
Who will answer, gladly saying,
“Here am I; send me, send me”?

2 If you cannot cross the ocean,
And the heathen lands explore,
You can find the heathen nearer,
You can help them at your door.
If you cannot give your thousands,
You can give the widow’s mite;
And the least you give for Jesus
Will be precious in His sight.

3 If you cannot speak like angels,
If you cannot preach like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus,
You can say He died for all.
If you cannot rouse the wicked
With the judgment’s dread alarms,
You can lead the little children
To the Saviour’s waiting arms.

 

4 Let none hear you idly saying,
“There is nothing I can do,”
While the souls of men are dying,
And the Master calls for you:
Take the task He gives you gladly;
Let His work your pleasure be;
Answer quickly when He calleth,
“Here am I; send me, send me!”

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That prophet…

If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him

JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 13 IN FOCUS


One day a Christian, another something else! Hmm! One day on the Lord’s side, another day on the other side! Oh mortal man, for how long shall you serve God anyhow? Who is on the Lord’s side? Who will serve the King?  Be careful of that prophet! The hymn writer,  John H, Sammis, wrote, ‘ When we walk with the Lord  in the light of his word,  what a glory he sheds on our way!  While we do his good will,  he abides with us still,  and with all who will trust and obey.’.

Be watchful, oh mortal man! Be vigilant oh pilgrim of life! Not every advice must you heed to, and not everything good is good for you! Obey God with care! Be watchful and discern! Peter thought he was doing a noble thing, “But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns” 33

 “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the multitudes of heaven standing around him on his right and on his left.  And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?’ “One suggested this, and another that. Finally, a spirit came forward, stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will entice him.’ “ ‘By what means?’ the Lord asked.

“ ‘I will go out and be a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all his prophets,’ he said. “ ‘You will succeed in enticing him,’ said the Lord. ‘Go and do it.’ “So now the Lord has put a deceiving spirit in the mouths of all these prophets of yours. The Lord has decreed disaster for you.” Then Zedekiah son of Kenaanah went up and slapped Micaiah in the face. “Which way did the spirit from the Lord go when he went from me to speak to you?” he asked. Micaiah replied, “You will find out on the day you go to hide in an inner room.”

The king of Israel then ordered, “Take Micaiah and send him back to Amon the ruler of the city and to Joash the king’s son and say, ‘This is what the king says: Put this fellow in prison and give him nothing but bread and water until I return safely.’ ” 28Micaiah declared, “If you ever return safely, the Lord has not spoken through me.” Then he added, “Mark my words, all you people!” (1 Kings 22)

Remember that old prophet of Bethel in 1 Kings 13 and how he caused another to stumble  18, 21. The world has so many alluring ways of getting many people! Jesus Christ warned the disciples,  6“Be careful,” Jesus said to them. “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” 

Oh prophet, why thou prophesy good today and do evil tomorrow! Remember what God says in Ezekiel 13. 1. Do not follow the prophet, follow God! Do not believe in the prophet, believe in Jesus Christ! There are good prophets! There are good prophets who speak what God says, and do what God wants, only be careful of deceptive spirits that will lead you to had I known! Many lives are in the ditch because of deceptive prophesies! Many have done what is against the true will of God because of ‘those prophets’! Be careful of that prophet!

The Holy Spirit is still at work, and perfecting the perfect will of God in men! It is written, “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22reject every kind of evil.” God sees them; they that are leading the flock of God astray, and in the end they shall get their rewards accordingly! Many fall prey to false prophets because of life circumstances, but remember the hymn

 Courage, brother! do not stumble,
though your path be dark as night;
there’s a star to guide the humble:
trust in God, and do the right.
Let the road be rough and dreary,
and its end far out of sight;
foot it bravely; strong or weary,
trust in God, trust in God, trust in God,
and do the right.

2 Perish policy and cunning,
perish all that fears the light!
Whether losing, whether winning,
trust in God, and do the right.
Some will hate you, some will love you,
some will flatter, some will slight;
heed them not, and look above you:
trust in God, trust in God, trust in God,
and do the right.

24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’

28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

That prophet was to be put to death in Deuteronomy, but it is written,  “judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.” 5. Draw closer to God and He shall lead you all the days! Meditate on His word under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and you shall know the truth which will set you free! Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and you shall be on the path to glory!

Remember, do not follow that prophet just because his words came to pass, if afterwards he is leading you astray; discern, 6! Oh prophet, do not rush for profit like Balaam 11. Be Elijah, who when all odds were against him, he still stood for God! Remember Elisha, who obeyed God in all his duty! Oh mortal man, fear God and give reverence to Him! Let His word be a lamp to your feet day and night! 105. Let us never forget, the dawn of the second coming of Jesus Christ is here; let nobody go astray! Be led by His word!


HYMN

Lord, Thy word abideth

Author: H. W. Baker (1861)

1 Lord, thy word abideth,
and our footsteps guideth;
who its truth believeth
light and joy receiveth.

2 When our foes are near us,
then thy word doth cheer us,
word of consolation,
message of salvation.

3 When the storms are o’er us,
and dark clouds before us,
then its light directeth,
and our way protecteth.

4 Who can tell the pleasure,
who recount the treasure
by thy word imparted
to the simple-hearted?

5 Word of mercy, giving
succour to the living;
word of life, supplying
comfort to the dying.

6 O that we discerning
its most holy learning,
Lord, may love and fear thee,
evermore be near thee!

 

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The One Place of Worship; in truth and in Spirit

You must not worship the Lord your God in their way. But you are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go; there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks. There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 12 IN FOCUS)


One place of worship: in truth and in Spirit! One place of worship:  in truth and in Spirit! In truth and in Spirit! “You must not worship the Lord your God in their way” . There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death (Proverbs 14:12).  Death, oh mortal man, absolute death! Many are the ways, but one is the truth! “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

The people were serving  other gods, but there was a Supreme God to serve. God said to the Israelites, “You must not worship the Lord your God in their way“.  Many people seek to serve God Almighty, but through their own ways which seem right! Many seek to please God, but through their own convictions contrary to His will!  Many people are worshipping God, but in truth, they do not know how they are worshipping God! “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matthew 7).

Jesus Christ said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

All believers of Jesus Christ are temples of God 19 and the gathering of the saints is  therefore the gathering of temples of God! When they dispatch, they dispatch as temples of God to show the world the true meaning of serving God, in truth and in Spirit!23 Serving God in truth and in Spirit does not only means serving Him at a one place of worship, but a daily duty of true worshippers! There are worshippers, and there are true worshippers! Let us not just serve God at a one place of worship, but in truth and in Spirit!

The saints of Christ Jesus are to bond together 25, in truth and in Spirit to do the will of their Father as the saints of old did! Not for Apollos  or for Paul, but for Christ our Lord and savoir who died on the cross for our redemption and salvation, and whom we await His second coming! “You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? 5What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task”

The one place of worship is not just on a mountain! The one place of worship is not just in a beautiful mansion 2! The one place of worship must be in truth and in Spirit 27. The one place of worship must be to bring joy in Heaven because of the repentance of one soul 7! Oh what a heart they had, to obediently serve God, offering their all to God! Think of Abraham, He gave to God, and God gave back to Him in multiple folds 15!

If even our canal system knows how to reward savings based on a percentage rate, what about an investment in the Sovereign Lord God Almighty! Nobody sacrifice any bit to God, in truth and in Spirit, and does not get anything big from Him. “Peter answered him, “We have left everything to follow you! What then will there be for us?”

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. 30But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.” Sacrifice something unto the Lord; let it be in truth and in spirit!

The one place of worship, let it be in truth and in Spirit! The one place of worship, let it be an everyday thing! The one place of worship, let it be a total obedience to God! The one place of worship, let it be true sacrifices and offerings unto the Lord! The one place of worship, let it not be a beautiful  place we may depart from after a moment of being there, but an everyday  per second living; guarding our hearts, checking our thoughts, using our actions in the right way and direction, understanding our understanding in accordance with the word of God, making our daily deeds solemn, using our words rightly and above all, fearing God!  The one place of worship; in truth and in spirit! Let thy life be right and bright in Christ Jesus!


HYMN

Take my life and let it be

Author: Frances Ridley Havergal (1874)

1 Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in endless praise,
let them flow in endless praise.

 

2 Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee,
swift and beautiful for thee.

 

3 Take my voice and let me sing
always, only, for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
filled with messages from thee,
filled with messages from thee.

4 Take my silver and my gold;
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
every power as thou shalt choose,
every power as thou shalt choose.

 

5 Take my will and make it thine;
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne,
it shall be thy royal throne.

 

6 Take my love; my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee,
ever, only, all for thee.

 

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Blessings and curses

 See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— 27 the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; 28 the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 11 IN FOCUS)


Life always has two sides: good or bad; life or death; day or night; evil or righteous; Oh mortal man, remember there is always a choice, and the consequence of the daily choice always depends on our daily choices! Life is lived in days; day after day we live life and we age to the ebb of our lives on earth. If we live in a day without obeying God, then we have live a day disobeying God; and if we live our days disobeying God, then our total days shall be nothing, but days full of disobedience to God! Disobedience that does not bring blessings, but curses! Oh mortal man, Obey God for His blessings!

Oh mortal man, ye not know that the opposite of blessings is curses, and that all blessings written in the Bible goes for those who obey, but those who do the otherwise shall never go free from the otherwise? David said, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditate on his law day and night” (Psalm 1 -NIV). Will anyone who choose the otherwise not get the otherwise?

Jesus Christ said,

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5)

Oh mortal man, raise not thy tongue against those who are in Christ Jesus just to gratify your mortal desires and do not sin against God because of wealth on earth 35 1! Remember there are blessings and there are curses! Oh mortal man, do not  “rushed for profit into Balaam’s error” (Jude 1; Numbers 22) to disobey God. Each day, obey God, in truth and in Spirit!

Don’t ever let the total expectations of people be your absolute reasons for living. The day you shall miss their expectations, you shall miss your true relevance for them! Seek instead to fully and truly obey the Sovereign Lord God Almighty and do not worship any other thing than Him! Jesus Christ never did seek the full praise of men or their total approval, but His aim was to please His Father, to do His will, and to bring souls to His Kingdom.  “Therefore Jesus told them, “My time is not yet here; for you any time will do. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify that its works are evil. You go to the festival. I am not going up to this festival, because my time has not yet fully come.” 9After he had said this, he stayed in Galilee.

God says, 16 Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them” Remember the admonishing, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,  your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Blessed assurance, God has something for us! He said it to them and it is for us also,  “If you carefully observe all these commands I am giving you to follow—to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him and to hold fast to him— 23 then the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you. 24 Every place where you set your foot will be yours: Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the Euphrates River to the Mediterranean Sea. 25 No one will be able to stand against you. The Lord your God, as he promised you, will put the terror and fear of you on the whole land, wherever you go.” (Deuteronomy 11). In effect, God will grant us peace! God will provide, for He is able!

Each day, choose one; obey God for His blessings or disobey Him for His curses! All glory unto God for sending His son Jesus Christ to die for our redemption! Redemption without condemnation! “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Therefore seek to make Jesus Christ your Lord and personal savior and live by His words; trusting and obeying the Sovereign Lord God Almighty for His utmost blessings!

Oh mortal man, why thou daily disobey the very source of your breath? The price of the air we all take in freely each day cannot EVER be quantified, therefore, let us use the life we have to obey the LORD and attract His blessings! Each day, you either obey or disobey! Each step, you either obey or disobey! With each word, we either obey or disobey! With each thought, we either obey or disobey! With each action, we either obey or disobey! In the end, the summary of our lives shall either be obedience or disobedience! In the end, we shall either get condemnation OR glorification!

13Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing,whether it is good or evil.


HYMN

When we walk with the Lord

Author: John H. Sammis (1887)

1 When we walk with the Lord
in the light of his word,
what a glory he sheds on our way!
While we do his good will,
he abides with us still,
and with all who will trust and obey.

 

Refrain:
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

 

2 Not a burden we bear,
not a sorrow we share,
but our toil he doth richly repay;
not a grief or a loss,
not a frown or a cross,
but is blest if we trust and obey. [Refrain]

3 But we never can prove
the delights of his love
until all on the altar we lay;
for the favor he shows,
for the joy he bestows,
are for them who will trust and obey. [Refrain]

 

4 Then in fellowship sweet
we will sit at his feet,
or we’ll walk by his side in the way;
what he says we will do,
where he sends we will go;
never fear, only trust and obey. [Refrain]

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Fear the Lord…

And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 10 IN FOCUS)


It is far better to have a society of ten who fear God and give Him utmost reverence in all their daily endeavors than a society of millions who as if fearing God, they please their own desires and canal convictions; the former enjoys total harmony, peace and tranquility with true love and fear for God and fellows than the latter! When the true fear of God leaves the earth, we shall see a different world altogether! There shall never be anything truly  wrong or right, and mankind will live by their own thoughts, intuitions, perceptions and understanding! The fear of God is a good boundary for the mind and emotional dos and don’ts which do not just please mankind, society or any deity, but the Sovereign Lord God Almighty! Knowing God is not all, fearing Him, and obeying His commands is the most important daily duty of mankind!

35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22)

A good fear of God is not just for a good relationship between God and mankind, but also among mankind! “We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”

Always remember, “…the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars–they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.” (Revelation 21)

God saw a need to give the Israelites commandments and they are still applicable in our days! Societal woes would be absolutely zero if we should have a strong love for God, fear and obey His commands. In our daily words, actions, thoughts and deeds, let us be seasoned with the fear of God!  Colossians chapter three says,   “23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. “

 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

Always remember what is written, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”. As we journey to the journeys end, let us never forget that he who has no true fear of God cannot go and give a true accounts of his total journey on earth, in truth and in Spirit, to God! Oh mortal man, let it be your daily mandate that , in words, actions, thought and deeds, you shall never leave the fear of God behind!

What does the world require from us, and what does God require from us? We are either here or there! Who is on the Lord’s side!  Life without the true fear of God is a mere empty life and only a life that pleases the canal human desires and gratification and only fulfils  the requirements of the  world! There is no other way to fear God than to fully and wholly trust and obey Him!

Is there anybody on earth in our days who truly fears God in truth and in Spirit like Job, Noah, Abraham, Daniel, Elijah, Elisha, Samuel, Joseph,  the disciples of Jesus Christ,  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego ?

Let us make anything that is detestable to God our foe, abhor such things, and let us seek to fully and wholly trust and obey Him!  The preacher says, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. 14For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”  Love!


HYMN

Who is on the Lord’s side? Who will serve the King?

Author: Frances R. Havergal (1877)

1. Who is on the Lord’s side? Who will serve the King?
Who will be His helpers, other lives to bring?
Who will leave the world’s side? Who will face the foe?
Who is on the Lord’s side? Who for Him will go?
By Thy call of mercy, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

 

2. Not for weight of glory, nor for crown and palm,
Enter we the army, raise the warrior psalm;
But for love that claimeth lives for whom He died:
He whom Jesus saveth marches on His side.
By Thy love constraining, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

 

3. Jesus, Thou hast bought us, not with gold or gem,
But with Thine own lifeblood, for Thy diadem;
With Thy blessing filling each who comes to Thee,
Thou hast made us willing, Thou hast made us free.
By Thy grand redemption, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

4. Fierce may be the conflict, strong may be the foe,
But the King’s own army none can overthrow;
’Round His standard ranging, vict’ry is secure,
For His truth unchanging makes the triumph sure.
Joyfully enlisting, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

5. Chosen to be soldiers, in an alien land,
Chosen, called, and faithful, for our Captain’s band;
In the service royal, let us not grow cold,
Let us be right loyal, noble, true and bold.
Master, wilt Thou keep us, by Thy grace divine,
Always on the Lord’s side—Savior, always Thine!

 

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Forty days in the wilderness

When I went up on the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant that the Lord had made with you, I stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights; I ate no bread and drank no water.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 9 IN FOCUS)


The wilderness is for training. The wilderness is for learning! The wilderness is for God’s divine and supernatural encounter! The wilderness is for empowerment! The wilderness is for discipline!  The call to greater and mighty works for the Kingdom of God is mostly staged  and nurtured in the wilderness!

Think of Moses,

 “Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.” “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.” (Exodus 3)

Ponder over David,

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”

“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.” Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.” 12 So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.” (1 Samuel 16)

Think of Jesus Christ, “And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry.” (Luke 4)

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus. (Matthew 17).

“After John’s messengers left, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces. 26But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet”

For forty days and nights, Moses waited upon the Lord and interceding for the Israelites. He said,  I lay prostrate before the Lord those forty days and forty nights because the Lord had said he would destroy you. 26 I prayed to the Lord and said, “Sovereign Lord, do not destroy your people, your own inheritance that you redeemed by your great power and brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 27 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Overlook the stubbornness of this people, their wickedness and their sin. 28 Otherwise, the country from which you brought us will say, ‘Because the Lord was not able to take them into the land he had promised them, and because he hated them, he brought them out to put them to death in the wilderness.’ 29 But they are your people, your inheritance that you brought out by your great power and your outstretched arm.”

David got his experience to face Goliath from the wilderness! Whilst his elder brothers were busily training as soldiers, he was training his courage by killing wild beast. 35 . It was not because David’s father hated him, but for his ‘training’!  Whilst the Sadducees and Pharisees were busily mastering the laws, Jesus Christ was in the wilderness for forty days and nights preparing for mighty works, and continuously, he would always go spend a night  and return for great works!

 Sometimes in life, pilgrims’ meet the wilderness not because God hates them, but to train them for His divine great purpose! However, many people fail the test in the wilderness because at the very eleventh hour, they feel so hungry and ‘turn stones into bread’. There are some who when they face ‘a lion or a bear’, they abort their mission and fail to gain that experience for a tomorrows account that can elevate them! The disciples of Jesus Christ did not run away from the prison gates, however, they went in there to shake the gates with their prayers and songs for the guards to repent!

Oh mortal man, learn to wait upon the Lord! Oh mortal man, know ye not that man shall not live by bread alone? Oh mortal man do not be quick to leave the wilderness! Oh mortal man, remember after Jesus Christ had endured the wilderness of life on earth as a mortal man, He sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty interceding for us  as Moses interceded for the Israelites!

 He who wants to be like Moses, should act like Moses! Moses went into the wilderness to receive something from God for the people! David was there to train himself to liberate his people! Jesus Christ went there to empower Himself to bring salvation unto man! Oh mortal man, where are you now, and what do you seek to achieve? After forty days and night, God gave Moses something! After forty day and nights, and overcoming the temptations, angels came to glorify Jesus Christ!  They that endure the wilderness see His faithfulness, for in the wilderness, His faithfulness endures, now and forever more!


HYMN

Following Jesus, following Jesus

Author: Barney Elliott Warren

 Following Jesus, following Jesus,
Gently He leads me in the heavenly way;
Watching and praying, trusting, obeying,
He will restrain me from going astray.

Refrain:
Following Jesus, following Jesus,
Following Jesus by day and by night;
Watching and praying, trusting, obeying,
He is my helper in doing the right.

 

2 Following Jesus, following Jesus,
He who has suffered to redeem me from sin;
Oh, what a blessing, while I’m confessing,
He in His fullness is reigning within. [Refrain]

3 Following Jesus, following Jesus,
I am delighted with His wonderful love;
While I’m confiding, in Him I’m hiding,
Soon I shall meet Him in heaven above. [Refrain]

4 Following Jesus, following Jesus,
This is my duty for His goodness to me;
Joyful in glory, telling the story,
How in His favor I’m happy and free. [Refrain]

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Not Because of Israel’s Righteousness

After the Lord your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, “The Lord has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.” No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is going to drive them out before you. It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the Lord your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people. (NIV)

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 9 IN FOCUS)


Often,  we boast! Often, we think ourselves better than others!  Often, we compare ourselves with ourselves! Often, we think our righteousness is the reason! Oh Israel, don’t think it is because of your righteousness! Oh Israel, boast not of thy uprightness! Oh Israel, don’t think it is because of your integrity! Who can sing better? let him think of another who is better than the other! Who can pray better?  let him think of another! who can give better? let him think of another! Who can dance better?  let him think of another! Who understands better? let him think of another! Whose style and way  of worship is better? let him think of another! Who is most holier, let him think of another! “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23)

“Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: “Lord, they have killed your prophets and torn down your altars; I am the only one left, and they are trying to kill me” ? And what was God’s answer to him? “I have reserved for myself seven thousand who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” So too, at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. 6And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

Apostle Paul said, “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. 13We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God himself has assigned to us”

A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’  “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said. When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. 24Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Those who heard this asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

God fought for the Israelites not because of their righteousness, but because He chose them! God led the Israelites not because of their purity, but because of His covenant with their fathers!  Oh mortal man, remember the blood that was shed for thy sins on the cross of Cavalry! Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and obey His commands!

“… there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.” (Romans 8).

He who has been redeemed from one country to another no longer lives under the rules, commands, dos and don’ts  of  the previous country! He lives according to the life, dos and don’ts of the new country! Grace found us! Grace has redeem us! ” What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with,  that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.” (Romans 6).

10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (Luke 18). . 3

Jesus Christ came to die for us! Halleluiah! He calls us to live by His commands; in truth and in Spirit! Remember, oh mortal man, they enjoyed the favor and grace of God not because they were pious, but because of the vows God made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! Remember, oh mortal man, we are enjoying the grace of God not because of our righteousness or purity, but because of “Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” 18  24.

We are not servants of sin, wherefore to serve sin by sinning and doing things which go against the will of God everyday! Our walk, is in Christ Jesus, therefore, we serve not sin, but Christ! In our weakness, He shows His strength, in our sin, He shows His grace! No more serving sin, but Christ! Our perfection is made perfect by  living by His words!  Jesus Christ says, “48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” 


HYMN

Take my life and let it be

Author: Frances Ridley Havergal (1874)

 

 Take my life and let it be
consecrated, Lord, to thee.
Take my moments and my days;
let them flow in endless praise,
let them flow in endless praise.

2 Take my hands and let them move
at the impulse of thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
swift and beautiful for thee,
swift and beautiful for thee.

3 Take my voice and let me sing
always, only, for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
filled with messages from thee,
filled with messages from thee

4 Take my silver and my gold;
not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
every power as thou shalt choose,
every power as thou shalt choose.

5 Take my will and make it thine;
it shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart it is thine own;
it shall be thy royal throne,
it shall be thy royal throne.

6 Take my love; my Lord, I pour
at thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself, and I will be
ever, only, all for thee,
ever, only, all for thee.

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test…

“Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers. And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 8 IN FOCUS)


Food that is to be cooked before ready for eating, becomes a snare to the stomach if not well cooked, and such food can only be well cooked when it has endured the hotness of fire! It would not have been any big challenge to God Almighty who saw them through the sea, crushing their enemies, to have made a simple way for them to the promised land, but God said, “And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.”

Comfort blindfolds, forgetfulness can lead mortals to different way of life  and difficulties can make men question the Living God ! Mostly, when mortal men get all that they need from God, they forget the very source of their free air, and who puts all men to sleep and wakes them up each day, and they consciously and unconsciously disobey God! Think of Adam and Eve; they had all that they needed in a well created garden, but they disobeyed the Supreme God!

God did not lead the Israelites to Canaan at a sudden. He said to them, “I will not drive them out from before you in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. 30 Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land. ” (Exodus 23).

They however did not understand the purpose of God for them, forgetting all that God did for them and they grumbled against God! For forty years, their   garments did not wear out on them, nor did their foot swelled.” God fought for them and He led them with fear and dread upon their enemies!

Why should God give  the same comfort Adam and Eve had and still disobeyed Him at a sudden to the Israelites when they have not passed the test of character, loyalty and absolute obedience? Moses said to them, “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.”

Moses said to them, “God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.” Are you journeying through the ‘wilderness’? Remember you are not the first person to take such journey! Remember, ‘Wickedness proceeds from the wicked.’ (1 Samuel 24:12).  Do not do anything against the will and purpose of the living God as they did because of your ‘wilderness’!

Test and trials are always not all that a canny one but never forget the admonishing, ” but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.” ” No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”(Hebrews 12:11).

“Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. So watch yourselves.” (Luke 17). Miriam and Aaron (Numbers 12) Korah, Dathan and Abiram (Numbers 16) led some people into rebelling against not just Moses but God because they had not passed the test of humility and they met the consequences! (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than all men who were on the face of the earth.)

Joseph, could have be who God wanted Him to be at a sudden, but God took him through refining moments. Joseph, even in prison, was humble and willingly interpreting dreams!14.  Abraham, the father of all nations could have become God’s purpose at a sudden, but for 25 years, He was still in a process, writing the  ‘different tests’ 16! David held on to his faith amidst all things and said, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord  in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord (Psalm 27). Know your God; wait upon the Lord!

Jesus Christ knowing the test that was ahead after all that He had faced from the Pharisees and Sadducees said,  “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26). 43. God knows why he takes people through tunnels that will groom them for His own purpose and comfort! Hold on!

Oh mortal man, be careful! “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, 12 lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; 13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; 14 when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; 15 who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; 16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end— 17 then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ (Deuteronomy 8)

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

So many things happened from Egypt to Canaan; let’s learn so many lessons from what happened for a good walk with God today! Oh mortal man, be guided by thy Immortal God! Oh mortal man, accept discipline for humility! Oh mortal man, endure to the end! He who wakes you up everyday, knows the very hairs of your head; have faith, trust and obey! Remember the hymn writer wrote his hymn for a purpose, ” Guide me, O my great Redeemer, pilgrim through this barren land; I am weak, but you are mighty; hold me with your powerful hand. Bread of heaven, bread of heaven, feed me now and evermore, feed me now and evermore.” Godliness with contentment is a great gain! (1 Timothy 6:6)

Learn true humility, take the journey, endure the training, control your tongue, mind your emotions, be strong in the Lord, and “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”


HYMN

Humility, thou secret vale

Author: Wm. G. Schell

1 Humility, thou secret vale,
Unknown to proud in heart;
Where show’rs of blessing never fail,
And glories ne’er depart.

Refrain:
Oh, make thy blest abode with me,
Thou angel of the sky;
If I may ever dwell with thee,
My soul shall never die.

2 Humility, how pure thy place!
Thou seat of holiness!
Thou door of entrance into grace
And everlasting bliss! [Refrain]

 Humility, how calm the breast
That knows thy peace sublime!
Within thy courts our perfect rest
Grows sweeter all the time. [Refrain]

4 Humility, thou shoreless sea
Of perfect love so deep!
Thy crystal waters cover me,
My helpless soul to keep. [Refrain

 

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ye are special; ye are wonderful

“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 7 IN FOCUS)


The mere hearing of the words I hate you sparks a new thought and emotions in us; and when we hear I love you we ponder and have certain thoughts! What an amazing news of love to receive from the Creator of all that we see! Imagine knowing that you can be a game changer and exhibit your total dexterity for winning of a landmark competition, but never chosen to be a part of the selected players for the match!  He has chosen us, not because we as mortal and sinful as we are, we deserve His honor and glory, but because of His love! He has chosen us, not because we are so pious or we have riches untold 20 to buy His glory, but because of His love for us! Oh mortal man, ye are special!

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.14“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

His faithfulness is sure; His assurance is firm; God is God!  “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? ( Numbers 23). He says, “you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9)  David said, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14)

Oh mortal man, know ye not that thy Immortal God loves you? When we fail to know who we truly are, we shall only live who we think we are for pleasures of today that shall not guarantee our eternal salvation in Christ Jesus and always disobey the Sovereign Lord God Almighty!  Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments; 10 and He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack with him who hates Him; He will repay him to his face. 11 Therefore you shall keep the commandment, the statutes, and the judgments which I command you today, to observe them.”

God gave Adam and Eve authority, but another seeming great authority was presented to them, and because of their desires, they disobeyed God! “the serpent said to the woman. 5” Oh mortal man, know thy your true value! Yours is the love of God; yours is the glory of God; yours is the true dignity of God! Oh mortal man, do not leave the love of God for the love of the world! Oh mortal man preserve your birth right!

Moses inquired of the Lord, “For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.” (Exodus 33). He created all, but they that shall know the Sovereign Lord God Almighty and shall abide in Him shall receive His glorious love now to  eternity in Heaven above!   Oh mortal man, trust in the love of your Immortal God! He loves you; Hallelujah!

He made the world and  He knows the very foundation of the world! We may find all other means to worship or seek to please Him, Nevertheless, “God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” (2 Timothy 2).

He led them through their journey and he demanded their full obedience! He chose them, and He showed them His love! God gave them order to set themselves apart for their journey to Canaan; they were to mark their doors with blood of a lamb.  12“On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.”

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). Just as they started their journey unharmed because of the blood of lambs, so Has the blood of Jesus Christ marked us for a new journey! Not to Canaan but Heaven! As it was in their days, so shall it be; soon, either we are alive or gone,  He shall come to differentiate they that are marked by the blood from they that are not! He is coming; He is coming; He is coming with His reward!

26“Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.

“It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” (Luke 17)

Many started the journey from Egypt, but not all got to Canaan! Special people don’t live anyhow; special people obey their Immortal God, in truth and in Spirit! Special people don’t obey God through any other means! Adam and Eve could not stand the test of God’s silence and absence, and they were lured to miss a crown! Jesus Christ says “I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.” (Revelation 3). There are many believes, but let us believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and Let us remain in the love of God! Let us be there on that day Oh Lord God Almighty!


HYMN 

When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more

Author: James M. Black (1893)

When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound,
and time shall be no more,
and the morning breaks, eternal, bright and fair;
when the saved of earth shall gather
over on the other shore,
and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.

Refrain:
When the roll is called up yonder,
when the roll is called up yonder,
when the roll is called up yonder,
when the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.

2 On that bright and cloudless morning
when the dead in Christ shall rise,
and the glory of his resurrection share;
when his chosen ones shall gather
to their home beyond the skies,
and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there. [Refrain]

 

3 Let us labor for the Master
from the dawn till setting sun,
let us talk of all his wondrous love and care;
then when all of life is over,
and our work on earth is done,
and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there. [Refrain]

 

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Talk of them…

And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 6 IN FOCUS)


If one day God should for once call us and ask us, ‘give me an account so far of your journey on earth in relation to and in accordance with the dos and don’ts I gave you’, what shall be our story? And when we get a second chance, what would we never do again? We can only do His true will when we know His true will; we can only know His true will when we understand His words; we can only understand His words when we read and meditate on His words! If we are not filled with His word, then, we are filled with the world!

God said to Joshua, “ This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1)

A lawyer who understands the laws well and their good application is able to win his cases at the law court and always win the admiration of his clients and so it is! God wants us to be the word and the word be us. He told them, “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6)

It is one thing reading the word and it is another thing understanding it; it is one thing understanding the word and it is another thing living by the word! “The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.” (Acts 8)

A good understanding of His word shall make us not depart from Him to serve or bow to any other thing. A good understanding of His word will keep us from living in sin. A good understanding of His word will help us to always be watchful so as not to forget the redemption blood that redeemed us!

God redeemed them from Egypt to Canaan and said unto them when they were almost through with their journey, “So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, 11 houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full— 12 then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 13 You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name. 14 You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you 15 (for the Lord your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the Lord your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.

It was said unto them ,   “beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt”. Jesus Christ came to die for our sins and so there is no condemnation for us! We however have a responsibility,; a responsibility not to forget who we are so as not to live who we are not supposed to live and attract the anger of God! “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?” (Romans 6) 

It shall take a moments forgetfulness of the presence of God with us and who we are in Christ Jesus for the world to take advantage and lure us into going against the will of God. When a soldier takes his uniform away, he can be regarded as a civilian.  “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” ( 1 Corinthians 10). Many are in the race to the end: Heaven, but not all shall get to the end! They that shall know the Word and live by the Word, believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and doing His will, will surely please God! Think of Apostle Paul’s conviction about the word in Romans 8

Let the word be your reason for all you do; live the word; meditate on the word! Teach others the word! God said to them, “You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”. Let every moment be the Word: Jesus Christ! “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1)

Living by His Word, brings true comfort, and real prosperity, and glory and honor in Christ Jesus! Live by the Word!


HYMN

Lord, Thy word abideth

Author: H. W. Baker (1861)

Lord, thy word abideth,
and our footsteps guideth;
who its truth believeth
light and joy receiveth.

2 When our foes are near us,
then thy word doth cheer us,
word of consolation,
message of salvation.

3 When the storms are o’er us,
and dark clouds before us,
then its light directeth,
and our way protecteth.

4 Who can tell the pleasure,
who recount the treasure
by thy word imparted
to the simple-hearted?

5 Word of mercy, giving
succour to the living;
word of life, supplying
comfort to the dying.

6 O that we discerning
its most holy learning,
Lord, may love and fear thee,
evermore be near thee!

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God’s Presence…

So it was, when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders. 24 And you said: ‘Surely the Lord our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire. We have seen this day that God speaks with man; yet he still lives.

(JOURNEYING FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION: DEUTERONOMY 5 IN FOCUS)


Standing before a king is an honor, but meeting the presence of God is as precious as a non compared to gold! He is God! He is God! He is God! “He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants.”(Psalm 104:4). “God is a consuming fire.”

Who is wiser than God Almighty who made him? Oh mortal man, give utmost reverence to thy Immortal God! Oh mortal man, fear not mortal men who do not know what exactly, and with all certainty,  will happen to them tomorrow! Jesus Christ said, ” Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Oh mortal man, fear God Almighty who knows yesterday, today and tomorrow better than any living creature! Jesus Christ said, “even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”  (Matthew 10)

They heard His voice, and they saw His Majesty! They took Him for granted, but when they met His presence, they realized God is Great! They said, “Surely the Lord our God has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire.”

“Does he who fashioned the ear not hear? Does he who formed the eye not see?” Oh mortal man, mind your words, for God is always listening to us! It is written, Then the Lord heard the voice of your words when you spoke to me, and the Lord said to me: ‘I have heard the voice of the words of this people which they have spoken to you. They are right in all that they have spoken. 29 Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever! 30 Go and say to them, “Return to your tents.” 31 But as for you, stand here by Me, and I will speak to you all the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments which you shall teach them, that they may observe them in the land which I am giving them to possess.’ (Deuteronomy 5). How right are your words? 

Their words became pleasant unto God and He instructed them to live by His commands! When you speak into the wind, remember the wind is God’s messenger! Jesus Christ said, A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” Be mindful of His presence with you all the time, and be very careful to do His will! It is either good or bad, nothing in between! If the world can charge you because of your words, how much more God?

 “Therefore you shall be careful to do as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left33 You shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.

God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow! He who wiped Sodom and Gomorrah with fire (Genesis 19)  is still alive . They took Him for granted and they saw His presence in a different form. “Early the next morning Abraham got up and returned to the place where he had stood before the Lord. 28 He looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah, toward all the land of the plain, and he saw dense smoke rising from the land, like smoke from a furnace.” (Genesis 19). Remain in His presence and Hear His voice! God still speaks! God still speaks! Oh mortal draw closer and closer to your Immortal God, and you  shall hear Him speaking to you! God still speaks to His Children!

One day, we shall see His full presence again! Soon Jesus Christ the son of the Living God will appear for all mortal men to see Him! They took God for granted and they were surprised and were filled with fear! We shall take Him for granted in our today, but when He appears, there shall be fear and surprises! Oh mortal man, be careful of the presence of your Immortal God!

We cannot blame God in the end, for He has issued His commands for us to follow in their accordance, without adding or subtracting! They took their journey with His presence and they were always pleading for His presence! In His presence there is fullness of joy! He has listening ears, to listen to us; seek and be in His presence evermore!

15 Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. 16 How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” 17 And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” (Exodus 33)

Be in His presence and journey in His presence! One day, we shall see His full presence again!

Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”

Epilogue: Invitation and Warning

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

16“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” (Revelation 22)


HYMN

Immortal, invisible, God only wise

Author: Walter C. Smith (1867)

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great name we praise.

2 Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

3 To all, life Thou givest, to both great and small,
in all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
we blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
and wither and perish, but naught changeth Thee.

 

4 Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
all praise we would render, O help us to see
’tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee!