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Deuteronomy 16-17:20

Today a phrase in the first verse of chapter sixteen caught my imagination, “for that was when the LORD your God brought you out of Egypt by night” Something exploded in my spirit, an understanding, a knowing and it gave me great peace.

It is in the deep, in the darkest part of the night when our deliverance comes. When there is false light, dim light, we struggle to make a our way using the five senses. Then when the dimly lit areas of our lives loose all light, it is then and only then that we turn and rely on something other than ourselves because we have exhausted all natural hope. We either turn to God or we continue to believe the lies of the devil and remain in our sin. It was in the darkness of the grave that Jesus secured victory over death and the grave and brought us into freedom. (I Corinthians 15:55-56). It is in the light of God’s Word that we relinquish our fear of death and darkness that is in the grave because Jesus has wrought for us such a great salvation.

Hebrews 2: 14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil– 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

So when we find ourselves in the dark, when we see the death of our finances, death of relationships, as our lives and social structures we have carved out for ourselves slowly crumble and takes its last gasp of air, be of good cheer because deliverance is near. Weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning light, and that morning light is Jesus.

When the things in my life are falling apart, God is up to something.

Luke 9:7-27

Picking up on Mike’s comments on being in “control,” I think humans feel comfortable and at ease when we think we are in control. It seems that controlling people are out of control in their personal lives and out of control people are controlling. Herod had his little kingdom and he exercised his “control” by taking off John the Baptist head. Now, as far as he knew John might be walking around again. Guilt and his out of control hedonistic behavior, as recorded by historians, tormented him and caused his confusion. This man Herod who could not keep his base appetites under control found out he wasn’t in control of everything in his little kingdom.

Psalm 72:1-20

1 Give justice to the king, O God,
and righteousness to the king's son.

Since Solomon is listed as the writer of this Psalm, I wonder whom he was writing about? Inspired by the Holy Spirit did he know that this Psalm points to Jesus as the “king” that he wants God to give justice too?
Proverbs 12:8-9
8 Everyone admires a person with good sense,

O, to have good sense! I don’t think it is a bad thing to want to be admired as long as we use the model that used “good sense,” instead of the fleeting fame that comes with having a warped mind. Think dirty mouth comedians.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Hi,
This is David.
Sorry I could not comment on all who wrote about my vision of Demons. I was a bit tied up. Thanks to those who prayed for my family and myself. I do appreciate the prayers. Thanks Deedee.
To Raeann,
I don't know if your comment about faith was addressed to me but in case it was, seeing Demons or Angels have nothing to do with faith. The only thing I could say is that I used to be skeptical,I am not anymore. Seeing demons give new meaning to "blessed are those do not see but yet believe".
To Melanie,
Do not pray that anyone should be challenged by Demons. It did not scare me to be a better Christian or anything like that. The first thing I tried to do was to pray and fast, which is usually easy for me, some how became quite difficult, I was not able to fast and I still have trouble up to now. Then the more serious attacks came.
Maybe all of us are being challenged by these forces but for some reason they decided to tell me first. The only true weapon against them is to cling to Jesus.

Amen, Amen, and thanks David for your comments! I do pray that you are clinging and having a clearer vision of what God is showing you and eventually with all devils/demons, it says in the Bible, Resist the Devil and He will flee you! James 4:7

On Todays Deuteronomy, I liked first of all the opening line in my Life Application NLT Bible: of Ch 16: "In honor of the Lord your God, the Passover each year in the early spring, in the month of Abib, for that was the month in which the Lord your God brought you out of Egypt by night. I liked it first because it parellels with the time of season we are in now and the timeframes are always so neat how God works out our bible lessons to fit into our very "season" we are living in our lives, plus it being resurrection week, Passion Week, Good Friday..that sort of thing, it is a great remembrance to us God's Children of what He has done in our lives and blessed us so, from our own bondages of guilt, shame, misery and we are no longer under the influence and captivity of the devil, but are freed because of the cross, because of Jesus! That is a shout of victory indeed! :-)

I also liked the ending notes of todays Ch 17:19-20, "He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way."

I know that the verses above were talking about the time and place when Israelites will elect a king amongst them. They will become suspicious and want what other nations have when they have the one and true King of Kings among them now, but anyway, I look at our lives and think that this read is quite essential for the average "Joe" today! We should read the Bible daily lest we slip and fall and become proud or arrogant and when we read the Bible daily it humbles us and lets us see that Without God we can do nothing, but with Him all things are possible to him that believe. "Mark 9:23

This is a TEMPORARY farewell, I am in the process of moving. I will be off of ONE YEAR BIBLE regretably for at least a week, hopefully not to much longer then this, I will miss everyone on ONE YEAR BIBLE. Have a WONDERFUL remainder of HOLY week everyone.

Commenting on Mikes subject of serving the poor, and do we help or feel a need to help the poor in our community, Yesterdays reading in Chapter 15 of Deuteronomy which I didn't get a chance to post, has in it, verse 11 and it speaks about: "There will always be some in the land who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor and with other Israelites in need." In my foot notes, its speaks that God told the Israelites to help the poor among them when they arrived in the Promised Land. This was an important part of possessing the land. Many people conclude that people are poor through some fault of their own. This kind of reasoning makes it easy to close their hearts and hands to the needy. But we are not to invent reasons for ignoring the poor. We are to respond to their needs no matter who or what was responsible for their condition.

We have a ministry at our church, and we call it "Deuteronomy 15:11" because like the verses say, there will always be poor people amongst us and though the needs are great and sometimes its just not talking about no food, it is talking about spiritual, mental, emotional food also..we are supposed to support them and help them and show the Love of Christ. Before doing this ministry I was oblivious to the ones in my own community who were dirt poor, selling theirselves on the street, selling what little clothes they had for food and sometimes drugs too, but I truly believe that is the kind of people Jesus ministered to, the druggies, prostitutes, blind, lame, demon-possessed, the "fleshly" diseases that eat away at us..and yes I have been faced with some that need help so bad but pride gets in the way of their getting help and that to is something we have to face, but when we do our part no matter how little it may seem, God will do a mighty work in the one who is doing the giving and that is what I get the greatest satisfaction of, knowing I was a blessing and the reciprocal affect of Have a need, sow a seed, principle! Try it, you will be suprised at how much joy you recieve because of it. :-)

Be Blessed!~~DeeDee

I love reading the comments and PtL I am still hanging in there daily with the blog so thank you Mike for your tireless dedication. I had the blog on my email last year but never read it. I can't believe already we are through a quarter of the year! I have really had a hard time with the old testament,much of it I just read and don't understand. I sometimes feel kind of ritualistic in my reading because I don't have the time to figure out what it means. I accepted the Lord in 1976 when I was in my early 20's. This is my first time reading through the Bible! Thank you David for addressing my comment,I do pray things will get better for you and your family. I did have a positive sign from my daughter who is living far from the Lord and has cut herself off from her family, so thank you for praying.

I read your blog daily and enjoy it so much. thanks and God Bless you, Cathy

I give glory to God Almighty for the opportunity and the grace been given to the supporters of OYBB. This is a seed and I pray that it will fall on fertile land and produce a good seed. Thanks.

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