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Deuteronomy 2:1-3:29

Something I noticed with Israel and her wars, God gave them victory before they went to battle, ergo, God gives us the Victory over our enemies (addictions; stress; bad health; people who come against us because we are believers—whatever conflicts with a Kingdom loving, God centered lifestyle); however, we must go into the battle. I heard this from my pastor’s wife about three/four weeks ago. “Running from the battle qualifies you for captivity.”

"Get up, make your way across Wadi Arnon. Look! I have already delivered over to you Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land. Go ahead! Take it! Engage him in war! ... The LORD said to me, "Look! I have already begun to give over Sihon and his land to you. Start right now to take his land as your possession."
(Deuteronomy 2:24, 31 NET.)

I was also tying to find the post that someone wrote (I think it was Andrew B, but I could be mistaken), when we first got into Deuteronomy, that Moses was playing the “Blame Game,” and at the end of our readings sure enough Moses again blames the “crowd” for his inability to enter the Promise Land.

But the LORD was angry at me because of you and would not listen to me. Instead, he said to me, "Enough of that! Do not speak to me anymore about this matter.
(Deuteronomy 3:26 NET.)

Grace and peace and Make it a Blessed Day!! Don’t allow circmstances and other people to control whether a day is blessed or not—Take charge [That encouragement if from me also, self-speak spoken (written) out-loud]


Deuteronomy 2: 2-3, 31-35

2 Then the LORD said to me, 3 “You have made your way around this hill country long enough; now turn north.

31 The LORD said to me, “See, I have begun to deliver Sihon and his country over to you. Now begin to conquer and possess his land.”

32 When Sihon and all his army came out to meet us in battle at Jahaz, 33 the LORD our God delivered him over to us and we struck him down, together with his sons and his whole army. 34 At that time we took all his towns and completely destroyed[c] them—men, women and children. We left no survivors. 35 But the livestock and the plunder from the towns we had captured we carried off for ourselves.

Our LORD has his own timing. It is a mystery that why the God led the Israelites 38 years (plus two before the LORD declared them to wander in the desert) but not 37 years nor 39 years. But the truth is when God's time is up, God acts immediately. Be alert for God's timing.

Luke 6:21

21 Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.

The tears you shed are now in God's hand. When His time comes, you will laugh. What a promise!

God Bless
Frederick Y

Luke 6:27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

I pray in my mind and heart that God punish the people who mistreat me and hurt me and others especially those we love. I always say, that God's justice will come one day.

It is hard on our own to love those who mistreat us. It is not impossible with God's help although it is a slow process. I had a personal experience with a co worker who (because of his material needs) resulted in lying to our superior about my work so he could take over my tasks. I was deeply hurt because it was not true. I carry this hurt with me Then one day I prayed for him and his family. Wow, it was liberating to pray for those who hurt us. A big burden washed away which was eating me up for a while. I saw him in a funeral wake. We hugged and that time I knew the hurt was not there anymore. I still pray for him and his family.

I still need to work more on praying for others who hurt me and trust God.

Luke 6:37 "Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven."

In many small ways sometimes we are not aware that we are judging others. I pray that God will watch my actions and words so as not to intentionally or unintentionnally judge others.

Yes, Mike we have to pray not to judge others for judgement is of the Lord.

God bless.


Grace and peace and Make it a Blessed Day!! Don’t allow circumstances and other people to control whether a day is blessed or not—Take charge [That encouragement if from me also, self-speak spoken (written) out-loud]

Thanx so much for this Ramona. Ive been having issues with my boss and he has started wearing me down but today i just came to the office with a smile determined not to let him have a say on how my day went. He was away most of the day but regardless of that I cam e knowing i will have a good day and what you have said is so true. Bless you for that and have a good every-day ya'll.

Deuteronomy 2:1-3:29

As the Israelites marched on towards the Promise Land, they were instructed by God not to fight with the decedents of their relative Esau (the land of the Edomites, Moabites, and Ammonites) along the way. When they arrived at the land of the Amorites, King Sihon flat out refused to let them pass through the territory and attacked them. The Israelites completely and decisively destroyed King Sihon’s kingdom, (the land east of the Jordan) just outside the Promise Land. This is where Gad, Reuben and the half tribe of Manasseh settled. What would have happened if King Sihon would have feared them a little more and granted them passage? Would Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh still have occupied territory outside the Promise Land?

What territory do we occupy, the Promise Land or have we chosen to live just on the outskirts of the Promise Land? The tribe of Reuben and Gad were cattlemen and in that day having herds of cattle was prestigious; similar to today’s standards of wealth which are measured by how big your house is and how prestigious a car you drive. Remember when Moses came down from the mountain top and the Israelites had begun worshipping the image of the golden calf (wealth & power)? Occupying the territory outside the Promise Land is failing to trust God for our provisions. It in a sense making the statement we know what’s best for us better than God. It’s relying on our own prosperity and resources (Manna-Amnesia) for our safety and security.

By fast forwarding in time we see that the territory chosen by Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh later fell to the Assyrians. The moral of the story is that Father (God) always knows best. Leaning on our own understanding seems like a good idea at the time but never quite works out like we plan.



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