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Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25

Obey God’s commands; listen, be careful to do; walk straight; don’t veer off; deeply respect, etc., words and phrases found all throughout today’s reading. Do you think God is trying to tell us something?

Jesus speaking in the 14th chapter of John states:

If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands. (John 14:15 AMP)

We look at “love” as an emotion, and confuse it with mercy, though mercy flows from love. God says love is a verb and is a “doing.” We determine if someone loves us by what they do for us; God determines love for Him by obedience to His Word. Is there anyway we can reconcile what we call love to God’s definition? God is immutable so He can’t change, it is against His nature. We have to change our understanding of what love is to fit into God’s standard. Loving God His way, which is the only way that counts, brings BIG benefits for us,

And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to [reverently] fear the Lord our God for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day. And it will be accounted as righteousness (conformity to God's will in word, thought, and action) for us if we are watchful to do all this commandment before the Lord our God, as He has commanded us. (Deuteronomy 6:24-25 AMP)

Grace and peace,

Deuteronomy 7-8:20

It’s not what you know or even what you do, as in the Old Testament, in the New it is who you know.

The Lord did not set His love upon you and choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the fewest of all people. But because the Lord loves you and because He would keep the oath which He had sworn to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you out of the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know, recognize, and understand therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, Who keeps covenant and steadfast love and mercy with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations, (Deuteronomy 7:7-9 AMP)

But if it is by grace (His unmerited favor and graciousness), it is no longer conditioned on works or anything men have done. Otherwise, grace would no longer be grace [it would be meaningless]. (Romans 11:6 AMP)

The grace that has been granted to Believers comes by way of Jesus Christ. He is the One we know.

There is something I just saw in the act of deliverance, Israel’s deliverance from her enemies as she entered into the promise land, that may explain why we find ourselves struggling with some things, which seem to keep us entrap as we struggle to walk the walk. There more than likely is a spiritual parallel of God’s Words to Israel, that we can apply to our lives.

Remember the great contests to which you were eyewitnesses: the miracle-signs, the wonders, GOD's mighty hand as he stretched out his arm and took you out of there. GOD, your God, is going to do the same thing to these people you're now so afraid of. And to top it off, the Hornet. GOD will unleash the Hornet on them until every survivor-in-hiding is dead. So don't be intimidated by them. GOD, your God, is among you--GOD majestic, GOD awesome. GOD, your God, will get rid of these nations, bit by bit. You won't be permitted to wipe them out all at once lest the wild animals take over and overwhelm you. (Deuteronomy 7:19-22 MSG)

While we struggle with our “stuff” God is telling us to not let said “stuff” intimidate us that He will drive them out little by little. There are things, it seems, that when we first accept Jesus Christ, we are immediately delivered from it’s effects; however, we seem to fall into traps that we struggle daily to extricate ourselves from. Yet in the above four verses God is speaking to me saying, I know that those things are there just remember how I delivered you from the first things, I will deliver you from these also. Don’t give up!

Grace and peace,

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