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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 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]


March 24th

In Luke 6, Jesus is once more said to have prayed:

In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles… Luke 6: 12, 13 (ESV)

Notice that Jesus withdrew from others into solitude to pray. He prayed for the entire night, then chose his twelve apostles. Jesus did not act without prayer, something we would do well to imitate. Prayer is our lifeline to God. We should avail ourselves of prayer often.

Jesus then goes with his disciples to the people:  “who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.” Luke 6: 18, 19 (ESV)

Again, the demons were subjected to Jesus and supernatural power came out of him to heal diseases. Surely, Jesus prayed for the will of the Father and executed it in holiness.

It is recorded that Jesus preached four beatitudes to his disciples and then pronounced four woes.
The Reformation Study Bible says of this:

“The ‘woes’ correspond to the blessings of the previous verses. Those who do not realize their spiritual poverty but rely on their own achievement will reap disaster in the end. The term ‘woe’ often introduces a prophetic oracle of doom.”

Jesus then preaches to love one’s enemies and to not condemn others. I again relate from the Reformation Study Bible:

“Judge not, and you will not be judged. Jesus elsewhere teaches that His disciples must sometimes judge what others do (Matt. 18:15–17), and that the character of a person’s heart can be recognized from the actions that flow from it (vv. 43–45; Matt. 7:15, 16). What He warns against here is the hypocrisy of those who condemn others for what they themselves are guilty of (vv. 41, 42), and the failure to show mercy (v. 36).

you will be forgiven. Such forgiveness is not a reward, but unless we forgive others we do not have genuine repentance and faith, and so exclude ourselves from forgiveness.”

Let us follow the Lord’s words and love our enemies, judge justly and we will be forgiven as we forgive. Praise be to the Savior!

Maranatha! IC -|- XC

Thank you Lord for teaching me not to judge. To love my enemies and yes my redeemer lives! Praise God!

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