As we close Deuteronomy, we learn of God's sovereign calling and rescuing of His people. Salvation flows out of God's love, and we must fall into the arms of Jesus! In doing so, we find our dwelling place and the joy of our salvation.
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A person who lives in God's presence will submit to His timing and authority, but his provision does not mean that His people don't have to act. Remembering God's presence will give us courage and change our behavior.
We are called to be obedient so that we can experience the fullness of all that we will experience in eternity. Obedience comes through our repentance; recognizing our sinfulness and then falling to our knees towards Him. We can do this because God is loving and good.
God's people belong to Him. This does not occur by our own doing, but by His sovereign electing grace. We belong to God through Christ. And while our obedience to Him does not in and of itself make us His, it is the evidence that we do, in fact, belong to Him.
God provides laws for His people to teach them principles of accountability, propriety, impartiality, faithfulness, decency, justice, fairness, and His holiness. And with Jesus' arrival and sacrifice, He now fulfills the law and gives us righteousness before God!
God can overcome all. He instructs the Israelites to offer peace to their enemies in this passage, and likewise He offers us His peace even though we are enemies to God because of our sin. At the cross, He places all of our sin onto Jesus, and in exchange, we are given eternal salvation!
Within God's justice is a provision for mercy, seen in the Cities of Refuge described in Deuteronomy 19. The cities reflect a picture of the salvation that is found in Jesus.
Jesus is not only our King, but our ultimate Priest and Prophet. He is our intermediary between God and man and reveals God to us.
In this sermon, we explore how God calls His people to submit to His will and His word. Jesus is not only our Savior, but also our King!
Worship is a heart attitude, and we need the Holy Spirit to help lead us towards this. We ought not to live by our own abilities, but to yield to the work of the Spirit in us.
In contrast to the goodness of God, we are a stubborn people. We have difficulty being obedient to God, even though this is what we are called to do. We are called to repentance, which gives us not simply a changed life, but an entirely new one through a new birth!
Goodness is one of God's essential attributes, and His goodness should make us thankful, not prideful. What is our response to God's goodness?
In this message, we learn about God's commandments and their purpose. As this passage details the spirit of the law, we recognize the singularity of the Lord (His Holiness) and learn to love Him.
Those who live for God's glory listen to Him, seek to obey Him, seek to avoid idolatry, and depend on His mercy and grace. When we live for God's glory, it is clearly evident in our lives.
In the battles of life, the challenges ensue to God's glory and our good. God's objective is our obedience, not our "success." There is no victory in the flesh. The victory belongs to the Lord.
An introduction to the book of Deuteronomy.