April 7, 2020

Remember, Beware, and Prepare

Reading the book of Deuteronomy is like reading the diary of Moses. Verse by verse, he recorded God’s faithfulness to a people bent toward rebellion as they journeyed toward  the promised land.

When the Invisible Enemy is the Rebellion of People

Though Moses was called of God to lead the Israelites out of Egypt with miracles, signs and wonders, Moses did not control the people. At times, scripture tells us Moses questioned God’s selection of him as leader. Moses called the people stiff-necked. Because of their sin, Moses repeatedly told them, “Because of you the Lord became angry with me also and said, ‘You shall not enter the promise land.’”  And again Moses said to them, “Because of you the Lord was angry with me and would not listen to me. ‘That is enough,’ the Lord said. ‘Do not speak to me anymore about this matter.’”

We know rebellion is brought on by the sins of pride, self-centeredness, and resisting authority.  It is the attempt of the enemy (satan) to keep us separated from God. We have no control over those who live in rebellion. But the behavior of others should not hinder us from using spiritual weapons to battle the enemy on their behalf.

God’s Faithfulness Remembered by Moses

In Deuteronomy, Moses speaks to the new generation of Israelites reminding them: who they are (God’s chosen people), who God is (the One and Only God), and the covenant and commandments that rule over them.  The original generation of people who came out of Egypt were not allowed to cross into the new land because of their disbelief and rebellion. Moses wants to make sure the new generation remembers God’s deliverance, miracles, provision, laws, covenants, and ways before moving into the new land.

He does this for two reasons:

  • To remind, teach, and encourage the Israelites to walk in God’s ways.
  • To live out the teachings and commandments of God so generations to come walk in God’s ways.

Beware | A History of Rebellion

In Ezekiel 20, the prophet writes about the rebellion of Israel as  they journeyed through the wilderness. The Lord said to Ezekiel, “I gave them my decrees and made known to them my laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them.” But the rebellious hearts of God’s children brought God’s judgment. (The purpose of God’s judgment is to purify our hearts.)

…for the man who obeys my laws will live by them.

Let us not fall into the trap of disobedience to God’s ways. Let us not set ourselves up for further judgment. Rather, let us come to God and ask Him to purify our hearts. Let us walk in obedience to His ways and live by them.

Ignorance of His ways is neither justification nor an excuse to continue to do wrong.

If you are reading this, you also have access to an online Bible (www.biblegateway.com), worship music (YouTube), and clear and prophetic Bible teaching (GloryofZionInternational). In addition, along with the gift of salvation, we are given the gift of the Holy Spirit who resides within us to help us understand God’s ways and His Word.

Awaken Christian

Take responsibility for your spiritual growth and for the territory God has assigned you to defend. Whether it is your family, your land, your city, your congregation, your business. Cast rebellious thinking, living, and excuses aside and step up to take hold of your heritage in Christ, your destiny of purpose, your role in this place in history of being united with God and with His end-times church. The Holy Spirit will reveal your role, territory, warrior strategy and tools. But first, you must step up and take responsibility; let Him know you are in the battle for His cause.

Beware of the enemies attempt to render you useless by:

  • lulling you to sleep by keeping you within your comfort zone
  • tempting you to conform to the ways of the secular world
  • whispering excuses in your ear to keep you from stepping into the spiritual battle
  • replacing your faith in God with fear of the unknown

The battle is real. The enemy target is to sabotage and silence the church, to render Christians ineffective. Satan battles to dismantle the plans and purposes of God. He wants to implement his kingdom on earth to rise above God’s Kingdom. Step into the battle of God with the guarantee of victory. The battle has already been won.

 

Preparation for Eternity

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:5-9

Based on the scripture above, to be successful in the battle against the unseen enemy:

  1. Love the Lord.
  2. Know His Word.
  3. Memorize Scripture as a family.
  4. Share Bible stories with others
  5. Tell stories of God’s faithfulness in your life.
  6. Speak of God’s truths in every area of your life.
  7. Live according to God’s words, His ways, commandments.
  8. Display your love for God through your lifestyle, words, and faith.

Mary Ethel Eckard is an author, speaker and teacher called to encourage Christians in their faith journey. She is passionate about sharing Christ with all who will listen. Through her captivating testimony of relying on God's strength and guidance through the heights and depths of life, Mary helps others find freedom from the shame and pain of their past. Mary resides in Frisco, Texas and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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