October 18, 2018
Read Deuteronomy 9
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Scripture- Deuteronomy 9:6- You must recognize that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land because you are good, for you are not—you are a stubborn people.
Observations- The Israelites had disappointed God on so many occasions, and Moses wanted them to avoid the temptation of arrogance; that is, he didn’t want them to think too highly of themselves as they received the blessing of the Promised Land. Even in the midst of so much disobedience on their part, God was still going to bless them by keeping His promise to them about the special land that they were to receive. God’s grace and provision was never intended to be seen as an entitlement program the Israelites had earned on the basis of how well they obeyed God.
Application- God’s love for us is unconditional, but that doesn’t mean God is thrilled with every decision we make and action we take. Not one of us, however, is walking so closely with the Lord that we “deserve” blessings. None of us is entitled to the blessings God so graciously gives us. I’ve got plenty of room (perhaps you do, too?) for God to work in me and through me to improve my discipleship.
Prayer- Dear Jesus, I am grateful for so many blessings that I don't deserve. Thank You for being my Lord, Savior, Brother, Friend, Forgiver, and Leader through it all. Keep me confident in Your love, joy, grace, and peace as I stay in touch with my weakness, failure, and sin. Don’t let me be enticed into thinking I deserve Your favor or that I’m all that special in my own power and abilities. Amen.
"But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners." (Romans 4:5),
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