Month: October 2022

My God Fights for Me

Scripture Deuteronomy 20:4 for the LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’

Observation: I use to think I had to do everything for myself and my life depended on me, but now that I’m saved I look back to see how God was working in my life. He is the one that always came to my rescue and he was the one that fought for me. My biggest enemy was myself and He helped me die to myself so that I may live a life of hope and joy.

Application: I need to live this life depending on God and doing what He calls me to do. I’m here as a servant not a king, I have only one king, my Lord Jesus. I need to listen to His instruction and do what He calls me to do and have faith that He will protect and guide me each day. This battle is too big for me I need to let Jesus my King and warrior take charge and follow behind Him.

Prayer: My Lord, thank you for your hedge of protection you surround me with. Lead your servant and show me what You desire of me. I need your love and protection or I’ll never make it through a day. Help me be a better follower as you lead the way.

Punishment for Evil

Scripture Deuteronomy 19:20 And those who remain shall hear and fear, and hereafter they shall not again commit such evil among you.

Observation: In our society today there is so much evil done each day. The news is full of the evil we do to each other and yet the punishment does not come close to the crime. Our prisons are full of criminals whose rights are protected more than their victims. Our politicians are criminals and their crimes are made public in the news, but little is done to them. If we would do what God commands us to make the punishment harsh enough so people would think twice before committing these terrible crimes our society would be much better off.

Application: God has called me to a standard of living in this world and to be a representative of Him. I need to help get God’s word out to others and guide them with it so that they too may see the truth. God has given me responsibility of my actions and I need to be the best person I can be to set an example to others. I may not be able to change our legal system but I can help point others to Christ and His word.

Prayer: Dear Lord help me be a better person. A just and loving man that would honor you in all that I do. I’m here for a short while may I live my walk and walk close to you.

The False Prophets

Scripture Deuteronomy 18:22 when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

Observation: I was discussing this about how the other cults have prophets that can’t prophesize. Even the Mormon religion has in its book that if a prophet’s prediction doesn’t come true he is not a true prophet and yet the founder of this cult has falsely predicted much more than he has predicted correctly. The reason the Bible is the word of God is because of its prophesies and the accuracy of them. Only God can bring that together with so many authors over such a long period of time.

Application: I need to bring this to more people’s attention on how the Bible can only be the word of God and then show them why the other religions are false. I’m commanded to spread the gospel and help guide those to Jesus and this is a wonderful tool to use to help them find home. I need to stop sitting around so much and get busy doing the job God has created me for.

Prayer: My Lord I know without a doubt the Bible is your word and i will obey all that you have placed in it. Help me spread the word to others so that they will know you and love you like I do. I’m here to serve, please direct me in what you desire of me.

Read It All the Days of Your Life

Scripture Deuteronomy 17:19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes,

Observation: Since I’ve been saved I’ve read the Bible almost every day. I’m reading now for the fourteenth time and I still find something new in God’s word. I’m getting to know God’s laws and desires and I find myself more of a sinner since I realize the things I do are against God at times. I’m learning more about God in His word and I know His laws better now than I ever had, but I still don’t observe them all the time, because I still do what I desire above what God desires of me.

Application: I need to continue to read God’s word and to understand in my mind and heart what He desires of me. I need to continue doing this journal, because it helps me hear God more clearly as He directs my steps through His word. I need to do more than just read however, I need to study and have God’s word in my heart so that I can use it throughout the day.

Prayer: My Lord I want to finish this race well before I go home to you. Place on my heart your word and laws and help me obey each one. Help me hear you and point me in the direction you desire me to go. I can’t wait to come home to you, help me glorify you while I’m still here.

Wow What A Gift

Scripture Deuteronomy 16 [17] Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you.

Observation: How could I give a gift like that? God has blessed me so much what gift could I bring to Him that would be proportioned to how He has blessed me? The only way to come close is to give Him me, all of me and all that I have in His service. Everything that I have is only because my God has given it to me and the only reason I exist is because He allows it. I should be giving this gift every day, a whole hearted commitment to serve Him.

Application: I know what I should be doing and now I need to do it without any excuses God needs to be first in my life. I’m the gift and once given I can’t take it back. My time and possessions are His, a living sacrifice that should be holy and pleasing to my Lord. I’m God’s, created for Him.

Prayer: My Lord a day doesn’t go by that I don’t fall short of not giving you fully what you deserve. Show me how to give you me and not take it back during the course of the day. I desire to please you with the gift of myself, but I can’t do it alone. Help me be better for you. I love you and truly want to please you. Your servant Mark

Giving Generously

Scripture Deuteronomy 15 [10] Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.

Observation: I’m not a generous giver, I make sure my needs are met before giving to others and even more than my needs my wants. I’m much more generous now than I was before Jesus filled my heart, but I’m still lacking the gift of giving unconditionally. At times when I give I give out of the knowledge that I should because of God, but not out of the love of God, which is what he desires. I can’t expect Him to bless me if I’m not obedient and this is an area I need to be more obedient in.

Application: To stop trying to justify everything I give and to give out of the love for God. To acknowledge when I give to others I’m only giving them what God gave me in the first place. I own nothing, it all belongs to God and I’m called to be a good steward of His treasures. God has been so generous with me giving me everything that I could possibly need and so much of what I simply wanted and I know I’m being tested to see how faithful I will be with what He has put me in charge of.

Prayer: My Dear Lord, thank you for your generosity and I ask you to give me the same heart for others. There is nothing that I have including gifts and abilities and time that You haven’t given me. Show me how to be that faithful steward and servant of what you entrust me with. I thank you for all of your blessings, make me the man you want me to be.

I’m God’s Treasured Possession

Scripture Deuteronomy 14 [2] for you are a people holy to the LORD your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the LORD has chosen you to be his treasured possession.

Observation: This scripture was for the Jews, but since Jesus bought us from sin with His sacrifice it now applies to those who are saved through Jesus’ sacrifice. I’m holy, because my Lord is Holy and he has taken my place. God choose me along ago, I’ve been predestined to serve him as so many have and because I’ve been bought at a price I’m God’s possession, His treasured possession for all of eternity.

Application: So much of the time I take my salvation too casually. Jesus paid an unbelievable price for me so that I may have eternal life with Him. I need to be more grateful for the most precious gift that I will ever receive. I can’t take this lightly and should be telling many more people about how they can be God’s treasured possession and live a life that will glorify and honor our Lord.

Prayer: My Lord thank you isn’t even close to being enough for what you have done for me you have not only given me the greatest gift of eternal life you have also given me life here on this earth. You’ve saved me more than once from death and have given me a purpose while I’m here. May everything I do glorify you and that you will use me to draw others to you. I love and humbly thank you for this life you have given me.