Category: Deuteronomy

ISRAELITES MUST HAVE COURAGE – Deuteronomy

Deuteronomy – Children of God Must Maintain Confidence in God

(Passage: Deuteronomy 20,21,22)

God asked Israelites to demonstrate courage and not fear their enemies during battles. They must not fear their enemies that may outnumber them. Israelites must always remember God’s past faithfulness and have confidence for future victory.

Israelites must remain strong in God. The same God who brought them out of Egypt and made them to successfully pass through the wilderness would win any battle that may come their way in future.

God said to Israelites, When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the Lord thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt” – Deuteronomy 20:1.

Christians to Draw Their Strength from Past Victory

Children of God are to remain confident in God under whatever circumstance. No matter what type of battle we confront – God is able to overcome it and earn us victory.

Jehovah will fight for his children at all cost, and award us victory. We must never forget that same God who is in control of the entire world affairs is on our sides, he is big enough to overpower whatever influence our enemies may have. He will override the enemies’ sophisticated skills and weapons for the sake of glorifying his name in our lives.

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Application Prayer

Dear God, I believe you are God of miracle, and you will surely perform your miracles to my advantage! Therefore, I am asking that you stand on my behalf to show yourself strong and glorify your name. Please silence my enemies and override their evil desires against my life.

Fight my battles and give me victory! Let me have rest in every aspect of my life so that I can have testimony and glorify your holy name. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

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ISRAELITES MUST PAY THEIR VOWS – Deuteronomy

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Children of God Must Redeem Their Pledges

(Passage: Deuteronomy 23)

God required Israelites to honor and redeem their pledges before him. They must not overlook any pledge or consider it irrelevant, but redeem every pledge in timely manner. God stated he would consider any Israelites’ failed promises as an offense, and he would enforce them to redeeming them.

God said to his children, “When you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay to pay it; for the Lord your God will surely require it of you, and it would be sin to you. But if you abstain from vowing, it shall not be sin to you. That which has gone from your lips you shall keep and perform, for you voluntarily vowed to the Lord your God what you have promised with your mouth” Deuteronomy 23:21-23

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Lesson on Keeping Promises

Our heavenly Father is a God of promise and he does not fail on promise. He will fulfill whatever he has promised his children to the last letter – As a prove of his faithfulness. The same God of promise also expects his children to share the same principle and practice it.

God wants his children to honor their words and keep whatever promises they make in his presence. Jehovah wants us to make it a practice to redeem our vows before him; he will hold whoever fails accountable. Unfortunately, many believers are rash with their words; they are quick to make promises, but only to soon forget them. Some people will promise to offer God their time, money, or materials whenever they need his help, but only to dishonor their words afterward. Some might even say “O God if you can help me through this difficult time I will dedicate the rest of my life to you and serve you,” however they forget their words and walk away with their answered prayers.

Meanwhile, God will not forget any promise a man/woman choose to forget! He will require redemption of every promise, and he may delay anyone’s future blessing as a consequence of a failed promise.

Therefore, believers must consider it an important matter to be sensitive in the presence of their God. Everyone ought to honor his/her words, and not be loose in speech by making irrational promises to him. Also, we must duly redeem our pledges in timely fashion so that they can be acceptable. However, believers must understand that our call to honor the principle of redeeming vows to God does not indicate his sense of lack. Jehovah is not poor, and he doesn’t need our gifts to survive; he only needs our proof of faithfulness so that he can be motivated to shower more blessings into our lives. Once we can prove we are persons of our words, the Creator will release his remarkable blessings for our benefits, and to the glorification of his name.

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Application Prayers

Pray for Grace to be Faithful with Your Vows

Dear God, please help me to honor my words and keep my promises before you. Do not let me make empty promises to your dissatisfaction. Forgive my past-unredeemed pledges, and please let whatever opportunity I have lost due to an unredeemed pledge be returned to me. Please give me another chance for a new start so that I can be blessed. From now on, let my offerings gladden your heart to motivate invite your blessing into my life. Let me enjoy your benefits everyday of my life. For in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

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