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Deuteronomy 20, Deuteronomy 21, Deuteronomy 22, Luke 6:1-26

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Warfare and Healing

Deuteronomy and Luke present different facets of the same theme:

Principles Governing Warfare

In Deuteronomy 20 God gives orders of how to go to battle against your enemies.         “Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.” … If there “is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, lest the heart of his brethren faint like his heart.”

            Living under Christ’s command requires going into the difficult places in my heart, life, and in those of others; Being open to God’s Word and obeying His commands. Not being faint hearted but stalwart because the Lord Jesus Christ goes with me to set me and other captives free. Sometimes the territory gets Very large and the enemy seems Very fierce. The fainthearted near me debilitates me because he is without God’s vision. If I don’t wear the Word of God over my eyes and ears 24/7/365 I am UNempowered.  

              I need bold hearted men and women around me, especially at this time of my life. Prayer warriors who pray for God’s Word to be done. People of God’s Righteousness for God to live through them for the eternal benefit of everyone around them. For words of encouragement and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ Who IS the Victor!! I yearn to see and hear God’s Glory when I see so much carnage. I know it’s all so temporary, but I want God’s justice to turn people’s hearts to the Lord Jesus Christ! I am grateful to be that way, but I can grow weary in the battle. I am grateful for the bold hearted ones with me. I rejoice that Jesus has already won the War.

           Israel is about to be engaged in war. Iran will be sending missiles to our shores. People will die, but where will they go? To Heaven or hell? Who will tell them the Gospel before their time is up? Lord send me!

             Is it really that simple? Am I not to be despondent or to despair over what is coming? No, the Lord Jesus Christ says. The enemy will want me to feel “I am in charge”. What a proud arrogant lie! I rejoice in that Truth (that it is a Lie)!! Yippee!! I am free from the bondage of the responsibility for souls. But what AM I in charge of? Just being God’s daughter and following and loving the Lord Jesus Christ with my life each day. Step by step Jesus will show me His Great Adventure that I join. Whew!! Got through that One! May I live it another day by the Holy Spirit’s power! 

In Deuteronomy 21-22, the Lord addressed laws regarding unsolved murder, female captives, firstborn inheritance rights, rebellions sons, immorality, sins deserving of death as well as commands to helping your fellow man and woman and not being unequally yoked. All of these deal with sin, captives of sin, and how justice and God’s righteousness can be executed well for His Glory.

In Luke 6:1-26 Jesus said, “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.” – Jesus declared Himself God and boldly chose to heal on that day, setting a captive free.  Later on, Jesus “went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. And when it was day, He … chose twelve whom He also named apostles.” The Lord Jesus chose the men for His army.

            Jesus continued setting people free: “He came down with them … a great multitude of people who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases … who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. … for power went out from Him and healed them all.”

             In the Be-Attitudes, Jesus the set the priorities for God’s people who win in the Kingdom of God: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. … Woe to you who laugh now, For you shall mourn and weep.”

              I fit right in. I look forward to when the Righteousness is Full and I can no longer mourn over the pain and suffering of people which is caused by sinful, wicked choices.

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.  Luke 19:10

For Further Reading – Matthew 11:28-30; John 3:5-21; John 15:3-11; Psalm 51; Romans 10:9-13; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Joel 2:28-29 

Crystal (PsalmThirty4)

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Genesis 5, Ezra 5, Matthew 5, Acts 5

Scripture

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6 NIV

Observation

Jesus begins “The Sermon on the Mount” with “The Beatitudes.” From the very beginning of His ministry, Jesus shows through words and actions that true happiness and blessing is found on the flip-side of what the world says will make one happy and blessed.

The world says wealth will make you happy. Jesus says: “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” (vs.3)

The world says power will make you happy. Jesus says: “Blessed are the meek.” (vs.5)

The world says to take care of yourself first in order to be happy. Jesus says: “Blessed are the merciful.” (vs.7)

The world says seek those things that you desire and you will be filled with happiness. Jesus says: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (vs.6)

Application

I admit it, I crave coffee as soon as I wake up in the morning. I thirst for it because I’ve had it before, it tastes so good, and there is nothing like it to start my day.

Jesus tells me that I am blessed, I will find true happiness, when I crave Him and His righteousness. There are so many things in this world that are targeted towards me to fill that void that only He can fill. If I buy into the lie that these things can fill me up, I am disappointed and left wanting. I am not truly filled.

But He and only He can fill that void and leave me full, and even cause me to overflow. And the crazy thing is, that the more time I spend with Him in reading His word and communing with Him in prayer, the more I crave it.  I desire it because I know, from past experience, how good it is – how it soothes my soul, how it fills me with joy, how it gives me encouragement, how it convicts and causes me to turn in the right direction. I know there is nothing like it to start my day.

Jesus doesn’t promise relief from all of life’s trials for those who hunger and thirst for Him, but He does promise filling when we do.  Filling us with what we need, with what the world promises, but can never truly deliver.

Unfortunately though, I also have to admit, that too often I don’t fill that innate hunger and thirst with Him and His righteousness. Instead I rush into my day thinking I can handle it on my own, with just my cup of coffee and then find myself at the end of the day, left unfilled, disappointed, and wanting.

Prayer

Lord,

You are so patient with me and my thick-headedness when it comes to the only cure for my inborn hunger and thirst. I know it’s You and only You that can fill me…never me, but still I attempt to do it all on my own and seek my own righteousness first instead of Yours. I know that the more time I spend with You, the sweeter the memory becomes, leaving me wanting You again and again. When I come to the end of this year Lord, I want to relish in all those special times that we had together and not feel the emptiness of wanting more. Thank you for always being there, waiting for me to come to You, and welcoming me into Your arms time and time again.

Amen

– Beckie (look2thehills)



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