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Deuteronomy 5-11

Lately, I haven’t felt too well. Which means. . . playing “catch up” on the Chronological Bible Reading Plan. Take a look if you so feel led.

Deuteronomy is a book, where God can speak deep into our hearts. While it is a book of the Old Testament, this does not mean we can ignore it. We tend to ignore the first few books of the Bible for one reason or another. Like Leviticus. Particularly if you embark on a yearly Bible reading plan. Regardless of the kind of relationship you have with the book of Deuteronomy, join me in taking a few quiet moments and listen for God.

The Israelites were called “stiff – neck” people for good reason. They refused to listen to God. We can get that way, too. We are not exempt from the human struggle to humbly accept God and take Him at His Word. Still, we are reminded that there are blessings and curses set before us. Let’s choose to humbly accept Jesus Christ, His salvation, and the blessings He holds in store for His followers.

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This is a large chunk of Scripture to ingest, but let’s see if we can make it through these seven chapters.


Chapter 5: The Big Move –

God brought Israel out of Egypt and is jealous (and protective) of them (5:6, 9). In chapters 5-8, I want to say that Israel is reacquainted with the Lord their God – their first love. Israel is moved from their old life and introduced to a life with God. Let’s remember how Jesus Christ has rescued us, and continues to teach us how to live with Him by our side.

Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you. . . (5:33)

Chapter 6: The Great Heart Issue –

In 6:13-19, we are taught to fear God and keep Him where He belongs in our lives. Our response to God ought to be love and excitement to enjoy Him and speak of His name boldly to others (6:2-3…

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Deuteronomy 1-2

Today, I want to explore our spiritual possessions God gives to us – His people. While God gave the Israelites very specific land He promised to be their own, He has given us sacred, specific, spiritual blessings that He desires for us to take hold of. Let’s look through Deuteronomy 1-2 over at the 2017 Reading Plan Blog.

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See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your [ancestors] (1:8).

Israel was told to go and take possession of the land. While God gave the Israelites special land, God has given us sacred spiritual land. We need to go and take possession of it. We do this by seeking our Lord Jesus Christ and being sensitive to the direction of the Holy Spirit. Also by keeping the Bible close to our hearts, and using it as our road map for life (see Joshua 1:6-9).

Fear –

Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried…

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Numbers 35-36

We need to get into the Word today, but sometimes it is easy to get confused about what to read. The Bible is so big and filled with soo many important truths. How do we know where to even start? It is better to start somewhere, than to start nowhere.

If we aren’t doing a specific reading plan or want more than our daily study in Thessalonians, this is a great way to accomplish this goal of filling up our spirit with more of the very word of God! I just received the gift of a new phone, and it has the option of showing me one of my reading plans I committed to reading. Admittedly I haven’t spent much time the past few months on my chronological study, but this little tool makes it easier to remember. . . “I need to read Numbers 35-36 today.”. And today, I am getting to that goal.

If you have no idea what to read or need more, join me as we think on the truths of Numbers 35.

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In Numbers 35, God instructs Moses concerning the Levites having their own towns. The Levites are given their very own place to call home (see 25:3-5). In addition to becoming a place for the Levites to live, six of these towns will become cities of refuge. This is where one “who has accidentally killed someone can flee for safety (25:6).”

I love what God says in verses 33 and 34 of this chapter. Let’s listen, shall we?

 “‘Do not pollute the land where you are. Bloodshed pollutes the land, and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it. Do not defile the land where you live and where I dwell, for I, the Lord, dwell among the Israelites.’”


Atonement –

Jesus has now become our atonement! As you may wonder how we can…

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Two New Opportunities (For the New Year)

Hey friends,

Welcome to 2017! I have TWO NEW THINGS to share with you all today. These are some pretty nice ways to get “plugged in”. Even if you are a part of a church family, it would still be a great way to get spiritually fed this year. Bear with me, as I share the details of both.

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Bible Reading Challenge is the first big opportunity I have to share with you all. While it started on the 1st, it’s not too late to join in. The goal is simple: to get into the Word of God and to encourage one another to keep spending more time in God’s Word.

The reading plan is a combination of reading the Bible in the order that things happened, and also reading daily Psalms. For the Bible Challenge, I have set up a blog to share the thoughts/posts and a facebook place to help my friends have easy access to the daily reading schedule. Just five days in, I have already gotten a bit behind and all. But you know what, I am really enjoying this Bible challenge. I am enjoying having the opportunity to just sit at the Lord’s feet and listen to my audio Bible as I remember how God has worked on behalf of His people – and – how God is our awesome Protector and Defender who initiates a relationship with us through His Son Jesus

Our Nine Week Bible Study is next on the agenda. I feel a bit scatter brained right now, so bear with me – as I write up this post. I am looking at my already higher-than-normal word count, and hoping I don’t miss details. While I know I haven’t shared much details about our new blog study, there has been a reason for that. These past few months have been crazy and hard as far as my health and symptoms go. I have wanted to make sure I would be up for this, as I do put a lot of time and attention into each of these studies (or I try to). Anyway, I am ready to share. =)

Are you ready for this? We will be studying the Thessalonians. Both books are included in this Scripture Writing – Bible Study on this blog. Honestly, I have already begun this study and am on week 3. So, I can say we will grow a lot. God is speaking to me in really good ways. He is reminding me of His presence. So, I invite you to join me in our study of Meeting the Thessalonians!

 

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Our new study will be a bit different as far as its format. I believe this will make it a better study for both you the reader and myself.

The Thessalonians study has been an amazing ride, one ride I am definitely ready to share with you all!

Big changes for our study –

  • It’s a “weekday” format – meaning five lessons per week.
  • A focus on memorizing Scripture.
  • Our weekly blog posts will continue, but perhaps only 1-2 posts per week.
  • A posted reading plan for those who cannot afford the journal (I couldn’t get one either, so don’t feel bad).

Also, there are changes within the journal too. What are some of those changes?

  • A weekly prayer sheet to help us jump start our week in prayer.
  • A reflection questionnaire to help us end each week well, and prepare for the following week.
  • A space to actually write out the memory verse, along with tips to help us memorize Scripture.

God is going to do some very amazing things in the course of our study. It will be 9 weeks of honest conversations with God and seeking Him in His Word! Look forward to having you join us.

We will begin our study on January 29!

Psst a little secret: We will begin studying the book of Romans after this study in the same format. We will take bite-size portions of Scripture to meditate and focus on, studying Romans over several Bible study eight week “sessions”.

Click here to support Gracefully Overcoming, by purchasing our Meeting the Thessalonians Scripture Writing Journal!

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Intercessory Prayer (Dutch Sheets, Bethany House)

Truthfully, this is perhaps the most difficult book review that I have written. After reading some of Dutch Sheets’ book, Intercessory Prayer, I discovered he is not an author to read or support.

The Author

As I approached chapter 2, it became clear that Sheets operates from a different belief system. While I didn’t google his name beforehand, it is clear that he declares “modern day” prophesies. By definition: he gives prophetic words that he believes is from God. Whenever we are met with a prophet, we are taught to test their works. There are many who claim to be a prophet, yet their words never spring into action – showing them to be accurate prophesies.

I encourage you all to do as 1 John 4:1 teaches us to do. In 1 John 4:1, we are taught to “test” those who prophesy to see if they come from God. We have many false prophets and teachers in today’s world.

That is a little background on what we are called to do as Christians, when we come across a prophet. With that said, I cannot support him in any capacity. Because he is a self named apostle and modern day prophet, I simply cannot support his work – especially having read some of this book.

Part of the greatest task I have, as a book reviewer, is to lead my readers to books that will direct them into greater knowledge of God, His Son Jesus, and the Gospel using the Bible with a clear interpretation.

 

Thoughts on His Book

Sheets believes that God’s work is dependent upon His people.  As in, God’s work will not go forward unless we are actively involved in intercessory prayer. I highly question this line of thinking. To me, this is something that goes against what I believe God teaches us, through the Bible. While God chooses to work through His people, His work is not dependent upon us in any way, shape, or form.

To be honest, the book started me on a trajectory of questioning my beliefs among other things. I tried to see his point of view, in chapter 2, as I read. Yet, all it did was disturb my spirit and cause me to do a lot of wondering if there was any truth to what I was reading in this book… But soon after reading this chapter, I learned of his background which helped bring some light for why I struggled to read and understand this book. From my own observation, it does not seem like it was written from a clear interpretation of the Bible. Reading a book such as this one, will only cause us to be led astray.

So with all that said, I must admit that this is not a book or author I would recommend.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Bethany House’s blogger review program, in exchange for a honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.