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Psalms #2

We have started reading through the book of Psalms in our chronological Bible reading plan, and I am soo excited!!

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Just as it was with the earlier Psalms, we will be just grabbing pieces of these Psalms. There is so much we can receive from them, so I encourage you to take the time to read through them – as your schedule allows.

A minute here to read one short Psalm, a few minutes there to listen to a longer Psalm. It all adds up, and is being stored up in our hearts – my friends.

Psalms 56

Be gracious to me, God, for a man is trampling me;
he fights and oppresses me all day long.
My adversaries trample me all day,
for many arrogantly fight against me.
When I am afraid,
I will trust in you (vv, 1-3, CSB).

Psalms 120

I have dwelt too long
with those who hate peace.
I am for peace; but when I speak,
they are for war (vv. 6-7).

Psalms 140

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1 Samuel 4-8 (Part 1)

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“Why did the Lord…? (1 Sam. 4:3)”

Unfortunately, we get like this also. We go out to fight without praying and our spiritual armor, then we bring forth our questions like this.

We want to make and carry out our own plans, but expect God to bless them.

When we do this, we are forgetting one little thing –

The Lord is the One who rules over all (1 Sam. 4:4)

Israel lost the war on the Philistines, because they went their own way versus stopping to pray and see what God wanted. They even, acted in a way – that causes the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant {which is a BIG deal} to be stolen. For seven long hard moments, God’s glory departed from Israel.

Friends, we need to pray in the battles we face. We need to pray in the midst of the battle, but also need to pray

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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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