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Be Strong and Of a Good Courage

Deuteronomy 34:1—Joshua 2:24; Luke 13:22–14:6; Psalm 79:1-13; Proverbs 12:26

Be Strong and Of a Good Courage
Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
– Joshua 1:1-9

Strive to Enter In At the Strait Gate
And he [Jesus] went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem. Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say untoyou, I know you not whence ye are: then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
– Luke 13:22-30

For They Name’s Sake
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.
– Psalm 79:9

Beware the Way of the Wicked
The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour: but the way of the wicked seduceth them
. – Proverbs 12:26

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Sit and Receive

Deuteronomy 33:1-29; Luke 13:1-21; Psalm 78:65-72; Proverbs 12:25

Sit and Receive
Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words. – Deuteronomy 33:3

To me, this is a beautiful picture of God and His children. He loves His children and cares for them, provides for them. His children sit at His feet, listen to His Words, and receive all they need. Doesn’t that remind you of Mary, who sat at Jesus’ feet listening to Him talk while her sister Martha cooked and cleaned? Martha complained that Mary wasn’t helping. And what did Jesus say of Mary? He said She has chosen the good part.

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and her his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou are careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. – Luke 10:38-42

God still wants us to choose to sit down at His feet and receive from His Words. God still wants us to choose Him and those things He wants to share with us above all the cares of this world. Why? Because:

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. – John 6:63

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. – Matthew 4:4

The Kingdom of God
Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it. And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
– Luke 13:18-21

The Kingdom of God might now look like much in its beginning, but as it grows day after day, year after year, it becomes a great tree and leavened dough – evident in His power and useful for His purposes.

He Feeds and Guides
So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands
. – Psalm 78:72

It is encouraging to know that God will feed me with the integrity of His heart, and He will guide me with the skillfulness of His Hands. He pours into me that I may then be His vessel. Then He can use me to feed and teach others what I have seen and learned from Him.

A Good Word
Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
– Proverbs 12:25

This verse is a reminder that my words can weigh someone else’s heart down or my words can lift them up. Choose wisely every word that you speak.

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Consider Your Latter End

Deuteronomy 32:28-52; Luke 12:35-59; Psalm 78:56-64; Proverbs 12:24

Consider Your Latter End
For they [Israel] are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them. O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!
– Deuteronomy 32:28-29

Consider Your latter end. Consider your eternity!!!

That They May Open Unto Him Immediately
Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
– Luke 12:35-38

And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. – Luke 12:42-44

Jesus is coming soon. Both our Old Testament and New Testament scripture passages today warn us to be ready!!!! Be dressed and ready. Stay dressed and ready. Keep your lamps burning so that when He comes and knocks, you can open the door immediately. There won’t be time for repentance and faithfulness. There won’t be time to love others. There won’t be time to forgive and be forgiven or to fulfill your calling. Today is the day, and He has issued His warning!!! Oh, that I would be found faithful and wise!!!

His Strength, His Glory, His People, His Inheritance
And delivered his strength into captivity, and his glory into the enemy’s hand. He gave his people over also unto the sword; and was wroth with his inheritance.
– Psalm 78:61-62

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was crucified by His own creation. If that isn’t love!!! I am in awe of that kind of love, but at the same time, it breaks my heart to think of the wickedness in me that delivered Him into captivity. That took His glory and threw it into the enemy’s hand for temporary pleasure. We are a people, His people, so prone to betrayal. I am sure when He looks at His inheritance (us) he still has some anger at the way we take all He has given and throw it away for so little. But then His love speaks and the same love that took Him to that old, rugged cross and the same love that brings anger where anger is due…looks at His creation and draws us again to the place of conviction, repentance, for the sake of renewed relationship.Thank You, Jesus for loving me!!!

Reward for Hard Work
The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute.
– Proverbs 12:24

There is a reward for hard work and a price for laziness. Where laziness is there is also the spirit of oppression.

Diligent – characterized by steady, earnest, and energetic effort.

Tribute – a payment by one ruler or nation to another in acknowledgment of submission or as the price of protection.

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Seek Ye the Kingdom of God

Deuteronomy 31:1–32:27; Luke 12:8-34; Psalm 78:32-55; Proverbs 12:21-23

Seek Ye the Kingdom of God
And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. If then God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. – Luke 12:22-34

There is no need to worry. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and everything you need will be given to you. And it also says, it is our Father’s “good pleasure” to give the Kingdom to us. I guess the question is – am I seeking the Kingdom of God or do I seek my own kingdom?

Help me, Lord, to seek Your Kingdom and Yours alone. Forgive me for how much I have failed You by seeking the things of this world that give temporary benefits rather than your Kingdom’s eternal gifts. Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right spirit in me. Touch my heart in such a way that I will seek only treasure that can be found in Your Kingdom. Please help me, Holy Ghost to have a heart that is pure and holy. This is my plea to You Father…and I ask in the name of Your Precious Son, Jesus. Amen! Amen!

He Led Them, He Will Lead Me
But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.– Psalm78:52-53

His Work in Me is Perfect
Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he
.- Deuteronomy 32:3-4

Shhhh
A prudent man concealeth knowledge: but the heart of fools proclaimeth foolishness.- Proverbs 12:23

Me going out of my way to prove myself to those who don’t matter is not wisdom. It is foolishness.

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I Have Set Before You Life and Death

Deuteronomy 29:1–30:20; Luke 11:37–12:7; Psalm 78:1-31; Proverbs 12:19-20

Choose His Will
He rained flesh also upon them as dust, and feathered fowls like as the sand of the sea: And he let it fall in the midst of their camp, round about their habitations. So they did eat, and were well filled: for he gave them their own desire; They were not estranged from their lust. But while their meat was yet in their mouths, The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen men of Israel. – Psalm 78:27-31

How often do I thank God that He did not give me my own desires when I whined, complained, or pitched a tantrum? How often have my desires been contrary to His? Too many to count. His plans are always best. When will I learn that? Thank You for Your mercies Lord and as David said in Psalm 131, helping to wean me, from me.

This phrase rattled me a bit – They were not estranged from their lust. Basically it is something you desire so much that you aren’t willing to separate yourself from it. It can be anything food, people, activities, or even mindsets. 

Lust – an overmastering desire or craving
Estrange – Alienated; no longer in a friendly or affectionate relationship

Lordhelp me separate myself from anything that could even possibly be defined as a lust, craving, or something that would distract from my relationship with You and Your will for my life. Help me to guard my heart and convict me when I start to whine, complain, or any such thing as that. Thank You for Your Word that guides me and teaches me. Thank You for Your Holy Ghost that brings conviction that leads to repentance. Thank You for sending Your beautiful Son, Jesus, that I can live and worship and honor eternally. I love You Father!!! and I say and ask this all…In Jesus Name. Amen!!!

Choose Fear (of God)
For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. – Luke 12:2-7

Choose Joy
Deceit is in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace is joy.- Proverbs 12:20

Choose Life
See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; in that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: that thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. – Deuteronomy 30:15-20

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Is the Light in You Darkness?

Deuteronomy 28:1-68; Luke 11:14-36; Psalm 77:1-20; Proverbs 12:18

Is the Light in You Darkness?
Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light. – Luke 11:35-36

Blessed Shalt Thou Be
And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: and all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways. And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee. And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee. The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them: and thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them. – Deuteronomy 28:1-13

Thou Art the God that Doest Wonders
Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God? Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people. Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.
– Psalm 77:13-15

Tongue of the Wise is Health
There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health. – Proverbs 12:18

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His Peculiar People

Deuteronomy 26:1–27:26; Luke 10:38-11:13; Psalm 76:1-12; Proverbs 12:15-17

His Peculiar People
This day the LORD thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice: and the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments; and to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy God, as he hath spoken.
– Deuteronomy 26:16-19

Lord, Teach Us to Pray
And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
– Luke 11:1-4

And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? – Luke 11:9-13

Thou, Art to Be Feared
At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob, both the chariot and horse are cast into a dead sleep. Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angry? Thou didst cause judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared, and was still When God arose to judgment, to save all the meek of the earth. Selah.,
– Psalm 76:6-9

Listen to Godly Counsel
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
– Proverbs 12:15

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It is Not About You!

Deuteronomy 23:1–25:19; Luke 10:13-37; Psalm 75:1-10; Proverbs 12:12-14

It is Not About You!
He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. – Luke 10:16

Important to remember that the message we carry is not about us. It’s not about someone accepting us and following our footsteps. When someone rejects the message we share, it isn’t about us either. According to Jesus, a person who rejects us or our message is rejecting God. Rather than trying to care for our hearts when we face opposition, we should turn all of our attention toward God. Imagine the rejection God feels daily. Imagine how the Name of His beautiful Son is defamed daily. Imagine the blame He takes for things He has nothing to do with every single day. God sent His Son to die for us, and yet we as a whole love darkness more. It’s heartbreaking. It’s not we who have been rejected; it’s God. Have you ever considered that God not only cares for us but wants to be cared for by us? Maybe we all should spend time with our heavenly Father today for no other reason than to love Him.

If You Vow a Vow…
When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee. But if thou shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee. That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the LORD thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth.  – Deuteronomy 23:21-23

Promotion and Demotion Comes From God
For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another. – Psalm 75:6

Our Mouths Can Get Us in So Much Trouble
The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble. A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompense of a man’s hands shall be rendered unto him.– Proverbs 12:13:14

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For God is My God of Old

Deuteronomy 21:1–22:30; Luke 9:51–10:12; Psalm 74:1-23; Proverbs 12:11

Something to Meditate On
For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
 – Psalm 74:12

In Psalm 74, David is crying out and praying to God, recalling all the things he has done in the past. Following the verse above, David details each time God comes to rescue the people of Israel.

It tells me the importance of detailing every victory, every answered prayer, every time God has saved me…detail by detail.

This Being Good Friday – (Read this passage)
And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree: his body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.
 – Deuteronomy 21:22-23

On the cross, Jesus Christ became the curse, that in Him, when He arose from the grave, that curse would be broken from the lives of those that came to Him and believed.

Lord make me hate my sin more and live my life with thoughts of the cross and our Savior who took my place on that cross. Let thoughts of Him be on my heart always.

A Good Friday for us but was a dreadful one for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

John 19:31 –  The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

Galatians 3:13-14 – Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

Sometimes You Just Have To Wipe the Dust Off
And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: and heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
 – Luke 10:8-11

As you work for the Lord, be content with what you are given. Some households are poor, and others are wealthy. Disciples must be content. They are to be offered sustenance, not luxury.

Shaking the dust of a town off one’s sandals was a Jewish tradition symbolizing removing every bit of Gentile defilement from themselves following contact with unbelievers.

A Time to Work and A Time to Play
He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.
 – Proverbs 12:11

There is a time to be carefree and a time to be serious; there is a time to work and a time to play. But, the one who is so easygoing and chooses not to take some things seriously – to play when it is a time to work – will miss their opportunity to understand what God is trying to say or do in, through, and around their life. To be satisfied with bread, you have to work first.

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This is My Beloved Son: Hear Him

Deuteronomy 18:1–20:20; Luke 9:28-50; Psalm 73:1-28; Proverbs 12:10

Stop Talking and Hear Him
And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem. But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him. And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said. While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him. And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.
– Luke 9:29-36

I would love to have seen Peter’s face. I am sure that when he first saw God’s glory on Jesus as He stood alongside Moses and Elias, he had a wave of fear. So, he did what we do. He just started talking. And the Bible says that he did so, not knowing what he said. But immediately, God intervened and said those beautiful Words, “This is my beloved Son: hear HIM!” God reminds Peter to hear and follow Jesus! That is great instruction for us, too. Don’t listen to others or even your own thoughts if they conflict with what God has said.

When A Prophet Speaks
And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
– Deuteronomy 18:17-22

Good instruction about the Words God gives to His prophets and those He doesn’t. I have a few thoughts about this topic. In this time, we have seen people come against prophets not for speaking a wrong word but for repenting because they feel the word was wrong. People are mad that someone repented. So they liked the word, but they despise the repentance. What? We are called to love one another, not to destroy a brother for what is going on in their heart and feel they need to repent. If you feel the unction to tear down someone for repentance, then that comes from the accuser of the brethren. If you have partnered with him please check yourself! The enemy seeks to divide us!!!

His Counsel Guides Me
Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
– Psalm 73:23-26

That I May Declare All Thy Works
But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
– Psalm 73:28

Be Kind to Your Animals
A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel
. – Proverbs 12:10

This verse shows how God feels about the animals He created. He said to regard the life of your animals.

Regard – Protective interest, care, attention, and consideration