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Safety

What is it that keeps you safe? Is it the police department, your security system or the pistol under your pillow? Ultimate safety can only be provided by Him which is all knowing, all seeing, all powerful and ever present; only by God. Note the statements of Psalm 91:1-2:
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.'"
Four Divine names are used here each with its own character: Most High cuts all threats down to nothing; Almighty (or Shaddai) was used of the God who provided everything for the Israelites in the wilderness; Lord is Yahweh or covenant keeper to us; and the general word "God" is made special by the use of "my" indicating possession and intimacy.
To the four names are attached four word pictures of security: shelter, shadow, refuge and fortress. The Psalmist is confident, assured and thankful for the protection o…

Valuable Words

As Moses completes his forty years as the leader of Israel, he reflects back on the development of this people into a nation. He will soon face his foretold death on Mount Nebo in Moab and his mind is clear about the usefulness of the five books of Law which he has been inspired by God to write.
Moses has seen much and deserves to be heard in these final moments. He says, "Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess." (Deuteronomy 32:46-47)
When you look at the Bible what do you see? Do you see an historical book or a prophetic one, or maybe a book of poetry? Yes, you can see all of that and more but that is just the surface. At the heart of these books is life, for as Moses said, "they are not just idle words." There is nothing…

Assumption

It seems easy to see the painful circumstances of a person and attach what we think is a logical reason for them. We want to blame some thing or some one for the grievous results that have been played out on that person's life. But we would be mistaken in many cases.


The disciples were walking along with Christ and they saw a man who had been born blind. They asked Christ, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" And, Jesus replied, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life." (John 9:1-2)
Think of Paul who experienced extreme weather out on the Mediterranean Sea and was shipwrecked. Was that because of sin? We would think so if we applied to it the story of Jonah who was in a great storm of the sea because he was disobedient to God.
Jesus definitely taught the eventual relationship of our character to our destiny but what he never taught was the immediate relation…

Who Cares?

It is difficult, I could say impossible, to live life without feeling human care. Even in the movie Castaway Tom Hanks creates a "friend" named Wilson and daily shares his life and thoughts with him. In his difficult sea voyage to rescue, Wilson goes "overboard" and Hanks dives in to save him, considering him his closest friend.
Who is that person you can go to in times of joy or distress to comfort or rejoice with? The Psalmist says above any human friend there is one that can deal with every human emotion and event we experience. That is God the Father. In Psalm 55:22 he says, "Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall."
Our "lot" in life, the many situations we get ourselves into, the serious and the joyous, are all to be thrown back on the Lord. This might suggest that they have their origin there, too, that God does play a part in our development and allows things into our life to direct us back…

Keeping Your Promises

There are many who make a promise and then don't keep it. They raise the hope of another and then defraud them by not following through. This is a problem that a person who has integrity should not encounter.
Moses stated that "whatever your lips utter you must be sure to do, because you made your vow freely to the Lord your God with your own mouth."(Deuteronomy 23:23)
If your words were not made to manipulate another person or to gain advantage for yourself, you should fulfill them. Why should you do this? Here is the answer: 1) No one is forcing you to make that promise. 2) It is not necessary to ever promise anyone anything, so don't allow it to happen for the wrong reasons. 3) You are held accountable for your words when you do promise.
Making a promise puts you into an agreement with another. To not come through on your promise is to have not been honest in the first place or to have promised something you could not ever deliver. Either way you have wronged the oth…

War

There are those who say war is evil and must never happen and those who say there is such a thing as a just war. We can view much war in the Bible including the Israelites taking over the Promise Land and the wars of King Saul and David.
In Deuteronomy 20 as the people of Israel get ready to step into the Promise Land we see Moses' instructions concerning war. First, in verse 1-4, there is the challenge to each man to "not be afraid" for God had given them the land, they just had to move out and obtain it. He promised victory for them.
Second, there were certain situations that would eliminate a man from going to war. Verses 5-9 speak of the building of a new house, a new vineyard, a new marriage as three important reasons to allowed a man to stay home and then the fourth of being fainthearted as a reason because these men would become a discouragement to the other soldiers and not dependable in battle.
Third, although the command of God for all cities within the Promised L…