* A popular business motto is to “play to your strengths.” * There is a lot of truth in this - doing what we’re designed to do. * But you don’t need God when you play only to your strengths. * The Israelites properly recognized the Amorites were stronger than they were. * But allowing their strengths to guide them caused them to miss what God had in store. * The Bible teaches “when I am weak then I am strong.” * Here’s the deal - God often asks us to do things we’re NOT good at to prove His power through us. * In this way He can test our loyalty AND He can get the glory when we obey. * In business I had to do a lot of things I wasn’t good at, but when I did them with a heart to please God I found myself getting really good at those things. * Fortunately I didn’t have to work in those areas forever, but the principle remains true. * Don’t focus on playing to your strengths, focus on obeying the voice of God. * Then trust Him to be strong through you. *
Deuteronomy 1:28-31 (3/15/18)
Play To Your Strengths
March 15, 2018 • Benham Brothers
Deuteronomy 1:1 (3/16/17)
Farewell Speech • March 16, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* Deuteronomy is Moses’ farewell speech - we should pay close attention to it. * Jesus quoted more from this book than any other. So did America’s founders. * He was addressing people who had not witnessed all the plagues and miracles God did in Egypt and on the journey through the wilderness. * So what did the greatest leader ever to live say: * 1) He reminded them of who they were. * 2) He reminded them how they got to where they were. * 3) He reminded them who God was. * 4) He reminded them of their mission. * 5) He equipped them for battle. * 6) He encouraged them to remain true to God.
Deuteronomy 1:6 (3/15/18)
Enough • March 15, 2018 • Benham Brothers
* Moses is reminding the Israelites of their history. * The Israelites had to remain in the wilderness as punishment for their sin. * But God announced that their punishment was over and it was time to move on. * Principle - if you’re going to move in you must move on. * If you want to move into your future you must move on from your past. * The Promised Land was a good place but they had to first leave Horeb. * We need to stay at Horeb until the lesson is learned, then leave! * So many people continue to live in light of the hurt they experienced in the past. * While it’s healthy to know your history, it’s unhealthy to let it define you. * So many secular counselors want you to have something you can point to so that you don’t have to take responsibility for your situation. * God wants you to re-write your history, but you have to be willing to first move on. * Start with saying, “That’s enough - I’m not going to live there any longer.”
Deuteronomy 1:20-23 (3/16/17)
Strategy • March 16, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* When the focus is not on God strategy takes the lead from the spirit. * The Israelites should have taken the land, not send out spies. * God probably knew they would be intimidated if they dipped their toe in the water - He wanted them to trust Him fully and just jump in. * Here’s the interesting part - God gave them a strategy on how to do it. * This is just like He gave Balaam permission to go with Balak. * Just because God may have given you a good idea does not mean you’re going the direction He wants you to go. * Often times He let’s you have what you want to get you where you need to be - broken and repentant. * Here’s the key - when people stop focusing on God then curiosity and cowardice replaces commitment and courage.