* Do you know what can make you forget the goodness of God? The goodness of God! * Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. Weak men create hard times. * Moses was teaching the people how NOT to forget God when they experienced good times. * How? By recalling God’s goodness through remembering what He’s said and what He’s done. * Notice what Moses said: * 1) We are to TALK about them: * when we’re at home - with our family and neighbors. * when we’re at work - with our fellow colleagues. * when we’re going to bed - close out our day with Him on our mind. * when we get up - start our day with Him on our mind. * 2) We are to LIVE by them: * when we’re “doing” things - tie them on your hands signifies behavior. * when we’re “thinking” things - wear them on your forehead signifies thought. * 3) We are to establish governments by them: * self and family government - “write them on your doorposts” signifies our homes. * civil government - “write them on your gates” signifies your nation’s government. * Notice all the Scripture that’s written on our monuments and buildings in Washington D.C. * Our founders quoted from the book of Deuteronomy more than any other source - so we know they took this Scripture literally.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (3/16/17)
How NOT to Forget
March 16, 2017 • 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.