* Jeremiah 29:11 reveals God’s plan for us - to bless us, not to curse us. * But if we want to experience this plan we have a part to play. * Numbers 33:55-56 - If God’s people disobeyed, listen to what He said: “And I will do to you what I had planned to do to your (enemies).” * Key - We can change God’s plan if we refuse to adhere to God’s principles. * Notice the very next thing Moses addresses in Numbers 34:1-2 - BOUNDARIES! * Deuteronomy 5:29 - God had just given the 10 Commandments, and then said this. * If we want God’s blessings we must stay inside His boundaries, living by His principles. * It’s our choice - how God treats us is up to us. * Psalms 34:15-16 - It’s Our Choice. * I’ve told my kids I am not here to be their friend - I’m here to be their dad. * If they can honor me as dad then we’ll be best friends, but if they don’t then I’ll be the worst enemy they’ve ever had. * I want to be friends with all my kids, but it’s their choice. * If they honor me by obeying my rules, then we’ll be friends and they’ll be in my favor. * If they don’t then we won’t be friends and they won’t have my favor. * They’ll have my love, but not my favor. * My love is unconditional, but my favor is conditioned on their obedience.
Deuteronomy 5:29 (3/16/17)
Changing God's Plan
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.