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.
Deuteronomy 1:26 (3/17/16)
Hater • March 17, 2016 • Benham Brothers
• In culture today Christians are considered “haters.” • In the first century Christians were considered “haters of the Roman empire” - same narrative. • Moses reminded the people how they accused God of being a hater. • They rebelled first, they accused second. • God had given them commands they didn’t like, so their view of Him changed. • When we rebel against God’s clearly defined boundaries then our view of God will change too. • And those who serve God will be viewed the same way God is viewed - as a hater. • We can’t concern ourselves with this label - we just be reverent to God and obey His commands.
Deuteronomy 1:28-31 (3/15/18)
Play To Your Strengths • March 15, 2018 • Benham Brothers
* 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. *
Deut 2:31-33 (3/28/14)
Go get it / Response • March 28, 2014 • Benham Brothers
There's a fine line between waiting on God and being proactive to go out and get it. God provided manna but the people had to go get it. God provided the Promised Land but the people had to go in and take it. When God is providing He puts it within reach, but you have to go and get it. You know you have waited on God by how you respond when you get it! In vs 33 - The Israelites claimed God as giving them victory over their enemies - they didn't take the credit.
Deut 4:9, 15, 29 (3/14/13)
The Division • March 14, 2013 • Benham Brothers
* Moses is making a distinction between Soul & Spirit * He is saying that you are to love God with both * Your Spirit is to guide your Soul * Your Soul is your Mind, Will, Emotions - the Mind is chief * You spirit leads your mind, then your mind directs your will and emotions
Deuteronomy 4:24 & 6:14-15 (3/15/18)
Jealousy • March 15, 2018 • Benham Brothers
* Moses was warning the people about idolatry. * Don’t let your relationship with Jesus turn to religion. * Religion is about our way of getting to God and making Him happy. * Relationship is about our response to God reaching down to us. * Here’s the differentiator - religion does not involve jealousy. * When we give our hearts to Jesus we become “His,” and He’s jealous of what’s His. * If we cheat on Him He doesn’t like it. * The reverse is true as well - if we see someone bad-mouthing Him or misrepresenting Him we should be jealous for His reputation. * Our relationship with God should be treated like our relationship with our parents (or spouse). * How would we respond if we heard someone bad mouthing or misrepresenting them in public? * How do we know if we’re operating by religion or relationship? * By how you feel when God is misrepresented. * You should be jealous for His reputation.
Deuteronomy 5:1 (3/15/18)
Ten Commandments • March 15, 2018 • Benham Brothers
* The first 5 commandments deal with causes. * They all point to HONOR for authority: * Honor God. * Honor the Sabbath (Jesus). * Honor parents. * The last 5 commandments deal with effects. * If you honor God, the Sabbath, and your parents, remaining properly aligned under authority, you will do the last 5 commandments. * You won’t kill, covet, steal, commit adultery, lie. * It’s all about authority - if we honor authority we’ll walk in authority. * Apart from honoring authority we won’t have authority over our lives. *
Deuteronomy 5:29 (3/16/17)
Changing God's Plan • March 16, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* 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.
Deut 6:4-5 & 25 (3/28/14)
Religion vs Relationship • March 28, 2014 • Benham Brothers
Moses was giving the people final instructions from God before they entered the Promised Land. The reward for them if they 1) Believed, 2) Loved, 3) Obeyed God would be that they would be counted as "righteous." Righteous means "right relationship" with God. If you are in a right relationship with God then you have LIFE! Profit is anything that leads to LIFE, so righteousness is very profitable! It's a great reward. In the OT it was: Believe - Love - Obey (behave). This was the foundation for God to build a relationship with us. When Jesus came it was: Believe - Become - Behave. Religions go from Belief to Behavior. Christianity goes from Belief to Becomming and then to Behavior. Christianity is about RELATIONSHIP - a Father / Child relationship that can be experienced. When we "become" a child of God then we "behave" as one.
Deut 6:5-9 (3/19/13)
It's Written all over your face! • March 19, 2013 • Benham Brothers
What King commands you to Love him? Love will be your guide Meditate - consume His Word Educate your kids Talk about God Make sure it's visible to all People will know you love God because It's Written All Over Your Face!
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (3/16/17)
How NOT to Forget • March 16, 2017 • Benham Brothers
* 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.
Deut 7:22 (3/19/13)
Slowly the beasts go away • March 19, 2013 • Benham Brothers
God commanded it but they couldn't do it all at once Why? Cuz the beasts would kill them Diligence - makes us into what we need to BE so we can DO what we need to do Jeremiah - commanded to speak but tongue stuck to the roof of his mouth
Deuteronomy 8:11 (3/26/15)
Forget • March 26, 2015 • Benham Brothers
God warned the people through Moses to NOT FORGET what He had done for them. It would be their natural tendancy to do this. God's prescription for how to remember - OBEDIENCE! Check this out: * Focus on Man - Disobedience - Forget. The spies focused on man and therefore they forgot how small the giants were in comparison to God. * Focus on God - Obedience - Remember! David focused on God and therefore he knew how small Goliath was in comparison to Him. It all hinges on obedience. When you focus on God you'll want to obey His commands. When you obey God's commands you see the reward for doing so. When you see the reward for obedience you'll want to continually obey. When you continually obey you're continually seeing God's rewards and constantly reminded of how God rewards obedience. When you're continually reminded of how God rewards obedience you will never FORGET!