Deuteronomy 22:21 Taking Care Of Your Neighbor

Lone sheep

If you see your fellow Israelite’s ox or sheep straying, do not ignore it but be sure to take it back to its owner. Deuteronomy 2:21

Taking care of one’s neighbor is not a very common sight to be seen. The majority of people are out for themselves and only to take care of themselves, even at the expense of others.

During the time of Moses, oxen or sheep were one of the main livelihoods of the people. It was their source of income, their help in plowing the fields and providing clothing. It was also traded for other items of need and ultimately used as a sacrifice to God.

There would be times when an ox or sheep would stray away from the owner. God had told the Israelites to not ignore it, but to immediately return it to the owner.

It is common for people to ignore the needs or property of others. Although today, most people do not use sheep or oxen for their livelihood, there are other things of value to people. People will see a neighbor’s fence falling down on the backside of the property out of normal sight. They ignore it and do not tell the neighbor anything about it.

Other times they may see something wrong in their neighbor’s property or life and will just ignore it, rather than letting the neighbor know what was seen or perceived. People are all about minding their own business, unless it affects them or it is juicy gossip.

The greatest need of any person is the need to know Jesus and receive the salvation that He offers to every believer. Most people will not say a word to the person about Jesus, because he does not want to offend the person with the gospel message. Yet, every person has the right to know.

If they have the right to get their property back, which is here today and gone tomorrow, they definitely need Jesus and the salvation He is offering them. Believers must take care of their neighbor and let them have what God wants to give them or has already allowed them to have.

Do not take anything that belongs to your neighbor, but even more so, do not keep back anything from them that can be theirs. God has salvation ready for all who believe. How can your neighbor believe, if you do not tell him.

Take time today to care for your neighbor.

I pray today that you will have God’s love for your neighbor; that you will not take anything that belongs to your neighbor; that you withhold anything that belongs to your neighbor; that you will take care of your neighbor as God takes care of you. 

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Deuteronomy 20:1 Going To War

Young man by wall

When you go to war against your enemies and see horses and chariots and an army greater than yours, do not be afraid of them, because the LORD your God, who brought you up out of Egypt, will be with you. Deuteronomy 20:1

There are wars and battles going on all over the world. While there are many that are physical wars, with tanks, guns, and physical killings, the majority are a different type of war. They are wars of conflicts of interest, hatred for family or neighbors, temptations to do wrong and more.

People are fighting each other, even though many do not do it with guns. Often, it is each trying to get his or her own way. It is name calling, slandering, gossip, back-biting, cheating, and more.

Even though these types of wars are common, believers have, yet, another type of war. They are in a war against false beliefs, and fighting for the lives of others. The world, as a whole, is against God. They do not want the God to win.

God told the Israelites that they would go to war against their enemies. It was not a matter of ‘if they will go to battle’, but when they will go to battle. As they go to war, they were not to fear the enemy because God would be with them.

Every believer is in a battle for his own life and for the lives of others. It is a spiritual battle of an eternal consequence. The world is against the believer, and the believer is against the world. 

Although there are many believers, there are more unbelievers. The believer is not to fear the enemy–this world, despite how many there are. God is right along side of the enemy. He is fighting the battle with the believer.

Each day you go out into this world, you will be doing battle against the enemy of God. Satan and this world’s ways do not want you or God to win.

Walking into the work place or some other location, the number of enemies of God will nearly always be greater in number, than those following God. You have a mission to tell everyone about Jesus. You have a job to bring people to Jesus for salvation.

As you begin to be His witness, you have taken the first strike in this spiritual battle. Do not be afraid of their great numbers. God is with you in this war. You will win, because God never loses.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be His witness in this world; that you will not fear the enemy; and that you will know God’s presence with you in this war for lives. 

Deuteronomy 17:1 Don’t Offer God Junk

Geese by a lake

Do not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep that has any defect or flaw in it, for that would be detestable to him. Deuteronomy 17:1

Giving to others is something that some people do on a regular basis. It often appears good and that they are being very generous, that is until what they are really giving is looked at.

There are many people who bring things to Goodwill or to Salvation Army that are not worth giving. They often give wore out or have broken things to those in need. It is rare, to never, that the best things are given to any one in need. Only the leftovers or rejects are given.

This can often happen in the church in the same way. There are many people who give tithes and offerings to God, but they are only giving the leftovers or the rejects to God. They do not give  the best.

These offerings are not only the physical cash offerings, but their time and efforts. Time and thought is not put into working in a ministry. Focused effort is rarely done with studying God’s word or being a witness. The focus of many people is self or this world, rather than on God and His kingdom. The busyness of this world often leads people to give what is left, and not the best.

God had told the Israelites not to offer any sacrifice that had a defect in it. During that time, they offered physical sacrifices of animals. What people would do would be to offer a defective sheep or ox to God as their offering to Him for one of the festivals. God would find this detestable, because they were giving to get rid of, not to honor and bless God.

Every believer needs to give God his best and trust God for the rest. Give the best of time, money, and effort.

Take time today to focus on what you are giving God. Allow God to have the first and best of everything you have, your time, energy, abilities, and money. Do not give Him only the leftovers or what you really don’t want anyways.

Take time to give God the best of you. Allow God to change the worst in you, but give Him the best, while in the process of change.

How is your giving to God today?

I pray today that you will give to God with a willing heart; that you will give God all of yourself; that you will give God the best; and that you will honor God in all of  your giving. 

Deuteronomy 13:4 What You Must Do

Two paths

It is the LORD your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. Deuteronomy 13:4

Going through life brings many different choices that must be made. Questions as often asked as to what a person should do. There are thousands of different paths that a person can take, and choosing the correct one is often a hard choice for many to make.

Each path as different points that are good and bad. Most people do not want to make the wrong choice. Yet, the majority of the people in this world do make the wrong choice.

The reality of the matter is that it is only one real choice of two paths to make. Every other choice falls under one of those two paths that a person chooses. There is the path of following self or the world, and the path of following God.

Moses tells the people that they must follow God. In the process of following God they must revere, obey, serve and hold fast to Him. There is to be no other gods in the life of a person.

The question is then often asked, how does following God answer every other choice to be made? If a person is following God, He will lead him in the right direction every time. The choice is no longer left up to the person, but up to God to be made.

Around the verse, the people are told to love God with everything in them and to obey Him in every way. This puts God first in the life of the person. God is the one who knows the choices to be made. Believers must trust His choices and directions. Every choice God makes is for the benefit of the believer and for His kingdom. It is a win-win situation.

Trusting that you are a believer and believe in God, you must also make a choice. How much are you willing to trust and obey God? Are you willing to serve God with everything that is in you?

Hold on to God with all that is within you. God is there for you and is not against you. He wants only what is best for you. However, it is up to you to follow, obey, serve, honor and hold fast to Him.

Now you know what you must do, so start doing it.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow God alone; that you will serve and obey God with your whole life; and that you will allow God to make the choices in your life.