Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them. Deuteronomy 11:16
When traveling down a road on a longer trip, there are often many warning signs on the road. There are warnings of sharper curves, workmen on the road, speed limit changes, narrow roads or bridges, extra wide vehicles, low bridges, stop signs, crossing traffic, and many other warnings. These are placed on the road to help prevent an accident.
As a person travels down the road, he can be tempted to drive faster and ignore the warning signs. The temptation to follow what others are doing increases the desire to ignore the signs. Yet, those signs are there for a purpose, to keep the person safe from harm.
As the Israelites were getting ready to go into the new land of Canaan, they were warned about being careful of being enticed to follow false gods. The pressure to follow them would be great.
Traveling through this life has many different paths that people travel. All but one path leads to death and destruction. Only when a person follows the path laid out by Jesus, can a he gain life.
The world will throw everything it can towards the believer to get him to follow anyone or thing except Jesus. They try to make the false gods look good.
In today’s society, it not usually a physical idol that they worship, but other things or self. Currently, there are many that believe no matter what religious belief a person he has, he can still get to heaven. Or they push the idea Jesus is not real, and one can be anything he wants to be on his own, and it is acceptable.
The only way you, as a believer, can keep from falling for these false beliefs is to be careful and alert. You must keep a close eye on the path for warning signs that there is danger ahead. Being filled with God’s Holy Spirit will help you be careful not to be enticed into believing some false god. He will keep you on the path God has for you.
You must keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith, so that when the temptation to turn away from God comes, and it will, you will not be led astray. Be careful to follow God with all of your heart, mind, soul and strength.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not be led away from God to false beliefs; that the Holy Spirit will guide your steps in following Jesus; and that you will worship and serve God alone.
be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. Deuteronomy 6:12
Forgetting people or things or people is a very common practice among most people. They can remember things that are very important to them, but as soon as it is no longer very important, things can be easily forgotten.
The reason most people forget something or someone, is that they become very busy with self. Something has become more important than the other. One of the things is always put to the side and ignored for a time.
Some things are important to forget, but not everything. Moses warns the people to not forget God. They are to remember where they came from and who got them to where they are. They had been brought out of Egypt and slavery to a new land. This was done by God and by His hand alone.
Getting settled in the new land, often brings people to forget what got them there. Later, the Israelites would forget God.
It is easy for people to put God on the sidelines and forget about Him when things are going good. When there are no troubles and everything is smooth, people often forget about God and what He has commanded them. They forget about where they had been, and who got them to where they currently are.
As soon as a person begins to forget about God, he begins to walk in sinful ways. His eyes are no longer on the Maker of his life.
Although most people have never been physically in Egypt or in slavery today, they were still slaves. They had been slaves to sin and this world. Jesus has rescued them and brought them out of this world of sin.
You, also, have been brought out of your own Egypt, your own world of sin to live for God in a new land. This new land is living for God in a new way, with new goals and desires.
As things are going well for you and the challenges have been overcome, do not allow yourself to forget God. Do not allow yourself to think better of yourself than you should.
It was God who had mercy on you and brought you out of sin. Do not forget Him in living your life on this earth. Put God first in your life.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not forget who brought you to where you are today; that you will not forget God in your times of success and favor; and that you will always serve God with your whole heart.
Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teacher them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:9
Remembering things is something that is needed to be done. It helps remind a person where he has come from and things he should or should not do. Looking back on one’s life will help one see the choices that were made, some that were disastrous and others that were successful.
Over time, there has been groups of people who strive to deny things that occurred in the past. They try to deny or ignore things that were negative in their lives. There are people who try to deny the holocaust or the slavery done in America. They try to rewrite the history books to deny these things.
Since Jesus walked on the earth, there are many who try to deny Jesus. Since the beginning of mankind, there are people who work hard to deny the existence of God.
God told the Israelites to be careful to remember everything that they had seen. Not only were they to remember them, but they were to pass the stories on to their children and grandchildren.
Every believer will have stories to tell of God’s provision or hand in their lives. Many will begin to forget about what God had done, when things get tough in life. Those who do remember, will find strength and hope in God, because they remember how God has already met a need in the past.
Forgetting the things God has done opens the door to doubt and fear. Many believers fear things happening, because they forget what God has already done and can do.
Take time to think about all the things God has done for you in your life. Take time to share that information with family and friends. Do not allow yourself to forget how God has worked in your life.
When the time comes that you are going to go through a tough time, and it will come, stop and take the time to remember how God has helped in the past. This will give you hope for your future. It will remove the fear of the situation, because you will see God is still at work in your life.
Don’t forget what God has done!
I pray today that you will remember the work of God in your life; that you will share what God has already done for you; that God will remove fear of difficult times; and that many will come to God through your testimony of His work in your life.
Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you. Exodus 34:12
Treaties are agreements that are made between two opposing groups in order to bring about peace. They are commonly known between two warring nations to bring about peace and end fighting amongst each other.
Although not always called a treaty, the same type of agreement is also found between opposing businesses and individuals. One thing that is common among all treaties is that they are a compromise between the two opposing groups. Both groups give in on their stand in some area and get to continue to stand strong in another area. On the outside it appears as a win-win.
As God was bringing the Israelites through the wilderness, He told them to be careful to not make any treaty with the people of the new lands. The reason for this warning was to keep the enemy from becoming a snare to the people.
God does not want His people to compromise with the enemy. The enemy is in the wrong each and every time. Satan is out to kill and destroy each and every person he can, with no mercy, and in any manner possible. The world does not want the believer to win any battle.
Sadly, compromise and treaties with the world is commonly seen in the church. People choose to not stand firmly with God and lower their standards. The give into the pressure of this world. Beginning to believe in the standards of the world, causes a treaty with the world to be made, which, in turn, causes the believer to turn away from God’s standards of living. The treaty has become a snare to them, causing damage or even death to a believer. This death is not just physical, but a turning from God.
Many believers openly live in sin because of their treaty with this world.
As a believer, you are to take a solid stand upon God’s word, with no compromise with the world. The world is out to deceive and kill, it is about self. Jesus is there to bring you life. Do not give up what God has given you. Do not allow the world to take it from you by deception.
A treaty with the world is enmity with God. Whose standards are you holding on to?
I pray today that you will hold onto God’s standards; that God will reveal where there is a treaty with the world in your life; that God will strengthen you to break any treaty with the world; and that God will keep you from being caught in the snare of this world’s deception.