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mountain2I want to see my “Promised Land. There is nothing in the world that I desire more. It seemed for so long that everywhere I turned, I was getting further in the hole….and then it became another excuse to stay sick (I had a LOT of excuses if you can’t tell by now). I stayed in the desert, wandering around. When I get down and start to feel sorry for myself again (which I have no place doing anyhow) then I turn to the Word of God. I realize that it isn’t distance that stands between me and my “Promised Land”. It’s the condition of my heart. Why would expect something so great when I haven’t (up until this point) really given anyone a reason to bring me off the mountain? Sometimes the journey is long and painful but it’s a necessary part of my preparation for what is to come. God is preparing me for service and devotion to HIM, not to my baby “gods” who have in the past been everything from my children to addiction to money and much more. If I am devoted to God, then the rest will fall in place. The book of Deuteronomy is one I go to often. I love to read Moses’ parting words to the people he led to this point. It gives me so much hope and it is filled with so many promises!

Deuteronomy 1:6 – The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain.”

mountain1I have stayed long enough on MY mountain, going around and around, acting like I deserved so much, wandering around in the desert, hoping for things to get better, but never doing anything about it. The Lord is calling me to break camp and move out so I better be willing to obey regardless of the challenge that faces me. My challenge right now? PATIENCE. Keeping my mouth shut. Being grateful for what the boys DO have. And More PATIENCE. I have to learn to do the right thing on purpose, even if I don’t feel like it and possibly for a very long time. The reason God said “at Mount Horeb” is because the laws and the 10 commandments were not given to the Israelites in Egypt before they took off, but at Mount Horeb. With covenant comes knowledge and with knowledge, responsibility. Where is your Mount Horeb? Where is the place where you learned what the Lord wanted you to do and you had to make a commitment to finally be responsible?

I can’t EXPECT God to just throw things in my lap. I have to take responsibility for my past actions first and make new actions count today. I need to be true to my word.

Deuteronomy 1:29-31 – Then I said to you, “Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. 30 The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, 31 and in the wilderness. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

mountain3God will carry me. He will fight for me. I still have to do my part and not complain any longer. I’m tired of walking around this silly mountain. Here is my promise!! And this excites me every single time I read it! I LOVE THIS…

Deuteronomy 1:39 – And the little ones that you said would be taken captive, your children who do not yet know good from bad – they will enter the land. I will give it to them and they will take possession of it.

Granted, Moses wasn’t allowed to enter the Promised Land because of his sin and disbelief. I believe!!! I believe. I WILL NOT be fearful. I will NOT focus on the negative. It may take YEARS, but I am willing to wait. My victory today is in CHRIST JESUS! Satan is a liar and he has already been defeated. Today I will focus on God’s direction and promises and I will NOT BE ROBBED OF THIS VICTORY!

You can read Deuteronomy 1-9 about Moses’ first address to the Israelites before they go into the promised land at www.biblegateway.com. Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #Deuteronomy

To further your reading, and to dive a bit deeper, consider this from Luke 12:28b – From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

Much is required from those of us walking out our salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord. Why should we expect so much from God when we haven’t been faithful with what He has already given us?

Related Scriptures: Nehemiah 4:20; Isaiah 46:3-4; Acts 13:16-19