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Feelings search for happiness while faith finds joy!!

The Christian life is a simple mattter of obedience. This is easy to understand, but challenging when our senses tell us otherwise. It’s for this reason that we need to prepare our ourselves for these situations with God’s word. We know God’s way is best, so we must yield to our faith rather than our feelings. We must be challenged to recall:

A. Benefits of obedience:

Deut. 8:1-2 “All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do,”

1. Preservation of life.

“that ye may live, and multiply,”

2. Fulfillment of promise.

“and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers.”

B. Consequences of disobedience:

“And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness,

1. Humiliation

“to humble thee,”

2. Testings

“and to prove thee,”

3. Revelation of character

“to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.”

C. Experience God’s miraculous power

V3a “And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger,”

1. Supernatural food

“and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not,”

2. Nature-defying clothing

V4 “Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee,”

3. Sovereign protection

“neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.”

LESSON - Our preparation first requires Holy Spirit filled self-examination. Where sin is present, expect God’s intervention. V5-6 “Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.”

Knowing this, wise people will follow the Lord and avoid the pleasures and consequences of sin.

“Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.”


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