A Devotional For Leaders

Deuteronomy Chapter 20

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Deuteronomy was Moses’ last message to the people of Israel, as they were about to cross the Jordan River and enter the land promised to Abraham about 430 years previously by God. It is a message inspired by God, to ready His people for battle. As we read Chapter 20, we need to keep in mind that this is a message of preparation for war.

I think such a message is applicable to us today, even though we fight a different type of war. Our life style is much more comfortable than the one these Israelis lived in, but in some ways that makes our battle harder than theirs. They were giving up a stiflingly hot, parched desert for a lush, prosperous land. No more endless meals of manna, day after day, month after month, year after year. The Promised Land would offer them tables packed with a smorgasbord of varied, delectably delicious foods. The Israelis’ material lifestyles would soon increase dramatically as they obeyed God’s command to take the land; their natural eyes would see it, and the progress would feel good to their flesh and buoy their emotions.

We in America, on the other hand, live in a fat, bloated, self-indulgent, material ‘Land’, handed to us by others who paid for it with their sweat and blood. I’m sure that we’ve reached a point that those who sacrificed before us never intended to go. The materialism has seeped into our psyche. We’ve learned how to put up an intellectual front, discussing and debating spiritual topics with great knowledge and veracity; but when presented with an actual challenge, it’s very tempting to back away from the front line of battle, and hide behind our theories. (The church can actually provide a good hiding place for some, unfortunately.) We’re in a different situation than the Israelis of Deuteronomy, because for us obeying Jesus for us may mean the loss of some material excesses, but only because they were excesses He never ordained in the first place. (God will always supply our needs, but not necessarily our ‘greeds’.) In order to grow, we may be asked by God to prove that we love Him more than the unnecessary material things that clutter our homes and minds and hearts.

In 1490 BC, as Israel stood at the edge of the Jordan River, her enemies were obvious to spot – they were big, intimidating warriors carrying clubs and swords and spears. They made the Israelis feel as small as grasshoppers. They were scary, but at least their identities were clear. Israel’s enemy was obvious.

In America, our enemy is often hidden behind beautiful plastic Hollywood masks of immorality, business suits of greed, or social policies of moral destruction. The hope for personal gain causes people to forget that ultimately the blessing on nations comes from God, and that those who reject His ways eventually bring His judgment upon themselves and others, including those whom they love.

Very frankly, it’s a lot easier to fight an obvious opponent openly with a sword, and then have an obvious winner and loser. The subtle enemies of our generation are harder to discern, identify, and overcome.

Our Enemy ‘masquerades as an angel of light’, and has a poisonous, deadly message: ‘Deny the Biblical God, and things will go better for you. Don’t get too ‘radical’ for Jesus – be reasonable. Tone down your beliefs – live and let live. There are many respected churches that don’t believe the Bible literally. There are actually many paths to heaven…You’ve got to think about your possessions, your family, your retirement…

And then, as our kids watch what we do, they become like us.

If the Enemy can’t stop someone from getting saved, his next goal will be to minimize their effectiveness by stunting their growth. His message to Christians is insidious: ‘What do you mean, go to prayer meeting, or Bible study? What do you mean, give some of your hard earned finances to support the ministries of Christ? While you do that, your neighbors are all getting ahead of you. They have more things than you do. Come on – you’re already doing enough. If you need something fresh, enroll in a nice comfortable seminar at a nice hotel where you’ll be pampered and well fed, and learn how to make more money and become more successful in this world. Find a church that doesn’t really teach through the full Bible, but has great entertainment for you and the kids. After all, you’re already saved….

And then, as our kids watch what we do, they become like us. And then, when they reach adulthood, they leave the church, because they see the hypocrisy of it all. They realize that Hollywood can do a lot better job of entertaining them than the church can.

When God and His entire Bible are not at the forefront of our thoughts, the Enemy makes a lot of sense. Life will be easier if we just join the crowd and travel down the wide road of compromise. The problem is, that road won’t take us over the Jordan River. It’ll just take us to the edge, and then circle back around and around, following every new wind of doctrine. It’ll become like the dry, endless spiritual desert that most of the first generation Israelis from Egypt circled in for 40 years. Is that where we want to walk?

The age-old battle fought in the heavenlies goes much deeper than our earthly prosperity – the battle is for the proclamation of Truth, which will determine the Eternal Abode of men’s Souls. It must be fought on the narrow road of God’s Word. It’s a battle that this world doesn’t want to believe exists, and the Enemy doesn’t want them to believe exists. Believe Jesus and live, or deny Jesus and die. Live for Jesus and grow, or make excuses and stagnate. It’s clear enough for children to understand, and yet considered foolishness to those who consider themselves to be the highly successful ‘elite’ of this or any generation.

We understand that if all paths led to heaven, then Jesus wouldn’t have had to go to the cross. To do so under such circumstances would have been a terrible, awful mistake – an innocent man dying in his own delusion. Of course, this would then lower Jesus from divine God to a simple fool to be pitied (but not worshipped and obeyed), because divine beings do not make ridiculous mistakes like that. Mistakes show flaws and weaknesses. But the simple truth is this: Jesus didn’t make a mistake. He was the only One Whose death could pay for our sins, so that we could spend eternity in Heaven with Him. He had to die, or we would all be going to hell. It’s so simple – and God wants us to tell everyone we know.

And here’s another simple truth: There’s a type of in-between place spiritually between life and death. When we receive Christ, we’re saved from eternal death. But we still have the rest of our earthly life which we will spend choosing to walk in the Spirit (life), or to walk in the flesh (death). Jesus doesn’t want any Christian to stop at the Jordan River. He wants us to cross over, and keep growing in the ‘Promised Land’ which He has ordained for us. He wants to bring us to every ‘nook and cranny’ of this earth to spread His message. People who stop at the Jordan River can’t touch lives on the other side – they can only kind of congregate on the wrong side, and get into theological debates which don’t change hearts. The reality of their faith basically becomes: ‘My God is not extraordinarily powerful. He’s changed my life some what, but I really can’t trust Him with total control. So, I’ve decided to stay on this side of the Jordan.’

That type of attitude produces a ‘life’. The question becomes, is it the vibrant, challenging one that God has ordained for me? And, although my flesh may argue, is this ultimately the type of life I want to live? Will my conscience allow me to stay there?

Jesus said in Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” The question becomes, ‘what type of ‘light’ is My Lord is worthy of? And, how much of myself am I willing to give to Him?

If Jesus intended for us to get saved and then stop on the wrong side of the Jordan River, He could have crafted a minimal Gospel that would have been acceptable to the Roman culture which prevailed during the time of Christ. As far as Rome was concerned, if the people put Caesar first, they could worship anything else under the sun that pleased them. Religion was OK as long as it didn’t become a nuisance to Caesar, interfere with his rules, or displace him from his throne. The writers of the New Testament could have joined hands with well respected, comfortable philosophers of Athens or Rome, and filled the libraries of the day with countless religious books for scholars to debate. But instead of merely talking, they became fools in the world’s eyes. They were brave enough to fully live out what they proclaimed. They gave up all the world lusts after in order to grasp what the world searches for but can never find. As Jim Elliot put it:

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” [1]

Another of his quotes is not quite as famous, but it really hits home for a growing Christian:

“I may no longer depend on pleasant impulses to bring me before the Lord. I must rather respond to principles I know to be right, whether I feel them to be enjoyable or not.” [1]

We read of multitudes in the Gospels that were willing to follow Jesus as long as they received a free meal and free medical treatment. But when they heard about denying themselves and picking up their crosses to follow, most turned away.

Paul told Timothy: “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” (2 Timothy 2:3) The Holy Spirit preserved these Words in the Bible because they are for every believer in every generation. And what He calls us to do, He gives us the power to perform. There are people that God wants to touch through you and me. It won’t be easy, because nothing worthwhile ever is. The world is not waiting to pat us on the back for obeying Jesus. Every time we obey Him and die to self, it won’t necessarily feel good to our flesh. But we can do it, because God has empowered us. God has more than enough power to get the job done – are we willing to follow Him, and to become a vessel that He can flow through?

In 1867, Dwight L. Moody came to a decision point which transformed his life forever…

“…It was during this first visit to Britain that Moody heard the words which set him hungering and thirsting after a deeper Christian experience and which marked a new era in his life. The words were spoken to him by Mr. Henry Varley, the well known evangelist, as they sat together on a seat in a public park in Dublin. The words were these:

‘The world has yet to see what God will do with and for and through and in and by the man who is fully consecrated to Him.’

‘He said ‘a man’’ thought Moody, ‘he did not say, a great man, nor a learned man, nor a ‘smart’ man, but simply ‘a man’. I am a man, and it lies with the man himself whether he will or will not make that entire and full consecration. I will try my utmost to be that man’…It is estimated that no less than a hundred million people heard the gospel from his lips, and his schools are training many others to carry the Glad Tidings throughout the world.” [2]

Do we want to be that person who fully consecrates himself to Jesus? Our flesh doesn’t want to, but do we want to??

Do I want to??
May God bless and speak to you…


A Devotional for Leaders

Deuteronomy Chapter 20

Verse 1
When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God is with you, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”

(1) When you go out to battle…” – not if, but when.

We live in the midst of constant spiritual warfare. Ephesians 6:12 says: “…we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” If we’re living for Jesus, we’re going to be in the battle every day. (There are times when God gives us a short ‘respite’ to rest and recuperate, but that doesn’t mean that the battles have ceased. We’re just on a short furlough.) Honestly, if we’re not serving God in the battle, then we’re quite frankly ‘shirking’ our responsibilities in the spiritual realm.

(2) “…and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you…”

Of course it has to be that way. If it wasn’t, then we wouldn’t need to rely on God, and He wouldn’t get the glory for victory – we would. And, of course we wouldn’t be walking in faith of Jesus – it would be faith in ourselves. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:1,6) God loves when we walk in faith.

Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:26-29: “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.” The Old Testament says the same thing. Moses told the Israelis in Deuteronomy 7:7, “The LORD did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples”.

God chooses to use the weak, because when they succeed He gets the glory – it’s obvious that they couldn’t have done the great things they did by themselves. God chooses the weak – that’s probably why He chose me and you. That’s not something to be ashamed of – it’s actually something we should find comfort and joy in. For, as Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10: “And He [Jesus] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Despite the constant spiritual struggles, Paul lived in a place of peace and joy that I want to live in. Paul’s peace and joy didn’t depend on the physical circumstances surrounding him. The spiritual challenges that Satan hoped would destroy Paul with just made him more mature. Thank God that He is so gentle. If He were to allow us into Paul’s situations before we were ready, we would be crushed. But, Jesus works with us slowly, gently, to bring us to higher levels of maturity. He does it in such a way that the growth is joyous, even as it is challenging.

In Matthew 25:14-23, all that Jesus asked of His servants was that they do the best with the talents that He gave them. And as they proved themselves faithful in smaller things, He promised them more opportunities in larger things.

God will always give us the faith, assurance, and provision that we need to take the next step forward. I think sometimes we try to look too far ahead – two or three steps – and it’s just too overwhelming. Sometimes we need to just wait for the Lord to open that next door, and to give us the faith to go through it. Until then, we just need to sit tight and seek Him with all of our hearts. We can find a place of real peace and rest as we wait on Him. Jesus wants the best for us. Just as we want our children to succeed, God wants us to succeed.

As we wait, we need to be diligent, like a good soldier or athlete. We need to keep doing the right things, knowing that this pleases God, Who will give us clarity at the right time. Satan wants us to lose faith and pull off course, hoping that these actions will result in consequences which hinder what God wants to do.

Acts 2:42 says that the first believers “…continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Even when we feel lost, we need to be consistent in these areas of prayer, His Word, and fellowship.

Waiting on the Lord for the next step is a good thing to do. Jesus told us to: “…seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:33-34)

Worrying about something that God has not yet chosen to reveal to us is a just a waste of time. We need to keep praying until God does reveal it, but with peaceful hearts. We can’t let the stress of the unknown prevent us from doing the right things that we do know, because if we get discouraged and pull off course, our actions could produce consequences that could hinder that next step.

(3) do not be afraid of them, for the LORD your God is with you…”

To ‘not be afraid’ is usually easier said than done. But, deep down we know that God is not going to let us down. Would we let your children or grandchildren down? If we wouldn’t, but God would, that makes us better than Him, which of course is ridiculous. Matthew 7:9-11 says: “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!”

One of my favorite Scriptures is Psalm 37:25, where David wrote “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.” God is faithful toward those who love Him and their children. We don’t need to be afraid – we can count on God to be faithful.

Sometimes the greatest works of God require some serious waiting. Remember godly Zacharias and Elizabeth – “…they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.” (Luke 1:6-7) They were good people, and they had waited, probably broken-heartedly, for many years. In that culture, being barren hinted of hidden sin, and thus God’s displeasure upon the childless couple. Zacharias’ means ‘God has remembered’, and Elizabeth’s means ‘His oath’. They probably felt like God had not remembered them, and that they should change their names to the Hebrew words for ‘forgotten’ and ‘unloved’. But, God was about to do something great – He was going to remember the oath He had made in the last two Verses of the Old Testament, 400 years before. (Malachi 4:5-6 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and dreadful day of the LORD…”). God was about to give Zacharias and Elizabeth a son who would partially fulfill those Verses – of whom Jesus would say “…among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist…” (Luke 7:28); and “’Elijah has come already’…Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them of John the Baptist.” (Mathew 17:12-13)

God had chosen Zacharias and Elizabeth for a great purpose. But they had to wait as long as He in His wisdom ordained, perhaps because He was refining them to be the godly parents that John would need in order to fulfill his calling. It’s not fun to wait – but the results of a God-ordained waiting period are always worth it in the end.

Ask God to show you the next step. Wait prayerfully until He does so. Keep doing the right things. Don’t develop bad habits which will lead to consequences that hinder your future. Don’t be afraid to try doors you think He may be opening, but don’t insist on trying to force them open. The door that God has planned for you will remain open long enough to allow you to pass through. The Red Sea did.

Revelation 3:7 describes Jesus as “…He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”. Jesus is going to open that next right door for you, because He loves you.

(4) “…God is with you, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”

The next time you feel hopeless about something, think about where God has brought you from. You know where you were headed eternally before you walked with Jesus. What sort of ‘life troubles’ has He pulled you out of? What dead-end roads has He removed you from? Has God given you a reality – a job, spouse, child, friend, ministry, or blessing – that you totally do not deserve? If you could go back 5 years, is there a beautiful reality in your life today that you would never have dreamed would be possible?

God ‘brings us up’, out of Egypt, because His love for us is perfect, and He wants to give us perfect gifts. (James 1:17 says: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”) I look at my own life – I certainly married ‘up’, and I certainly don’t deserve the children and home and family and friends and church and blessings that God has given to me.

God brought our nation ‘up’, and made it great. We need to be careful to never forget our past. Our country is forgetting, and that is why God must ultimately judge America at some point, unless our country does a U-turn. Pray for God to send revival!

 

Verse 2
“So it shall be, when you are on the verge of battle, that the priest shall approach and speak to the people.”

(1) “the priest shall approach…”

As the people prepared for the most important battle of their lives, their greatest national moment, the priest, the man of God, was at the forefront. The men of God were not separated from the nation’s decisions and dealings. There was no ‘separation of church and state’.

Where do you think our current nonsense of ‘separation of church and state’ has come from? I unfortunately know the source. 1 John 5:19 says that “…the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” God’s hand was so mightily upon the founding of our nation that Satan cannot deny it – so he must re-write it. Today’s classrooms do not teach our children that America was blessed because of God. They are taught that we are great because of our schools, and our engineers, and our military – because of the strength and wisdom of men.

Having a godly government does not mean that the government tells us which church to go to, and sends armed soldiers to make sure that we get to service on time. Our founders never intended that. Their idea was that government would provide the freedom for people to build churches and worship as they were led, or not worship if they so chose. Their idea of a godly government was not that it would become the church, but that it would reflect the church by establishing the laws of the land based on Biblical principles, because they realized that every nation rises or falls based on God’s benevolence. They didn’t believe that America could become great without God’s favor. The laws of the land establish what a culture considers to be their highest and noblest ideas of justice, of right and wrong. Our laws set the tone for how we live our lives, and how we teach our children to live. Ultimately, the laws of a land either honor God, or they provoke Him. He is gracious and long-suffering, but He is also righteous. When ungodly laws are put in the books – it just brings us a step closer to God’s eventual judgment. A nation which adopts ungodly laws is not helping themselves or their children’s future.

Satan is not so foolish as to let the world advertise its ungodliness – he “masquerades as an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:4). So, in our country almost everybody is a ‘Christian’ – only it’s a different Jesus that they worship. A lot of churches are ‘Christian’ – only it’s a different Jesus. The ‘blurrier’ true Christianity becomes, the happier the enemy is.

As true Christians, when we face a spiritual battle, we should come together with other believers, to receive and offer support. We should center on God’s Word. We need to ‘major on the majors, not on the minors’. Some believers get way out of balance, and build fortresses that they end up alone in. The Holy Spirit is not even in those fortresses. Separating from other believers is not the right thing to do. James 5:16 says: “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

Even if it’s not for you, don’t separate from other believers for their sakes.

 

Verses 3-4
“And he shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; for the LORD your God is He Who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’”

(1) “…Who goes with you…”

God promised that He would “…never leave us nor forsake us.’ (Hebrews 13:5) In Psalm 139:7-12 David wrote that there is literally no place in the universe that one could travel, where God wouldn’t be. Sometimes God will allow us to go through a time of felt separation, so that we can learn to trust in Him when our senses can’t perceive Him, when we can’t feel His closeness. It’s an important lesson to learn, if we are to walk as disciples and leaders. God is always with us, but He doesn’t always coddle us like as babies. He does that for baby Christians, but not always for maturing ones. In Luke 22:31-32, Jesus told Peter: “…Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”

What a chilling thought. Satan wanted to get at Peter. The good news was that he had to get through Jesus first, and that is true in our lives as well. No fiery dart can strike us that doesn’t get through God first. But, that doesn’t mean everything is going to be easy. Apparently Peter needed some intense spiritual training. Jesus didn’t prevent Satan from sifting him like wheat, but He prayed for him, knowing that Peter would learn and grow through the challenges he would face. Peter was going to be prominent in establishing the early church. He needed special, intense training, I suppose like a Navy Seal or Green Beret needs to be trained. Intense, special callings require intense, special training.

If you’re not going through a challenge or struggle today, you will be soon. So, remember that God is always with you, and that He will never leave you nor forsake you. We have to keep the lines of communication open, so we don’t get so clogged down with worldly matters that we begin to struggle in discerning God’s voice. One of the Enemy’s most effective tactics is to get us so busy with worldly issues that we can literally lose years of Spiritual growth and service. “…a sower went out to sow…and some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them…Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.” (Matthew 13:3,7,22)

Someday the most important thing to us will not be how great we became on this earth, but how greatly we touched this world for Jesus.

 

Verses 5-8
“Then the officers shall speak to the people, saying: ‘What man is there who has built a new house and has not dedicated it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man dedicate it. Also what man is there who has planted a vineyard and has not eaten of it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man eat of it. And what man is there who is betrothed to a woman and has not married her? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man marry her. The officers shall speak further to the people, and say, ‘What man is there who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, lest the heart of his brethren faint like his heart.’”

(1) “…Let him go and return…”

The world offers us many socially acceptable chances to retreat from spiritual battle. In fact, they may give you a medal for doing so. (Did you ever watch the Grammy and Oscar awards, where half of the recipients are thanking Jesus for helping them tear down our young people and destroy our culture? In their minds they are apparently honoring God.)

Actually, Jesus doesn’t need our help. It’s our honor privilege to serve Him. He could do a lot better job without us getting in the way – but He wants to bless us by allowing us a hand in His work. To give Him a half-hearted effort is insulting. We should rather we just return to our house and live for that, rather than offer Him anything less than our absolute best.

David had the right heart. In 2 Samuel 24, David expressed interest in obtaining a piece of land in order to build an altar to God. Although the owner insisted on giving it to him free of charge, David’s response was: “…’No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God with that which costs me nothing’…” (2 Samuel 24:24). David loved God too much to give him anything less than his best.

For your next anniversary, do you plan on buying your wife a gift from ‘Dollar General’ (the dollar store)? If so, let me know what hospital your insurance covers, so I can set aside some time to visit you. I’ll bring you a sympathy card signed by the flock at CCNF, saying how much we miss you, and how we hope that some day you’ll recover enough to rejoin us. Obviously, you’re not going to do that to her. You want to give your wife something that says ‘I love you’; not ‘You’re not that important to me – I have other loves’. If you love your wife, you will give her something from your heart that cost you greatly, because your passion for her cries out to do so. How much more should we do this towards our Lord?

Loving will also result in serving. I see way too many people today who remove themselves from ministry, because they somehow feel that they have graduated to some exalted place. If I were to call them to have them share for me on a Sunday morning, they would drop everything and move mountains to make that happen. But to paint a wall or help a person move is somehow beneath their gifts and calling. This very frankly points to a heart issue. We need to remember that Paul, Peter, James, John, Jude, and even Jesus – referred to themselves as servants. If we love someone, we’re going to serve them.

I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.” (Psalm 84:10)

(2) “…Let him go and return to his house

As I read the Bible, I am so often convicted in my own heart. What is my house? Is my house really God’s house? Do I have the proper balance in my life, so that ‘mine’ is really ‘His’? God wants us to be good stewards. He doesn’t our house to bring down all the other property values in our neighborhood. It’s nice for us to cut the lawn every so often. But I’ve known people who disappear from church for months while they work on ‘their house’. I can’t judge them, I can only pray for them. Where is the proper balance? “…But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)

Luke 9:57-62 is powerful: “Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, ‘Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.’ Then He said to another, ‘Follow Me.’ But he said, ‘Lord, let me first go and bury my father.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.’ And another also said, ‘Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.” But Jesus said to him, ‘No one having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

As I read this, all I can say is – ‘Lord, please help me to keep growing. You didn’t even own a house – and here I am denying you so I can add to mine.’

We really don’t own anything. Everything we have has been given to us by God, and He can take it back any time He decides to.

 

Verse 9
“And so it shall be, when the officers have finished speaking to the people, that they shall make captains of the armies to lead the people.’”

(1) “…when the officers have finished…they shall make captains…”

After the ones who were going left to return to their homes, then the Captains were chosen from those who remained. The ones who left would never know the joy and significance of being a Captain, or serving under a Captain for Jesus. Really, they would be the loser.

Sometimes it’s good to do a sincere self-check. What do I want? Do I want to be a ‘Captain’, or serve bravely under a Captain? Or, do I want to run from the struggle, and become a theorist or critic from the sidelines? There are a lot more theorists and critics in this world than Captains and Soldiers, because it’s a lot safer. They can write lofty things, and then if problems result they can disappear, and change the name of their website or blog. They can disappear when times get tough. On the other hand, Captains and Soldiers take a visible stand, and make a visible commitment. Sometimes Captains and Soldiers get hit hard, and even die in the battle. Captains and Soldiers for Jesus are promoted when that happens. I think I’d rather make my mark on God’s battle field than be a nameless, faceless ‘critic’ in the world of cyberspace, spending hour after hour analyzing others, but not lifting a finger for even one second to help someone in the battle.

I was doing some research on the internet about Charles Spurgeon, one of the greatest preachers that ever lived. Of course I came across a site that insists that he was a heretic. That’s why I’ve learned how cheap blogging can be.

I hope that my daughters and my future grandchildren (if the Lord doesn’t return first) will grow up to be Captains and Soldiers on the battle field, and not simply ‘critics,’ hiding amongst the crowd in the grandstand. Writing and saying things are great (that’s what I’m doing right now) – but if it doesn’t go beyond that to true action, then we shouldn’t write or say anything at all.

James wrote: “If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?” (James 2:15-16) In other words, it really doesn’t do much good for one to say or write about what others should do if they’re not willing to roll up their sleeves and help.

On the way back home from dropping our daughter Beth off in Washington DC for her internship, we encountered snowy conditions on Route 15 in Pennsylvania (a pretty major route for travelers heading north and south). The road was in terrible shape, and as I drove I remembered my Dad driving our family on a trip through PA many years ago, complaining that Route 15 was always under construction. Now, 45 years later, I have something to say about Route 15 in Pennsylvania: ‘It’s still always under construction’.

(By the way – here’s a way to know what type of personality you have:

A pessimist will say: “45 years! They’ll never get this darned road finished!”

An optimist will say: ‘Man, after 45 years, when they finally get this darned road finished it’s going to be a really great road!”

A pessimistic optimist will say: “‘Man, after 45 years, when they finally get this darned road finished it’s going to be a really great road! But, by then the first part of the road will be so old that they’ll have to start working on it all over again.

Actually, I think the Rapture is going to come before they get Route 15 done 🙂

Anyways, as we drove on Route 15 in snowy conditions, we passed a flashing sign. It said “Dangerous Road – Tire Chains Recommended”.

When I read that, I just had to shake my head. Here we were on a divided highway, with concrete dividers, so I couldn’t turn around. We were in the middle of no where, so even if I did turn around, where could I buy tire chains? All I could think to myself was: ‘What on earth was the use of that sign’?

At that moment I really wanted to write the Pennsylvania Transportation Department a letter, saying something like this:

Dear Pennsylvania Transportation Department,

Thank you for showing your concern for my life and that of my wife by displaying the flashing sign, recommending that I use tire chains on Route 15 today.

I have a better idea.

How about if you spend some of your over-bloated tax dollars and send out some drivers and trucks to salt and plow the road, so that a normal driver using normal all-season radial tires such as myself can drive safely on Route 15 without a problem?

If I have an accident, I’m going to sue you, even though I’m a pastor. I think you’re a bunch of jerks.

Jesus loves you,
Pastor Gary

(What – you think I’m going to use my real name after sending such a nasty letter?)

Anyway – the point is this: we shouldn’t say or write the words unless we’re willing to back them up with action. Words alone without action do not constitute help. Those words are just someone trying to relieve their conscience, or appear bigger than others. By doing something easy, with little or no cost to self, they want to feel like they’ve done something useful, but they really haven’t.

(2) “…they shall make captains to lead the people.”

I believe that we can only lead someone where we’ve been, or where we’re willing to go ourselves. True Captains have real battle experience. (Jesus is the ‘Captain of our Salvation’ (Hebrews 2:10). He didn’t just say the Words – He put on a man’s body and came down and lived it before us.) Hands-on lessons are priceless. When people see us living for Jesus sincerely on the battle field, they are more apt to follow than if we’re just theorists on the sidelines, telling them to march ahead while we manage from behind through a bull horn.

I remember once reading a letter at a church from a so-called ‘prophet’ telling the flock how they could cause the church to grow. In the letter it was mentioned that this guy used to attend the church, but now he felt led to attend elsewhere in the community. So, he was just telling them how to grow from the sidelines, without actually being there to lead the charge. They were pretty empty words, and to be honest as pastor I would have just thrown them in the waste basket.

 

Verses 10-11
“When you go near a city to fight against it, then proclaim an offer of peace to it. And it shall be that if they accept your offer of peace, and open to you, then all the people who are found in it shall be placed under tribute to you and serve you.”

(1) “…proclaim an offer of peace…”

We should never be an instigator. True meekness is simply being who we are, without pushing it on someone else. Jesus was meek yet powerful, and we are to be the same.

Unfortunately, sometimes people will take offense at the Gospel, because the cross is offensive to those who reject it. It is giving them the promise of a certain, eternal future apart from God, based on their rejection of Him. This promise is offensive. Jesus came in peace, but many enemies gathered around Him, because they hated the truth.

When Jesus was born, the angels announced His coming by saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:14) Jesus certainly came with the desire to bring peace. He does bring peace to those who receive Him. But for those who don’t, His blunt truth unfortunately can be divisive, because there is only one correct response to it. When someone rejects God’s truth, peace does not follow. Jesus did not water down His truth in order to reach a compromised, uneasy truce with unbelievers.

Because of the hardness of men, Jesus said some hard, even astounding words in Matthew 10:34-39: “’Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his live will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”

Jesus loves and desires peace. But true love means that sometimes someone must be told something they need to hear, even if they don’t want to hear it. Sometimes a parent must confront their child about behaviors they see that are harmful and could lead to destruction. Jesus loved the world so much that He told us the truth.

 

Verses 12-15
Now if the city will not make peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it. And when the LORD your God delivers it into your hands, you shall strike every male in it with the edge of the sword. But the women, the little ones, the livestock, and all that is in the city, all its spoil, you shall plunder for yourself; and you shall eat the enemies’ plunder which the LORD your God gives you. Thus you shall do to all the cities which are very far from you, which are not of the cities of these nations.”

(1) Now if the city will not make peace with you, but makes war against you, then you shall besiege it.”

Israel was to go to war, to defeat those who stood against her. Those who stood against Israel were really standing against God, and He had ordained that their time for judgment had come. Israel would be the tool that God would use to judge those who hated Him. Ecclesiastes 3:8 says that there is “…A time of war, and a time of peace.” This would be a just war that God knew had to be fought, because His enemies would not accept His terms of peace.

In most instances in our lives, we are not called to physical warfare. We are called to be a different type of soldier. As I grow in Christ, I am less and less likely to strike out at others. If I’m going to ‘kill’ someone, it’s going to be with love. I love God more and more – and because of that He’s helping me to love my wife and kids and family and friends – and even strangers – more and more. I’m no Crusader, because I can’t force someone to accept Jesus. Maybe I can force them to say some words they don’t mean – but that doesn’t mean anything at all.

So, we’re warriors – loving, peaceful warriors. And unfortunately, some people will consider us to be offensive, because we are expressing the truth of the cross simply and clearly – a joy to those who receive it, an offense to those who don’t.

In 2 Corinthians 2:15-16 Paul wrote: “For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things?”

To some people, our love for Jesus really stinks. To others, we smell better than a dozen roses.

It’s funny, because I can talk to someone about Christ in love as long as they’re willing to talk with me. I can feel my heart filled with love for Him and for them. My words are not to win an argument, but to plant a seed. I’ll pray silently while I’m listening to the other person, asking God to give me the right words that will open their understanding. We may walk away disagreeing, but I hope to never close the door as long as there is still the slightest crack of opening in that person’s heart.

(2) ”…And when the LORD your God delivers it into your hands…”

God’s unconditional promises are not ‘if’, but ‘when’.

 

Verses 16-18
“But of the cities of these people which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance, you shall let nothing that breathes remain alive, but you shall utterly destroy them; the Hittite and the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite, just as the LORD your God has commanded you, lest they teach you to do according to all their abominations which they have done for their gods, and you sin against the LORD your God.”

(1) “…you shall let nothing that breathes remain alive…”

God instructed Israel to make peace with the cities that were far away if possible, but to utterly destroy the cities that lay within the land promised to them.

People who don’t read the Bible, and who do not know Jesus in a saving way cannot understand these verses. Warfare, evil, eternal hell – these are unpleasant subjects that nobody wants to deal with. But the problem is that God is pure and holy, and He is jealous. (He said so in the Ten Commandments – see Exodus 20:5). He demands to be obeyed. He knows what ultimately is best for men. When men rebel, and God allows them enough freedom to carry out their rebellion, human tragedy always results. The sad fact is that rebellious men don’t only hurt themselves, they hurt many others. Rebellion spreads like cancer. Sometimes God in His wisdom deems it time to perform surgery on that cancer.

Genesis 15:16 tells us that God gave these people the Israelis were displacing over 400 years to repent. Because they didn’t, the Israelis displaced them and took the land, with God’s blessing. In my mind waiting over 400 years is enough grace – how about in yours?

I can’t imagine the thought process that President Truman must have gone through in 1945 before giving the OK to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Was it right to kill over 200,000 Japanese people, in order to save American lives? Historians can debate that until our world ends. Life and death decisions are hard decisions that nobody wants to make – and I’m glad I didn’t have to be the one to decide about the bombs.

Men often feel morally superior by side-stepping the difficult issues of life and death. A great example of that is the issue of abortion in our country. A lot of people say they are against it, but when push comes to shove, when they have the chance to elect leaders who are brave and honest enough to make it a key issue – it just isn’t that important to them. I have to conclude then that it’s just talk. Likewise, many people will go so far as to place themselves on a higher moral plane than the Bible – ‘the God I know would never wipe out a nation or send a soul to hell.’ I’m sure that God doesn’t want to do those things. But in His wisdom He gave men free choice, and so in order to protect His children, God must sometimes respond to sin in forceful ways. Because He is good and loving, He knows that a better future will result. Sometimes the short-term must be more painful in order to bring about a greater long-term good. Men are prone to do what’s best for the short-term, because it’s less painful at the moment. Plus, we can often push off the most difficult decisions on others. But the eventual results of disobedience towards God will always lead to the destruction of families and the fall of nations. This is where the people that Israel was displacing had gotten to.

In a perfect world, there would be no warfare. It’s not God’s heart for there to be warfare. Someday in eternity, all warfare will cease. But, men make decisions that ultimately force judgment. The sad thing is, they often then blame God for responding to the mess they have created.

A friend emailed me a very interesting little ‘story’. I don’t know who the author is, so I can’t give him or her credit. Here it is:

The Barber

A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed.

As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation.

They talked about so many things and various subjects.

When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said: ‘I don’t believe that God exists.’

‘Why do you say that?’ asked the customer. ‘Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn’t exist.

Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people?

Would there be abandoned children?

If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain.

I can’t imagine a loving God who would allow all of these things.’

The customer thought for a moment, but didn’t respond because he didn’t want to start an argument.

The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop.

Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard.

He looked dirty and unkempt. The customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and he said to the barber:

‘You know what? Barbers do not exist.’

‘How can you say that?’ asked the surprised barber.

‘I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!’

‘No!’ the customer exclaimed. ‘Barbers don’t exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside.’

‘Ah, but barbers DO exist! That’s what happens when people do not come to me.’

‘Exactly!’ affirmed the customer. ‘That’s the point! God, too, DOES exist!

That’s what happens when people do not go to Him and don’t look to Him for help.

That’s why there’s so much pain and suffering in the world.’

I can’t understand all that happens in this world. As far as I’m concerned, there’s way too much bad stuff going on. But I do know that the Lord has a plan and ultimately a better place for His children, a place of no more death, or sorrow, or crying, or pain. (Revelation 21:4) I’ll put my trust and throw in my future with Him.

(2) ‘…lest they teach you to do according to all their abominations which they have done for their gods, and you sin against the LORD your God.”

God takes sin against Him very seriously. One of Satan’s greatest deceptions is that God’s grace means that we can live in a way that’s contrary to God and go to heaven. It’s kind of a fine line, because we truly are saved by grace, and we’ll never be as obedient as we want to be. The prodigal son (see Luke 15:11-32) made some terrible life choices, and yet when he came to his senses, his father was waiting for him with open arms. Prodigal sons are saved, although they don’t accomplish all they could for God while on this earth.

There were another group of people who disobeyed God, whom Jesus had some very difficult Words for in Matthew 7:21-23: “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your Name, cast out demons in Your Name, and done many wonders in Your Name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” These guys were rejected by God, because they weren’t truly believers, even though they had learned how to say the right words.

God does not want to fool us concerning our salvation, and reject us based on some technicality that we didn’t fully understand. His death on the cross was too painful and costly for that. But God will judge our hearts, and He knows those who are His. If you love Jesus and are living for Him in sincerity, you don’t need to worry. But one who constantly rejects His Word and feels comfortable living in ways that contradict Him really does need to worry.

Almost everybody in America claims to believe in God, because they’ve reduced salvation to some sort of a recipe. One of the Bible’s scariest verses is James 2:19, which says: “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe – and tremble.” Satan believes that Jesus went to the cross, and rose from the dead, and he’s not saved. A lot of people ‘believe’ the same way that Satan does.

Romans 10:9-10 states very clearly how one must be saved: “…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

A few things are mentioned in Romans that do not apply to Satan’s belief about Jesus:

(1) We’re confessing the Lord Jesus, which means we’ve submitted our life to Him. He’s our Lord. It’s not just theoretical or factual – it’s the reality in my life. Satan has not yet submitted to Jesus and acknowledged Him as Lord. Some day in the lake of fire he will be forced to bow down to Jesus, but he will never do so willingly.

(2) With our heart we believe unto righteousness, which means that God comes into our heart and causes a change to take place. An indication that His blood is covering us and making us clean deep inside is that we desire to become righteous as He defines it. We’re not running the show anymore – Jesus is. We’re not defining right and wrong and righteousness and unrighteousness anymore – Jesus is. Our shortcomings bother us, and we’re asking Jesus to give us victory in those areas of our life.

(3) Because our heart is right, our words are flowing from a sincere heart. We’re not just reciting a recipe that someone else told us – we’re speaking the truth from our heart. We mean what we say, and we know that we mean it.

God wants us to be pure before Him. A true leader is always working towards that goal. It is impossible for men to define the outermost boundaries of salvation, or what is acceptable sin versus unacceptable sin. Jesus just said simply: “…If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My Words; and the Word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s Who sent Me.” (John 14:23-24)

If you’re looking for sinful loopholes, you’re not a healthy Christian.

Proverbs 27:19 says: “As in water face reflects face, so a man’s heart reveals the man.”

Jesus knows who loves Him and who doesn’t. True Leaders don’t try to define the minimums and live by them, teetering on the edge. True Leaders want to excel, and thus the minimums are not so important to them. It becomes: ‘What can I possibly do for my Lord to bless Him’ rather than, ‘What do I have to do for my Lord to appease Him’. A leader lives in the middle of God’s Word and will, not at the fringes.

While God was preparing the Israelis for actual physical war in this chapter, I don’t believe that God is calling us to that same type of physical warfare. There may be times when our country is called to physical warfare which we must support, but I see these verses as pointing out the seriousness of sin, and how repulsive it is to God. We cannot legislate morality in another person. It is good for us to raise our children in the faith and to have rules in our homes, to teach them right and wrong. It would be good for our country to have laws that are Biblically based, so we can continue in good conscience to ask God to bless America. If America’s laws become like the Hittite’s laws, then how can we ask Him to bless us? And how can He bless us – it wouldn’t be fair to the Hittites if He did.

I think that the actual physical warfare that God asks of us is to be directed by us against the sin in our own minds and hearts. I can never be good enough to deserve to be used by God or blessed by God – but I can desire it and live a life for Him which proves my heart. 2 Chronicles 16:9 says that “…the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…” I would like God’s eyes to rest on me, and for Him to say – ‘Now there’s a guy who really loves me, and is really trying to live for me’. I would like to live a life such that I can ask God with a good conscience to “enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” Jabez prayed that prayer, and God granted him his request (1 Chronicles 4:10). I’m not asking in a weird way for God to make me big and important. John the Baptist said that we must decrease and Jesus must increase (John 3:30). It’s just that I realize that my time here is short (as is every man’s); I’d like to be entrusted by God to accomplish every bit of His perfect will for me before I go Home.

I would like to be used by God, and I would like for you to be used by God, because I have found that there is no greater joy, and nothing more eternally important than that. The world keeps track of it’s own – it’s richest men, most powerful leaders, greatest athletes. Perhaps the greatest honor we could ever attain would be that our best, most selfless deeds are unknown by any man, but known intimately by God. If the fallen world doesn’t know what to write on our tombstone, that might be a good thing.

It’s important that we be people of peace. Jesus said in Matthew 5:43-48: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and send rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do no even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” (‘Perfect’ here means spiritually mature or complete.)

So, I think it’s wise to spend more time praying for the enemies of the cross than attacking them. God will ultimately and unfortunately deal with them if they continue in rebellion. As God refines me, I will definitely spend more time looking for any ‘Hittites’ in my own heart. If there are any in there, I need to destroy them before they destroy me.

 

Verses 19-20
“When you besiege a city for a long time, while making war against it to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an ax against them; if you can eat of them, do not cut them down to use in the siege, for the tree of the field is man’s food. Only the trees which you know are not trees for food you may destroy and cut down, to build siege-works against the city that makes war with you, until it is subdued.”

(1) “When you besiege a city for a long time…”

Someday we will look back at the vapor that our life here on earth was. And yet, sometimes the time can feel so long. I believe one of the tools of our enemy is to teach us to desire instant gratification. We live in a Hollywood world now, where impression is everything, and something new is necessary to keep us ‘happy’ (if anybody in the flesh can be truly happy for very long). No time to read, no will to do the right thing for as long as it takes to accomplish the right results – these are moral weaknesses that our culture has developed. But for spiritual leaders it must not be so. May God help us to rise above that – because everything worthwhile takes time and effort.

(2) “…you shall not destroy…”

I hope that we shall destroy the works of the enemy – but that we shall not trample anything or anybody of beauty and innocence in the process. God was basically telling the Israelis – ‘fight your battles with wisdom. Don’t destroy all the fruit trees, because while you’re surrounding the city, you won’t have them to eat from. You’ll have to send out to McDonalds for takeout food. Once you’ve taken the city you won’t have any fresh fruit. You’ll have to replant the trees and then wait years for them to mature. You’ll have to eat Big Mac’s and fries until the trees grow. Your cholesterol will increase greatly. You’ll like that even less than eating manna for 40 years. Your waistline won’t be happy. So, don’t shoot yourselves in the foot. Be wise in how you engage in warfare.’

Jesus told an interesting parable about a farmer whose enemies sowed tares among his wheat. When his servants asked him, ‘should we pull the tares out?’ his response was “’No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” (Matthew 13:24-30) Pulling up the tares would have destroyed to much young wheat in the process. It was better to prayerfully take things slow, and wait to hear for further instructions from the Master, than to just implement a plan without considering all of its possible repercussions.

“For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, and in a multitude of counselors there is safety.” (Proverbs 24:6)

As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” (Proverbs 27:17)

Surround yourself with godly friends, and listen to their advice. God will speak to you as you pray, and confirm what He says through His Word and through a multitude of counselors who love Jesus.

Lord, may we be leaders filled with compassion and faith. May we not approach people with your truth like a bludgeoning sledge hammer, but with Your wisdom and love and insight. Grant us patience. Show us what You have called us to do, and give us the faith, love, courage, and perseverance to get the job done. Open the doors You would have us walk through, and shut the ones that are not for us. Let us hear Your voice clearly. And please, make us into men and women of character that bring You joy and glory!!!

May God bless you, leader!

[1] Both quotes posted at ://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/j/jim_elliot.html
[2] http://www.wholesomewords.org/biography/biomoody4.html

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