There is no substitute for a firsthand encounter with the Word of God.
God wanted Israel, as He wants Christians, to learn to utterly abhor and detest anything that had the potential of coming between them and their God. The believer's enemies are typically internal rather than external, and they pose a powerful threat to spiritual health and progress.
Wisdom lies in recognizing the dangers that lie within us and doing battle with them daily.
God's loving discipline brings us face-to-face with our pride.
While catastrophes do enter the lives of godly people, they attach themselves far more to people who reject Him.
Believers have just as much to fear from legalism as from waywardness. The first detracts from the beauty of the message, while the second mars it content.
The agonies of those who are falsely accused are of great concern to the living God, and He acts as their defender.
Every demonstration of God's faithfulness to us is an opportunity for us to testify of Him to others.
An enriched capacity for rejoicing is an expanded capacity for worship.
The Lord longs to exalt His people as trophies of His work in them.
Christians should be among those who speak loudest in defense of civil liberties and the protection of the weak.
Some duties exist simply because we are part of a larger family or community.
Hearing alone is less effective in learning God's truth than hearing combined with reading.
A healthy relationship with God is built on the internal changes He brings about through Christ.
Conversion engages the mind as well as the emotions.
Demons lie behind much of the world's pagan worship systems.
It is sometimes easier to trust God in a life-threatening battle than in the small challenges of daily life.
The person who believes he must earn the right to go through the door of eternal life will miss the mark.
Kindness that allows barriers to one's relationship with God to spring up is self-destructive.
Courage is the most fundamental of all virtues.
Israel's [as well as our] enjoyment of the land is contingent on their behavior. Blessings or cruses lie before them; the choice is theirs.
God realizes His people need protection from the pains and heartaches of the world.
In Deuteronomy 11, God offers Israel a choice; either a life of productivity and enjoyment made possible by obedience to Him, or a life of difficulty and opposition made necessary by disobedience. The happiness Israel desires can only be theirs by being properly related to Him.
Giving to God should come from the firstfruits of a person's labor rather than from what is left after the bills are paid.
In a world of constant change, God alone is the Rock upon which to build a life.
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