Father, we ask that you give us a passion for the truth and not merely a hatred of falsehood. Keep us concerned for the spiritual health of people but open to your own rebukes from your mighty Word.
God delights in providing His people with material gain and comfort, although prosperity can pose a threat to spiritual well-being.
God chooses people not for what He can do for them, but for the good they can do for others.
People sometimes punish to exact judgment for past actions. God disciplines in order to teach and always in the interest of those whom he disciplines.
God leads His people whether they are obedient or rebellious, but His leading is far more pleasant when they obey.
There is no limit to what God's people can expect their God to do if they are rightly related to Him.
The believer who feels the agony caused by rebellion will grow to become the best intercessor.
The most blessed gift that God can give any person is a knowledge of Himself.
Fear of God and love for God coexist happily in the heart of people who are rightly related to Him.
God's commandments not only reflect His holiness, they promote our happiness.
All believers can increase their commitment to God by reflecting on His faithfulness and by considering the forms such commitment should assume in their experience.
Spiritual strength is connected to faithful obedience to God's commands.
Since all wealth ultimately comes from God, His people ought to acknowledge His primacy by offering Him the best of their wealth, time, and abilities.
God expects believers to improve their attitude in giving as well as their giving itself.
The generous giver, demonstrating the nature of God by his behavior, can never outgive God.
Nothing should be considered outside the scope of God's authority.
Moses warned them [Israelites] that the leading spiritual danger they would face on entering the [promise] land would be forgetting the Lord. What adversity would not do, prosperity and satisfaction could. They were to be on their guard against spiritual lethargy.
Moses simplifies the whole duty of Israel (and of humanity) by crystalizing the moral law into a single command to love God supremely.
Even the wisest people learn little from their successes; God warns His people against allowing their victories (which He will grant) to lead them into pride and spiritual indifference. Instead, they should pay close attention to God's Word.
Although their parents died in the wilderness for their stubbornness, Israel could profit from the older generation's failure by remembering that God had used adversity to train them.
Although God's people find many successes in the world, they must not fall prey to a spirit of pride. We succeed not because of our moral superiority but because of the faithfulness of our divine intercessor and because of the great mercy of God.
False teaching - anything that would weaken the believer's ties to his Lord - must be confronted wherever it appears, even if that confrontation requires painful correction.
If Israel is to please the Lord fully, they will live lives that are as distinctive among the nations as their Lord is different from pagan deities.
God demonstrates generosity, then asks it from His people.
Giving works best when the Lord's portion is removed first and believers learn to live within the remainder.
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