Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
Jesus quoted more from Deuteronomy and Psalms than any other books of the Old Testament. He quoted from Deuteronomy in the Sermon on the Mount (see Matthew 5-7) and to fend off the devil who was trying to tempt Him in the wilderness (see Matthew 4). Why did Jesus quote from Deuteronomy so much? Because of the message.
Deuteronomy means “the message,” and we know that Jesus is both the Messenger and the Message. Therefore, Deuteronomy shows the picture of the coming prophet, the Lord Jesus Christ: “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him” (Deuteronomy 18:15).
Basically, “the message” in Deuteronomy comes through three big sermons: (1) a review of how God has taken care of His people, (2) a recounting of the Ten Commandments and other laws, and (3) a call for commitment to the law through obedience. We could also say it like this: the first sermon looks backward, the second looks inward, and the third looks forward.
Why does Moses preach these sermons? Because that generation didn’t see the miracles that their parents saw. Their parents saw the opening of the Red Sea, the 10 plagues removed and the presence of God as a pillar of cloud by day and of fire by night. Moses wanted that generation to know it’s the same miracle-working Father and the same Divine commandments that would make them successful.
Lord, thank you for being the God who doesn’t change. I choose today to remember
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6
God commands us to praise Him. He says that if we are living, if there is breath inside of us, we need to praise Him.
One of the words for praise in Hebrew is “Judah.” As we follow the tribe of Judah throughout the Bible, we see that where it goes, so goes praise.
Moses prophesied in Deuteronomy that the voice of Judah would be heard throughout the earth.
David was of the tribe of Judah and wrote most of the Psalms, which certainly have become worldwide praises for the Lord.
We find that Jesus often praised the Father and gave Him thanks. Jesus also came from the tribe of Judah.
We who are born-again also come from a “tribe of praise.” We are in the lineage of Jesus Christ; thus, we too are of the tribe of Judah and bring praise.
Do you have breath? Do you have life? Then praise Him today! Praise Him everywhere, not just at a worship service—for praise is a way of life! We need to let the earth hear our voices as we praise the Lord.
Lord, I declare that as long as I have breath in my body, I will praise You and give thanks to You because I come from the line of Judah, the line of Jesus, a tribe of praise.
Even for believers, there are moments when fear, doubt, and disappointment crowds in. When this happens, you may struggle to find room for more of God’s presence in your life.
That’s what occurred one day for Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith. An internal medicine physician, Dalton-Smith realized she felt divine dehydration—totally empty, spiritually. Smith listened as a patient recounted physical discomfort. As Dalton-Smith cared for the patient, attaching an IV and prescribing fluid, she realized that spiritually, she was in the same condition. She needed a spiritual IV, a continual infusion of the presence of God in her life.
That experience was the impetus for her to help her patients have a deeper understanding of the spiritual side of healing. By just focusing on physical, she wasn’t giving patients everything they needed to get to a place of healing and wholeness.
Aside from the physical, there is also the spiritual and mental (emotional) part of our bodies. Dalton-Smith recognized that people suffering physical ailments also need life-giving water that quenches thirst and refreshes souls. Simply treating issues of depression, stress, or anxiety with conventional cures can create more confusion because people can’t get whole without the added component of spiritual healing. Most of the time, there’s a deeper work that has to be done.
Often painful experiences such as abuse, divorce, infidelity, insecurity, dementia, and cancer cause deep spiritual and emotional pain. Dr. Dalton-Smith advises that you don’t allow pain to be a destination, but see it as part of your journey. Pain is part of our wilderness experience, but God never allows pain to be a place we visit without Him getting glory from it.
You can dream with God again and let Him redirect your steps. Rest assured, you can come empty and be filled to overflow by pouring out life’s hurts and receive God’s healing love. God sees us, knows our pain, and has a solution for it.
Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess. Deuteronomy 5:33
A pastor once told me how God called him to Louisville, Kentucky, a number of years ago. After receiving the call, he contacted one of the most spiritually gifted men in our nation at that time, who told him not to go because, “That place is simply overpowered with darkness —the worst place in the United States to go. It is a graveyard for preachers.”
The pastor returned to the Lord and prayed, “Lord, here is a man of God saying not to go.” And the Lord said, “But I’m telling you to go.” So, the man went. He was a pastor in that city for 10 years, but didn’t seem to accomplish anything; the church was not doing well. So, he went to Chicago to apply for another church. While he was in Chicago, the Lord spoke to him and said, “What are you doing here? I called you to Louisville.”
The pastor answered, “God, I’m failing in Louisville! I’m tired of Louisville. I’ve tried everything for 10 years, and nothing works.” God said, “You’ll be out of My will.” And the pastor said, “I must not be in Your will as it is!” Then God said, “You’re in My will, but you need to call your church to fasting and prayer.” So, this man began a tremendous prayer program and within two years, his church grew from 200 people to 2,000.
What made the difference? Obedience to God in prayer and fasting had broken the power of darkness over that city. The powers of darkness were there from the beginning, but in 10 years, the pastor had done nothing necessary to break the force of those powers.
Sometimes we must fast and pray to break the powers of darkness and see unbelief turned into the revival of belief.
Jesus, I declare that You are mightier than the powers of darkness!
You saw with your own eyes the great trials, the signs and wonders, the mighty hand and outstretched arm, with which the Lord your God brought you out. Deuteronomy 7:19a
I would love for your do something very special today: write down the good things you have seen Jesus do in your life. “Well, there’s so many.” I know! Isn’t God wonderful? Since seven is the number of completions, let’s write down seven of the good things that He has done.
What has He done in your life? And does He have a future and a destiny for you? Will He fail you? No. Will you fail Him? Yes. Will He leave you when you fail? No! He will stay with you, because He wants you to be successful.
After you write down seven good things He has already done in your life, I want you to write down three things that you’re going to believe Him for, that you want to see Him do in the next year. Maybe it has to do with the salvation of a loved one, healing in your body, or prosperity. Whatever it is, write it down.
You can write them in the margins of this book or on a separate sheet of paper. But put them down on paper so you can go back and see them, praise God for them, and watch Him work in your life!
As you reflect on the good, He has already done and the good you are believing Him to do in your life, look at the signs and wonders in the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. The Jesus in the Pentateuch is the same Jesus Who lives in you and Who will perform the miraculous signs and wonders in your life!
Lord, I declare that You are the God of signs and wonders! Thank You for all that You have done and will do in my life!