Deuteronomy – Deu 6:17-25 Diligently Keep the Commandments of the LORD

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Deuteronomy - Deu 6:17-25 Diligently Keep the Commandments of the LORD

Deu 6:17  Ye shall diligently keep the commandments of the LORD your God, and his testimonies, and his statutes, which he hath commanded thee.
Deu 6:18  And thou shalt do that which is right and good in the sight of the LORD: that it may be well with thee, and that thou mayest go in and possess the good land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers,
Deu 6:19  To cast out all thine enemies from before thee, as the LORD hath spoken.
Deu 6:20  And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD our God hath commanded you?
Deu 6:21  Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh's bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand:
Deu 6:22  And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes:
Deu 6:23  And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.
Deu 6:24  And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.
Deu 6:25  And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.

Last week we went over being in the faith. We studied what it meant to be in the faith and saw that to be in the faith is to know that Christ is the Creator of our life from beginning to end; to know that He alone is King , that He is the only One capable of keeping the law, and because we are chosen and elected in Him before the foundation of the world, we keep the law. We meditate on the statutes, commandments and judgments when we fall short because it shows us how He kept what we could not. When we are weak, He is strong. This is diligently keeping the law. When we are in the faith, diligently keeping the statutes, commandments and judgments, we have a fighting spirit which tells us no matter how much we fall, we strive toward the mark, we never give up, we never give in, we never allow the flesh to remain comfortable. This is possessing the land, casting out all our enemies and never making a covenant with the flesh.

Exo 23:31  And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.
Exo 23:32  Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods. 
Exo 23:33  They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.

And:

Exo 34:12  Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee: 
Exo 34:13  But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:
Exo 34:14  For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
Exo 34:15  Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; 

Making a covenant with the inhabitants of our flesh is agreeing with what the flesh desires. Agreeing to disagree is one of those covenants we say when we know it's wrong but we are not given the courage to stand and separate ourselves from whatever we know is wrong. Separating ourselves from the fleshly desires and from Babylonian doctrine that makes covenant with the flesh is diligently keeping the commandments, testimonies and statutes. This is doing right in the sight of the LORD. This separation comes from the power of the Spirit of Christ. It does not come from us. The Spirit of Christ which is in us will grant us the strength to keep fighting, to keep pushing forward. Babylonian doctrine teaches the flesh that because Jesus died on the cross, He has given you the power through the third Godhead of the trinity to HELP you overcome literal sins of the flesh. It teaches the flesh that it has a freewill independent and separate from God that can overcome sin by its own power being HELPED by the Holy Spirit. But this is actually a doctrine of devils with which we must not make covenant. This is a lie and false doctrine that attempts to share the glory with its Creator.

Knowing your position in the faith is vital to your strength to carry on. Not trusting in your flesh but in the works of Christ is where your strength lies. This is doing what is right and good in the sight of the LORD. Christ never once trusted in Himself. He never took credit for anything He did, because He always did what was directed for Him to do by His Father.

Joh 8:28  Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. 
Joh 8:29  And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him. 

It says in verse 19 of our scriptures today to, "Cast out all thine enemies from before thee." Who is my enemy? We have two enemies, and their witness is the same. They witness to the same thing because they are the enemies of God, the enemies of LIFE.

Our first enemy is the enemy of the cross, enemies of the gospel of which we are speaking today, that man has no strength, that man is dead in trespasses and sins, that God created us enemies of the cross so that He could show us that He has freed us in His strength. We have nothing to do with it but to be partakers of this gift from God. The enemy says just the opposite. The enemy says we caused our own sin, we can accept the King of kings and LORD of lords if we want to or not and that salvation comes from MY acceptance of Christ. This lie says I choose to sin or I choose not to sin, all independent and separate from God.

Php 3:17  Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
Php 3:18  (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 
Php 3:19  Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
Php 3:20  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 
Php 3:21  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

Rom 11:27  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
Rom 11:28  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes.
Rom 11:29  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
Rom 11:30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

Let's look at some scriptures that are so distorted by human reasoning that unless Christ Himself opens our heavens we will never see them correctly. The following verses shall release us from the thoughts of grandeur which our flesh so desires.

2Co 10:1  Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:
2Co 10:2  But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.

These first two verses are laying up for the following verses, they are beginning to show the Corinthians that all things come from God and we have nothing in which to boast of ourselves. We are not to measure ourselves by ourselves or among each other, because in doing so, we are saying that the person is responsible for their successes or failures. This is why he says what he does in the next verse:

2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

Though we walk around in the flesh, in fleshly human skin, we do not fight the enemy with the power of the flesh. It is not until we are given the knowledge that we have no power in the flesh that we finally get freedom from the flesh. When we see that we are dead to the keeping of the law according to the flesh, we are then free from fleshly thoughts, IMAGINATIONS that we can be good christians by our own strength and stop measuring our growth or failures against others. The war we wage is against that very thing:  thoughts of high places, thoughts or imaginations of making ourself good by the very thing that makes us evil, the flesh (Gal 3:1-3).

2Co 10:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

We must take a moment to see what he just said. He is getting ready to give us the weapon with which to war, the weapon we must carry to defeat the enemies in the land, and the judgments and commandments we are to be meditating on night and day;

2Co 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

We are told to cast down ANY IMAGINATION of self-worth, WHICH IS A HIGH THING that exalts ITSELF against the knowledge of God. What is the knowledge of God? Jesus Christ in you, the hope of Glory. It is hoping and counting on the indwelling of Christ in us that makes us the body of Christ, and this glory is comparable to nothing, for all the glory is given to the Head of the Christ. There is no room for boasting. You cannot measure this glory to the glory of the flesh because the flesh did not obtain it - Jesus Christ did.

It is Christ's obedience which frees me from my disobedience. It is Christ's obedience that we are to carry as our weapon. Christ's obedience to the law is the knowledge of God that gives us the power to cast down imaginations and thoughts of OUR OBEDIENCE.  In the old trestament the literal Israelites were always sacrificing to false gods in what was called "high places". This is where the Apostle Paul gets his understanding of what a high place is and how to destroy it. Yet the difference is he applies it inwardly now and not outwardly.

1Ki 3:3  And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places.

1Ki 12:31  And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.

1Ki 13:33  After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places.

1Ki 14:23  For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.

All of these verses are just small examples of the things which are written for our admonition that these things are not speaking of physical things but spiritual. The high places are the thoughts of our self-righteousness in our heavens where we exalt our fowls that are flying around below the firmament in our worship of God as though it were from us. Thoughts of comparing ourselves with others are these fowls encircling our own carcass, feeding from it as though by our strength we crucify the flesh. Flesh crucifying flesh can't be done.

Mat 24:28  For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Our imaginations are thoughts of our high places, our good deeds that we believe we do, our rebellion against the testimony that we are evil from conception (Psa 51:5). Apostle Paul may have been moved by the Spirit of God to see these things from Isaiah;

Isa 65:2  I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;
Isa 65:3  A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;

When we sacrifice our time, our efforts in reading the writings of the dead, like Martin Luther, John Calvin and Babylonian teachers, we are living among the dead. We read and meditate on writings from those who never knew the truth and never come to the knowledge of the truth still teaching that we have a will separate from God that can make us right with Him.  We make our home among the dead, and yet our flesh cannot be contained by whatever we read of them. Yet we still proclaim our goodness and righteousness against the righteousness of God in Christ, like the next verse brings out.

Isa 65:4  Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;

Remaining among the graves and lodging in the monuments of the dead as though they had reached a holiness by themselves and had obtained a wisdom that we desire, is eating swine's flesh and drinking the broth of abominable things.

Isa 65:5  Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.

We stand by ourselves and think we have obtained a holiness from reading the writings of the dead. We believe we have obtained a holiness separate from the holiness of Christ. These verses bring out a similar story that Christ encountered in the flesh and it was written for our admonition when He encountered the man possessed with a legion of demons on the island of the Gadarenes. The man lived among the dead in the tombs, and could not be bound by any man's doctrine which showed him he was evil. Whenever he was tried, he tore those 'doctrines' off himself;

Mar 5:3  Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 
Mar 5:4  Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

This is us in the doctrines of the dead, in doctrines of the winds of the sea, that cannot hold us because the doctrines are from the dead.

Even when Christ approached him he said:

Mar 5:6  But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
Mar 5:7  And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

Even though He knows the truth that stands before him, a tormenting truth and bows before it, he still says, "What have I do to with thee" or like Isaiah said:

Isa 65:5  Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.

This is the doctrine that remains among the dead that dwell among the tombs of the dead. This doctrine of self-worth or self-unworthiness comes from the dead and says, "I am holier than you or more evil than you, do not stand near me", or "What do I have to do with thee?" When the truth comes to us that we are what we are by the grace of God, we have a readiness to avenge all thoughts and imaginations of self-worth;

2Co 10:6  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 
2Co 10:7  Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? If any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.

Christ had a readiness, and He avenged the man on the island of the Gadarenes by saying;

Mar 5:8  For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.

And what was the name of the unclean spirits?

Mar 5:9  And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

There are legions of false doctrines, armies of false doctrines dwelling in our heavens, flying around in the heavens BELOW the firmament, under the firmament of truth and void of understanding that all comes from above the firmament. We carry legions of imaginations and thoughts against the knowledge of God that tells us that it was the obedience of Christ that has made us whole. We do not want that knowledge because that knowledge does not give us any credit for saving ourself from eternal death. We would rather eat swine's flesh or live in swine flesh, unclean doctrines of the unclean dead (Num19:11) than submit in fetters to the truth.

Mar 5:11  Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 
Mar 5:12  And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them.
Mar 5:13  And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

When we are released from the doctrines of devils and swine, we become able to sit and be clothed in the obedience of Christ, and are in then in a right mind, the mind of Christ;

Mar 5:15  And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

Sitting in peace, clothed in the pure garments of Christ's obedience to the law is casting down imaginations and every thought of my goodness to the obedience of Christ, the ONLY OBEDIENT ONE.

Php 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

In the beginning of our study, I spoke about having two enemies that needed to be thrown out of the promised land. We saw that the first enemy is our own spiritual self-righteous thoughts of grandeur, and now our second enemy is Satan. Christ brings this out in the parable of the Sower.

Mat 13:25  But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

Mat 13:39  The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

Satan sows seeds of thoughts in our minds through the false doctrines we read and hear. He tells us that we shall not surely die, that we are not as bad as we are told by the law, that we are not conceived in sin. He tells us lie after lie to draw us away from Christ. This is the plan of God to use the enemy to build cities I have not built, to dig wells that I have not dug, to furnish houses that I have not furnished, and to plant vineyards that I have not planted. This how the enemy is used by God to bring His chosen Elect out of the world and to be different from all other people of the world. Satan looks like a lamb, an image of Christ, but he speaks like a dragon. He speaks in doctrines of being patriotic to this physical country by killing others in wars. He speaks in doctrines of teaching us that there are good people, and there are bad people. He teaches us in doctrines that we were born innocent and then corrupt ourselves and then by freewill we can bring ourselves back to God.

Gen 3:4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 
Gen 3:5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Our struggle is not only against our own flesh, but it is heightened by the influences of the whispers of the Devil. There are countless religions and Christian denominations in the world, and they all have one thing in common.  They are led of Satan to practice self-worship, which is worship of the flesh, which in turn is the worship of Satan. Satan is used by God to build these high places so that when we see them in our heavens we can recognize them for what they are and cast them down like Christ did when Satan tempted Him to worship his own flesh.

Mat 16:21  From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. 
Mat 16:22  Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. 
Mat 16:23  But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

Self-preservation of His flesh was seen by Christ as the worship of the flesh and worship of Satan which is an offense to God. When we believe it is by our hands to get right with God, stay right with God, or any other self righteous, Satan-worshipping thought, all we have to do is lift up the OBEDIENCE of Christ as the knowledge of God. We will end with what scripture says of how we should being mediating on what in the spirit we call the commandments, judgments and statutes of God;

Col 1:12  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
Col 1:13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 
Col 1:14  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Col 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Like Job said, "The LORD giveth, and the LORD taketh away" (Job 1:21), and then when you put it with "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things" (Isa 45:7), you begin to see Christ in the light He desires we see Him. We see Him as the King and not some helpless hippie wishing we would all just get along. No, He forms the evil of every life, and He gives that evil to every life, and when He decides or if He decides to, He takes the evil away. It is His righteousness that dug my well, not me. May God deliver us from the self-righteousness and self-worship of thinking we dug our own wells from imaginations and thoughts of self-worth independent and separate from Christ.

Next week , LORD willing , we will cover Deuteronomy 7:1.

Deu 7:1  When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;

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