Deuteronomy – Deu 8:10-20 Forget not the Lord thy God

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Deu 8:10-20 Forget not the Lord thy God

Deu 8:10  When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.
Deu 8:11  Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:
Deu 8:12  Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;
Deu 8:13  And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;
Deu 8:14  Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
Deu 8:15  Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and dought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;
Deu 8:16  Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;
Deu 8:17  And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.
Deu 8:18  But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
Deu 8:19  And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.
Deu 8:20  As the nations which the LORD destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish; because ye would not be obedient unto the voice of the LORD your God.

The words of scripture are written only to the elect. Only the elect can and will understand truth because before the world began God had predestined it so. For no other reason do we know truth. Lest we get high-minded and full of ourselves, God has planted tares among us, who act and say the very things that seem to be truth and in fact are truth. They taste truth, see that it is good, yet iniquity is in their heart and self-righteousness.

Eze 33:13  When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.

As scripture says, to us it has been GIVEN to understand truth, therefore we have nothing to boast of as though it comes from us.

Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

1Co 4:7  For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? 

This is what the scriptures are telling us today out of Deuteronomy. They are telling us not to become high-minded and puffed up about who we are. There are some who have tasted of the good word, have been enlightened by the word and tasted of the heavenly gift, yet something was hiding in them that neither we nor they saw about themselves - iniquity, the insidious sin of self-righteousness. This sin lies deep inside the corridors of our hearts, hidden under fig leaves and good deeds.

Heb 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Heb 6:2  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Heb 6:3  And this will we do, if God permit.
Heb 6:4  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
Heb 6:5  And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
Heb 6:6  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
Heb 6:7  For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
Heb 6:8  But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

Those who are from God, who are the elect, know in their hearts that all we have comes from God. We have nothing of which to boast and nothing to claim as ours. This is bringing forth herbs suitable for God. Those who have that hint of "you have to do your part" in their speech are those that are bringing forth thorns and briars. God will bring forth the fruit He desires in my earth when He has brought me forth to a place where all I desire is truth in the inward parts. That desire itself comes from God and is carried into fruition by His Spirit. In the above set of scriptures it says that their end is to be burned. That burning is the gehenna fire of the lake of fire, where all inquity will be finally put down and God will be seen as all in all.

1Co 15:28  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. 

Eph 1:23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

All that we have possessed, do possess and will possess of the knowledge and wisdom of God comes from Him. A tomato plant does not produce a tomato unless God allows it to produce a tomato. It is the same with us. All that is in our land, good and evil, has come from the hand of our Creator for our demise unto His glory or unto our honor for His glory. He is the all in all. In our set of scriptures today, this is the message we are to receive and learn about what flesh does with the truth when that truth is not based on these facts of scripture. We become high-minded, self-righteous, lift our heads up above The Head, and emanate the root and bitterness of the doctrines of Babylon.

Rev 17:1  And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
Rev 17:2  With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
Rev 17:3  So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
Rev 17:4  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
Rev 17:5  And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Rev 17:6  And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

She is loud and stubborn about her rights, her free moral agency, her gold and silver, which are her supposed good works.

Pro 7:11  (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:
Pro 7:12  Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)

This is the picture we are to see about ourselves in the flesh and be mindful of how the doctrines of Babylon lift us up above our Creator.

Eze 28:1  The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
Eze 28:2  Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:
Eze 28:3  Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:
Eze 28:4  With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:
Eze 28:5  By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:
Eze 28:6  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;
Eze 28:7  Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.
Eze 28:8  They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.
Eze 28:9  Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.
Eze 28:10  Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

We should be fearful of these truths and mindful always that to be puffed up or to be loud and stubborn about our works, good or evil, is the sin of self-righteousness, worshipping self as an idol, and it is a sin unto death. It is not the regular self-righteousness, which we all have, but a self-righteousness that denies the truth.

1Jn 5:16  If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it [Joh 17:9].
1Jn 5:17  All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
1Jn 5:18  We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not [sins not a sin unto death].
1Jn 5:19  And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness [We know our whole world lies in wickedness].
1Jn 5:20  And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life [We have the understanding that He is all truth, and we lie in wickedness in the flesh, and the flesh has no truth in it].
1Jn 5:21  Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

The flesh is full of wickedness, anguish and self-glorification. The flesh loves the upper seat of authority over others and to be called "rabbi". The bottom line, the flesh wants to be God Himself, the idol from which that last verse says to keep away.  The flesh wants to believe the lie that we are gods independent and separate from the God. The flesh wants to believe that there was something in it that made it decide to stop sinning and recreate itself into a vessel of honor; that it was created from the beginning good, innocent and it was tricked into sinning by the serpent and that woman. The following scriptures tell it better than I can.

Isa 14:11  Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
Isa 14:12  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
Isa 14:13  For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isa 14:14  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Isa 14:15  Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Our pride, our flashiness and our self-righteousness is the fruit of a thorn or bramble bush. It is the indicator our heart is not right in that area of our life. Though all these things are pointed out about the flesh and who we are in the flesh, we should rejoice, for had we not been judged, we could not judge ourselves. These are the things that God uses to stir a genuine new heart which has been recreated in the image of the Son. We are fallen from the place we had ourselves, the heavens, because flesh and blood cannot enter the kingdom of God. Christ has planned these things in our lives to bring us down, to chasten us by the sword of men who are God's servants, that we be not judged with the world.

1Co 11:32  But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

Although we read these scriptures about who we are in the flesh and the judgment we receive in the flesh, it is a blessing and not a curse. Unless we are judged in this life, we shall suffer the judgment of the lake of fire. We must see ourselves in the flesh as God sees us, vessels of dishonor FITTED, MADE for destruction.

Rom 9:22  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

2Pe 2:12  But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
2Pe 2:13  And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
2Pe 2:14  Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
2Pe 2:15  Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
2Pe 2:16  But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
2Pe 2:17  These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
2Pe 2:18  For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
2Pe 2:19  While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
2Pe 2:20  For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
2Pe 2:21  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
2Pe 2:22  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Our flesh sits right next to us all day, everyday, knowing that his end is death; knowing that one day he will die and never wake. Our new man knows that he will never die. It is as Jacob and Esau growing together in the womb, fighting to get to the light first, first to break out of the womb for the light, hating each other all their lives, two totally different people, nations fighting for the birthright. Yet the choice has already been made. The Creator has already decreed the end from the beginning, the elder shall serve the younger.

Gen 25:22  And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD.
Gen 25:23  And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

We have been given life. It is life from God to which the flesh cannot attain for it is spiritual. The flesh will deceive, lie cheat and steal to get what it has, yet it will not get it. Before the literal Israelites crossed the Jordan, they were told all was theirs. They were given a token, a promise, that all had already been planted, all had already been built, all they had to do was take it. The commandment today was, do not become high-minded, do not become pompous and think it was because of something in you that you got these things. It was solely because Christ chose us to be what we are.

If we lean to our own understanding, look to ourselves as something good in and of ourselves, then we will be chastened of the LORD so that we are not condemned with the world. Those who look to themselves will leave us, because they see something different about themselves.

However, this is good, this is what we want. We do not want to eat with those who think that God chose them because they had something special. To say all is spiritual, that there is no literal Satan, no literal thousand year reign, then when scripture tells us not to lie, cheat and steal that also must just be spiritual. Let's eat and drink and be merry for we all are destined for the lake of fire. Why ask God to cleanse us from unrighteousness? Why ask to be remade into the image of Christ? Why talk to Him at all? If we are all destined to the lake of fire, and we cannot be perfected in this life to be kings and priests in the next, what's the whole thing about? No, this is a lie that has tried to infiltrate the body and drag it down to gehenna fire with it. When all that we strive for is literal riches and base our doctrine off the thought that literal riches are the sign that God has blessed us, then we have been deceived and taken already. We are going to be perfected to the perfect creation God had predestined for us in this life. When the flesh draws its last breath in this life, we will have been created into the perfect vessel into which the LORD had predestined we be created. We must first lose this flesh, for flesh itself is sin. As long as we have this body of flesh, we will be contending with sin. But when this body is gone, we will have been recreated into the vessel that God had predestined we be. If we were not being perfected in this life for the next, then Christ would not have told Peter in John 13:120:

"...He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean..."

Our walk in this life is being cleansed daily, hourly so that we do not have to go through the lake of fire, but will become that fire. As we learned in our last study, we must first be smashed to juice in the great wine press before we become the wine press for those who will be saved from death. I had to first become trained to be a painter before I was a painter, yet when I took that brush in my hand I was called a painter, even though I wasn't yet. He calls those things that be not as though they are. We are called perfected in this life from the eyes of God, yet as long as we live in these bodies, we are not yet perfected. Our admonition today is do not become high-minded and self-righteous because we are called the Body of Christ. It was not something we had done that made us what we are; it was solely God's choice, not ours. All the works were finished from before there was a world, yet we must strive as though our lives depend on it.

Heb 4:3  For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 

Rom 11:13  For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office:
Rom 11:14  If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.
Rom 11:15  For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?
Rom 11:16  For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.
Rom 11:17  And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;
Rom 11:18  Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.
Rom 11:19  Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.
Rom 11:20  Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:
Rom 11:21  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.
Rom 11:22  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
Rom 11:23  And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.
Rom 11:24  For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural branches, be graffed into their own olive tree?

The land is ours, promised to us before the world began. All the works are finished, yet we must pray that we never forget we stand by the power of God, faith. If we are given over to our flesh, we will rely on works; either works of the flesh now or works in the next life. If the power of God in Christ cannot perfect us now in this life to His service in the next, what makes us believe that He can do it in the next life? Christ died on the cross for His people so that His people will bring up the next generation in the next life.

Gen 15:5  And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.
Gen 15:6  And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

Those born again in the lake of fire are the fulfillment of this promise, if we believe. If we do believe, then it has been counted unto us for righteousness. We must remain humble and look at others as God looks at them and see ourselves in the flesh as the greatest of all sinners. May God be merciful to us and allow us to remain humble and to receive judgment as a blessing and not a curse. ALL THINGS are of Him, ALL THINGS, and ALL THINGS consist BY Him. Who is sufficient for these things? No one, that's the point. God is our sufficency, all that we have has been created by our Creator, even the sufficiency unto death. In one sufficiency we are a savour unto death and the other a sufficiency unto life.

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.
Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

2Co 2:15  For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
2Co 2:16  To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
2Co 2:17  For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

2Co 3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
2Co 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

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