Monday, March 28, 2011

A Plan and a Purpose

In those towns that the Lord your God is giving you as a special possession, destroy every living thing.  You must completely destroy the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, just as the Lord Your God has commanded you. This will prevent the people of the land from teaching you to imitate their detestable customs in the worship of their gods, which would cause you to sin deeply against the Lord your God.  Deuteronomy 20:16-18 NLT

The command to destroy every living thing sound rather harsh, until you understand why.

The Lord said to Moses, "You are about to die and join your ancestors.  After you are gone, these people will begin to worship foreign gods, the gods of the land where they are going.  Deuteronomy 31:16

God knows the human heart, human nature.  He knows that we start to imitate that which we are around.  It's the "garbage in, garbage out" principle.  God knows how easily our hearts can be swayed and that's why He gave this command.  The Israelites were commanded to destroy every living thing, but in Deut. 13:13 and Deut. 15:63, we read that they didn't fully obey this command.  As you continue to read their history, you see that the Israelites did indeed turn away from God and begin to worship other gods.
God had plan and a purpose.

He has a plan and purpose for your life too.  Is God calling you to get rid of some things from your life?  Is He asking you step away from certain relationships?  Has He asked you to remove certain television shows from your viewing?  Maybe God has asked you to get rid of some music or books.  Remember that He loves you and wants to guard your heart.  He knows what is best for you.  Listen to His call and fully obey.  God has a plan and a purpose!    

Many blessings,

11 comments:

  1. Yes, there are times we need to clean and get rid of. If we don't they could and would make us sin. God knows this and like you said He knows what is best for us. I am so glad He looks out for what is best for me. He sees the whole picture and we see only in part. Thanks for a great post. Blessings.

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  2. Amen sister, we have to fully obey the Lords prompting. I'm working on a blog about this aswell. Thank you for this great post. :)

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  3. Just found your post and so glad I did. Just became a follower. Thank you for sharing. Hope to see you over at the "pond". :)

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  4. Praise the Lord that in the midst of our chaos, He has a plan and purpose beyond anything we could imagine! Great post today!

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  5. I want to be obedient to Him. He has called me to give up things, and it can be hard. But choosing to say yes to Him is so important and worth it. Great post.

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  6. Yes to this one! I used to watch some TV shows that I had to close my eyes during they were so bad. Then I decided that He wouldn't want me filling my mind with that junk so I went 'cold-turkey' and cut them off!

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  7. I think there's always room for improvement in all our lives Lisa. The closer we walk to Christ's example, the more we can tune our lives to His Wishes.

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  8. "YES," at one time or another was my answer to all of those questions. I've had to purge toxic things, people and entertainment from my life and EVERY SINGLE TIME He had a plan and a purpose that became crystal clear. I love that about our God, He is so good! Blessings!

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  9. Amen! I'm reading the Book of Joshua for my Bible Journal... Indeed God wants us to destroy the things that could entangle us again after He ha s delivered us from the slavery of sin....

    God bless!

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  10. "Garbage in, garbage out" so very true. What are we filling our heads and our hearts with. The change/shift can happen so subtly. The Bible reminds us that the heart is deceitful above all things...we need to guard our hearts above all things!

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  11. What you say here is so very true Lisa.

    God bless you

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