February 17

Deuteronomy 3

The transfer of authority from Moses to Joshua is announced.


The past is a picture of the future. When trying to determine what will be, it is important to know what has been.

Throughout the wilderness journey, God reminds Israel what He has done in the past-to give them courage and hope for the future. As the reins of leadership are passed from Moses to Joshua, the Lord encourages Joshua with a review of history: "Your eyes have seen all that the Lord your God has done to these two [past] kings; so will the Lord do to all the kingdoms through which you pass" (Deuteronomy 3:21).
The Lord is the same yesterday, today, and forever. When we face the giants in our lives, we can take heart from the Lord's words to Joshua: "You must not fear them, for the Lord your God Himself fights for you" (Deuteronomy 3:22). Our giants are not flesh and blood. They are spiritual and emotional. But the Lord must still defeat them. Trust!


· Praise the God of the past and the future:

I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart;
I will tell of all Your marvelous works.
I will be glad and rejoice in You;
I will sing praise to Your name,
O Most High
(Psalms 9:1-2).

· As you seek to keep your life free from sin, pray this confession to the Lord:

Therefore, bear fruits worthy of repentance (Matthew 3:8).

· As you confess your sins, voice your affirmation of God's Word:

I shall not lay up for myself treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But I shall lay up for myself treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in or steal. For where my treasure is, there my heart will be also (based on Matthew 6:19-21).

· As you make your requests known to the Lord, pray for:
· greater wisdom in decision making,
· the needs of your friends,
· today's activities.

· Now offer this prayer of worship:

Save Your people,
And bless Your inheritance;
Shepherd them also,
And bear them up forever (Psalms 28:9). 

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