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Deut. 1:19-36

"The positive side of life"

Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year. How long a minute

is depends on what side of the bathroom door you’re on. Birthdays are good for you; the more you have,

the longer you live. Happiness comes through doors you didn’t even know you left open. Ever notice that

the people who are late are often much jollier than the people who have to wait for them? Most of us go

to our grave with our music still inside of us. If Wal-mart is lowering prices every day, how come nothing is

free yet? You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person. Some

mistakes are too much fun to only make once. Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because it happened. We

could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names,

and all are different colors....but they all exist very nicely in the same box. A truly happy person is one who

can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Today we are starting on journey in the book of Deuteronomy. This book was written by Moses and is

known as the 2nd giving of the law. It is a book that is written for the common church goer. So we find in

it the utter loyalty to the lord is demanded and a separation from false gods and worshiping them. I know

that we have many in this church who have been loyal to God because you have been faithful to attend

church and worship many years though you have been through many difficult times and troubles. God has

been faithful and you know He does not fail to bring about His purpose. Some have not come to realize

yet that God is jealous and tolerates no rival or divided loyalty. I read this last week in the Wesleyan

Advocate that on Sept. 14 there was a service held in Wash DC. In this service all religions were referred

to along with Christianity that we all worship the same God. One that prayed even ended their prayer

with Allah and Jesus together. This is Polytheistic and God does not allow that. Let us think about his. If

86% of Americans say they are Christians, 2% Jews, less that 1% are Hindu or Sikhs how can we give

equal billing to every other religion and rarely mention the name of Jesus? So when leaders are asked to

pray in public they can say “In God’s name” but do not use the name Jesus. Are we loyal if we refuse to

use the name of Jesus in our prayers?

Obedience brings life and blessing from God and disobedience brings brings sorrow and a ruined life with

little or no hope.

This is a book that was used by Jesus himself and the most noted is when he was tempted by Satan. To

throw off the temptations Jesus quoted from 8:3, 6:13, 6:16.

In Deut. We see that real allegiance to God is true godliness. This allows for no compromise with

anything that is offensive to God and calls for a separation from all that is unacceptable in relationships or


The meaning of being holy is Love. God loves His people and seeks their love to Him.

I. DISOBEDIENCE BROUGHT INTERRUPTION,. Obedience would have brought them into the

blessings that God wanted them to have in 11 days, instead they had 38 years of frustration The 40

days of the travels of the spies became the numerical pattern for their suffering: one year for one day--for

40 years they would recount their misjudgment, and for 40 years the people 20 years old or more would

be dying, so that only the young generation might enter the land. Significantly, Israel’s refusal to carry

out the Lord’s commission to conquer his land is the climactic act of rebellion for which God condemns

Israel to die in the desert.

A Word From Billy Graham "Someone said, ’The secret of happiness is not to do what you like to do,

but to learn to like what you have to do.’ Too many people think that happiness is discovered by

constant and relentless searching. Happiness is not found by seeking. It is not an end in itself. Jesus

said, ’Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added

unto you’ (Matthew 6:33, KJV). The ’things’ that Jesus spoke of were the basic needs of life: food,

drink, clothes. He told us not to make these the chief goal of our lives but to ’seek ... the kingdom’

(Matthew 6:33, KJV), and these needs would be supplied. There, if we will take it, is the secret of

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