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Deuteronomy 8:10-18
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 • Posted June 5, 2014

“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.

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:

12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;

13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;

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;

15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;

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;

17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.

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.”

I have a lot to be grateful for, what about you? I read a lot of things this past weekend, thanking the men and women who have fought for our country. I, too, am grateful for them and tell them so.

My little brother died in the line of duty as a police officer, and my daddy was a police officer all my life, so there is a special place in my heart for law enforcement, and I also appreciate the other people in the world who put their lives on hold to volunteer for the fire department and EMS, too.

But I really can’t remember reading anything to remind us to thank God for our freedom. It’s by His power that we are free, because He turns the hearts of men in power, and causes nations to rise and fall.

From the passages below we can see that God is in control.

Deuteronomy 3:21 “And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, Thine eyes have seen all that the Lord your God hath done unto these two kings: so shall the Lord do unto all the kingdoms whither thou passest.”

When God is on our side we shall be victorious.

Joshua 10:40 “So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the Lord God of Israel commanded.”

Joshua 10:42 “And all these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because the Lord God of Israel fought for Israel.”

These are just a few reminders that God is in control. Thank God for our men and women who fought for our country, and thank God for bringing us victory in our battles to protect our freedoms.

May the Lord God continue to guard and protect us, enabling our men and women to be victorious again and again, and may our leaders be like Joshua, who did “as the Lord God of Israel commanded.”

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