Deuteronomy 7: (International Children’s Bible)
1 The Lord your God will bring you into the land. You are entering that land to own it. As you go in, he will force out these nations: the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. These seven nations are stronger than you. 2 The Lord your God will hand these nations over to you. You will defeat them. You must destroy them completely. Do not make a peace treaty with them. Do not show them any mercy. 3 Do not marry any of them. Don’t let your daughters marry their sons. And don’t let your sons marry their daughters. 4 Those people will turn your children away from me. Your children will begin serving other gods. The Lord will be very angry with you. And he will quickly destroy you. 5 This is what you must do to those people: Tear down their altars. Smash their holy stone pillars. Cut down their Asherah idols and burn their idols in the fire. 6 You are holy people. You belong to the Lord your God. He has chosen you from all the people on earth. You are his very own.
God is holy. He desires a right relationship with us.
We are to purge the things in our life that would cause us to turn from God. Jesus even said that if our hand offended us, to cut it off. (I think he was speaking figuratively?)
If we obey God, and stay close to Him, we are blessed:
12 Pay attention to these laws. Obey them carefully. Then the Lord your God will keep his agreement and show his love to you. He promised your ancestors he would. 13 He will love and bless you. He will make the number of your people grow. He will bless you with children. He will bless your fields with good crops. He will give you grain, new wine and oil. He will bless your cows with calves and your sheep with lambs. This is the way it will be in the land he promised your ancestors he would give you. 14 You will be blessed more than any other people. Every husband and wife will have children. All your cattle will have calves. 15 The Lord will take away all disease from you. You will not have the terrible diseases that were in Egypt. But he will give them to your enemies. 16 You must destroy all the people the Lord your God hands over to you. Do not feel sorry for them. Do not worship their gods. They will trap you.
If you don’t know how to handle the giants who are trying to destroy your faith, God gives this advice to His people:
You might say to yourselves, “These nations are stronger than we are. We can’t force them out.” 18 But don’t be afraid of them. Remember what the Lord your God did to all of Egypt and its king. 19 You saw for yourselves the troubles, signs and miracles he did. You saw how the Lord’s great power and strength brought you out of Egypt. The Lord your God will do the same thing to all the nations you now fear. 20 The Lord your God will also send hornets to attack them. Even those who are alive and hiding from you will die. 21 Don’t be afraid of them. The Lord your God is with you. He is a great God and people are afraid of him.
God, Himself, has the power and strength to defeat your enemies. You do not even have to be afraid.
Your job is to try and remain pure and holy. Keep yourself from being polluted by the world. We are saved by grace, not by what we’ve done, but Jesus told the ones he forgave to go and sin no more. If we are to be ambassadors for Christ, we need to represent Him well.
Dear God, I know You desire for us to be Holy as You are Holy. We cannot do this in our own power. In these days it is easy to be deceived. Even men posing as ministers are telling their congregations things that are contrary to Your word. There are many wolves in sheep’s clothing, and many anti-Christs. Help us God to not be deceived. Keep our faith secure in You. If the salt loses its saltiness, what good is it? Help me God, to stay strong and firm in You. I am weak, but You are strong! In Jesus’s Name. Amen.