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April 16

Steady and ready
Judges 2 /Proverbs 16 /2Thessalonians 1-3

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OT

Judges 2:1-5 The angel of the LORD went up from Gilgal to Bokim with a message for the Israelites. He told them, “I brought you out of Egypt into this land that I swore to give your ancestors, and I said I would never break my covenant with you. For your part, you were not to make any covenants with the people living in this land; instead, you were to destroy their altars. Why, then, have you disobeyed my command? Since you have done this, I will no longer drive out the people living in your land. They will be thorns in your sides, and their gods will be a constant temptation to you.” When the angel of the LORD finished speaking, the Israelites wept loudly. So they called the place “Weeping,” and they offered sacrifices to the LORD.

Proverbs 16:9 We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.

NT

3:3-5 The Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. We are confident in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we commanded you. May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.


OT Flash Points

Because of your love for foreign gods I will not drive out what has infected you

Proverbs: Don’t grip things too tight

NT Flash Points

Don’t be fooled or troubled by conflicting messages about the LORD’s coming
Stay steady


Perspective

“God’s” – the sign on all His workers
A child delighted only in God, simple and free
Live out in the valley the high experience with God on the mount
Make your decisions in light of that high hour and never revise them

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