Because I Said So
“And now, Israel (children of God), listen carefully to these decrees and regulations that I am about to teach you. Obey them so that you may live, so you may enter and occupy the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.” Deuteronomy 4:1 NLT
✓ We will only occupy the place where we obey God’s principles.
“Look, I now teach you these decrees and regulations just as the Lord my God commanded me, so that you may obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy.” Deuteronomy 4:5 NLT
✓ We don’t have to ﬁgure everything out; we just have to obey.
“Do not add to or subtract from these commands I am giving you. Just obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you.” Deuteronomy 4:2 NLT
✓ We are responsible for obedience; God is responsible for outcome.
“Obey them completely, and you will display your wisdom and intelligence among the surrounding nations. When they hear all these decrees, they will exclaim, ‘How wise and prudent are the people of this great nation!’” Deuteronomy 4:6 NLT
1. Scripture — what does the Bible say?
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 NASB1995
2. Observation — what is the meaning of this truth?
“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be ﬁlled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Eph 3:17-19 NIV
3. Application — how will I apply this truth?
“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” James 1:22 NASB1995
4. Prayer — ask for God’s help.
“This is the conﬁdence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:14-15 NIV