Dotoronomy 7 “When the Lord your God brings you into the land which you go to possess, and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you, 2 and when the Lord your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them. 3 Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son. 4 For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; so, the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly. 5 But thus you shall deal with them: you shall destroy their altars, and break down their sacred pillars, and cut down their [a]wooden images, and burn their carved images with fire.
6 “For you are a [b]holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.
When God brings you to a place of honour, a place of exaltation, it does not mean that you are off the hook, it does not mean that you have escaped your adversary, what do I mean? The fact that you are on the throne does not mean that everybody sings praises to you, yes God is the one who ordained you but not everybody understands that, So keep it in your mind that all that God has given you, and all that God has made you does not make everybody happy, things that have been freely given to you, you still need to fight for them.
……seven nations greater and mightier than you……..
You may be battling with a terrible disease that no doctor is able to heal, or having a dispute with your employer who has all the money and there is just no way for you to hire good lawyers to fight them, you may have a big idea that require a skill-set and funds that you do not have, You may be in trouble and can not see your way out,what ever your situation may be, make sure that you involve God, you will only conqueror only what God has delivered in your hands, in other words if your friend has an idea, don’t you dare steal it because you do not have the grace to do it, God placed it in your friend’s heart, she/he conceived it and only He/she can give birth to it, or may be let me say two women may be finding it hard to get pregnant, one may go for In vitro fertilization (IVF) another may try the same procedure with no success and eventually go for other options that may work for her, find your path child of God. Just because God has given you something, does not mean that you have to stop fighting, just keeping it may need your sweat and blood, yes you are born again, yes you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, indeed, you are a new creature, you are blessed with all spiritual blessings. Remaining or staying a victorious child of God requires you to fight……. Oooh can I have an AMEN.
2 and when the Lord your God delivers them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them.
Be careful of the things that God has instructed you to destroy, you are to leave them, reject them and show them no mercy. God is loving and merciful, he is also just, the command to destroy these nations was both a judgement and a safety measure. Child of God allow God to prune you, let him remove all the things that could be harmful to others sometimes even harmful to your own soul. God chose you and he wants to protect you.
Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: [d]adultery, [e]fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, [f]murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
The works of flesh mentioned above are for us to conquer, now that you are a child of God, it means that He has given you a new identity, now make sure to reflect Christ in all that you are, your speech, your actions, your thoughts, just your overall conduct must reflect Christ. Its possible that jealousy is your weakness or outburst of wrath is but as you pray about it, and not entertaining it, you are bound to conquer it.
Dot 7: 6 “For you are a [b]holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.
How did Israel deserve to be chosen above all nations at that time? It was not a matter of Israel’s merit, but of God keeping his promise to their ancestors. Just as God chose Israel, he has chosen all believers today to be a part of his treasured possession. Similarly, it is not because of our merit that we have come to faith in Christ. Instead God chose us out of his goodness and grace.
I pray that you may not receive his grace in vain, may you bear fruits that will last, in Jesus name …amen.