sermon: Deuteronomy (Part 5)
God's Discipline, Care & Remembrance
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 08-Oct-94; Sermon #151; 78 minutes
John Ritenbaugh describes the process through which God perfects His image in us, linking three sub-themes: 1) God's disciplining, 2) our listening, and 3) God's watchful care. Obedience to God's Word strengthens us, enabling us to receive our spiritual heritage. Remembering the lamentable condition of our slavery to sin and God's deliverance and involvement in our lives helps us to exercise obedience, keeping us growing toward perfection. Paradoxically, humble dependency upon God strengthens us, while prideful self-sufficiency weakens us. No matter what situation, God carefully watches over us like an eagle (Deuteronomy 32:11), ready to come to our aid and supply us with what we need.
Army analogy Blessing Dependence on God Discipline Difficulty of trial Eagle Forgetting God as parent God's standard God's watchful care Growing Holiness Humility Hunger Loving God Memory Perfecting Holiness Obedience Precarious condition of life Poor in spirit Pride Remembering Seeking God Selective memory Self sufficiency Separation Slave Spiritual bankruptcy Spiritual starvation Temple Weak World view
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