Deuteronomy 11-13…Love and serve the Lord, the place of worship, and warnings against idolatry.
In Deuteronomy 11, we see a connection which is consistent throughout scripture. Love toward God will equate to obedience. This is how we can be assured of our salvation (1 John 5:1-3), and why spiritual fruit is the true measure of one’s faith, not just mere agreement with the gospel.
Moses recounts some of the great works of God’s wrath which their eyes had seen. It is important that in both our evangelism and our discipling relationships we include an accurate presentation of God’s wrath, and of what conversion looks like. Hell is real, and according to Jesus, many are deceived into thinking they are saved from Hell (Matthew 7:21-23):
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Are you doing the will of your Father in heaven? How do you know if you are? This is why the local church is so important in our Christian walk. We are prone to being deceived, and therefore God’s manifold wisdom includes locking arms with other believers to build them up and to be built up. Our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ help us see our blind spots. The bible gives us clear instructions on how we’re to live, so if you have questions about what God’s will is for your life, ask your pastors/elders, or those you are closest to in your church.
Moses warned about the trouble that might come from the Canaanites in Deuteronomy 13. He cautions against the rise of idolatry. It is so important for us to be well-acquainted with the Bible, because just like the Israelites, we live among those who worship idols. We also are in the midst of a daily spiritual battle, and attempting to fight without any armor or weapons is foolish. We’re prone to worship idols, and need to be brought into conformity with God’s word daily.