Deuteronomy 9:4 Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the Lord thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the Lord hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the Lord doth drive them out from before thee. Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Don’t believe that the victory that God allows to flow into your life is because you are righteous. In Deuteronomy 9:4-5 when the Israelites were about to walk into their Promised Land, they were inclined to conclude that their impending victory was because they were righteous. Moses perceived that this would be the case and got ahead of it by highlighting to them that what God was about to do for them was not because of their righteousness. In making the point, Moses highlighted the number of times that they would have messed up in the past, some of those occasions included: the worshiping of the golden calf, complaining and murmuring against God and Moses and rebelling against the will of God when they were to possess their promised land the first time around. Given all these blemishes plus others that were not mentioned, it could not have been their righteousness that gave the Israelites the victory, there were obviously other factors at play.
From the foregoing it should be apparent that our righteousness does not qualify us for our victory. Having made that point, there were two things that Moses identified that would be the driving force behind any future victory that they would have. The first thing that Moses cited that would allow them to possess their Promised Land was the wickedness of the nations that possessed the land. What Moses was saying was that the first reason why they would possess their Promised Land was because God favored them over their enemies.
The second reason that he stated was the fact that they would get the victory because God is a promise keeper. In alluding to that the scripture said that it was so that God “may perform the word which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob”.
In summary, the reason for the Israelites victory was God’s favor towards them and His faithfulness to perform what He had promised. It will be these two factors that cause victory to flow into your life, not your righteousness.
Life Application: Walk into your victory by remaining expectant of God’s favor and faithfulness to perform what He has promised.
Prayer: Lord, thank you that your faithfulness to your word supersedes anything that I have done. Thank you for your unmerited favor and faithfulness. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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