2011 Truth Matters Conference (Session 04)
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In this hour we're going to look at Philippians chapter 3 and I want to introduce that by sort of reminding you of an incident at the end of Moses' life. Moses gathered the Israelites and gave them a series of long speeches. They had reached the end of those 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. They were about to enter the Promised Land and conquer the Canaanites who lived there. They were going to take their possession of the land that God had promised to Abraham. And among the things Moses said to them was this, from Deuteronomy chapter 9. I'm going to read three verses and I want you to listen, you don't need to even turn there, but you listen to this and listen if you catch the phrase that's repeated in every one of these three verses. Deuteronomy 9, verses 4 through 6.
"Do not say in your heart after the Lord your God has thrust them out before you, 'It is because of my righteousness that the Lord has brought me in to possess this land.' Whereas it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is driving them out before you, not because of your righteousness, or the uprightness of your heart, or you going in to possess their land, but because of the wickedness of these nations the Lord your God is driving them out from before you and that He may confirm the word that the Lord swore to your fathers to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. Know therefore that the Lord your God is not giving you this good land to possess because of your righteousness. For you are a stubborn people."...