Archive for August 28th, 2009

Deuteronomy 29

Deuteronomy 29 gets us ever closer to crossing over to the Promised Land.  Moses is talking Covenant here and begins with a history reminder.  There were several things that showed that God had been faithful on their 40 year journey through the wilderness:

  1. Clothes did not wear out
  2. Sandals did not wear out
  3. Lived well without bread and wine and beer
  4. Enemy…. primed for war but we beat them

God was faithful. He kept His part of the deal.  He was God and set the standard for their relationship.  Bottom line – God expects them to remember how He brought them to this place and they need to “diligently keep the words of this Covenant”.  So it all boils down to obedience once again.  This has been a very consistent requirement then, and it still is today.  We need to walk with God in obedience.

 But there is a warning that we need to keep in mind here: “Don’t let down your guard lest even now, today, someone….gets sidetracked from God…..thinking I’ll live the way I please, thank you”.  We really need to heed this warning.  We cannot afford to let our guard down.  That is how the enemy creeps into our lives, when we are not looking, or we think we are exempt from the attack of the enemy in certain areas of our lives.  We need to stay vigilant in our efforts to resist temptation.  If we are not always on guard, the odds of our failing in the area of obedience will increase significantly.  We cannot deal with sin alone.  We will fall and get sidetracked in our obedience.  We need to stay on guard, even in areas we think we are strong.  It is often there that we get blindsided with an attack and fall.  It is not often that affairs happen because people determine they want to cheat on their spouse.  They just aren’t careful to guard their heart and before they know it, sin happens.  People seldom really set out to sin, they just are not focused on standing firm and keeping the enemy away.  The enemy is very good at setting us up to fall.  And if we aren’t careful, we will buy into the attitude that it is all about me and I can do what I want.  That is not true.  God has expectations and requirements for our lives.  It is not about me, it is not ok to do whatever we want.  We have to watch out lest we fall flat on our face.  Are you guarding your heart?  In every area?  Watch out because the enemy wants to kill, steal and destroy!

Deuteronomy 28

Deuteronomy 28 gives us a perfect look into what happens when we obey God’s commands: “If you listen obediently to the Voice of GOD…. heartily obey all his commandments that I command you today, GOD, your God, will place you on high, high above all the nations of the world. All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded”.  Definitely one of those if-then moments in scripture.  We listen and obey – we receive God’s blessing.  But what does that really look like.  Well there is a very extensive list.  Check these out:

 

–          “GOD’s blessing inside the city

–          GOD’s blessing in the country

–          GOD’s blessing on your children

–          the crops of your land

–          the young of your livestock

–          the calves of your herds

–          the lambs of your flocks

–          GOD’s blessing on your basket and bread bowl

–          GOD’s blessing in your coming in

–          GOD’s blessing in your going out

–          GOD will defeat your enemies who attack you

–          GOD will order a blessing on your barns and workplaces

–          he’ll bless you in the land that GOD, your God, is giving you

–          GOD will form you as a people holy to him

–          GOD will lavish you with good things: children from your womb, offspring from your animals, and crops from your land, the land that GOD promised your ancestors that he would give you

–          GOD will throw open the doors of his sky vaults and pour rain on your land on schedule and bless the work you take in hand

But there is an equally long list of things that occur if God’s direction is not obeyed.  In fact, we are told “don’t swerve an inch to the right or the left”.  It is a very long list, much longer than the list above of the good things that God is going to do for the blessed.  But this chilling verse really tells us why we need to walk in obedience: “You will live in constant jeopardy, terrified of every shadow, never knowing what you’ll meet around the next corner”.   Disobedience causes all kinds of problems.  Real problems.  It makes life unbearable, and worse yet, it separates us from God.  Eternally.  Disobedience is a real issue that we need to seriously confront.  We need to repent from evil and get right with God.  This chapter tells us the price here on earth.  The real cost is where we spend eternity.  Are you walking obediently?

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