“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 28:1-2, NKJV).
When we read a passage like this, we automatically think, “Well, I can’t measure up to that” and that would be a correct statement. No one can measure up to the list of blessings and curses listed in Deuteronomy 28. We are only required to obey the Bible and what the Holy Spirit says to us. The first 14 verses of that chapter outline the blessings of following the Lord faithfully. The remaining 54 verses outline the curses awaiting the disobedient.
So how does this apply to the Christian today?
The good news is Jesus came to be cursed so that you could be blessed (see Galatians 3:13-14). This does not just mean you can have a lot of material stuff. What it does mean is so that the blessing originally bestowed upon Abraham can be yours. “that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:14, NKJV).
This was the same blessing written out for the Israelites after enduring 430 years of captivity. They needed to be taught that what was Abraham’s belonged to them, just as many Christians need to be taught that Jesus obtained this same covenant with better promises for us too!
Are you aware that you don’t simply have to take whatever life seems to throw at you? The Bible says that the believer has something to say about this. Whether you can live in the blessing of the Lord or not has nothing to do with where you live. It has everything to do with your obedience to what God is saying to you.
“Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country” (Deuteronomy 28:3, NKJV). This means you can prosper wherever God has planted you, in whatever environment you live. Genesis 26 tells the story of Isaac, who was facing a famine. Most of us would automatically pull up stakes and head for greener pastures. But God told Isaac to sow in that land. Isaac was obedient and reaped a 100-fold return in that same year. If you are in a tough situation financially, this passage is for you since “God shows no partiality” (Romans 2:11, NKJV).
“Blessed shall be the fruit of your body…” (Deuteronomy 28:4, NKJV). Have you struggled to have a child? The believer has covenant promises available to them, but we must activate them by believing the Word of God is true and declaring those promises. They are voice-activated. Your words have power. What you say carries great weight spiritually. Many have been told something like, “Sometimes God’s will is for some to have children and others not to.” That might soothe us in our inability to produce, but it isn’t biblical. The Bible says, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4, NKJV).
More next week.
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Rob Granger is Senior Pastor of Faith Harbor Church, a non-denominational church that meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the Escondido Columbus Hall, 515 W. Valley Parkway. His wife, Becky, serves as Co-Pastor. Videos of Pastor Rob’s sermons can be seen on YouTube by typing faith harbor church escondido ca in the YouTube search box. Visit fhcescondido.com for information about Faith Harbor Church.
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