Break The Curse; Remember The Lord Your God.
In Deuteronomy chapter eight Moses is giving the Israelites God’s instructions for inhabiting the land promised to their forefather, Abraham. “Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and mulitply, and go in and possess the land of which the Lord swore to your fathers. And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your father know that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your feet swell these forty years. You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you. Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper.
When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you. Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, lest – when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks militply, and your silver and your gold are miltiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end – then you say in your heart, “My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.” And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish. As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God.”
Brothers and sisters, this is one of the most amazing chapters of scripture in the Old Testament. For in it we see that Moses outlines for the nation of Israel the blessings the Lord God plans to pour out upon them when they enter their promised land; followed by His curses upon them if they failed to live by His commandments. Moses reminds the people of where the Lord God brought them from; the land of Egypt, and from the house of bondage. He also reminded them of why they spent forty years in the wilderness and the purpose for their stay. God humbled them and tested them to see what was in their heart – so He could do them good in the end. Wow! What a remarkable guide of how God works in the life of the modern day Christian. He brought us out of the land of sin, the house of bondage, and ran us through the wilderness of life where we are humbled, and tested to see what is in our hearts, so that He might do us good in the end. I want you to notice the words, “to do you good in the end” did not mean after the Israelites had died, but “to do them good in the end” while they were alive on this earth. The Lord God promised them nice homes, lands, flocks and herds, vineyards, silver and gold, if they obeyed His commandments. God is not a miser as many people think. The devil has been able to convince people for hundreds of years, “That preachers and Christians should be the poorest people on earth.” The poorer they are, the more holy they are. And for many years, the church mice ate and lived better than many of us. Satan knows if he can convince church people of this lie, they will have no blessings with which to bless those who need our help. And if we can’t bless those who need our help, we feel helpless and they continue to suffer and blame God for their miserable condition. Dear God. Psalms 24:1 tells us, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness. The world and those who dwell therein.” He is our Father; for crying out loud. And what father withholds all that he has from his children just to make them suffer through life living from hand to mouth and struggling for every penny they get while the father lives in luxury and gorges himself on the best of everything. No father I know treats their children that way. And if they did, do you really think their children would have much respect for them? I don’t! And this is not the picture Moses is painting for the Israelites on this day. But what he is telling them, “If they want all that God has for them; all they have to do is be obedient to His commandments and He would give them their hearts desire and a lot more, and He would do it in this life time.” DThrash
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