Word for Today – 20th September 2018.

THE BLESSINGS OF OBEDIENCE

‘All these blessings will come upon you…if you obey the LORD.’
Deuteronomy 28:2 NIV

In a survey hundreds of people were asked, ‘What’s the best thing that’s happened to you in the last five years?’ Amazingly, many answered, ‘Nothing.’ God’s Word promises us daily bread, daily benefits, and daily blessings, yet these people couldn’t even think of one good thing that happened to them in half a decade! What a sad way to live! Author John Mason observes: ‘We typically see things not as they are, but as we are.

By how we position ourselves, we’ll see the evidence of God everywhere or nowhere. Too often our minds are locked on one track. We’re looking for red, so we overlook blue; we’re thinking tomorrow and God’s saying now. We’re looking everywhere, and the answer is under our nose. When a person is positioned correctly, he’s ready to receive all God has for him.’

The Bible says, ‘All these blessings will come upon you…if you obey the Lord your God: You will be blessed in the city and…in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed…You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated…They will come at you from one direction but flee…in seven…The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity…The Lord will make you the head, not the tail’ (vv. 2-13 NIV 1984 Edition).

Notice the words, ‘if you obey the Lord’. God’s love is guaranteed and unconditional. But His blessings require cooperation on your part. So today, walk in obedience.

Isaiah 34-36, Ephesians 5:17-33

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