IF … THEN … ELSE … There are consequences to our decisions, our thoughts, our actions! Choose wisely!


Do you know what the condition is?

Do you know what the result will be?

Do you know what the alternative is?


IF

you listen obediently to the Voice of God, your God, and heartily obey all his commandments that I command you today

THEN

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 to the Voice of God, your God:

– from Deuteronomy 28

ELSE

– from Deuteronomy 28

There are consequences to our decisions, our thoughts, our actions! Choose wisely!


Will you love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind, all your strength? Will you love your neighbor as yourself?

1These are the terms of the Covenant that God commanded Moses to make with the People of Israel in the land of Moab, renewing the Covenant he made with them at Horeb.
Moses Blesses Israel on the Plains of Moab
2-4Moses called all Israel together and said, You’ve seen with your own eyes everything that God did in Egypt to Pharaoh and his servants, and to the land itself—the massive trials to which you were eyewitnesses, the great signs and miracle-wonders. But God didn’t give you an understanding heart or perceptive eyes or attentive ears until right now, this very day.
5-6I took you through the wilderness for forty years and through all that time the clothes on your backs didn’t wear out, the sandals on your feet didn’t wear out, and you lived well without bread and wine and beer, proving to you that I am in fact God, your God.
7-8When you arrived here in this place, Sihon king of Heshbon and Og king of Bashan met us primed for war but we beat them. We took their land and gave it as an inheritance to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh.
9Diligently keep the words of this Covenant. Do what they say so that you will live well and wisely in every detail.
10-13You are all standing here today in the Presence of God, your God—the heads of your tribes, your leaders, your officials, all Israel: your babies, your wives, the resident foreigners in your camps who fetch your firewood and water—ready to cross over into the solemnly sworn Covenant that God, your God, is making with you today, the Covenant that this day confirms that you are his people and he is God, your God, just as he promised you and your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
14-21I’m not making this Covenant and its oath with you alone. I am making it with you who are standing here today in the Presence of God, our God, yes, but also with those who are not here today. You know the conditions in which we lived in Egypt and how we crisscrossed through nations in our travels. You got an eyeful of their obscenities, their wood and stone, silver and gold junk-gods. Don’t let down your guard lest even now, today, someone—man or woman, clan or tribe—gets sidetracked from God, our God, and gets involved with the no-gods of the nations; lest some poisonous weed sprout and spread among you, a person who hears the words of the Covenant-oath but exempts himself, thinking, “I’ll live just the way I please, thank you,” and ends up ruining life for everybody. God won’t let him off the hook. God’s anger and jealousy will erupt like a volcano against that person. The curses written in this book will bury him. God will delete his name from the records. God will separate him out from all the tribes of Israel for special punishment, according to all the curses of the Covenant written in this Book of Revelation.
22-23The next generation, your children who come after you and the foreigner who comes from a far country, will be appalled when they see the widespread devastation, how God made the whole land sick. They’ll see a fire-blackened wasteland of brimstone and salt flats, nothing planted, nothing growing, not so much as a blade of grass anywhere—like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which God overthrew in fiery rage.
24All the nations will ask, “Why did God do this to this country? What on earth could have made him this angry?”
25-28Your children will answer, “Because they abandoned the Covenant of the God of their ancestors that he made with them after he got them out of Egypt; they went off and worshiped other gods, submitted to gods they’d never heard of before, gods they had no business dealing with. So God’s anger erupted against that land and all the curses written in this book came down on it. God, furiously angry, pulled them, roots and all, out of their land and dumped them in another country, as you can see.”
29God, our God, will take care of the hidden things but the revealed things are our business. It’s up to us and our children to attend to all the terms in this Revelation.
– from Deuteronomy 29

Don’t get sidetracked! Keep the main thing the main thing! Put first things first!

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Not my will, but your will be done!


Today as I start my day and consider, I look to God for wisdom. As I consider what was, what is, and what is yet to come, my desire is that in what I say and do, I glorify God. I ask for wisdom and patience so that I don’t respond nor react in the wrong way at the wrong time. I ask for wisdom so that I may accomplish God’s will and purpose in the words I speak, the actions I take, and the character I build.

Lord,
I lift up this day to You. I ask Lord that You will guide my every thought and my every word so that in all that I think, say, or do, that You Lord will be glorified. Grant me wisdom in what to spend my effort on and what to not. Grant me strength and courage to step up and step out to say and do what You would call for me to do. Lord, there is nobody like You and so I keep my eyes pointed in Your direction. Thank You for providing me with people I can talk to and learn from. Thank You for the team You have allowed me to be a part of. Help me Lord to shine for You today so that in everything today You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Help me Lord to know Your will and to live by Your Word today.

I know that You can be trusted, so my hope and trust I put in Your hands as I prepare to start my day today, for You will never leave me nor forsake me.

So today I live a day of praise! Praising God for who He is and all that He has done in and through my life! Thank You God!

What do you have to offer?


Everyday we have a gift in our possession called life! Everyday we have the opportunity at hand do something with this gift! What will you do with it? What will you offer up because of it? What will you offer up through it? Will you offer anything?

In today’s reading it speaks of sacrifices being a part of an offering. Are you willing to offer enough that it would be a sacrifice? Are you willing to give out of your little or only out of your excess? What do you have to sacrifice for someone else?

We read in another part of God’s Word that we are to be living sacrifices!

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
– Romans 12:1-2

Will you make a promise? Will make it a vow? It binds you to that agreement! How strong is your word? Are you walking with character and integrity? If your word isn’t any good… what do you have? What goes through your mind? How to meet your vow? How to get out of your vow? That perspective makes a big difference in terms of how you will respond.

Be humble and don’t brag!

It’s is only by grace through faith that we can make it. It is only because send Jesus who was the ultimate sacrifice that we are able to be reconciled back to Him. Our offerings and sacrifices are temporary, His was once for all, it was eternity bound.

So for our time here, let’s be living sacrifices that allow others to see Jesus through us. Let’s give not just out of our excess, let’s give out of love and obedience to God! Let’s walk in alignment with the Holy Spirit and do what He wants and calls us to do! Let’s ask and listen and then obey!