Joshua 8:34 Read All Of It

Afterward, Joshua read all the words of the law–the blessings and the curses–just as it is written in the Book of the Law. Joshua 8:34

Most everything comes with a set of instructions in how to use the product correctly. Some of these sets of instructions are very detailed, long and boring to read and understand.

The majority of people ignore reading all the instructions, thinking they know what to do. They just pick and choose which parts they will read and ignore the rest. In doing so, sometimes important information is missed, and problems occur.

After winning a battle, Joshua read the book of the law of Moses to everyone in the assembly of Israel, to include women, children and foreigners.

Very few people actually read the Bible on a regular basis. Fewer people yet will read the whole Bible. Most people will pick and choose what verses or portions of the Bible that they will read, ignoring the rest.

Focus is often on reading about the blessings God will give the believer. No one likes to read or hear about the curses God has for people who choose to refuse to obey His commands.

In the process of ignoring parts of God’s word, people will allow sin to creep into their lives and think of it as acceptable. They hold onto and claim God’s love and grace, but ignore His judgement against sin.

Knowing and understanding all of the blessings and curses of God will guide the believer in the correct way to live for God. By His Holy Spirit, God can bring to memory the verses, that had been read, needed to help the believer overcome the temptation to sin against Him and to live the holy life as Jesus lived.

Unless you have the entire Bible memorized, you need to read the entire Bible. From the beginning to the end God’s word gives directions on how to live for God and what will occur if you choose not to obey and live for God.

Take time every day to read the Bible. Read all of the Bible, not skipping anything. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in understanding all of the curses and blessings of disobeying and obeying God.

Then share what you learn from God’s word with others around you. Everyone needs to hear all of God’s word, both the blessings and the curses.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will read God’s word daily; that you will know and understand all of the blessings and curses God has given; and that you will obey all of God’s word.

Deuteronomy 34:4 Consequences Of Actions

Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.” Deuteronomy 34:4

Positive consequences are something that most people like to think and talk about, but rarely like to think or talk about negative consequences. Often the negative side is downplayed to the point it does not exist. Everybody is allowed to win whether they earned a winning score or not.

As Moses was about to die, God allowed him to see into the promised land. He was told he could see it but was not allowed to cross the river into it. This was due to his disobeying God by striking the rock.

In the same way that the world downplays negative consequences, many in the church are doing the same thing. Sin is allowed in the life of a believer with the expectation that there will be no bad consequence. Often this is viewed because God is willing to forgive the sin because of the death of Jesus upon the cross.

While forgiveness brings about removal of the sentence of death upon the believer, it does not always stop all consequences of the action or sin in this life. The person who kills someone may be forgiven by God but will still have to go to prison to pay for the crime.

Any disobedience to God is a sin, regardless of how great or small it is or whether man sees it as bad or not. God has a plan for every believer that must be followed step by step. If one chooses to not follow the plan of God, it is sin and there may be negative consequences. One will still be saved but may not get all the blessings originally intended.

God has plans of blessing for you that are dependent upon your obeying His commands. You may know what these blessings are, or you may not.

Strive to obey every command God gives immediately. Do not allow yourself to turn to the right or left of His commands. Do not allow yourself to be in a position in which you miss out on the full blessing of God in your life.

Live in a way that you will qualify to cross the river into greater blessings.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the commands God has for you; that you will obey all the commands of God; that God will allow you to cross the river to greater blessings; and that God will not have to bring on negative consequences due to your actions.

Deuteronomy 28:2 The Benefit Of Obedience

You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God: Deuteronomy 28:2

Most people are always searching for something extra, some blessing or favor above the normal. Some will go to extreme lengths to find coupons to get a little discount on some item they want to purchase at the store. They are willing to pay the price to get that blessing of paying just a little bit less and saving some money.

When people do not get the blessings, many are upset and frustrated. Often they will then blame others for their perceived loss.

Moses told the Israelites that they will experience many blessings if they obey God and then gives a list of those blessings which cover nearly every area of life.

It is common for people to feel that they are entitled to all the blessings from God because they repented and chose to believe in Jesus. Since God is a God of love, it is expected that He will automatically pour out blessings on everyone who follows Him.

Believing in Jesus is the first step to following God, but a believer must then also obey God. Many seek all of the blessings without obeying God, forgetting that God is in control and knows what is best for their lives. He is willing to guide and direct a person, but it does no good if the person is unwilling to obey.

Just as salvation is contingent upon repentance, blessings are contingent upon obedience. One cannot have one part without the other, they go hand in hand.

Obedience not only keeps a person on the right path, but it also gives God the ability to pour out blessings in every area of his life. Disobedience brings about the judgement of God as it did with Adam and Eve.

God is ready, willing and able to bless you above all that you can imagine or think. However, in order for Him to bless you in this way, you must be willing to obey Him in every area of your life.

Seek to know all the commands of God to you, both from the Bible and in His speaking to you through His Holy Spirit. Do not ignore those commands but be willing to obey each and every one. Then see God open the windows of heaven and pour out His blessings and favor upon you.

Will you obey God today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as Lord and Savior; that you will know all of God’s commands to you; that you will joyfully obey everything God commands you to do; and that you will see the blessings of God unfold in your life.

Numbers 14:11 Treating God Badly

The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them? Numbers 14:11

It is very common for people to complain about those who lead them. Often, they look backwards to a time prior to the current leader, wishing to go back to that time or previous leaders.

Finding fault with the leaders, rather than themselves, occurs on a regular basis, then people begin to cut down the leaders, rather than lift them up.

The people began to complain against God, claiming He brought them out of Egypt to die. God asked how long they would treat Him with contempt, refusing to believe in Him when they had seen miracles by Him.

When things do not go exactly like one thinks they should, many people are quick to blame God. Some will begin to say that God is just out to kill them and leave them out to die on their own.

Doing this is forgetting what God has already done in one’s life. Miracles and provision by God occur on a regular basis, but many are very quick to forget about them during a difficult time. All that is seen is the problem and forgetting the power and abilities of God.

Acting in this way is treating God with contempt or badly. It is saying that God does not really love or is not really good.

Instead of complaining and treating God badly, one must step back and remember what God has already done in his life. Counting God’s blessings and provisions will get one’s perspective back in the right place, knowing that God IS love and does care. It will strengthen one’s belief.

There will be times that you will go through very difficult times that feel as though God is abandoning you. Do not allow yourself to blame God or reject Him, thinking that He has done this to you.

Remember what God has already done in your life. Count up all the good things that has occurred and build your trust in God during the hard times.

God does love you and will never leave you, nor forsake you. Everything that He does will be for your eternal benefit. Trust in God and do not treat Him badly in hard times.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will remember the blessings and miracles God has done in your life; that you will not reject God; that you will believe God’s word to you; and that you will walk in faith in God.

Numbers 11:6 Be Content With Your Blessing

But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna! Numbers 11:6

Although most people do not like change, the majority of people do like some variety in life. Having or doing the exact same thing all the time will often drive many people a bit crazy. At the beginning it sounds nice and good, but later the novelty wears off and complaining will often start.

Modern society has created things to be very short and temporary. Everything changes on a regular basis so that no one gets bored or tired of the same thing day after day.

While traveling through the wilderness, God provided the Israelites with manna. After some time, the Israelites complained about losing their appetite because all they were eating was manna.

At the point of receiving a blessing, most people are excited and very grateful. However, very often, later people lose that excitement begin to complain about the blessing that they are receiving if there is no change.

The Israelites were blessed with the manna. They did not have to go out and search for it, the manna was brought to them. All they had to do was go outside their tent and pick it up and cook it for food. Yet, they lost sight of the blessing and began to complain about it.

Believers often lose sight of the blessing of what God has given them. They see others with something different or ‘better’ and begin to despise what they have. Discontentment sets in and rejection of what God is providing arises.

As God opens doors of provision, the believer must be grateful. He must realize that without God’s provision, he might not have anything or be in a worse position. Complaining or discontentment will only bring about death of the relationship with God.

In your life there may be some things that you must live with, that God has provided. These items may not be the best or greatest, but they are what God has blessed you with. Someone else may not have what you are blessed with.

Do not allow yourself to become discontent and begin to complain about what God has given you. Step back and realize that you may be in a worse position if you did not have what you are blessed with.

God is a good God and will always provide what you need, so be thankful for His provision.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will be grateful for what God has given you; that you will not complain against God for His provision in your life; and that God will open your eyes to see the blessings of what He has given you.