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.

Hebrews 10:36 Persevere And Do To Receive

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. Hebrews 10:36

In order to gain some things of great value it takes perseverance, work and time. Investors say that in order to save and have a large retirement account, one must put in a little every day or week for years. In the same way, athletes must obey their coach, work hard and persevere, in order to win the coveted prize at the end of the season.

It takes a lot of patience and work to get the reward in the end.

Once the author talked about being made holy by the sacrifice of Jesus, he tells them to persevere to the end. This is so that they will receive what God promised after they had done His will.

Becoming a believer in Jesus is easy. It is just a matter of repentance and faith in what Jesus did.

Millions are willing to accept Jesus, but many are unwilling to do the next step–to do the will of God. When things get difficult or don’t make any sense, people are very quick to give up trying. Instead of having patience when things are tough to continue on the path they started, they stop.

Many people are expecting a quick and easy road to salvation. While becoming a believer and being saved is fast and easy, the completion of the salvation takes time and is often filled with pain.

God has called each and every believer to do a work while here on this earth. That work is to spread the gospel message to the dying world. For each person this may be done in a different way, but the message is the same.

The believer who has done God’s will, will in the end receive what God had promised–eternal life, those who didn’t do His will, will be condemned.

God has a mission for you to do while you are on this earth. Do not allow yourself to sit back and just relax, but persevere and work to complete the task He has set before you.

By your obedience in doing this, you are showing God that you do love and trust Him. Just as it was with Jesus, it will be very tough and long at times, but hang in there and you will be rewarded, just as Jesus was.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that God will strengthen your perseverance; that God will show you what He wants you to do; that God will strengthen you to do His will; and that some day you will receive the reward God has for you.