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THERE ARE ALWAYS CONSEQUENCES

 Deuteronomy 28:15 “‘But it shall come about, if you do not obey the Lord your God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes with which I charge you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you:’”

HARSH WORDS

This is a tough chapter.  While verses 1-14 tell about God’s blessings for obedience, verses 15-68 describe the consequences for disobedience.  I don’t know about you, but I definitely prefer blessings over punishment.

I know what you are saying.  “Carl, this is Old Testament, so it doesn’t apply to me as a Christian.”  Really?  Do you think a holy God is still going to allow you to thumb your nose at Him and live a life of disobedience?  Not hardly.  Now, if you are truly a believer, you should be very careful to obey Him.  Why?  Because you love Him.  That’s simple.

TEACHING MOMENT

 I don’t need to explain to you how to apply this verse, do I?  As a parent it seems we are always dishing out either consequences or praises.  I prefer to praise children.  It is a lot more fun.  I love catching kids doing the right thing.  Let me encourage you to do the same.  Look for the good stuff rather than the bad stuff.

I had a teenage boy in a children’s home I served in once who was a very negative leader.  But he definitely had leadership skills.  After months of constantly disciplining him for his negative actions, I realized I need to find ways to use his leadership skills in positive ways.  So, I began to give him small tasks to do that would allow him to lead others.  Slowly but surely, he started leading positively.  “Blessings” rather than “curses” followed.

What are you focused on in your life?  Are you so distracted with your own pursuits that you don’t even stop and make sure that you are living obediently?  May I encourage you to stop and do that?  Examine your choices and line them up with God’s Word.  You may be surprised.

Thank You Father, for the blessings You send to me.  I know the disciplines I receive from You are to shape me into a more useable vessel.  Help me choose obedience every day.

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