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Sunday Rest and Reflection:Blessing and Curse

Dear Friends,

Greetings and blessings in the Name of Jesus Christ!  He is our peace and the One who brings us blessings!  He bore the curse of the broken law of God on our behalf and we now are in a place to receive blessing.

As Moses repeated the history of the last 40 years, he continually brought to their memory the need for these younger survivors to carefully listen to and obey God.  Moses defines this obedience as loving God.  (Deuteronomy 11:22)  Love always brings blessing!  When you love someone, you desire their best and do what you can to see that they have the best.  God initiated this love relationship because He alone is love.

Moses set up the case for obedience and loving God as a choice between something good and something evil.  To obey was the choice for blessing and to disobey was a choice for a curse. (Deuteronomy 11:26-28)  If they chose to disobey, that would mean that they followed other gods and were unloving and unfaithful.

Man has an impossible task in perfect obedience in himself because of the sin nature.  (Galatians 3:10-11)  We are prone to disobey and go our own way.  We end up following other gods and under the curse.  The curse is God’s decreed reaping for disobedience.  When we know His law, we are responsible to keep it.  We fail in our own strength because of sin and rebellion.  Who will deliver us from this terrible curse?

Thanks be to God, He has Himself!  Jesus Christ was made a curse for us.  All the curses written against us were nailed to His cross and taken out of the way!  (Galatians 3:13-14)  He redeemed us so that the blessings of Abraham might come on us!  Instead of obedience to the law, we inherit the promise of the Holy Spirit received by faith!  The Holy Spirit is our down-payment of the blessings to come!  (Ephesians 1:13-14)  Blessings that are beyond what eye can see and ear can hear are awaiting those who love God and know Him through Jesus Christ!  What a day of rest we can enjoy today and in eternity!  In His Love, Pastor John

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