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What Am I to ''BE'' (1 of 3)
Series: Blessed or Busted
(TEXT) Verse 28 are the words of God as dictated to Moses for the Children of Israel (Deuteronomy is indeed Moses' last plea to a stubborn, stiff-necked, and hard-headed people to never again turn away from or doubt Jehovah God). In this verse we read that God sets up two things; a blessed and a curse - and then gives His people (the Children of Israel and US) the choice as to which one we want to receive.
For most of us in this room this is a ''no-brainer'', we don't want the curse we want the 'blessing.'
Here is the huge secret of the day; ''GOD WANTS TO BLESS YOU (us).'' At least a half-dozen time the scripture records ''He will bless'' to promise us that His favor and His best will is always 'for us.' God is for us.
However, it is crystal clear from His word that if we desire God's blessing, we must place ourselves in the position to receive God's blessing. Often times, when the wheels come off of our lives, we wonder why God hasn't shown up and we find ourselves 'busted' because either we have not allow our lifestyle to be reformed by God's Spirit or our lives have not been transformed by God's power meaning we have never been saved. In other words, we have not followed His word and been obedient to Him.
Beginning today, I hope you notice a difference in messages from this pulpit. For the past 5 years, you have followed and taken copious notes as I have diligently, prayerfully, and consistently offered to you, which I call, 'academic outlines.' Today, that outline would possibly be this; The Condition for Blessing (the 'if' which God gives), The Choice of Blessing (God gives us a blessing and a curse - both are available), and the Consequence from Blessing (whatever choice we make determines the outcome or consequence we receive).
From those exegetical thoughts, let's answer 3 broad questions with some very personal answers. The question for today is; ...
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