In Deut. 30:19 the Lord declares, “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore, choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” God is setting before you this day a blessing and a curse. What determines whether you receive the blessing? If you obey. What determines whether or not you are going to receive the curse? If you disobey.
Many of the promises of God are conditional. In other words, they come to us not automatically, but as we choose to trust and obey the Lord. There are seven blessings God wants to give you today as you choose to obey His Word:
Isa. 26:3 – “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” The Lord wants us to gain His perception in the midst of our circumstances, our trials, and trouble. How do we do that? Pray, and stay focused on Him. Seek Him; inquire of Him.
Phil. 4:6-7 – “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Isa. 48:18 – “Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river.” V. 22 – “There is no peace for the wicked.” To imagine that we can stay in habitual sin and still have peace contradicts the Word of God!
Romans 10:17 – “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
As we obey, as we walk in the righteousness that Christ gives us by His grace, then and only then, can we have true peace and joy. One of the greatest blessings we can have in these days is a mind that is at peace, and not filled with doubt, worry, fear, and anxiety.
Prov. 16:7 – “When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
Prov. 18:10 – “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”
Prov. 19:23 – “The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; he will not be visited with evil.”
Revelation 3:10 – “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole earth, to test those who dwell on the earth.”
1 Peter 1:22 – “You have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit.”
John 17:17 – “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”
James 1:22-25 – “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”
Prov. 2:7 – “He stores up sound wisdom for the upright.” V. 10, “When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you, understanding will keep you, to deliver you from the way of evil.”
Prov. 9:10 – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”
Prov. 28:13 – “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.”
Matt. 6:33 – “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.”
Psalm 84:11 – “The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
Isa 1:19-20 – “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword.”
Luke 6:38 – “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.”
I believe that God has a specific purpose for every single human being, but that purpose may or may not come to pass as God has intended, depending on whether that person decides to answer the call of God on his or her life.
Eph. 2:10 tells us that as we are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus, that “We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
As we make “right choices,” as we heed His call, and follow His leading, then we are
able to move out into the purpose and plans of God that He prepared for us, even before we were born. If we don’t always heed His voice and follow His leading, however, it is easy to get sidetracked, delayed, detoured, or even shipwrecked.
So much depends on our response. I believe that is why Jesus said, “Many are called, but few are chosen” in Matt. 22:14. Also notice in Rev. 17:14, “…those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful.”
Acts 5:32 – “And we are His witnesses to these things, and so also is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey Him.”
2 Tim. 2:21 – “Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter [those things that dishonor the Lord], he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.”
The Lord chooses to pour out His power on and through clean vessels, those who have turned from the ways of the world and consecrated and dedicated themselves to walking in holiness.
Acts 8:9-11 – we see an example of a man named Simon from Samaria who was a sorcerer, astonishing the people of Samaria claiming that he was someone great. The people actually thought he was operating in the power of God (V. 10)!
Then in V. 13 we see that Simon (as he heard the evangelist, Philip, preach in the city) believed in Jesus, was water baptized, and was himself following the evangelist around, absolutely amazed at the miracles and signs that Philip was performing. Now in V. 14-17, we see that Peter and John decided to travel from Jerusalem to Samaria to see what was happening. When they arrived they prayed for the people that they might receive the Holy Spirit. V. 16, “For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” V. 17, “Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.”
In V. 18, Simon saw that through the laying on of hands the Holy Spirit was given and so he offered them money. In the next verse, Simon said, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” Verses 20-24, “But Peter said to him, ‘Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be purchased with money! You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you. For I see that you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.’”
V. 24, “Then Simon answered and said, ‘Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.”
It is one thing to believe in Jesus and even rub shoulders with the preacher, but it’s quite another to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s evident that even though Simon had “believed,” he was not yet cleaned up – sanctified and set apart for service in the Kingdom of God.
As we fulfill the conditional part of God’s promises, we will see Him move through us as never before—in purity, power, and unity!