Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 28
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Key Verse: Deuteronomy 28:2
And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God…
In verse one of today’s reading, Moses makes it clear that he does not refer to all the previous rules and regulations he has given the people, but only that which he states “today.” In chapters 26 and 27, he repeats the word “today” four times. These chapters were all one message. In our readings to come, we’ll see why Israel brought blessings and curses upon themselves. There are 68 verses in Deuteronomy 28; only the first 14 have to do with blessings, 54 are about curses. What does that emphasis say to us? Obedience to God brings blessings, and disobedience brings curses. This is the principle of “sowing and reaping.” The Apostle Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote in Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived; God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Let us remember always that every action has a consequence. Blessings “overtake” us, and so do curses. This is one of Moses’ final messages to all Israel. We may want to pay close attention.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Overtake me, Lord God, with Your blessings. Please give me the grace of obedience to these final commands given by Moses. Help me to know the difference between right and wrong and to always do what is right. Lord Jesus, You gave a prayer which made a sinful man right in God’s sight. I pray that prayer now… “God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” Amen! (check out Luke 18:9-14).
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I remember a husband and wife team who joined us in the early years of the daily 100 Huntley Street television ministry, Rev. Don and Edith Osborne. Edith set us up in the new generation of computers, about which I knew absolutely nothing. Don set up telephone counselling centres across Canada, which were the means of bringing thousands of people to the knowledge of Jesus as their Saviour and Lord. They are retired now and live on Vancouver Island. In chapel one morning, Don told us that he had dreamed of a highway with two cars travelling on it. The first car had written on its side the word “understanding.” The second car was marked “peace.” The “peace” car was seen to “overtake” and pass the first. Don realized that God was confirming to him that the peace which comes from God overtakes and surpasses our understanding (see Philippians 4:6-7). God gave peace to Don in the midst of illness and proceeded to heal him shortly thereafter. I have been so very blessed by people God has sent to work with me through the years. I have truly been overtaken by blessings!!!!!
Yours for God’s blessings,
P.S. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Last evening’s live-streamed webcast was blessed by God!!! There still is time to tuck an over-and-above year-end offering in an envelope and have it postmarked December 31, 2014, or you could still call with credit card in hand 1-800-265-3100 and give your best final offering to the Lord’s work for 2014. The address to write on your envelope is Crossroads, Box 5100, Burlington, ON, L7R 4M2. Or you can click HERE and donate online. As I’ve shared earlier this week, Dr. John Hull is with his elderly Dad and Mom over these days. His Evangelist Father is very ill and may not be there for John much longer. This year-end effort to help lift the financial burden from John’s shoulders onto ours has encouraged him greatly. John has pre-recorded the 100 Huntley Street telecasts for January 1 & 2, 2015, and I expect him back live with Ron, Moira and others for Monday, January 5th. Please keep John, his Dad and Mom, and all the team in your prayers. Deuteronomy 30:19 tells us, “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on Heaven and Earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” What a great New Year’s resolution this message from Moses makes! The ministry of proclaiming the Salvation message to people everywhere is a life and death matter. We choose LIFE!!!!!