Monday, December 31, 2012

BLESSINGS

Suggested Reading: Deuteronomy 28

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Looking east toward Masada, the dead remains of a tree and the cracked earth depicts the harshness of this desert area.

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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 Phil. 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,

David

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19 thoughts on “Monday, December 31, 2012

  1. Oh, yes, no words could be truer: “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

  2. May the God of Peace surround all of you today. Thru a year of many trials my family has rested in the Peace that only Christ gives, a far cry from the world’s view. HALLELUJAH!!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR to all.

  3. May all we ‘sow’ this coming new year result in us being overtaken with blessings. May we choose to make Him the treasure of our heart.

  4. David, your 100 Huntley Street and Crossroad ministries began with a vision and has continurd to be a blessing to not only myself, my family and to fellow bloggers, but to thousands if not millions. God Bless you for faithfulness to spreading the gospel and for doing a mighty work unto the Lord. David, you are reaping what you have sowed, and all of us know it is for your love of Jesus and for His glory. Thank you for showing us the Godly benefits of sowing and reaping. May the harvest continue to grow, through God’s good grace. Amen.

  5. Hi David, You are a sign and a wonder in the Lord’s hand! The scripture says that when we are weak,we are strong when we are his. What an example you have been during this difficult time, but be encouraged the Lord will continue to bless you and use you as you continue to say, “Here am l Lord, Use Me” What a blessing your Blog is to me and all of us in your Blogging family. Love You Lots! Happy New Year to you and everyone, our prayers are with you all. Christine and Derek.

  6. I had some inconveniences the last 2 days with your blog. Yesterday, each line you wrote cut off the last word or a couple of letters and I had to guess what they said. I checked http://www.100words.ca and got the same problem there. Today, the written part (not the Bible reading or quotes) on my tablet would not enlarge. I always enlarge the print as my sight is a bit challenged (I HAVE up-to-date glasses). I do love your blog. Hope you are doing well. We pray for you.

  7. Thank you David. You and your family are a blessing to all of us, and I have to say we love you! May God bless you and yours even more this coming year (and all our brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers and …)

  8. Dear David and all the precious gang of 100 Huntley Street
    May 2013 with all the exciting changes coming to global , to CTS become a perfect vessel to spread the WORD in JESUS name Amen;
    Blessings to you and all the bloggers

  9. All the best of God’s Blessings in the year 2013AD! May all the people who call themselves Christ ians unite so as to demonstrate the Love, Peace and Joy of the Lord, our Maker!

  10. This segment illustrates God’s faithfulness in offering the assurance [Deut 28:2] that blessings have the power to ‘overtake us’! Although The Word also alludes to the fact that ‘curses’ can provoke damage, reassurance is quickly restored by Phil 4:6-7… Because we can always trust God to guard and strengthen us through prayer. Amen and thank you David!

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