Out of the Way

And you will be Blessed when you go out. Deuteronomy 28:6

When God blesses us as we go out, He’s telling us that He’ll be with us everywhere. The outside world can be a scary place, and that fear is often justified. Going out with God as our escort should make us feel more confident, powerful and secure.

Here, God is telling the Israelites they’ll receive His unlimited blessings, but only if they love and obey Him. Jesus taught us how to love God. He said it means to love Him with our hearts, bodies, minds and souls and to love our neighbors as ourselves. John says it’s much tougher to love others than Him. But we have to go out to meet others. And we usually have to go out of our way to even try. Don’t give up trying.

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Add and Subtract

He will love you and Bless you and increase your numbers. Deuteronomy 7:13

Wanting less seems crazy. Although we love to say that we’re happy with what we’ve been blessed with, we still buy lottery tickets when the winnings hit over $100 Million. We would tithe, of course, but ultimately we have an appetite for more.

Here there’s a caution beef the blessing. Moses tells the Israelites that they’ll be blessed provided that they pay attention to God’s laws and obey them. But one of the principles of human existence is that we like control, and we don’t like to obey.That’s why there are punishments for crimes. You obey or you pay. God’s best blessings are given to those who know, love and obey Him. Don’t Screw this up. Obey.  Be blessed.

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Hunger Pains

Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Luke 6:21

For whatever reason, God created us with a need to eat. And eat we do.  Three times a day, not counting snacks and treats. We have a health crisis caused by overeating, and nothing seems to be able to stop us. Jesus understood that food is important, which is why he twice fed thousands of people with loaves and fishes.

Here, however, He’s talking about spiritual food; the only thing He wants us to truly hunger for. The food we eat and the soft-drinks and hard-drinks we consume only temporarily satisfy us. He said that only His flesh and blood have the power to give us fill us now, and give us eternal life later. We’ve put ourselves on a spiritual diet; it’s time we binge on Jesus.

 

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