Google+ 03/25/13 Prosperity or Disaster?

Deuteronomy 30:15-16

 

“Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster.

For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands,

decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways.

If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you

and the land you are about to enter and occupy.

 

What an incredible offer God makes to His people through Moses!  The Israelites are literally being given a choice between life and death.  No, not physical death, but spiritual death.  There are many places in the Bible that speak about a "life" without God.  The only thing that Moses tells God's people is that they must choose to love God and keep His commandments.  If they do, they will live and multiply and experience all the blessings God will bestow on them, as they enter the wilderness.  Listen carefully, as nothing has changed for us today.  The only difference is that, not only does Moses speak to us concerning our love and obedience for God, so does Jesus!  The most important thing for us to discern from our Scripture today is that God, Jesus, and Moses tell us that the decision to prosper, multiply, and live, all belongs to us.  God gave us free will so we could make this decision for ourselves.  Weigh your choices carefully.  On one hand, we can have disaster on every level.  We can choose brokeness.  We can experience constant chaos.  We can have massive unrest in our lives.  We can be the fig tree that bares no fruit.  We get to choose!  On the other hand, we can select prosperity and happiness.   We can experience the joy of the Lord daily.  We can multiply, both spiritually and physically.  We can make sense out of the vast "wilderness" that we live in, until Christ returns.  Everything can be put in perspective.   It is important to let God and Jesus help us sort out what belongs to "Caesar," and what belongs to God.  This is why the book of Matthew tells us, quoting Jesus, that "No man can serve God and money!"  I often take members of my Family of God to the airport at all hours of the morning or night.  It is one of those "washing feet" things that I like to do to serve them and God.  In one of my recent trips, I saw ONE person getting out of a stretch limousine.  Think about it.  That is why you can't serve two masters!  Relying on anything but God and Jesus, will have us making wrong and fruitless choices for the Kingdom of God.  The Bible tells us to "serve the Lord with gladness and enter into His courts with praise!"  That sounds really great, doesn't it?  Get ready for the big finish!  In order to do these things, we must each choose, this day, "prosperity or disaster!!!"  Embrace your free will and remember that you will own your decision for all eternity!