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Blessings and Curses

  • I have been young, and now am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his children begging for bread. All day long he deals graciously, and lends. His seed is blessed. Psalms 37:25 WEB

    Today is the tomorrow that you were so worried about yesterday, and it is not as bad as you thought. So many times over the course of my life I have been worried about what was coming, but when it arrived, so did God.

    An unexpected bill comes due, and then an unexpected way to pay it, all in God's perfect timing. Year, after year, after year, He has proven to me that you can trust Him. His help never comes early, but appears at the appropriate time. I found that the times of lack were when God was trying to steer me into something else, or get my attention.

    God's help arrives on time and yes, He does care for us. God loves everyone of us unconditionally, but if you want to walk in the goodness of God, then love Him back unconditionally. Salvation is a free gift because we could never obtain it anyway, but God's blessings have always been conditional on our behavior.

    Yes, I know that many have a problem with this and would have you believe that you can walk in the fullness of God's blessings, while living like you do not even know Him, but scripture leads me to believe otherwise. Here are a few that come to mind:

    'Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you shall listen to the commandments of Yahweh your God, which I command you this day; and the curse, if you shall not listen to the commandments of Yahweh your God' (Deuteronomy 11:26).

    'Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which Yahweh your God gives you' (Exodus 20:12).

    'Also delight yourself in Yahweh, And He will give you the desires of your heart' (Psalms 37:4).

    'If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land' (Isaiah 1:19).

    'Therefore don't be anxious, saying, 'What will we eat?', 'What will we drink?' or, 'With what will we be clothed?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first God's Kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well' (Matthew 6:31).

    'Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be given to you. For with the same measure you measure it will be measured back to you' (Luke 6:38).

    Obedience to God's word is imperative to His blessings. In each of these scriptures, we have a choice to make that determines what will happen in our life. Jesus bore our sin on the cross, but we are to take up our own cross and follow Him (Matthew 16:24). We still have an active part in this, and if we are willing and obedient, we will eat the good of the land. Who will eat the good of the land? The willing and obedient.

    Summary: If we will not live by His word, then we will not live under His blessing (Haggai 1:9). The prodigal son left his Father, went out on his own, and nearly starved to death (Luke 15:17).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You so much for all that You have blessed me with. Teach me Your word and give me the grace to live it daily. I want to be obedient and to eat the good of the land. Teach me how and show what I need to change in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presences and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you for all the wonderful blessings that you have blessed us all with and loving us unconditionally....... and being there to protect, guide and forgiving us.......❤️
December 27, 2018
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You so much for all that You have blessed me with. Teach me Your word and give me the grace to live it daily. I want to be obedient and to eat the good of the land. Teach me how and show what I need to change in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. LOrd I am listening!! I am keenly aware and seeking you!! I see your blessings all around and I thank you for all you do in our lives and for our lands. Thank you for the beauty my eyes behold! Thank you for the healing I see happening! Thank you for the light and love you surround us with daily (L) In Jesus name     ~ Amen ~ Thank

December 27, 2018
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You so much for all that You have blessed me with. Teach me Your word and give me the grace to live it daily. I want to be obedient and to eat the good of the land. Teach me how and show what I need to change in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. - Amen. Thank you Father for blessing me with your love. 

December 27, 2018
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen 

December 27, 2018
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

December 27, 2018
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Thank you God for your many blessings. Hallelujah Amen

December 27, 2018
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Gloria Nebarez
Gloria Nebarez

Thank you Jesus, teach me your word! 

December 27, 2018
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen

December 27, 2018
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

December 27, 2018
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

December 27, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! I know that I have said this before, but it bears saying again. Far too many think of God as Santa Clause, He is not nor has He ever been. If you truly believe in God and learn and live out His ways, the blessings are yours, He is more faithful than most will ever imagine.

December 27, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, brother, that is the truth <3! Hope you & Joanne had a lovely Christmas :)!

December 27, 2018
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

We truly did, I hope you and Dion enjoyed the time also!

December 27, 2018
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

We had a very fun time too, Jim, thank ye :)!

December 27, 2018
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen!

December 27, 2018
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen, thank you Jesus for all our wonderful blessings.

December 27, 2018
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez

Amen

December 27, 2018
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Father, give me the grace I need to be obedient to Your commands, Amen.

December 27, 2018
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen! Love God for who he is, not for what he gives us, He Loves us unconditionaly, we should love him unconditionally. :)

December 27, 2018
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Amen!

December 27, 2018
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father I thank Your for all the blessings You have provided me, help me to understand Your message. I need Your grace to be obedient to Your designs, show me the way I need You. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. Lord hear my prayers. 

Thank you Pastor for this message. God bless.

December 27, 2018
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

December 27, 2018
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

This is a timely message as I reflect over the year and changes I need to make for the future. God is so faithful and loving in His care for me! Teach me Your word, Lord, and give me the grace to live it daily. Teach me how and show what I need to change in my life, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

Thank you, Pastor Dion, for bringing His Word in your daily devotion. It’s a blessing to start my day with these insights and challenges! 

December 27, 2018
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Awesome devotion today!  Thank you and God bless you and Refreshing Hope Minitries!!

 

December 27, 2018
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 27, 2018
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!

December 27, 2018