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“For if you carefully keep all these commandments which I command you to do—to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him (Deuteronomy 11:22)
Often we think that obedience means captivity or denial? Clearly Deuteronomy 11 illustrates how keeping God’s commands brings blessing in our lives. Just a quick look through chapter 11 finds 3 references to keeping God’s commands/laws followed by a blessing:
- Observe all the commands…So That you may have strength and live long… (v.8-9)
- Faithfully obey the commands…Then I will send rain… (v. 13-14)
- Carefully observe ...Then the Lord will drive out… (v. 22)
The key to obedience? “Hold fast to Him” (v. 22)
Walking in obedience requires….
1) Time in the Word
2) Time with God
Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 11:26-28)
A blessing or a curse. Implying man's free will and power of choice. God commands, but man is free to choose whether he will obey or disobey
We have the same fundamental choice today. We can live for ourselves or live for the Lord. To choose our own way is to travel on a dead-end road, but to choose God's way is to receive eternal life (John 5:24).