The Promise of Life or Death

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Deuteronomy 30:15-16** “See, I have set before you today LIFE and good, DEATH and evil, in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments that you may live and multiply; and the Lord you God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.

The same words ring true today, obedience to the Royal Law of God (His commandments), is possible. Each individual has a choice which is very clear; life or death. Most of this world has chosen to walk in the way of the world and devised his own way instead of the way of the Lord. Just as the Israelites experienced physical separation from the blessing of our God, we also experience spiritual separation. Unless the world returns to the Lord, we have become separated without the hope of ever entering the Promised Land. Without putting away things of greed and casting away the statutes and judgments of God; there is no love of God to receive blessings and we will never ever walk with Him in his eternal Garden of Life.

1 John 1:2-3** (The word of) the life was manifested ( obvious, evident), and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.** verse 6**If we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

Nehemiah 9:16-17** “But they and out fathers acted proudly, hardened their necks and did not heed Your commandments. They refused to obey and they were not mindful of your wonders that You did among them. But they heartened their necks, and in their rebellion they appointed a leader to return to their bondage. But You are God, ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger abundant in kindness and did not forsake them.

Israel’s faithful God (and ours) did not waver in upholding His side of the covenant (contract). Yet, just as the people then as now repeatedly make the wrong choices and insist on doing things their own way only to find themselves groveling at the feet of our God for help! The Israelites were habitual bad decision makers; much as the present day world has developed into apostasy (revolt from the Lord). Only when we return to the Lord is grace bestowed by circumcision of our hearts so we will love and serve Him by casting away the hate of our brethren and turning to our Lord. But the Lord continues with His grace and mercy to all of His children when we show our love of God by keeping his commandments. In this way we have the opportunity to be somebody special for we become the everlasting sons and daughters with the key to enter the Kingdom of our God’s Peace.

Psalm105:39-45** He (God) spread a cloud for a covering and fire to give light in the night. The people asked and He brought quail, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven. He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it ran in the dry places like a river. For He remembered the holy promise, and Abraham His servant. He brought out His people with joy, the chosen ones with gladness. He gave them the lands of the Gentiles, and they inherited the labor of the nations, that they might observe His statutes and keep His laws. Praise the Lord!

Our Gracious God demonstrated his power and compassion in the wilderness by showing deep concern for every need and comfort of His people. He is still a powerful and compassionate God that deeply cares for our needs. All our God asks in return is to show our love for Him by keeping his commandments.

John 14:24** “He who does not love Me (Messiah Christ Jesus) does not keep My words, and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father’s (God) who sent me”. **Verse 27 ** “Peace I leave with you, MY peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. ** Verse 30 ** “I will not longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world (Satan) is coming, and he has nothing in Me.”  

Repeatedly, Christ Jesus preached to love Father God and love neighbors as yourself which is an overview and simplification of the commandments written in stone by the finger of God at Mount Sinai. As children of God we can overcome the pressures of this world by keeping the faith with the love of obedience to the will of Father God. As long as we continue in faith and love and believe that God raised His firstborn Christ Jesus from death, He will continue to place his hand of protection and provision as we walk through the storms caused by the wicked one. Let our Gracious God be your rock, fortress and deliverer today and forever.

The promise of the coming Kingdom of God was revealed to Daniel more than 500 years before the first visit of the Messiah Christ Jesus. ** Daniel 2:44 ** “And in the days of these kings the God of Heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms ( current nations), and it shall stand forever.”**Christ is coming soon! Will you be ready?  A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature will reap destruction. The one who sows to please the Spirit of God will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good things to others, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up.