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Deuteronomy 28

Good Morning “Receivers of Peace In Every Situation.”  Today we are in Deuteronomy 28.  

God sought to establish Israel as a great nation.  As His chosen people, His wrath when they were disobedient was swift.  He also promised them prosperity when they were obedient.  Gods heart and character are the same.  He is the unchangeable - immutable.  

However; that does not mean that all the promises given to Israel are ours to claim.  Through the blood of Jesus His wrath for the modern day believer has been satisfied.  Apart from Jesus His wrath remains on us.  But what of this blessing He promised Israel?  It is not reiterated in the New Testament, not to the Gentile believer - so we need to be careful not to apply it.  

On the contrary, now through Jesus and His Holy Spirit we experience a different blessing.  One that at the time was NOT available to Israel.  He, His Holy Spirit now dwells IN us.  After speaking to the Disciples about the trouble they will experience, Jesus said ”“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”“
‭‭John‬ ‭16‬:‭33‬ ‭ The reason they can be comforted that He has overcome the world was because they were about to receive the Holy Spirit.  The overcomer would be IN them!  

Our blessing is much different than Israel’s then.  It’s not necessarily a blessing of wealth, riches, or prosperity as promised to Israel for their obedience.  No, we have something even greater - Him in us.  With the Holy Spirit in us we can experience His comforting peace in the midst of any situation.  Peace that transcends all worldly understanding is ours for the asking. Philippians 4:6-7

I liken our blessing to that of the Levites.  Remember… as the Priests within Israel, they received no inheritance - no land.  Their inheritance was much greater.  Their inheritance was God, and  the special relationship and privilege they enjoyed serving Him (Deuteronomy 10:9). You may also remember that we too are now a chosen people a “Royal Priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9) - to proclaim His name.

We may not be promised great wealth and prosperity as some would have us believe… Instead we are promised He will be with us always, and He will never forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).  Remaining in His love will produce in us a joy that is complete (John 15:10-11).  I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have complete joy than great wealth any day.

Love you all!  Dig in!