Deuteronomy 28:1 – And it shall come to pass IF you shall hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord your God…
God is not a man that He should lie, but have you ever evaluated some things in your life and wondered why you don’t see what He said? If Christ has set me free, why am I still bound in certain areas? If I am the head, why is that I can’t get ahead? Well, I can’t answer this question for you, but God gave me the answer regarding me and maybe this will help some of you.
Anytime you look in the mirror of the word, the word lets you see you, not what your parents did or what your spouse did, but it reveals the truth about you. God revealed to me that my problem was disobedience. Deuteronomy 28:1 tells us that everything written in verses 3 through 13 will come to pass, but it will only happen if we listen and obey God. The word, if, doesn’t imply that something will happen, but it implies that something may happen and what may happen is dependent upon what we do. God has already done what He promised, but to receive what He promised means that we have to do something also. I can memorize and confess the blessings listed in Deuteronomy 28 over my life every day, but if I don’t do what God tells me to do, it means nothing. It is not the words that move God, but it is the word of God mixed with faith (action) that moves Him.
If there is an area of my life where I’m the tail or I’m living beneath, then there is an area where I’m refusing to obey God. God will withhold no good thing from them who walk uprightly so if there are some things held up, it is held up because I held back. In other words, I refused to give God what He asked for. God gave the Israelites the Promised Land, but He also gave them instructions. If they obeyed the instructions, then they would fully possess the land.
‘Life’ doesn’t just happen. We determine what happens by what we do (or don’t do).
Another reason why I don’t possess what He has given (yet) is because I did not completely do what He told me to do. God told Saul to utterly destroy the Amalekites. He killed some people and some things, but he spared the king of the Amalekites and the best of the sheep, oxen, fatlings, lambs, and all that was good. Partial obedience is still disobedience. Partial obedience is a sacrifice, but to obey God is better than sacrifice. When you disobey the voice of God, you reject the word of God and when you reject the word of God, you reject Him.
When God says He is going to do a thing, He is going to do it. Sometimes our problem is that we think we have it all figured out and that we know how God is going to do it. Elisha’s servant told Naaman to go and wash in the Jordan seven times. I acted just like Naaman. I wanted God to deliver me and set me free from some things, but I wanted God to do it my way. Why the Jordan River? That water is dirty. First of all, it wasn’t the river that was going to make him clean. Only God could make him clean. God was just building his faith and teaching Naaman to trust Him.
No, his healing didn’t happen immediately. It didn’t happen after dipping in the water the first time. It was a process. To see what God said, he had to consistently obey God. Just because he didn’t SEE a difference after the third or fourth dip, doesn’t mean that God lied. We walk by faith, not by sight. Naaman had to trust that the word was true. He had to believe in what he couldn’t see before he could see it.
If Naaman hadn’t obeyed the instructions, he would have remained sick, but because he obeyed, his flesh was restored and he was clean. It is your obedience that releases the promises of God in your life. It is your obedience that releases healing, deliverance and blessings. Don’t focus on what it looks like now because faith will change what you see. Faith always wins.
To everything there is a season. There is a right time for everything, but you must be faithful in the winter as you were in the summer. Stop complaining that it’s too cold or it’s too hot. Be faithful no matter what. Don’t give up on the word that God gave you. Go through the process. Complete the steps. Finish what you started. Be faithful in every season.
When I was younger, my cousin and I loved to play checkers. After he would make his move, he would look at me and say ‘It’s your move’. That’s what God is saying today. He has already moved on your behalf. Now it’s your move. Before God does it, He says it and He doesn’t say it if He’s not going to do it (Numbers 23:19), but only YOU can determine if it will happen or not.