FRIDAY March 16, 2018
“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.”
When you study the Old Testament, it is really important to pay attention and observe the characters in the Bible, especially those in the history of the nation of Israel. God had chosen them as His people. As we study, we find out what God had told them to do, and, in the end, why they were found to be in a condition of isolation and completely hated by the other nations of the world. God wanted to bless his people, but he could not. Why? The whole situation boils down to one word––disobedience.
It is really important to learn from Israel’s mistakes and to understand what happens when you are disobedient to God. This is why the stories from the Old Testament have been brought into the New Testament––so we can be taught to avoid the consequences of disobedience.
Just like the children of Israel, when we are disobedient, God cannot speak to us or bless us until He sees our hearts turn back to Him. As we repent and turn from our sin, our relationship with God is restored. Then He can begin to rebuild those areas in our lives that have been torn down by our enemy––Satan.
Christians have spiritual battles every single day. Satan and his demons hate us; they are our main enemies. These adversaries know our weaknesses, and when we do not have our spiritual armor on, they try to tempt us to disobey God’s Word. They also will attempt to deceive and depress us, so that we do not read and pray. If they succeed, then we will not be able to perform our duties as a Christian. When we are not full of the Holy Spirit, we are not able to engage the enemy and win.
When the Holy Spirit is in full control of our lives, He will expect our obedience to the written Word of God.
~A. W. Tozer~
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