A Promise And a Warning

Deuteronomy 11:26-32 LSB “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse:27 the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of Yahweh your God, which I am commanding you today;28 and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of Yahweh your God, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by walking after other gods which you have not known.29 “And it will be, when Yahweh your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, that you shall set the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal.30 Are they not across the Jordan, west of the way toward the sunset, in the land of the Canaanites who live in the Arabah, opposite Gilgal, beside the oaks of Moreh?31 For you are about to cross the Jordan to go in to possess the land which Yahweh your God is giving you, and you shall possess it and live in it,32 and you shall be careful to do all the statutes and the judgments which I am setting before you today.”

Deuteronomy 13:1-4 LSB “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder,2 and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us walk after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for Yahweh your God is testing you to find out if you love Yahweh your God with all your heart and with all your soul.4 You shall walk after Yahweh your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.”

We want to be blessed by the Lord but do we want to be blessed in the Lord? 1 Timothy 6:6-11 LSB “But godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment.7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.8 And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.9 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evils, and some by aspiring to it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.11 But you, O man of God, flee from these things, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, gentleness.”

If we try to turn the blessing into a formula it will become a curse to us. When we walk with the Lord in obedience, we don’t have to work the system. God’s system of blessing works, and he loves us enough not to give us a blessing that will trip us up.

After Moses gives the boundaries of the blessing and the curse he goes on to warn against false prophets. There is only one book in the New Testament that does not warn against false prophets, the book of Philemon. When we listen to falsehood we get tripped up, and that is a blessing robber. Moses warns that even if someone prophecies correctly but leads you to another God, you are still not to listen to that person.

Many in the Church today are enamored with prophecy, signs and wonders, and personal words from God. This is dangerous because many have begun to put more emphasis on these things than on the Scriptures. Now, we would all say the Word is first but if you look at the preachers and the prophets who emphasize signs and wonders, we notice the emphasis isn’t on Scripture but on the spectacular. 

The most supernatural work of the Spirit of God is not to cause someone to speak in tongues, shake, or roll on the floor, but to regenerate the heart of a sinner and lead the Christian in holiness.

Let’s heed the words of Scripture and look to the one who blesses and not for a blessing. Let’s look to the Scriptures and not for the supernatural. We are in days where we are seeing many turn from the true gospel to things like critical race theory, and charismatic craziness such as trips to heaven in which people bring back unbiblical revelation. May we be a people that stay close to the Spirit by staying close to the Word. I pray we are not led astray by false blessings or false prophecies. 

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