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Be Blessed

"Life is so short. We spend so much time seating the small stuff; worrying, complaining, gossiping, comparing, wishing, wanting and waiting for something bigger and better instead of focusing on all the simple blessings that surround us everyday. Life is so fragile and all it takes is a single moment to change everything you take for granted. Focus on what's important and be grateful! You are blessed! Believe it! Live your life and leave no regrets."

I saw that on social media and think there is a lot of truth to it. I do believe life is short and I know things can change in a blink of an eye. I also believe that you can choose to be blessed. Deuteronomy 30:15, "See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction." If we keep reading we see how to live a blessed life. Verse 16, "For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess." We are promised that if we do these things we will be blessed!

We are warned in the next few verses of what will happen if we put other gods before our God, do not listen to Him, do not obey Him, etc. We will experience failure and frustration. Verses 17 - 18, "But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess." It's our choice. Do we want to be blessed or cursed?

God loves us unconditionally but His blessing and favor are conditional. If God says, in His Word, “IF you’ll do this…THEN I’ll do that,” there are conditions. There are blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience.


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