Life or Death, Blessing or Cursing


Sunset over Mountain Range

From Pastor’s Desk: 2-12-17

Deuteronomy 30:19 This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.

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One could look at this verse and emit a conclusive “DUH.” Meaning, of course, that it is a moot point, that it would be natural to choose life over death.

However, nothing could be further from the truth. People every day, everywhere, in any given situation are doing just that, making the unwise choice of death over life.

Deuteronomy is replete with the reasons for choosing curses over blessings (life and death). It is not that they were not aware of the consequences of death or the rewards of life. God kinda’ spelled it out for them, over and over, in fact.

Does He not offer His people that same choice today? Scripture is full of principles of which we are to choose that will bring life, and that more abundantly (John 10:10). Separation from the things of the world (2 Cor. 6:17) is not a suggestion, but a command and/or demand from God. If we are going to be a part of His kingdom and enjoy the benefits of life, nothing else will suffice.

The devil would have us to think that to “enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” (Hebrews 11:25) is real life. But, as I preached recently, that is simply virtual reality, or, very close to being something without actually being it.

So, one cannot look at Deuteronomy 30:19 and think that it would be the “norm” to choose life. Choices made by many prove otherwise. The choice that should prevail, life, is one of which there are many benefits, now and eternally. The choice that is being made by many is one that will lead to death, and that eternally.

Life or death, blessings or cursing. That IS the only choice. There will come a time when all mankind will stand before God with no more time to change their mind.

Judgment! It is coming! “…it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (Hebrews 9:27).

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