Good Morning All,
I have spent two days on this blog and just added the final scripture and LOST it all………….. my heart sank as I knew this was a word from the Lord!!
I am going to take the time to redo this, because I know that it is a Word that needs to be heard!!
Lets begin in Deuteronomy 28
1IF YOU will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments which I command you this day, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth.
This chapter begins with IF… You have a choice here…If you want to walk in the blessings laid out in this chapter you MUST first do what he says: You MUST listen DILIGENTLY to the voice of your Lord God.. There are many voices speaking now days, who are you DILIGENTLY listening to? But it doesn’t stop with listening, you MUST do what you are hearing to do!!
There are many blessing listed in the coming verses, but we will be focusing on vs 6 today.
2And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you heed the voice of the Lord your God.
3Blessed shall you be in the city and blessed shall you be in the field.
4Blessed shall be the fruit of your body and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your beasts, the increase of your cattle and the young of your flock.
5Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading trough.
6Blessed shall you be when you come in and blessed shall you be when you go out.
Pastor Rick and I started discussing Coming in and Going out.. This verse says that as we are diligently listening and doing God’s word we will be BLESSED when we come in and when we go out. I always just thought of this as being blessed wherever I was, but never thought of the specifics of where to come in and where to go out….
Where are we to come in???
Passage 2 Peter 3:9:
9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
The FIRST place we need to come is REPENTANCE!! Our God is not willing that any should perish, but that all come to repentance. He love us all and desires us to come to him with repentance hearts. This could be for the non believer who for the first time repents and asks Christ to be their Lord and Savior or it can be for those who have relationship with Christ and we blow it and fall into sin, we too need to be willing to come back to repentance.
Passage John 6:44:
44No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
We saw in the previous verse that God is not willing for any to perish and then in the above verse it says that no man can come except the Father draw Him…so I believe God draws all men to himself, but not all of us are willing to be drawn… Lets look at it in a natural example… Parents and children are all children willing to obey their parents…. the parents want the best for them, but they rebel and make their own choices. We took have our own choices with God, we can allow Him to draw us closer to Him or we can rebel and stay on the outside….
Passage Matthew 11:28:
28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
God wants us to come to HIM!! If we are tired and frustrated and heavy hearted we need to RUN to the Lord, for the rest that only he can give. So many times we try to find that peace or rest other ways or other places, but when we come unto Him, he will give us rest… Remember he blesses our coming in… Deut 28 How do we come to the Lord???? Lets look at another scripture:
1Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Where does God want us to come? Into His presence…. How do we come?? with singing! God created us for fellowship with Him. Singing and Worshiping the Lord brings us into His presence.
3Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Here it also tells us that we enter in his gates and his courts with THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE!! These are key scriptures in COMING into the presence of God Almighty! Theres another verse that just came to my mind… In HIS PRESENCE is Fullness of joy… It is a GOOD place to come into!!
When we have quiet and personal time with the Lord, we can enter into this presence, but also this is one of the reasons he tells us not to forsake the coming together with other believers, because as a church body, you can come into his presence together and be encouraged, strenthened and equiped for the next part of the verse in Deut. We are blessed coming in and blessed GOING OUT… Where are we to go??? And what are we to do when we get there??? I want to take you to the LAST words Jesus said to his disciples before he ascended up in heaven after the resurrection. I know if I had the chance to say last words to someone that I knew I would not see again on this earth, I would make sure they were important words…. I believe these are important words for us to look at!
15And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Go into all the world… All means all… There is not one place that is excluded from Gods perfect plan…What are we to do Preach the gospel to EVERY creature!! This shows that our God is not partial to anyone!! He wants all to hear the GOOD NEWS of Jesus and want us to go!!
Luke 14: 23And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
Lets finish us with this parable….. You can read all of Luke 14 at a later date, I believe just as this master in this parable told his servant to GO OUT and compel them to come in… God is telling us through this word today that as we Come into His presence and get filled up with Joy, Peace and Rest, he equips us to GO OUT and share the Love of Jesus and that Love will draw them and compell them to come into that same Repentance and Presence of the Living God that we are able to come in to!
I know the word promises that we will be blessed as we come in and as we go out and I pray this day that you have a new revelation of where you are coming and going….too many people don’t know if they are coming or going, but through the WORD of God we can know exactly where we are coming and going!
God bless you and keep you,
Pastor Carol Mora