Published by Jerry Baysinger on 27 Jan 2012 at 01:35 pm
There’s an old saying “What goes around, comes around”. And while that is not a quote directly from the Holy Bible, it is true nonetheless.
I know people who say they believe the Bible, but you’d never know it by the way they talk. One day they are talking about how they are “healed by the stripes of Jesus”, then calling everyone they know and telling them how sick they are, how it must not be God’s will for them to get well, and how things never seem to work out for them. To me, that’s like living in a house that is cold, and complaining how cold it is in there, then turning on the air conditioner. Their words say they don’t like how cold it is, but their works defy their words by taking action that makes the house colder yet. Another example is sitting in your car saying you want to go somewhere, but you are sitting there with the transmission in park, with your foot on the brake. Words are powerful, but they must be coupled with corresponding action. Sort of like telling people you don’t have a job, but you won’t get out of your chair and go look for one.
It’s fine to say “In Jesus’ name I believe I receive a good job, one that I can excel in, where I will be a fine employee and a blessing to my employer, where I will work hard, obtaining favor and promotion.” But if you sit home all day watching television and won’t go look for that job, how do you expect God to bless you with a job and promotion? That is real life, and that is also the Bible. It is written in Galatians 6:7-9, Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Did you see that? God is not mocked. In other words, what He has set up and ordained to work, will work. Now what most people don’t realize is that God’s word can work FOR you, or AGAINST you. We all want God’s word to work for us. But it’s like a two-edged sword, in that it cuts either way you swing it. That is exactly what applies in Deuteronomy chapter 28. It starts in verse 1and 2 saying: And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.
People deceive themselves thinking they can hold God to His promised blessings when they are living contrary to the conditions set forth in order for them to receive those blessings. God warns us, Be not deceived. That means we have a choice whether to be deceived or not to be. God won’t deceive us, but the devil certainly will, and sometimes we even manage to deceive ourselves, and we can’t blame the devil when we deceive ourselves. I know of certain people who go to church, having heard the blessings that are available to them from God, who are perhaps living together out of wedlock in fornication, or bearing unforgiveness against others, or are in some other way living in direct and flagrant disobedience to God. And they have the nerve to blame God, thinking He lied, in that they are not living in the blessings. Well, they are simply living out their choice, of which God will not deprive them.
When we choose to disregard the “IF”, which is the condition of the promise, we only hurt ourselves. No amount of confessing the Word of God will change a situation where one persists in disobedience to God. Now, God is quick to forgive when we repent, but repent means to change one’s mind and go the right way.
When we read the first fourteen verses of Deuteronomy chapter 28, we get all excited about the wonderful promises of God. And He would have it so, for He wants His children to be blessed above all the others on Earth. He sets forth the promises for all to see, that He might draw us to His heart, that we might live happy and fulfilled lives. But, like it says, God is not mocked. He will not bless those who defy His Lordship over their lives. Oh, He WANTS them to be blessed, but His Word has gone forth, and according to Isaiah 55:11, His word will not return unto Him void, but will accomplish that to which He sent it. There are conditions to be met by His children in order to live in those blessings. Now, I don’t seek God in order to be blessed. I seek God because I genuinely want to know the One who loves me so much, He laid down His life for me, so that I might live, and not just live, but to have life more abundantly, to the full.
Going back to the old saying “what goes around, comes around”. If we seek God with all our heart, we will surely find Him. And when we find Him, we have also found all He has with Him. And God is not stingy, in that He freely gives unto His Children eternal life, and all things that pertain unto life more abundantly. By virtue of our relationship with Him, we are forgiven of all our sins, we are healed of all our diseases, and all that we have need of is freely given us. However, if we find we are in lack of any of these things, we must look more closely at His promises, and especially the conditions of His promises, preceded by “IF”. Upon finding we are ignoring the “IF”, or are not diligently hearkening to obey His Word, there is a remedy called “REPENT AND DO THE WORKS OF GOD”.
Do not be deceived, if you are sitting in a dark room and wish for it to be light, it will not be so unless you get up and switch on the light. You can speak to the light switch until you are blue in the face, but it will not respond to words, it only responds to action. God’s Word requires action, and those who would live in the blessings of God must couple their words with corresponding action. God said, BE YE HOLY, AS I AM HOLY. BEING Holy and TALKING Holy are two different actions. God wants us to do both. So there you have it. What goes around, comes around. If you live a holy life before God, speaking His Word continually over your life, blessings will sneak up on you and overtake you, and your life will be blessed above measure. Will the devil try to rob from you? Sure, he’s a thief, and that’s what he does. But the blessings of God will be so hugely abundant in your life that what the devil manages to steal from you will be like a single crumb that falls to the floor off a cake the size of a football field. That’s not to say to let the devil get away with even that one crumb, for you don’t have to. But remember, GOD IS NOT MOCKED. He won’t let YOU get away with mocking Him, any more than He will let the devil get away with mocking Him. God WILL have His way, so you might as well make sure you’re on the winning side, right?