BY REV. DR. PHILIP CRAIG
Greater Springfield Community Church
Scripture: Deuteronomy 30:15-18
Today, I would like to bless you with three keys to prosperity—choose, love and commit. This Old Testament scripture starts out by reminding us that God gave His people a choice thousands of years ago—a choice to perish or a choice to prosper.
The word says “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.” This same choice is being offered to each and every one of us today. It might sound weird or even crazy, but do you know that even though the choice may seem to be common sense on the surface, many people still choose to perish due to a lack of faith, knowledge and understanding?
The Bible says, “Faith without works is dead.” When we choose something that will be to our benefit, we typically need to put some work into it—such as looking for a better job, choosing a career of choice or even obtaining excellent credit. All these things require work. If you are around people whom you call friends and they are not trying to go further or climb higher, then you need new friends. People who do not work to do better for themselves will not help you to do better either.
In the next verse, God commands us to love the Lord your God. To love God is to stop blaming God for your past failures and take responsibility for your own actions. In order to know God, you must know His word. When you don’t know God’s word, you are opening yourself up for bitterness to set in your heart when things don’t go as planned. Some people move away from God because they allowed the past to anger and frustrate them. God is our only lifeline that doesn’t expire or turn from our presence. Loving God begins to strengthen our faith—and our faith strengthens our relationship with our God.
My third and final point for you today is to make sure to commit yourself to God for the long haul. The Bible lets us know that the race is given to the one who endures to the end. Some people begin to love God and then, over time, they slowly slip back into their old lifestyle and habits of the past. In our last two verses today (17 and 18), the Bible declares, “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.”
Many have turned back after experiencing God’s goodness and mercy. But you cannot beat God’s giving. The world reveals glimmer and outward influences, but God offers eternity and inner transformation. Your prosperity depends on you making godly choices. First, you must “seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” You cannot serve two masters. You must establish God’s kingdom in your life for prosperity to take place.
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