The Fivefold Blessing Of The Lord To The Believer
Deuteronomy 28:1—_“And it shall come to pass, if you shall hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD your God, to observe and to do all His commandments, which I command you this day, that the LORD your God will set you on high above all nations of the earth.”_
In Deuteronomy 28, we find some of the most bountiful promises that one could find in the entirety of the Word of God regarding the believer. Even though God made these promises to the children of Israel under the old covenant, we must believe and understand that these same promises are apropos of us today. The basis for which we come to that conclusion is very simple: according to Hebrew 8:6, we are currently operating under a better covenant based on much better promises, and we speak of the finished work of Christ. Therefore, we must take this to heart, that whatever God has promised Israel, He can most definitely give to the believer, and so much more. Having said that, far too many Christians are living well beneath what God intends for them to have and to live, all because of misplaced faith.
Let’s explain: Due to improper teaching, unbelief, or misunderstanding the Word of God, most Christians do not fully comprehend all that God has done for them, regarding the finished work of Christ. The Holy Spirit, through John the Beloved, said, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers” (III John 1:2). John is speaking not only of physical and spiritual prosperity, but also of material and financial prosperity. This means that it is God’s will for every child of God to prosper financially, physically, and above all spiritually.
It’s not God’s will for any one of His children to suffer lack. Now, this needs further explanation as well. Due to the time in which we live, and the false message of the so-called Word of Faith camp, this teaching has been somewhat misconstrued. In this camp, the focus has been placed on material gain and nothing else. This should never be our focus; this is not a “get rich” scheme.
As the atonement—a short phrase referring to the finished work of Christ—has paid for such, still, our emphasis must be on our spiritual enhancement, which can only come through our faith being exclusively on what Christ accomplished at Calvary’s Cross. Jesus said that we are to “seek first the kingdom of God, and all of these things shall be added unto you” (Matt. 6:33).
When we seek His kingdom above all things, God will see to it that every single one of our needs are met. God is a blessing God, and we should believe Him to bless us in all that we do, including our finances. But this should never been our main goal. We should always, without fail, seek His kingdom first, and we can be sure that God will supply all of our needs, according to His riches that are found in glory (Phil. 4:19). However, if we operate outside of faith in Christ and the Cross, then we shut down everything that God desires to give us. The focus must always be Christ and the Cross.
AND THESE BLESSINGS SHALL COME ON YOU AND OVERTAKE YOU
The very first thing that I would like to look at, regarding these many blessings, is found in Deuteronomy 28:2. The Lord through Moses said, “And all these blessings shall come on you, and overtake you.”
This literally means that the blessings of the Lord will be so abundant, that they will chase us down. Location doesn’t matter, age doesn't matter, and there are no time limits on these blessings. Yes, I’m really saying that the blessings of God will be so abundant, that these blessings will actually chase us down and overtake us. That word, overtake, means “to take hold of.” These blessings will come upon and us and take hold of us. In other words, I’m telling you that if your faith is anchored in Christ and the Cross, you cannot outrun these blessings. Let that sink in for a moment! If your faith is anchored correctly in Christ and Him crucified, then you cannot outrun the blessings of God! Wherever the obedient Christian goes, blessings are sure to follow.
Think about what the Holy Spirit is saying. He said that not only will the blessings overtake you, but you’ll be blessed in the city and blessed in the field. Your family and children will be blessed, and all that belongs to you will be blessed. You will be blessed when you come in and when you go out and when you get up and when you lay down. Hallelujah! What a promise!
THE LORD SHALL COMMAND THE BLESSINGS UPON YOU
Read what Deuteronomy 28:8 says: “The Lord shall command the blessings upon you.” How phenomenal is that! At this very moment, if you will believe Him, He is commanding blessings to come upon you. And not only will those blessings come upon you, but on everything that you do. Listen to what the Holy Spirit says: “The LORD shall command the blessings upon you in your storehouses, and in all that you set your hand unto; and He shall bless you in the land which the LORD your God gives you.” I can’t say it any better that what has already been said. If you believe this, then God, right now, at this very moment, is commanding blessings upon you.
THE LORD SHALL MAKE YOU PLENTEOUS IN GOODS
Deuteronomy 28:11 states, “the LORD will make you plenteous in goods.” The Holy Spirit is saying that we will have plenty of what we need. Once again, let me state that it’s not pleasing to the Lord for anyone of His children to suffer poverty of any kind, and to be without what we need. Understand what I’m saying. God did not say that He will make us all multi-millionaires, or that we would have so much money that we won’t know what to do with it, but rather that He will make us plenteous in goods, which means that He will provide what we need—financially, physically, spiritually, and whatever else we might need. This does not speak of greed of any kind, for it’s not about getting what you want, but rather what is needed, if you believe it.
THE LORD SHALL OPEN UNTO YOU HIS GOOD TREASURE
Verse 12 says that He has so much in His treasure in heaven that we have access, literally, to the treasure house of heaven. This is beyond what we can even think or imagine, for it’s like having an open door to Fort Knox, but only better, much better, for whatever we need, God’s great treasure house has it!
THE LORD SHALL MAKE YOU THE HEAD AND NOT THE TAIL
This is absolutely beautiful! This means that you will lead and not follow, for the Lord intends for you to be the lead dog, not the back dog. It’s there for the taking, if you will only believe.
WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR THESE BLESSINGS?
The only requirement to receive these blessing is found in the very first verse of Deuteronomy 28—we are to keep His statutes and commandments. However, there is not a single one of us who could ever keep every one of God’s commandments or statutes; it’s impossible as we have all failed God in some way or the other. Seeing that we could not keep these statutes and commandments, God had a master plan to handle that.
Knowing that man was incapable of doing such, God sent His only Son to live on this earth, which He did perfectly for 33 and a half years and never sinner in word, thought, or deed, and He did this for us. He is the perfect man, and He kept the law of God in every respect. All we have to do is to place our faith in Christ and what He did for us at Calvary, and we instantly go from being a lawbreaker to a law-keeper. This means that if my faith and trust is in Christ and Him crucified, then God doesn’t see me; He sees Christ. He is the reason why we can avail ourselves of these blessings, not our works, not our efforts, but because of Christ.
The Cross must ever be the focus of our Christian lives. God wants to bless you, and bless you abundantly so, but there is one thing that you must do to receive these blessings: place your faith in Christ and what He did at the Cross. There’s your answer, and your key—Christ and Him crucified.
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