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Blessings and curses help one learn and grow

Karen Stevens

My Discipleship Group has been studying Deuteronomy of all things, but surprisingly I have learned and grown thru this book.

I have seen more of who God is.

I’ve seen His likes and dislikes.

I’ve seen what He is capable of if we don’t follow His commands, and the blessings if we do follow.

Which I’ve read Deuteronomy many times, I always just read thru it quickly not thinking about what God expected. Oh sure, it’s in black and white telling us what God expected of the Israelites, but when you read it, pray for guidance, reread it to really find out about God’s character, then you get a better understanding.

Even though we do not know the customs of those days we can form an opinion.  Most people value the opinion of others, instead of standing on their own opinions.  The problem with most; they are misinformed, or uninformed.

God did not intend for us to be ostriches.  We cannot stick our head in the sand and expect the world to go by the way we think it should.

I know there are a lot of you out there feel that keeping up with politics is just a waste of your time and it definitely does take time, just as it took time for the Israelites to learn about God’s likes and dislikes.

In order to be informed, we have to do some studying and research.  We will also have to do some work on our education, to know what God wants and expects of us.

I know I sound like a broken record, but we must spend time in God’s word to know it.

When we know God’s word, having the right opinion is a lot easier.  God’s word gives us wisdom.  We don’t have to struggle to know if we are choosing correctly; God’s spirit will direct our path.

Catherine Pearson of Healthy Living, states there are 7 points on being wise.

The top four that I thought were most relative is 1) wise people have more experiences, 2) their sponges, 3) they grow from crises, and 4) they have a strong, support system. 

Do you have any of these things set in your life?  If not, go out and experience life!  Soak up all the knowledge you can, learn lessons from the bad things that happen in your life. 

Join a church and several Bible studies; any Christ based group that will be there for you, and you can be there for them. 

All Christ based religions are different because we all are different.  Choose one that suits you best and participate in it.  Your salvation depends on it! 

John 15:10 says “If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in His love.”

First of all take note that this is John in the New Testament speaking.  Secondly is the word command means “to give an authoritative order.”  Jesus is in authority, so anything he has stated that we should do, is a command.

John 15:5 states “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

The best way we can remain in Jesus is thru reading His word, praying and obeying.

Karen Y. Stevens is Executive Director at Meals on Wheels