The Deuteronomy 28 Principle
Updated: Jul 31, 2018
I have this saying that says, "every season is your season, whether its to plant, pluck, pick, plow, pull, prune, or produce." And, I believe it wholeheartedly. Because all things work together to produce the abundant life God intends for us to have. It's not always easy to "work" at this thing called life, but it's what we have to do. This is the journey we're on.
Speaking of journey....
My spiritual journey hasn't always been on the up and up. I was born into a devout Christian family. We went to church just about every day of the week except for Saturdays. On Sundays, we stayed in church from Sunday School at 9am until at about 9pm when evening service was over. Although I should be thankful for all of the spiritual experience that I have "inherited" I have to be honest....... I was left confused.
Most of my 20s were years of self-discovery. And, most of my 30s were trying to fix all of the wrong "discoveries" I had indulged in. It left little room for Christ because I was indeed on a self-help journey that I was quite proud of.
Then, I hit rock bottom.
And then, I hit rock bottom, again.
Then, I hit rock bottom, again.
By the time I turned 40 I was ready to listen to God.
One day I came across scripture Deuteronomy 28. I was intrigued. In fact, I read every version of the scripture. I would start to boast on God's Word that said if I obey His commands that blessings would chase me down.
At 40 years old I started desiring what God wanted for me and my life. I started jumping out on faith on major things---like quitting my six-figure government job to start my business. I also started noticing something so profound. I noticed the major blessings that were coming my way were not of my own doing, but by me being at the right place, at the right time, with the right people. God was orchestrating my moves by His spirit and I was literally seeing how blessings were unfolding just from being in alignment.
Yes, I fully understand and accept that we are no longer under the old covenant, but under grace. However, just as in tithing there are biblical principles that have been set for us to follow to fulfill abundant life here on earth.
One of my favorite principles is Deuteronomy 28, which teaches us how to:
1. Experience the Blessings of God by Trusting Him. Even at my most difficult moments I'm learning to trust that God is there in the midst with me and that He has me protected and prepared for a greater purpose.
2. Experience the Blessings of God by Obeying Him. Nope, I don't always get it right (thank God for grace and mercy), but I know God's voice that when He says, NO I do not proceed.
3. Experience the Blessings of God by Recognizing My Worth. It took me quite a long time to accept my spiritual gift of administration. I didn't want it because it seemed menial. As soon as I accepted the gift I excelled. Doors started opening for me and I started to understand my position in God's purpose for my life.
4. Experience the Blessings of God by Not Giving Into Fear. As mentioned, a sistah is a faith-walker. Yes, I feel fear, but I will not allow it to stop me; especially when I know it's something God has approved for me.
I dare not say or imply that I have this thing called life down perfectly because I'm facing a major challenge as I type. But, what I do know is that if I stay obedient to God the next blessing that is chasing me will succeed.