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Deuteronomy 11: 26-28 ” See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse – the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.”

When God created us, He didn’t build robots.  Instead, He gave us a free will to make decisions and act on them…whether wise or foolish.  But it’s also our free will that gets us into trouble most times.  We bristle at being told what to do, and obeying the rules, in our mind, is optional.  Yes, our free will can become problematic!  So in this passage, the Lord is quite concise and deliberate in His laying out of our options.  We are given the choice…the decision is ours.  Will we obey and receive a blessing, or will we rebel and experience a curse?

Romans 8:26 ” In the sameway, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.”

We’ve all been there.  That deep moan of grief or pain escapes our lips…but that’s all.  No words are spoken…because there are no words.  Our mind is a confusing  jumble of our frail mortal condition.  That’s when the Holy Spirit can express for us the unutterable, inexpressible words we can’t find.  And that’s when the Holy Spirit can step in and make intercession for us according to the Will of God. (Romans 8:27)  The indwelling Holy Spirit is always there to pray…when we can’t.

Job 42:1-2 ” Then Job replied to the Lord: ‘I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can be thwarted.’ “

God is not up in Heaven right now pacing and wringing His hands…nor is there the slightest sign of uncertainty or doubt on His face.  Rather,  God is seated on His throne in total and absolute control of every situation happening today.  For there is no person or thing that can successfully oppose or block God’s Will.  That’s because His ultimate plan and purpose is always being worked out perfectly to conform to His Will…for with God all things are possible.

Psalm 118:8 ” It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.”

For all of you that enjoy Bible trivia, the middle Scripture of the Bible is this verse, Psalm 118:8 .  It’s the very center point of God’s Word.  So was it placed there by chance or divinely inspired?  Many times I’ve  prayed to find God’s perfect plan and purpose in my life…to be in the very center of His Will.   For I know that’s the safest and very best place to be.  And if I look at the fundamental truths in this verse, it makes that search easier.  Where am I placing my faith and trust…whose promises am I putting stock in…and where really does my confidence lie?  If it’s in man, I’m going to be disappointed…but if my trust is in the Lord, I will find His ultimate plan and purpose for my life.

Proverbs 11:27 ” He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.”

What goes around, comes around…or better yet, you look for trouble, and it’ll find you.  Or elsewhere, in Psalm 7:16 to paraphrase, “The trouble you cause will return back to you…the violence you create will come down on your head.”  But if we seek what is good and morally right, we will receive favor…favor before God…and favor before men.  And as we seek good, not only are we changed, but what we seek changes…for we are aligning ourselves with the Holy Spirit and seeking God’s Will,  not our own.

I Kings 3:12 ” I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have anyone like you, nor will there ever be.”

Solomon asked God for a discerning heart and the wisdom to distinguish between right and wrong and God was pleased. (I Kings 3:9-10)  For Solomon wasn’t asking for the superficial or trivial,  or things that had no eternal significance…he was asking for wisdom.   I once worked with a Doctor who started calling me Prudence.  When I asked why, he stated it was how I conducted myself dealing with patients and that he appreciated my common sense and prudent approach.  When you ask God for wisdom,  understanding, discretion, and His Will in your life… He happily will oblige. (James 1:5)

Isaiah 1:17 ” Stop doing wrong, learn to do right!”

The Lord is rather emphatic here…stop doing things that are contrary to His will.  Rather, practice what is morally good.    So just how do we learn to do right?  The Bible tells us that the starting point of knowledge is the fear of the Lord…so accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior is that first step.  We then start the journey of learning who Jesus is…discovering the plan and purpose He has for us…and adding to our knowledge with daily Bible study and application.  Learning to do right is a life-long study of becoming more like Jesus every day.