The Power We Want to Have

No man shall be able to stand against you;
the LORD your God will put the dread of you
and the fear of you
upon all the land where you tread,
just as He has said to you.

Deuteronomy 11:25

LORD Jesus we praise You for You are above all — above all kingdoms, above all those in power, and above all situations. Hallelujah! Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we long to have the power in our hands to use it for our own selfish reasons. Enable us to find Strength and Power in You alone. Help us to seek first the wisdom and understanding  that is needed to use what You have given to us for Your Glory and to honor You. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

If we are honest, the outcome that is described in today’s verse above, now that is the kind of power we are seeking, isn’t it? Being that strong, that no person shall be able to stand against us. That strong, that others are actually afraid of us (and not we of them) and therefore show respect toward us. And that shall be the case wherever we go. And we confidently quote and claim the last few words of the verse, saying, “Just as He has said to you,” and top it with a loud, “Amen!” (So be it!)

What about the next three verses, though, that are found in Deuteronomy 11?

I set before you today a blessing and a curse:
the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you today;
and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.

Deuteronomy 11:26-28

How often do we pick and choose certain Bible verses or phrases found in God’s Word that we like and accept. How often do we neglect to read them in their context? We want the good God, the One who is full of Forgiveness, Love and Grace; and, only Him  are willing to hear. The things the Word says about us showing true love toward Him by obeying Him, now that is often too uncomfortable for us to listen to and so we avoid that or mark it as, “That’s the Old Testament. We are Christians and living in the New Testament.” Is this the (whole) Truth?

Remember, that all of Scripture is important and profitable today.

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