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God’s Blessing

June 1, 2018

“When the Lord your God brings you into the land…then take care lest you forget the Lord.” Deuteronomy 6:10, 12

This is a warning given to God’s people who were entering the Promised Land. Watch out! There is a danger you’re going to face as God’s blessings flow into your life. It will come to you in three ways.

1. Opportunity
“Land… with great and good cities that you did not build…” (6:10).
Cities are places of opportunity. Business thrives in the city. Cities are built over decades and generations, but these people will have all the opportunity of life in cities they did not even build. God is taking these people from the desert and putting them in a place of extraordinary opportunity.

2. Property
“Houses full of all good things that you did not fill…” (6:11).
God is giving each tribe and clan their own property as an inheritance. They had been living in tents, but now they will live in homes—with no mortgages! Their parents left Egypt with nothing. Now there would be a family home, property, and an inheritance that would be passed from one generation to the next.

3. Income
“Vineyards and olive trees that you did not plant…” (6:11).
Vineyards and olive trees give the means of producing food and generating an income. The people will be able to sow, plan, and harvest. This is a marvelous promise of the blessing of God.

But when this happens, when you have opportunity and property and the means of generating an income, Moses is saying, “Take care” (6:12). This will be a time of great danger for you.

Have you recently entered into, or are you anticipating entering into a time of special blessing from the Lord?


The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.


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