Friday, March 18, 2011

Heads or Tails

Which team will kick off?  Flip the coin.  Who is going to be first?  Flip the coin.  Should I go right or left?  Flip the coin.  Heads or Tails.  Which one will it be?

The Israelites had a decision to make.  They were on the brink of entering the promised land and God gave them a choice:  Do you want to be heads or tails?

The Lord will make you the head, not the tail.  If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.  
Deuteronomy 28:13

If the Israelites chose to be the head by obeying all God's commands completely, then God promised  He would send a blessing upon the people and all that they owned.  The Lord promised to establish them as His holy people.  "Then all the peoples on the earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you." (Deut. 28:10)  He promised to send rain on their land in season and to bless all the work of their hands.  They would be blessed!

But there was another choice.  If the Israelites did not obey the Lord and follow all His commands, then curses would come upon them. 

The alien who lives among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower.  He will lend to you, but you will not lend to him.  He will be the head, but you will be the tail.  Deuteronomy 28:43-44

If the Israelites chose to be the tail, then God said He would send curses, confusion and rebuke in everything they put their hands to.  He said they would be plagued with diseases.  The Lord would turn the rain into dust and powder.  They would be defeated before their enemies. "You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little, because locusts will devour it." (Deut. 28:38)  Swarms of locusts would take over all their trees and the crops of their land. 

We have this same choice before us today.  Will we serve God and completely obey all His commands?  Or will we turn away and worship other gods (things)?

Will you be a head or tail?  
 

Memorizing James
If you are taking part in the challenge to memorize the entire book of James this year, you will need to memorize two verses each week. This week's verses are:
James 1:21-22
21.  Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
22.  Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves.  Do what it says.

8 comments:

  1. I am definitely gonna be a HEAD! I'm not turning away and worshipping ANYTHING but the One, True GOD!!!

    The sermon for Sunday (Kidz Klub) is sort of on the same thing! (Good Idols Gone Bad... Isn't God awesome!!!

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  2. Great post! I want Him to get my all. I don't want to put other things before Him. I don't want to put the pursuit of things before pursuing Him first.

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  3. I just finished reading this in Deut. I want to choose God's way. I want to follow His path. It may not always seem the easiest route, but it is the blessed route.

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  4. I choose Heads!! Great post :)

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  5. I choose to follow God. It's not always easy but totally worth it!

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  6. I never thought about it in quite this way before. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I've been a tail for way too much of my life. Now I'm going to be a head! Great post!

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  8. I think I need a two-headed coin Lisa... :-) Thank you for a wonderful posting!

    Have a Blessed Day!

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