It is not for your righteousness or for the uprightness of your heart that you are going to possess their land, but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord your God is driving them out before you, in order to confirm the oath which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

“Know, then, it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stubborn people. Remember, do not forget how you provoked the Lord your God to wrath in the wilderness; from the day that you left the land of Egypt until you arrived at this place, you have been rebellious against the Lord.

Deuteronomy 9:5-7 NASB

OK, this one might be a little tougher to take, for some of us.  This is a passage about God keeping His promises.  It’s not actually a diatribe about how evil the world around us is, although some might choose to latch onto the words that sound that way.  This is about God and us, or more specifically, about God toward us.

God keeps His promises.

That sounds like something we might all be able to accept and believe.  After all, He’s God, for Go…..OK, maybe that wasn’t going the right direction there.  But, we accept that He’s God and we accept intellectually that He will keep His promises.

So, why do we not live like we believe it?

He said that He’d never leave nor forsake us, but at the least little setback in our lives, we start to complain about wondering where God is.  He promised that He’d provide for us, but we look at those bills we’re struggling to pay or that retirement we wish we had and are tempted to complain about all the money we’ve been giving to the church.

We often live like we think God is at the very least a little too slow in coming through when we need Him.

That’s on us, but it’s not really the thought I wanted to share today.

There’s another issue in walking out the belief that He keeps His promises.  And that’s found in the way we keep OUR promises, both to Him and to those around us.

We are, after all, followers of Jesus Christ, who is, Himself, God.  We call ourselves Christians which literally means “little Christs” or “like Christ.”  We carry within our selves the image of the Divine, so that the way we act reflects directly on the One we claim to represent.

Are you a little anxious about being told that you REPRESENT Him?  Get over it; it’s not about who you are or how good you are.  It’s Him working within you.

So, is He?  Are you keeping your promises in a way that would reflect well on God?

When you confessed and repented of your sins and told God that you’d live for Him, are you now doing that?

And, when you told that friend or other person you know that you’d be praying for them, did you actually do it?

OUCH!  This just got personal, didn’t it?

Every day, in every way, in everything you do, you are the walking, talking, living representation of Christ in His creation.  When you came to Him, you promised to love for Him.  And, following the principle of the blessing of the Covenant, you became blessed to BE a blessing so that He could bless others all around you. (You can check that out in Genesis 12, and yes, I know that wasn’t written directly to you and me, but it DOES represent that nature and character of God toward those who follow Him, so move on.)

Does God keep His promises?  The world will only know that by watching the way we keep ours.

Continue on.

Always praying for you,

Your Older Brother,

Pastor Joe

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