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Consequences of Sin

Consequences of Sin – Shadows instead of substance (Deuteronomy 3:27)

Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 3-4

Today’s Reflection: Deuteronomy 3:27

27) Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes westward and northward and southward and eastward, and look at it with your eyes, for you shall not go over this Jordan.

At the Jordan Moses pleads with God for the privilege of leading Israel into Canaan.  As you may recall back in Numbers 20, Moses’ momentary lapse of judgment and act of disobedience resulted in God refusing to allow him to enter the Promised Land.  Here Moses realizes there is no changing God’s mind, but in His mercy God does allow Moses to climb Mount Pisgah to look across the Jordan and see all of the land Israel will possess when God has finished delivering Canaan into their hands.

Moses sin cost him the substance of God’s promise, so a shadow of it would have to do.

God has incredible things intended for each of us: promises, anointing, blessings, and eternal life.  But sin can destroy all of that.  Allowing sin to reign in any part of our lives diminishes our ability to live for God.  Furthermore the fullness of God’s planned blessings follow those who are fully obedient to Him.  So if we choose sin we limit the unfolding of God’s plan for our lives.  Because God is merciful, even when we’re caught up in sin God may continue to work in and with us.  But in a sinful state we cannot receive the complete fulfillment He intends for us.  We can only get glimpses, shadows, a peak over a mountaintop surveying the dominion that should have been ours.

You’ll have to make the choice.  Do you want a life filled with all God has planned for you?  Or are you willing to allow sin to steal your destiny?

John 10:10 – The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

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