You are the head not the tail
The Lord will make you the head and not the tail; and you will ever have the
highest place, if you give ear to the orders of the Lord your God which I give
you today, to keep and to do them;
First we all know that we
are all sinners in need of a savior. We all know that we have sinned and fall
short of the glory of God. we all know that we have failed the condition in
the above promise of God. The promise is that we would be the head and not the
tail…If….. if we keep and do all the commandments of God. That means honoring
the Sabbath day. Have you ever worked on Saturday or Sunday? Have you ever
told even the smallest little white lie? Have you ever wanted something that
someone else had? Well, if we are to receive the promises of God we are not
going to be able to get them on our own righteousness. It is going to have to
be by the righteousness of Christ that the promise of God comes to us.
It is and has from the
foundations of the world been God’s desire for you to prosper and be of good
health and that your joy be full. And we Christians should be the closest of
all people on earth to having God’s desire fulfilled within us.
Today, I want you to get a
glimpse of the great promise and desire of God for your life. Then I want us
to clearly see how His promise and desire can be fulfilled in our life.
Thirdly I hope to give you some practical, relevant steps to receiving all
that God has in store for you.
So first let’s take a look
at some of the promises that God gives us here in this 28th chapter
The LORD will make your businesses and your farms successful. You will have
many children. You will harvest large crops, and your herds of cattle and
flocks of sheep and goats will produce many young. You will have plenty of
bread to eat. The LORD will make you successful in your daily work. The LORD
will help you defeat your enemies and make them scatter in all directions. The
LORD your God is giving you the land, and he will make sure you are successful
in everything you do. Your harvests will be so large that your storehouses
will be full. If you follow and obey the LORD, he will make you his own
special people, just as he promised. Then everyone on earth will know that you
belong to the LORD, and they will be afraid of you.
Check it out; God! GOD!
The one and true holy God who is the same yesterday, today and forever has
spoken this blessing for you. He will bless your business, your job, your
finances, your family, your love life, your relationships, your health, your
Every area of your life is
covered by God’s blessings.
So where is it right now
that you have lack. Hear the Word of the LORD;
The LORD is my shepherd, I
shall not want!
A Psalm. Of David. The Lord takes care of me as his sheep; I will not
be without any good thing.
(A psalm by David.) You, LORD, are my shepherd. I will never be in need.
A Psalm of David. Jehovah
is my shepherd; I shall not lack.
This is such a familiar
verse for all of us yet we do not daily walk in it. Why? Why is there a gap
between the reality of God’s promise and the reality of our daily life?
Listen…. This is the
reality of God’s promise to you:
28:11 & 12 LITV)
And Jehovah shall prosper you in goods, and in the fruit of your body, and in
the fruit of your livestock, and in the fruit of your ground in the land which
Jehovah swore to your fathers to give it
to you. Jehovah shall open to you His good treasure, the heavens to give the
rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. And
you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.
We are God’s beloved. You
aare blessed and highly favored of the
LORD! You are a child of the king. You can win. The victory is already yours.
We see all of these promises and then we look at the one little two letter
word and we hang our heads in failure.
That one little two letter
word that has stolen all the blessings of God for generations and generations.
That one little two letter
word that turned our blessings into the
That one little tow letter
We read “if and give up on
the blessings and go right to the curses to see what we deserve because of the
reality of our daily life as a sinner who has fallen short of the glory of
I am not even going to
honor the enemy by reading the curses found on the other side of that “IF” in
this 28th chapter of Deuteronomy,
essentially because I am sure that if you have not already gone ahead and read
them yourself you will, because for some reason you feel that is what you
That is the lie! You
really deserve the blessing but the enemy wants you to accept the curse.
But there you go… I can
hear your thoughts “But Pastor Bob, we are all sinners… we have all sinned. We
do fall short…… the curse is what we deserve…..Blah,
WRONG, WRONG, WRONG! Let’s
turn that word around on its self. “IF,” if you have accepted Jesus Christ as
your LORD and savior then the curse has been broken and all the blessings are
yours right now.
So, your little half truth
has been what has been keeping you from the blessings of God. Because yes we
have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God but the free gift of God
the Free gift, of God is Eternal abundant, joint heir, joy unspeakable,
OK, let me try to put it
There was a farmer who had
a child. He loved the child very much and he worked hard from before the sun
rose until way after it set everyday in order to build a wonderful
legacy to leave for his child.
As the child grew they did
not see much of their father, Oh, they knew that the father loved them but
they really did not know the father, he
seemed too busy for them or maybe he loved the farm more then he loved them or
maybe he wasn't really their father after
all. Maybe they were orphans. As they came of age they decided that they would
set off on their own.
Out in the world they
struggled and were in want. They went for years living in poverty all the
while the father kept sending them notice after notice that he was there for
them and that he loved them and if they ever needed anything all they had to
do was to ask.
There were times that they
thought about asking. In fact they even tried to call a time or two but it
seemed that the telephone number was disconnected and the address to mail
their letters was unknown. So they just gave up and lived their life in want
All the while the Father’s
heart was broke for his children because all that was his was theirs but they
forgot how to come home.
Have you ever felt like an
orphan? Have you ever felt like you did not fit in? Today The Father wants you
to know that you have a home. You are part of His family and you are the head
and not the tail.
I want to give you a
formula for being who you have been called to be. I put it on the sign in the
front of the Church yesterday. It is a simple formula but if followed you will
discover the riches of the
God within it.
First we need to believe.
The Bible teaches us that
as a man thinketh so is he.
For as he thinketh in his heart, so
is he: Eat and drink,
saith he to thee; but his heart
is not with thee.
The key to life is to
believe. Our very salvation is determined upon our decision to believe.
Jesus said unto him, If thou
canst believe, all things
are possible to him that
The more you believe the
truth the more the truth will set you free. And remember the truth is the
truth whether you believe it or not. And the truth
is God created the heaven and the earth and He had you in his heart before the
foundation of the earth. He love you so much that He gave His all upon the
cross so that if you would only believe in
Him you would have eternal abundant life.
Now, before you think this
is one of those believe and receive messages you better listen close to the
second step in this formula. The first step is to believe. You need to know
who you are in Christ. You need to know that you are a child of the king. You
need to know that all of these blessings are yours.
Now to practically receive
you have to take the second step and achieve.
The first step is to
believe the second is to achieve. You have got to step out on faith and “do.”
Faith is a verb. Faith is what you do. James teaches us so much about this
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works:
shew me thy faith without thy works, and I
will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou
believest that there is one God; thou
doest well: the devils also believe, and
tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
We need to worship the
LORD in Spirit and in truth. Not just with our words but with our actions. And
going after your blessings you can’t just sit back and believe that they will
come out of the blue. You have to get out there and plow the land and sow the
seeds of faith and pull out the weeds of negativity and water your faith with
the refreshing truth of God’s word.
What is it you are praying
for. Is it health then take better health of yourself and know that God is
continually healing you but you are the steward of this temple. Know you not
that you are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
So believe and achieve.
Then your third step is succeed. Count your blessings. Don’t just keep wanting
and wanting and wanting more and more. Sometimes you have to stop and realize
how much you have achieved. How much God has right now already blessed you
Listen to King David when
he said Bless the LORD oh my soul.
(By David.) With all my heart I praise the LORD, and with all that I am I
praise his holy name! With all my heart I praise the LORD! I will never
forget how kind he has been. The LORD forgives our sins, heals us when we are
sick, and protects us from death. His kindness and love are a crown on our
heads. Each day that we live, he provides for our needs and gives us the
strength of a young eagle. For all who are mistreated, the LORD brings
Know who you are in
Christ. Know that you are forgiven. Know that by His stripes you are healed
and made whole. Know that He provides for your very need. Know that all things
are working together for the good.
Walk out your faith. Be
the man or woman of God that God has called you to be. Be 100% at work. Do all
things as if unto the LORD and not unto
men. Be 100% there when you are with your spouse. Giving them your full
attention. Be a real friend. Do what’s right.
Holtz, who was the coach of the Fighting
Irish, Notre Dame, was on the radio this past week and one thing he said stuck
with me. When asked of one thing that really summed up success he asked that
you ask yourself this simple question:
“Will you be missed?” If
you did not go home, who would miss you and why? If you were not at work would
you be missed? When you do not show up at church are you missed?
One thing I have learned
is that we are dispensable but none of us have to be
un memorable. You change the world every
day. The only question is are you changing it for the better or the worse and
Believe, achieve, succeed.
Walk in the blessings by being a blessing.
Today is the day of your
salvation. Today is the day that you turn things around. Today the curse is
broken and the blessings are yours. Today is the day that the LORD has mad.
Rejoice and be glad in it. It all begins with you believing the truth.
Accepting right now that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life.
Accept his forgiveness and ask Him to come into
your heart of hearts and to be your LORD and savior. Believe. Then Go and sin
no more. Start walking out your faith. And if you fall. Confess your sin and
receive a fresh cleansing. Walk like the Kings kid that you are. And start
right now to count your blessings. Live a life of thanks giving and rejoice.
Believe, achieve and
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