Seeing Life with 20/20 Vision
International Treasure—part 1
November 28, 2004
Pacific Church of Irvine
* God’s Desire to Bless .
Deut. 8:1 Be
careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live
and increase and may enter and possess the land that the Lord
promised on oath to your forefathers.
* The Heart:
Key to Blessing
Deut. 8:2 Remember how the Lord
your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and
to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you
would keep his commands.
* God Humbles
& Tests You
Deut. 8:3 He humbled
you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with
manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known …
* There is a Better
Deut. 8:3 He humbled you,
causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor
your fathers had known … to teach you that man
does not live on bread alone but on every
word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
God Walks with You Thru Tests
Deut. 8: 4 Your
clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.
Deut. 8:5 Know then in your
heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.
Walk with God: Obey & Revere
Deut. 8:6 Observe
the commands of the Lord your God, walking
in his ways and revering
Deut. 8:7 For the Lord your God
is bringing you into a good land--a land with streams and pools of water, with
springs flowing in the valleys and hills;
Deut. 8:8 a land with wheat and
barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey;
Deut. 8:9 a land where bread
will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron
and you can dig copper out of the hills.
Deut. 8:10 When you have eaten
and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.
Deut. 8:11 Be careful that you do
not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and
his decrees that I am giving you this day.
Deut. 8:12 Otherwise, when you
eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down,
Deut. 8:13 and when your herds
and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is
Deut. 8:14 then your heart
will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought
you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
Deut. 8:15 He led you through
the vast and dreadful desert, that thirsty and waterless land, with its
venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock.
Deut. 8:16 He gave you manna to
eat in the desert, something your fathers had never known, to humble and to
test you so that in the end it might go well with you.
Deut. 8:17 You may say to
yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have
produced this wealth for me."
Deut. 8:18 But
remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to
produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your
forefathers, as it is today.
Deut. 8:19 If you ever forget
the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I
testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed.
Deut. 8:20 Like the nations the
Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord