Seeing Life with 20/20 Vision

International Treasure—part 1

Seth Gatchell, November 28, 2004
Pacific Church of Irvine

Deuteronomy 8

 

* 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 Way!

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 him.

 

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.

 

Forgetting God

Deut. 8:10 When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you.

 

Forgetting God

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.

 

Forgetting God

Deut. 8:12 Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down,

 

Forgetting God

Deut. 8:13 and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied,

 

Forgetting God

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.

 

Remembering God

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.

 

Remembering God

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.

 

Pride

Deut. 8:17 You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me."

 

Pride

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.

 

Pride

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.

 

Pride

Deut. 8:20 Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God.