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The Reward for Obedience: Deuteronomy 28 and God's Blessing for Believers

Updated on July 4, 2011

Prosperity, Overflow in Exchange for Obedience

In the natural, with the world's economic system collapsing and the struggle of ordinary people, it can seem there is no hope.

But, for Christian believers in Jesus Christ, obedience is the key which unlocks the blessings of God.

In Deuteronomy 28, Moses writes about God's promises for blessings in connection with obeying His word. Additionally, Moses also presents curses for disobedience.

Obedience Activates God's Blessings

From the beginning of this chapter, Moses states in no uncertain words that heeding the Word of God and all His commandments is how these blessings are activated in your life.

"If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today," he said, "the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the world."

Furthermore, Moses warns that after receiving the Word, you cannot disregard it without losing connection to God and His blessings. This includes following other gods or creating idols out of today's modern conveniences, including money, technology and goods.

Blessings Promised in Scripture (Paraphrased)

Specific Blessing
Deuteronomy 28:1
You will be set high above all nations.
Deuteronomy 28:3
Your towns and your fields (your workplace) will be blessed.
Deuteronomy 28:4
Your children and crops (your work) will be blessed.
Deuteronomy 28:5
Your pantry will be filled with food to eat - You will not go hungry.
Deuteronomy 28:6
You will be blessed wherever you go.
Deuteronomy 28:7
God will protect you from your enemies.
Deuteronomy 28:8
God will guarantee a blessing on everything you do, will make sure you have plenty to eat.
Deuteronomy 28:9-10
God will claim you as His and all people will stand in awe of what He does for you.
Deuteronomy 28:11
God promises prosperity to you and an abundance, lacking nothing.
Deuteronomy 28:12
God will see to it you always have the help you need so you can help others, lending and never borrowing.
Deuteronomy 28:13
God promises you will always be at the top, not the bottom.

How to Claim These Blessings

As previously stated, obedience is required to receive all that God has for you. An abundance of overflow cannot be made if your heart and soul do not receive Jesus as your personal savior.

Whether you are a new Christian or an old believer not seeing God's blessings in your life at this moment, ask yourself these questions:

In 1 John 1:6, the Apostle John says "we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness." Because we know there is no darkness in our Creator, we must be honest with ourselves and whether or not we are following God's commandments.

We know His thoughts and commands by getting into the Bible and studying them for ourselves. If you will take the time to prayerfully get in the Word and then live those directions in our lives, the blessing--and all it contains--is yours!

We can know this for a fact because, as Ephesians 3:16-17 reveals, "Christ will make his home in your hearts...[and] Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong."

In short, when Jesus comes into your heart, you can't help but see blessings and favor. It is impossible to fail because God cannot and will not fail us as we seek after Him.

Two areas of great importance in this walk of faith include tithing, which is giving the first 10 percent of our income to the church; and in forgiving others.

Malachi 3:9 reveals that when we fail to tithe, we are stealing from God and are therefore CURSED. However, on the flip side, the tenth verse reveals blessings in line with those found in Deuteronomy 28:

"Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it."

On the same token, curse can come onto a person who has not forgiven someone of a transgression. Oftentimes, that unforgiveness can be so deeply ingrained, we don't even realize it is there.

Matthew 6:15 reveals "if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins." Without His forgiveness, we are not saved and cannot seek any of the blessings promised to us.

If you struggle with obedience in these areas or others, pray about them and share your struggles with a Christian friend, pastor or counselor. They can help you get back on track and start seeing all of God's favor and blessings come to fruition in your own life.

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      yecall 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for this reminder. Deuteronomy is powerful and we could do with reading this every day actually. It is easy to forget. The principles of prosperity are there in the Bible and we just have to obey them and it is all spelled out.

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      NatalieD 6 years ago from Fort Worth, texas

      Good hub Brandon! Forgiveness is so very key to His blessings and that's a lesson God's been teaching me lately. Blessings to you!

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      wilmiers77 6 years ago from Oklahoma City, OK


      Very helpful and blessed works. Yes, heaven is at hand for those who listen and obey God's Word. Thanks very much for furthering this in my mind.

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      c-bless 6 years ago

      Your article was a very good read. As long as we keep our eyes on the prize (Him) and lean on our Father, being obedient is an easier road to travel. Thank you for sharing.

      I've shared my thoughts in my hub entitled "Faith, Obedience and Acting on the Word" ( I'd appreciate if you stop by and give me your input. Thank you ....

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      TSAD 6 years ago from https:// online/ hubpages. html

      What is it that is said? Oh yes "Obedience is better than sacrifice!" Great hub brother!

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      meetbrandon 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thank you, Bluebird. I agree, unfortunately, that America is being cursed, but am reminded that it isn't too late:

      2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT:

      Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

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      bluebird 6 years ago

      Good hub, good subject!

      America is being cursed today because of this very thing - disobedience to God and His laws which includes not only idolatry (America is FULL of idols) but also Sabbath-breaking, not keeping the day God set apart as holy, which is the seventh day of the week, and that would be Saturday, not Sunday.

      Most do not realize that every time God's chosen nation went into captivity, it was due to the fact that they broke these two commandments, idolatry and Sabbath-keeping. Warning: Get ready, America is going into captivity.