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Winners and Losers
by Wayne Blank
"And if you obey the voice of The Lord your God, being careful to do all His Commandments [see The Decalogue] which I command you this day, The Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of The Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground, and the fruit of your beasts, the increase of your cattle, and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading-trough. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out." (Deuteronomy 28:1-6 RSV)
"The Lord will command the blessing upon you"
God's true people cannot ever be defeated, because The Lord cannot ever be defeated. Like a human parent, The Lord will defend His children, against anything, or anyone. God's people have never lost a battle, when they were truly obedient to Him.
"The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you; they shall come out against you one way, and flee before you seven ways." (Deuteronomy 28:7 RSV)
The Lord provides for His children, those who "keep the Commandments of The Lord your God, and walk in His ways."
"The Lord will command the blessing upon you in your barns, and in all that you undertake; and He will bless you in the land which The Lord your God gives you. The Lord will establish you as a people holy to Himself, as He has sworn to you, if you keep the Commandments of The Lord your God, and walk in His ways. And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the Name of The Lord; and they shall be afraid of you." (Deuteronomy 28:8-10 RSV)
Peace and prosperity are The Lord's gifts to those who truly live according to God's Way.
"And The Lord will make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your ground, within the land which The Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open to you his good treasury the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And The Lord will make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall tend upward only, and not downward; if you obey the Commandments of The Lord your God, which I command you this day, being careful to do them, and if you do not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them." (Deuteronomy 28:11-14 RSV)
Fact Finder: The verses above describe what happens to those who choose to make themselves winners by truly obeying The Lord. What happens to those who choose to make themselves losers by disobeying The Lord?