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Be Repentant    Deut. 30:1-4, 6-8, 15-20
(HCSB)    Feb. 19, 2012


       Can you command someone to love another? God commands us to love Him! That will take a person who is willing to Be Repentant and turned to obedience. But, why wouldn’t a person love the Lord? As some say, “what’s not to love?”


1.   Be Repentant, Obey the Lord’s . . Call to Return. Deut 30:1-4

       A.   The Call to Return and be . . Blessed. 30:1-3a

       1 “When all these things happen to you—the blessings and curses I have set before you—and you come to

       your senses while you are in all the nations where the LORD your God has driven you,

       2 and you and your children return to the LORD your God and obey Him with all your heart and all your

       soul by doing everything I am giving you today,

       3 then He will restore your fortunes, have compassion on you,


       B.   The Call to return and be . . Brought Back to the Lord. 30:3b-4

“. . . and gather you again from all the peoples where the LORD your God has scattered you.

       4 Even if your exiles are at the ends of the earth, He will gather you and bring you back from there.

       What is the cause of a nation or individuals need to repent? Very simply stated it is, “sin.” All of us sin but

many do a daily kind of repentance. If we recognize our sin causes us to grieve the Lord we

want a quick repentance, if not immediate. How sad that many people get tangled in a pleasurable kind of sin, Heb. 11:25,) and try to turn a deaf ear to the Lord. After some sad revelations of a pronounced sin I heard some Christians men say, “but for the grace of God there goes I.” Now today if you go to Israel you will see placards all over the place stating that God will call his people to Israel and gather them from the ends of the earth. They are making His call to return a geographical kind of call and neglecting it as a call to Be Repentant.


2.   Be Repentant, Submit to the Lord’s . . Circumcision of the Heart. Deut 30:6-8

       A.   The Circumcision of the Heart with a . . Commitment of the Heart. 30:6

       6 The LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the hearts of your descendants, and you will love

       Him with all your heart and all your soul so that you will live.


       B.   The Circumcision of the Heart Following the . . Commands of the Lord. 30:7-8

       7 The LORD your God will put all these curses on your enemies who hate and persecute you.

       8 Then you will again obey Him and follow all His commands I am giving you today.

       If the Lord circumcises our heart it would seem we would be obedient. In the text the Lord promises to

bless and protect those He performed this act upon. Of course this is a symbolic act but all should

understand its design for purification of the heart for devoted followers. It should cause a commitment before and after the work of the Lord. You would think this commitment would cause one to be even more obedient in keeping the commands of the Lord. What allures you and I to be drawn to the world rather than

submissively obeying the commands of the Lord? I knew a minister who was being considered for the pastorate of a larger and more prominent church, but then it became known that he had been questionably involved with another women. They did not wait for a full report but dropped this man’s name.


3.   Be Repentant, Follow the Lord’s Love . . Commands. Deut 30:6-8

       A.   The Commands Obeyed . . Causes One to be Blessed. 30:15-16

       15 See, today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and adversity.

       16 For I am commanding you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His

       commands, statutes, and ordinances, so that you may live and multiply, and the LORD your God may bless

       you in the land you are entering to possess.


       B.   The Commands Rejected . . Curses Ones Life. 30:17-20

       17 But if your heart turns away and you do not listen and you are led astray to bow down to other gods and

       worship them,

       18 I tell you today that you will certainly perish and will not live long in the land you are entering to possess

       across the Jordan.

       19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessing

       and curse. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live,

       20 love the LORD your God, obey Him, and remain faithful to Him. For He is your life, and He will

       prolong your life in the land the LORD swore to give to your fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

       The text gives a very simple solution to a godly life. If we follow the Lord’s commands He promises to

bless. If we reject His commands and do not obey; He allows the curses of disobedience to permeate our

life. How can we bow down to other god’s. Some may have a lengthy list of degrees and be very gifted

people with all the abilities to be greatly used of God but fail miserable. How can that happen? They

disobey the commands of the Lord. That truth is very simply placed before us in the text. All it takes is for

the blessed life is to Be Repentant. Amen? Amen!