If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God: Deuteronomy 28:1-2
As the nation of Israel readies to enter Canaan, a land God promised to them, the descendants of their forefathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, God’s covenant with them is reviewed with them again by Moses. The tremendous blessings God promises Israel if they will fully obey Him are dampened by the curses if they do not follow God. All the things God meant as a blessing to Israel would instead become a curse if they turn to other gods. So often we attribute disobeying God to the work of the devil, when actually it is our own flesh that is the culprit. We must master our own flesh. It is a lifelong conflict, you can’t let your guard down. Take the time to read Galatians 5 which presents us the way to overcome our flesh; by the Spirit of God and the fruit of the Spirit.