Deuteronomy 28:1-8 NLT
The condition for blessings is to be fully obedient. However to be fully obedient is to be in a state of always obeying. You must obey now, tomorrow, and in a state of constant obeying. We cannot define our obedience based on what we had obeyed yesterday. We must be aware of our spiritual condition now. Am I fully obeying in all areas now? Am I trying with all of my being or am I just thinking about it? Am I examining the condition of my heart now and tomorrow.
If I am in a state of obedience, not just from yesterday, but continuing, then the promises of the bible are growing and blossoming. I should be able to see the growth of my fruit just as I can watch a beautiful plant growing as it came forth from the ground and grows upwards. I would be able to observe the plant, the ear, and then the fruit. We would be able to observe in faith and through the physical manifestation the growth of our blessings coming to a reality. We would be able to observe the spiritual and physical manifestation of our restoration. First, the plant, the ear, and then the fruit for harvest. There will be evidence. Moreover, the spiritual fruit of joy, love, and peace would be filling in our hearts.
If we are on the path of disobedience then we will also be able to observe the growth of our disobedient fruit. Rather than being a beautiful plant, a poisonous venomous plant would be growing. When we disobey, we do not always have to be in a constant state of disobedience. We would be able to discern and observe the fruit of disobedience which can be depression, discouragement, chaos, confusion, frustration, and so forth. With obedience, we do need to be facing and traveling a constant road of obedience. But with disobedience, we only need to turn once or disobey once and we can be off course.
Discern your plant and determine what type of plant/fruit is growing in your life. This can be for one event, season, moment, or all of our life. Which plant is growing for my health? Which plant is growing for my finances? Which plant/fruit is growing for my family? The physical manifestation or hints are there. But our stubbornness tries to force a bad fruit to turn to a good fruit. But a good tree cannot produce a bad fruit and a bad tree cannot produce a good fruit. When we have sown a bad seed, we need to turn directions by repent, submitting, yielding, confessing, and/or be willing to starting over.
"The LORD will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain."
Verse 8 gives us a Guarantee of blessing. It is the promise of abundant life not only in heaven but for the now in our physical realm. Discern your situation and humble yourselves if you have too.
Deuteronomy 28:20 NLT