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A father called his son to him and said, “I have a gift for you.  Do you want it?”

The son eagerly acknowledged his desire for the gift.  The father opened up his wallet and gave his son a $100 bill.  The son grabbed it and said, “Wow! Thanks Dad” before running off with the money.

As the child ran away, the father said, “Wait I have more!”  But the child did not hear him and the father was not able to give the child the full gift.

When God blesses us, most of us run-off before receiving the full blessing which God has to give us.  We tend to be satisfied with God’s first gift and never claim His whole gift.

In Deuteronomy God tells Moses to move off the mountain in Horeb, which is where God had appeared to Moses in the burning bush and where God had given him the Ten Commandments.  Obviously, Horeb was a cherished spot for Moses.

God wanted Moses to leave the mountain because God had promised to give Moses and the Israelites, a land of their own … The Promised Land.  As long as Moses remained at Horeb, which he cherished, he would never receive the full gift God had for Him.

The land God promised Moses was “hill country …fertile lowland … by the seacoast” (Deuteronomy 1:6–8).  It sounds like prime real estate on the coast of northern California.  It was a better place than a spot in Horeb, which was located in the midst of a barren desert.

If Moses had his way, he would have stayed on at Horeb with his cherished memories and God’s people would have remained impoverished immigrants.

When we accept and run with the first portion of God’s blessings, the forgiveness of sins, and do not linger for the next portion of God’s blessings, the gift of the Holy Spirit, we impoverish ourselves.

It is best to hunger for the fulness of God, than to be satisfied with a bread crumb which has fallen from His table.

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