The Message (MSG)
28 1-6 If you listen obediently to the Voice of God, your God, and heartily obey all his commandments that I command you today, God, your God, will place you on high, high above all the nations of the world. All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of God, your God:
God’s blessing inside the city,
God’s blessing in the country;
God’s blessing on your children,
the crops of your land,
the young of your livestock,
the calves of your herds,
the lambs of your flocks.
God’s blessing on your basket and bread bowl;
God’s blessing in your coming in,
God’s blessing in your going out.
7 God will defeat your enemies who attack you. They’ll come at you on one road and run away on seven roads.
8 God will order a blessing on your barns and workplaces; he’ll bless you in the land that God, your God, is giving you.
9 God will form you as a people holy to him, just as he promised you, if you keep the commandments of God, your God, and live the way he has shown you.
11-14 God will lavish you with good things: children from your womb, offspring from your animals, and crops from your land, the land that God promised your ancestors that he would give you. God will throw open the doors of his sky vaults and pour rain on your land on schedule and bless the work you take in hand. You will lend to many nations but you yourself won’t have to take out a loan. God will make you the head, not the tail; you’ll always be the top dog, never the bottom dog, as you obediently listen to and diligently keep the commands of God, your God, that I am commanding you today. Don’t swerve an inch to the right or left from the words that I command you today by going off following and worshiping other gods.
As I took my walk today, I prayed in the spirit just as I always do when I take my walk. God spoke to me these words…
If you will heed My voice, listen and obey what I tell you, the blessing will chase you down and overtake you. My Word will not fail you! It will stand against all powers of the enemy. Not only will it not fail, but it cannot fall…it will not fall by the wayside fruitless and unproductive. It will root and bring forth the harvest that I have planned for you and your family and none can stop it! I will smite your enemy before your face, and you will rejoice in my grace and in my tender mercies because you listened and obeyed me! I have been in your future. I know what is there. Just as a guide does in a mine field, so shall I do with you. I will lead you in the way you are to go and lead you AWAY from the all the enemy has thought to do. I will lead you away from his plans that are fraught with evil plans and schemes.
My Word will manifest in your body, your finances, in opportunities, and in your spirit! The enemy has no way of sabotaging it! He will stand and watch Me bless you, in utter frustration knowing the blessing has been pronounced and it CANNOT be stopped! (Numbers 23:19, Psalm 23:5)
I didn’t call you to save the world. Only I can save a soul. Take off the heaviness of trying to do only what I can do! Only a soul willing to be won can be won…even I, your God, cannot save the soul that is determined to go their way and remain lost. I didn’t call you to make anything happen. I am the great I AM! Just as I told Moses, so I tell you, speak what I tell you to speak, but leave the results up to Me! I am the Savior of the nations; You simply pray, listen, and obey. I will cause My plan to succeed in your life as you heed my voice! Be at peace! I gave my Son to bring peace, joy, and righteousness to you and to all who would receive Him. Now rest in me, do what I command, and My plan will be fulfilled and completed in you, and oh what joy and peace will be yours!
This is not a word from God just for me, but for ALL who will listen and obey. God is talking, are you listening?
And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, 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 womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Deuteronomy 28:1-68
I could literally laugh out loud now. I guarantee you God has a sense of humor! I have sold my house, and we are living temporarily in a travel trailer. We are looking for another home and there isn’t a prospect in sight, and the Lord has me writing on ‘The Blessing’! Now tell me God doesn’t know how to make us laugh!
For about two years, I tried to really study out the blessing of Abraham. I knew as God’s children we were under that same covenant of blessing, but I really didn’t fully know what all it entailed, nor could I fully explain it. I tried to study it in depth but it was as though the timing was always off. I would pick up my study materials and I just could not stick with them. I just seemed led in another direction every single time.
Since our house sold, the days after are now turning into weeks and I have needed this knowledge to keep my faith up! I will never lie to you, dear reader. I did cry a few tears tonight, but praise God for hubby who spoke the word to me and I felt myself rallying again in the Spirit!
I have read Deuteronomy 28. It is the blessing God spoke upon Abraham. What is so marvelous is the fact it is the same blessing we as Christians live under as well. We don’t always see the effects of it in every Christian’s life, because it is not known by all Christians. God has a full account of all good things that are yours for the asking and receiving! You can’t withdraw from an account that is in your name if you don’t realize it exist.
It is as if a parent or grandparent opened a savings account for their child or grandchild. Years can go by and steadily that person deposits money into that account for future use. If the child never becomes privy to the fact they have money in this account, they will never be able to withdraw from it or benefit from it.
God will not and has not left us in the dark and He has not hidden information from us. It is all in His last ‘Will and Testament’. That ‘Will and Testament’ is the word of God! If we don’t know what it says, we can never lay claim to what it says we can and do have!
Do you know the blessing of Abraham spans the entire Bible? For God to say something over and over, He meant for us to take it and take it seriously! He doesn’t give false hope nor does He give empty promises! Let’s take an in depth look at what God says about living in the blessing!!
In Genesis 12:2-3 and 13:2 God tells Abraham, “I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing ; and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be BLESSED….And Abram was very rich….”
Now let us look in Galatians. Galatians 3:14 ” That THE BLESSING of Abraham might come on the Gentiles…” That is US!! The same blessing God promised Abraham, we now qualify for by receiving Jesus as our Saviour! We have become the seed of Abraham as well!
Look at Galatians 3:29 “And if ye be CHRIST’S, then are ye ABRAHAM’S SEED, AND HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE.” This is shouting ground for me! What a mighty promise and what a precious and loving Father to plan this for ALL who would come to Him through Jesus! He truly is our Father!! Glory to God!!!
Galatians 3:7-9 tells us, “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, ‘In thee shall ALL nations be BLESSED. So then they which be of faith are BLESSED with faithful Abraham.”
THE BLESSING, is the gospel, the good news!! Verses 13-14 tells us, ” Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree; THAT THE BLESSING of Abraham might come on the Gentiles THROUGH JESUS CHRIST; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Verses 26, 29 “For ye are all the children of God BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST….And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
Now when people ask you how you are, you can say, BLESSED!!” and know why you are saying it and just what you are BLESSED with! We will get deeper into the blessing tomorrow. For now, I want this to sink into my brain very, very well and into yours, too! Isn’t it good when we find out just who we really are and we didn’t have to get in a sailboat and sail around the world in less than a year to do it! The things of God are so simple…we complicate them far too much!
You are blessed, dear reader! I will see you soon!!
Reference: “The Blessing of the Lord” by Kenneth Copeland
I know I am not the only one God has promised great things to. God’s great pleasure is to bless His children and the Bible tells us this in multiple places. I read someone’s post on Facebook not long ago that stated God was not in the blessing business anymore. He was much more concerned with other things and not all Christians lived or would ever live being blessed. Don’t you dare fall for that hogwash! God DOES want us to be blessed, BUT He doesn’t want it to be the focus of our walk with Him!
The Bible doesn’t say money is the root of all evil, but the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Notice the focus of a person’s heart in this case is the money, not God! When someone’s focus shifts from God and loving Him to money and all it can buy and the false sense of power it can give, it has become evil to this person. When we seek Him first and His righteousness, then nothing is wrong with not only living in the blessing but God expects us to expect to live blessed!
It tells us in Deuteronomy 28:3 it tells us, “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.” Notice God is saying this. He was talking to the children of Israel about what He would do if they honored Him and didn’t go the way of heathen countries with their heathen traditions and cultures.
This same chapter goes on to say they would be cursed if they forsook God and His ways! God is always at the forefront of prosperity. To be blessed by God, you have to delight yourself in HIM. Your primary delight and satisfaction should not be found in your job, your titles, your accolades, but in Him! This keeps our desires and our egos in proper perspective! It keeps us seeking God’s interest, and not our own!
Galatians 3:13-14 tells us we are under the BLESSING of Abraham. It says, ” Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written,“Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”[h]), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
We are not cursed, but blessed because Jesus took the curse upon Himself, when He died for us so that we COULD be blessed! Why would Jesus die for something God never intended to fulfill? God never would have stood by and let His Son suffer the torment He suffered to deny us anything that was accomplished through that death.
Blessing literally means ‘to empower’. The blessing empowers us to be saved, healed, delivered, and to prosper. In 3 John 1:2 it says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” God comes right out and says it is His will for us to prosper and be well, AS OUR SOULS PROSPER. Our souls are our mind, will, and emotions. It is spiritual maturity in the mind, if you will.
As we grow in God, seek His will, love others as Christ loved us, and are faithful to all He has called us to, we will be blessed (empowered) with every good thing. God said He would not withhold any good thing from them who walk uprightly! Psalm 84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
The message of ‘The Blessing’ has been taken out of context and has literally been twisted into oversized houses, fleets of cadillacs, and designer purses. The Blessing does indeed make one rich, but not just rich in a monetary sense, but rich in wisdom, health, peace, righteousness, love, and joy! We are to seek God, not the department where designer purses hang! Don’t pull this message out of context and make it into a wish list you would hand a Santa Claus! At the same time, don’t sit around and say, “Well, Mom and Dad never had anything but we were happy. Why should I be any different?” If that is how you want to live, you can. But it isn’t how you HAVE to live!
God wants you to be filled with every good thing because when you have those things by obeying the word you bring glory and honor to Him! Expect to live in the black and not the red. Ask God to give you wisdom concerning finances, career moves, college degrees, and any thing else that comes to mind when praying concerning the blessing in your life. For goodness sake, don’t give up through unbelief the great things God has stored up for those who are called His children!
Google ‘the blessings of God’ and watch how many references pop up! Get your Bible and read the entire chapter it is mentioning. For scripture to be sound teaching it must be found in context and in at least three different places in the Bible!
Remember, dear reader, you are already blessed!! We will be learning how to walk more in the fullness of that blessing in the coming days!
One time at a conference, I had a group of children come up on the stage to demonstrate a point. I gave each of them a gift, and each child gladly took what I handed them without hesitation. Several of them excitedly thanked me and a few even told me they love me.
These kids freely received my gifts. Not one of them said, “I don’t deserve this. I haven’t been good this week, and I can’t take it.” And none of them looked at me suspiciously, wondering why I gave them something. They just received it with joy!
The same way these children received my gifts to them is the way God wants us to receive from Him – freely and with joy. John 16:24 AMP says, “…Ask and keep on asking and you will receive, so that your joy (gladness, delight) may be full and complete.”
If you’re struggling with life, chances are you haven’t freely received God’s gifts, such as His love, grace, mercy and forgiveness, so you can have the life Jesus died to give you.
We tend to have a mentality of getting things, not receiving them. To get means “to obtain by struggle and effort.” If everything in life is a struggle and effort, you won’t enjoy much of it and you’ll be frustrated a lot.
Getting things puts the burden on us because we have to figure out how to manipulate circumstances to make them work out the way we want them to. But the Bible talks about receiving, not getting. We receive by faith, not through works. This is difficult for most people because we’re taught in the world that we have to earn what we get.
But God is not for sale. We can’t buy, earn or deserve Him. His gifts – forgiveness, mercy, grace, favor, salvation – are free. And we could never do enough to earn them or deserve them. Jesus paid the price that we could never pay to provide these gifts for us. We simply have to receive them!
I used to have a religious attitude and believed that my good works made me deserving of God’s goodness. This actually kept me from receiving God’s blessings because I was trying to earn them. I was judgmental and critical of others, too, and would get frustrated when someone who didn’t seem deserving of it in my eyes was blessed.
I remember a long time ago I had a neighbor who was also a friend, but I didn’t think she was as spiritual as me. She didn’t go to church as much as I did; she didn’t pray as much as I did; she didn’t give as much as I did. Well, at the time, I was praying for God to give me a fur coat. I wanted one so badly. Then one day she came over with a huge box in her hands. She was so excited! She said, “You won’t believe what God gave me!” She opened that box and there was my fur coat! A woman we both knew had just delivered it to her, saying God told her to give her the coat.
Immediately, I was so angry and jealous. But I responded the way a good Christian would, saying, “Praise the Lord! I’m so happy for you!” At the same time I was thinking, God, You’ve got to get her out of my house. How could You possibly give her that coat? It’s not fair. What about me?!
My heart wasn’t right. My motives were selfish. God wanted to bless me with His gifts, but I couldn’t receive them if I kept trying to earn them or deserve them. I had to learn to just receive.
We all need to ask God for His love, forgiveness, mercy, grace… Just say, “God, please bless me. I receive Your blessings in my life, not because I’m good and have earned them, but because You are good!” Then your joy will be full.
Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not
demand it back.
As Christians what do we think this verse means? Does it just mean if someone is cold, give them a coat and NEVER let them forget they should bow down and pay homage because you were so gracious? You demanded something back then didn’t you? Does it mean if someone is hungry, feed them but make sure they remember what they owe you and they can pay it back later? Does it mean if someone is sitting in, ahem, your pew they better get up, because YOU sit there with your clan? Do you know what a clan is? It is backward, untaught, unlearned, social buffoons that would just as soon insult you as they would look at you! They have NO dignity or class and don’t have sense enough to know it, therefore they are never interested in learning to be better!
So many times I have seen people who were truly in need. Thirty five dollars was just as much as thirty-five thousand dollars to them because times were so hard for them. I have seen so-called Christians loan them the money that had it and then some, only to demand repayment plus interest! No, we should not enable a well and able-bodied person to never lift a finger, but when it is truly a need and they are doing all they can, why not just be a giver and let God repay you so much more than that person ever could?
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
Our giving should never come with strings attached, nor reminders of how wonderful we were when we stepped in and helped someone out. We should be cheerful givers, even if it is something as simple as a seat at church! We should give as God prompts and never mention it again! If we are mentioning it, we are either wanting some type of repayment whether praise, something materialistic, or to have our pride stroked by “looking good” to people we want to impress! God says not to let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. That is pretty secretive giving, my dear friend!.
Give, for much has been generously given to you by Jesus, Himself with His very life! Be observant and ask God to show you people who have a need. That need may be something as simple as your time, your listening ear, or your friendship, or possibly your prayers…God forbid it be YOUR PEW!! If we act in a way that is in any way close to “You owe me!”, just remember God says what man gives you is your reward and you have lost all reward for what you did in heaven! Give me what God can only give! Give me what moth can never corrupt or rust decay! No matter what, give me Jesus and His love! May I show forth that love as strongly as I show forth my faith!
Blessings, dear reader, and as those blessings come, don’t forget to bless others with some of it as well! Juliana