Friday, April 29, 2005

The Blessing or the Curse ~ No In-Between

I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers. (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)
There is only blessing or cursing. There is nothing else — no middle ground, no neutral zone. If you are not under the blessing, you are under the curse. Just as darkness is nothing more than the absence of light, and evil is nothing more than the absence of good, so the curse is nothing more than the absence of blessing.

The blessing corresponds to life, the cursing to death. These affect, not only ourselves, but our families, our children, our descendants. The Bible says that the iniquity of the fathers who hate the Lord haunts the children to the third and fourth generations (Deuteronomy 5:9). But those who love the Lord and keep His commandments enjoy His blessing for a thousand generations (Deuteronomy 5:9, 7:9).

Although there is only blessing and cursing, and no in-between, many people experience both blessing and cursing. If there is blessing in your life, it may well relate back to someone, or many, in your family tree who honored the Lord, even thousand generations ago. Likewise, if there is cursing in your life, it may also relate back to previous generations. Which one will you ratify?

God gives you the choice — life or death, blessing or cursing. HINT: Choose life!

If you have blessing in your family history, praise God and get into agreement with it. Add to it by turning to the Lord and honoring Him through faith and love. If you have cursing in your family history (and who doesn’t?), know that the Lord Jesus Christ came to free you from it. Understand, also, that you can be the one who introduces blessing into you generations:
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”), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13-14)
Not only the removal of the curse, but the impartation of blessing comes through faith in Jesus Christ. There is no other way, no in-between. Which will you choose for you and your children?

Listen to Choosing Life (in MP3), one of the tracks from Healing Scriptures & Prayers Volume 2: New Testament. This album, available in MP3 as well as CD, features readings by Jeff Doles from his book, Healing Scriptures and Prayers, along with relaxing background music to help you meditate on the healing promises of God.

Healing Scriptures and Prayers

Healing Scriptures and Prayers
by Jeff Doles

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