Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Pre-condition for Blessings

UV 2176/10000 The Pre-condition for Blessings
And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:
Deuteronomy 30 v 9

The love of God is unconditional in that it is available to anyone and everyone who choose to believe in Him and His word, irrespective of their past, background, race, religion, culture, community. But the blessings or rewards of the Lord are conditional. It is conditional on whether we love His word, meditate on it day and night, listen to His voice and obey wholeheartedly. When we obey wholeheartedly, our hearts are circumcised or the outer layers of sin, lust, folly and deceit are stripped off. Our hearts or our attitudes will now be pleasing and acceptable to the Lord, our whole being a living sacrifice to the Lord. He will then revel or delight in us. He will bless and prosper every work of our hands, our children, even our plants and animals.

The Lord has set before us a choice between life and death, blessings or curses. The manger leader or manager is invested with this choice-making ability or wisdom. Wisdom is decisional intelligence. Once he takes a decision to follow Jesus, he does not flinch or hesitate. He obeys the precepts and principles of Jesus. He evolves concepts that are based on the time tested and blessed principles and precepts of Jesus who is the Word. Jesus broke the power of wrong choices we made in the past that brought curses on ourselves, our families and our possessions. He now gives us the grace and wisdom or supernatural decisional intelligence. We cannot develop an obedient heart in place of our rebellious heart until we have the spirit of diligence. The spirit of diligence will enable us to study, meditate and translate into life the Word. When we meditate on the Word, the Holy Spirit, God’s Translator will translate or interpret it in such a way we can understand it, implement or practice it. This is obedience from the heart and not due to fear or compulsion or coercion.

God delights in obedience much more than in sacrifice. An obedient spirit pleases Him more than anything else. He delighted in the obedience of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He delighted above all in the obedience to the point of a cruel and unjust death by execution on the cross of His beloved and only Son Jesus. The death and resurrection of Jesus is not in vain but to make us co-inheritors and co-heirs with Jesus. He paid the price that none of us can pay individually or collectively so that we enjoy the blessings and we are insured against the curses.

Prateep V Philip

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