I was reading my daily devotional today and was greatly reminded of how BLESSED we are because of the finished work of Jesus Christ. And once BLESSED, it can never be reversed!
“Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.” (Deuteronomy 28:3)
The Bible says, “The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.” (1 Corinthians 15:56). Therefore, if the law is taken care of, it weakens or even annihilates sin. And when sin is dealt with, we can surely say,
55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?
56 Now sin is the sting of death, and sin exercises its power [upon the soul] through [the abuse of] the Law.
57 But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose]. (1 Corinthians 15:55-58 AMPC)
How was the law taken care of?
13“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”), 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.” (Galatians 3:13-14)
In the dictionary, to redeem means to buy back, to gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment. to compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something) and (of a person) to atone or make amends for (error or evil), to save (someone) from sin, error, or evil.
What is the curse of the law that Christ has redeemed us from?
“What is the curse of the law? The only way to find out is to go back to the law. The expression “the law” as found in the New Testament usually refers to the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. As we go back to these books – or the law- we find that the curse, or punishment, for breaking God’s law is threefold: poverty, sickness, and spiritual death.” (From: Kenneth E. Hagin; Redeemed)
What Jesus did at the cross BECAUSE OF GOD’S GREAT LOVE for you and me, He fully paid with payment remitted and done what the law demanded when He said, “IT IS FINISHED!) Jesus did not come to abolish the law. Instead, He came to fulfill it that we may all who believe in Him and what He has done benefit from it.
“If you think I’ve come to set aside the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets, you’re mistaken. I have come to fulfill and bring to perfection all that has been written. ” (Matthew 5:17 TPT)
One of the simplest example to understand sin and law is when we commit a traffic violation. Each country has its own law when it comes to driving. These laws are effective whether you know it or not, thus, ignorance costs. Once you break one, you pay violation charge. It’s the same with sin. When we sin or disobey, there are curses attached to it. You may check out the list in Deuteronomy 28:15-68 for the Curses of Disobedience. However, when we obey, there are blessings that go with it and you may find the list in Deuteronomy 28:1-14 for the Blessings of Obedience. Mind you, the list of curses are more in number than the blessings. Hmmmmm … what chances do we have if Christ did not redeem us? To top it all, when we disobey one, we disobey all. All glory and praise to The King of kings and the Lord of lords, “For God made the only One who did not know sin to become sin for us so that we who did not know righteousness might become the righteousness of God through our union with Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 TPT)
If the law which is the strength of sin has been dealt with at the cross and the threefold curse of the law was fulfilled, then what’s left with us are BLESSINGS, BLESSINGS and BLESSINGS!
To be able to explore and experience what Jesus accomplished at the cross, we need to KNOW IT, MEDITATE ON IT and RENEW OUR THINKING ABOUT IT. We need to be fully persuaded of how blessed we are and how empowered to prosper we are. “As a man thinks, in his heart SO IS HE.” (Proverbs 23:7) It is of NOT by might nor by power, but by the Spirit of God.
I’m going to share with you what I read and meditated today from Joseph Prince’s Destined To Reign Devotional.
You may have heard of people who think that to have a better “luck”, they have to move to a new home, work for a certain company or even migrate to another country.
The truth is that it is not the place that gets you the blessings, but whether God’s blessing is on you. And for you, child of God, you are already blessed with ALL spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). He has paid for your blessings with His blood. So the blessing is NOT ON THE LAND BUT ON THE MAN!
It was in the city of Jerusalem that Jesus was whipped, cursed and spat on. And it was outside the city on Calvary’s hill that He was pierced and crucified. That is why you are blessed in the city as well outside the country! In fact, you are blessed regardless of your location.
Perhaps you work in a non-Christian company and your boss doesn’t quite like you. In fact, he sometimes mistreats you. But God can still bless you in spite of your boss. You get blessed because you believe God for it. It has nothing to do with your boss or the company.
Why then don’t you seem to see the blessings?
My friend, if you don’t see the blessings, check what you have been believing and saying. Some people complain and blame everyone and everything around them – their parents, race, gender, environment and government – for their lack of blessings. Beloved, I want you to believe and confess that you are blessed because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross, not because you are of a certain race or work in a certain place.
It does not matter where you work or live, what color your skin is or what you do for living. If God blesses you, YOU ARE BLESSED! And it is all because of Jesus. Say to yourself, “I am blessed wherever I am – blessed in the city, blessed in the country.”
Thought for the day: God’s blessing is not on the land but on the man!
See what composes a nation to be blessed? It takes blessed people for the nation to be blessed because God’s blessing is not on the land but on the man!
Why don’t we start with ourselves? It takes a seed to have a plantation. It takes yeast to influence the whole dough and rise.
ARISE AND SHINE!!!!