THE LORD WANTS US TO ENJOY THE BLESSING OF HIS NAME!
Verse 10 “Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid [the Hebrew also suggests respect or to revere] of you.”
The early believers were known as “Christians” or “Christ’s ones”.
Acts 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. So it was that for a whole year they assembled with the church and taught a great many people. And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
Christians can exercise the authority delegated to us in Jesus’ name!
Mark 16:17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
THE LORD WANTS TO BLESS US WITH PHYSICAL RAIN!
Verse 12 “The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. …”.
THE LORD WANTS TO BLESS US SO THAT WE CAN LOAN TO OTHERS AND DO NOT NEED TO BORROW!
Verse 12 ” … You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.”
THE LORD WANTS TO BLESS US BY BRINGING US OUT ON TOP!
Verse 13 “And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, … “
* THIS IS OF COURSE CONDITIONAL!
Verse 13 ” … if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.”
Failure to obey the voice of the Lord brings us under the CURSE and inDeuteronomy 28:15-48 you can read all about the curses. They are dreadful. The problem is that we do not have the ability to obey God without fail. We have all disobeyed the voice of the Lord many times. That implies that we are all under the curse.
Our greatest need therefore is to be delivered from the curse, and praise God this is exactly what happens when we meet Jesus and place our faith in Him alone to save us from our sins. Not only does He deliver us from the curse, He also opens up to us all of the blessings of the Old Testament as well as the blessings of the New – of life under the control of the Holy Spirit..
Galatians 3:13-14 “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”), [Refering to the death of Jesus on the cross]. That the blessing of Abraham [that which God promised in the Old Testament] might come upon the Gentiles [on us] in Christ Jesus[who are in union with Christ],63 that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. [that we may receive the baptism and live under the control of the Holy Spirit]”
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