Ephesians 5:10 And find out what pleases the Lord.
In light of this Verse in Ephesians, I am always looking for what God says about what displeases Him. It can usually be found under the ‘curse’ category in Scripture. Here are a few of them that you might have overlooked and all of them are the result of not Honoring God and ignoring His Word.
Isaiah 3 talks about immaturity (or children coming to rule others) being an indictment against the Elders of the Land. Revelation talks about how those who add to God’s Word can also be cursed. There are many curses in Deuteronomy 28 and one of those curses is confusion. (Think about all the confusion that surrounds the transgender issue.) Some people have asked me about several of my blogs where I talk about curses. In answering that question, it is quite simple when I look at our world and see how our culture has ignored God and how we are living without the Blessing of God. That leads me to the curse that is placed upon our Blessings in:
Malachi 2:2 If you do not listen, and if you do not resolve to honor my name,” says the Lord Almighty, “I will send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not resolved to honor me.
Israel was Blessed by God as He has led them out of Egypt, as He has guided them, and as He has provided for them throughout their history. The Prophet Malachi looked at the hypocrisy of the religious leaders of his Day as they said one thing but practiced something else. When we do not Honor God, the Blessings He has given to us as a Nation and as an individual are at risk. As a Nation, if we turn our back on God, we could lose the following Blessings:
His Security against foreign Nations
His Prosperity which is the strength of our economy
His Protection against Evil
As an individual we also run the risk of losing the following Blessings:
Peace of mind and the absence of confusion
His Guidance in our decision making
Losing the freedom of Knowing God and His Protection
All of these simple Blessings can be cursed if we choose to ignore God by not Obeying Him. Israel’s priests were bringing their second-best animals for sacrifice, indicating that God was not their first priority. That is often the case among those who have been Blessed. Their prosperity becomes more of a god than the one who has Blessed them. When you read through the Book of Malachi, it is apparent that all they had been given was taken for granted and their hearts were not with God.
Transition that idea to America today. Our Country is no different. Our prosperity has given us opportunities only the kings in past generations enjoyed. Our Religious and Civil Freedoms has been the envy of people from all over the world. Yet amidst all the Blessings of the American life, we have lost our sense of Knowing God. All the Blessings that bring us the kind of life we enjoy is not by accident … they are the result of our Judeo-Christian Values and Principles. For decades now, those Values have been under attack and are being replaced by atheism, socialism, immorality, false religions, and secularism. Our way of life seems to be the envy of the world, yet, we are empty as a Nation. Our gods have consumed us and promote us around the world as a Nation of prosperity, wealth, and notoriety; just like the church of Laodicea in the Book of Revelation:
Revelation 3:17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.
America is Spiritually bankrupt and what we present in most pulpits every Sunday doesn’t have enough Truth in it to help us change our world. I have said this in another blog, “what is preached today does not have the power to bring revival.” You may disagree with me, but as the weatherman once said, “if you don’t believe me, just look outside your door, the reality of my weather forecast is taking shape.”
Any Spiritually minded person knows the reality check is all around us. As my wife said to me the other day, ‘many Christians are just fine with where they are at Spiritually, yet they are blinded as to what is just ahead’. I am not sure where you are Spiritually, but having ears to hear and eyes to see, is critical in our present environment in America. We have lost a lot of ground concerning our Religious Freedom, and the Enemies of God are not nearly done. In time, we will never again be able to hear a Message on Repentance, Sin, and the horrors of Hell. These Messages will be labeled ‘hate speech’ because they create anxiety in people. The Christian Message will only be the positive side of God’s Blessings, and how we are worthy of them. (We are basically there now.)
None of us deserve anything from God, and the false message that we do is Evil. The only reason God lets this world exist is because His Son Redeemed it. If you have a different view, you are not understanding the Bible. The Blessing of Christ is the Treasure that cannot be found anywhere but in Him. If we ignore Him by changing His Message, by adding to it or subtracting from it, we will be cursed by God for our edits.
Revelation 22 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
Listen friend. Your Faith is under attack by this world, and the world will eventually take no prisoners. Remember Jesus said, “If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you.”
Make that your Devotion today. Don’t take your Blessings for granted … lean into God, not away from Him.
Keeping Life Honest and Truthful … Larry Kutzler
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