Deuteronomy 11:26-28 NKJV ““Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.”
One of the most common prayers among believers today is to pray, “Lord bless me…bless…sister Jane”. However, if we carefully study the New Testament we will realize that the Blessing of God has been made available to all those who are in Christ. Ephesians 1:3 says, that the church has been blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavens in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:13 reveals that the blessing of Abraham has been made available to all (i.e. Gentiles) in Christ Jesus. Acts 3:25-26 reveals that the essence of the resurrection is that men might be blessed through salvation. Clearly the provision of the blessing has been made available. If this is true, then we need not pray for that which already belongs to us. All we need to do is to receive it by faith.
You see, everything God has made available to us through grace, He expects that we receive by faith. Hebrews 11:1 reveals that faith is the evidence, and title deed of the things we earnestly await. Faith perceives as real fact what is not yet revealed to the senses (AMP). We also know that faith requires corresponding action. If we believe what God’s Word says, it follows that we must act in a manner that is consistent with our belief in order to give life to our faith (Jam.2:17).
Notice what God said to the children of Israel in the anchor Scripture above, “Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord”. By reason of the covenant, they were heirs of the Abrahamic promise of blessing (Gen.12:1-3), but God says the blessing is available to them by reason of their own choices.
Also notice in Deuteronomy 28:1-13, famous among many for its desirable list of blessings, starts with a condition in the first verse for the blessing manifestation. “Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today” (Deut.28:1).
We can see that the blessed life is dependent on the choices we make. The key to accessing the various provisions of God’s blessing; health, prosperity, a good home, stable marriage, healthy relationships, good children, etc is by choosing in line with what God’s Word commands. If we make choices outside of what God’s Word commands us, then we will experience the curse, which is synonymous with trouble and destruction.
Every event of our lives can be traced back to a serious of choices that were made leading up to that event. The choices we make represent the foundation of the lives we lead. A bad financial crisis that ends badly is most likely a result of a series of choices that were not in line with the Word of God. Notice I said a crisis that ends badly. Jesus Himself made it clear that on this side of the divide we will face challenges, but He exhorts that we be of good cheer because He has overcome (Joh.16:33).
In another place, Jesus says that the one who listens to His Word and continues in it can be likened to a wise man who built his house on the rock. When the storms of life hit, this man’s house was still standing (Matt.7:22-24). The fact you are blessed does not suggest that there will be no problems in life, but your ability to enjoy lasting blessings even in the face of adversity is dependent on the choices you made. Jeremiah 17:5-8 :
5 Thus says the Lord: Cursed [with great evil] is the strong man who trusts in and relies on frail man, making weak [human] flesh his arm, and whose mind and heart turn aside from the Lord. 6 For he shall be like a shrub or a person naked and destitute in the desert; and he shall not see any good come, but shall dwell in the parched places in the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. 7 [Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.
Do you see the difference between the one who enjoys a blessed life and a cursed life? The cursed life is one of perpetual hardship, disaster, failure and pain. It is attributed to the individual who trusts solely in natural abilities. The decisions to be made do not factor in God and His Words. For such a person, when the harsh conditions of life hits, it causes a major disaster.
The blessed woman on the other hand has learned to keep a consciousness of God and His Word. Constantly choosing in line with what God’s Word says. This person flourishes in life. She is likened to an evergreen and ever fruitful plant. Did you notice that even when there is a drought and heat (metaphorical expression of harsh circumstances), that she still continues to flourish? If not read the verses of Scripture again. Psalm 1:1-3 gives us a similar picture of the one who is blessed:
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
The one who is blessed is one who spends time meditating and delighting in God’s Word. The Word has taken root in his heart, and it governs his thinking and decision making. The blessed one makes choices in line with the Word of God.
Romans 10:17 reveals faith comes by the revelation through hearing the Word of God. Time spent in the Word of God produces revelation and inspires faith. This faith is given life through corresponding action. For you to access the fullness of God’s blessings for your life, you must by faith let your decisions be governed by the instructions of God’s Word. This is your obedience, and it is by faith.
For the various areas of your life, find out what God’s Word says. Read this post on finding Scriptures for your situation. For you to be most effective at this, you must have studied what God’s Word says about the various areas of your life before hand, so that you can most effectively, and carefully consider your decisions. Start researching what God’s Word says about your family, relationships, children, money, attitude, work etc. It’s all in there, and it is for your benefit that you may enjoy the blessed life!