Don’t Blow Your Blessings PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 31 March 2017 11:21

“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse.” (Deut. 11:26, ESV)

Who doesn’t want blessings! All of us desire them, but do you know that are there those who unknowingly blow their existing blessings, before their very own eyes? In our open disobedience and recklessness, we break to what is wholly intended for us. Every blessing has a corresponding condition. God’s heart is naturally kind, but He is also a just judge. So that when we turn our backs away from Him, we then as well invite unnecessary curses.

Curses are real; they exist and many people nowadays are living in a strong cycle of curses but not knowing it. Some do not even realize that they have it or why they live in a continuous cycle of failure. Curses entangle its subject subtly. But such is not a totally no way out situation. Jesus is the answer. Through His blood all manner of curses can be broken.

“So that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:10-11, ESV) No strong forces on earth which cannot bend to the power of God. He is above all. Everyone submits to Him.

Albeit, we often do not know that we lose our already existing blessings. In this wise we ought to stay careful to handle God’s graces—like an ordinary crystal, when it falls to a concrete it easily breaks. God blessings then can also easily dissipate if we are not careful. The Bible is full of stories to such a situation.

Esau was elder to Jacob; we can find their stories in the book of Genesis. By rules, Esau was the one to receive the blessings of his father— Isaac. Jacob was not the qualified boy. Notwithstanding, they have opposite characteristics. Esau was rebellious, while Jacob was sensitive to the faith of the family. Admittedly, Jacob had also his flaws, but he was better serious, to his relationship and faith to Jehovah God, than to Esau.

Twice Esau gave up his birthright in exchange to a bowl of porridge. He wasn’t careful to what was entrusted to him. But Jacob desired so much the same grace, so that he was willing to do anything or everything, just to achieve it. It is without question that his fraud against Esau— to get the birthright, was wrong. Nonetheless, he did it because he noticed that Esau was willing to give it to others. Thus, he took them before Esau could abandon them to unworthy strangers.

Along, Jacob had to pay the consequences of his waywardness. He underwent all the hardships in life. But deep inside his heart, he was satisfied though, simply because he knew deep inside his soul that he got the favors of God. St Paul said it this way, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31, ESV)

He waded all the hardships with God along. The presence of the Lord with him was his edge to how he won life. With regards to Esau, he gradually faded in the pages of God’s destiny. How? Through his deliberate disobedience; his parents were upset of his behavior every day. By marrying wrong women, he eventually worshipped idols.

Those were the very reasons why God forsook him. Esau blew his blessings. He was already there, but he was not very careful to handle them. He allowed his worldliness, lust and indulgence to sin to change his conviction. Until one day, he woke-up losing them totally. Indeed, disobedience is a fatal thing. We cannot play with it.

Jacob on the other hand continued to love God. He even taught his children and family the fear of the Lord. He became a full blessing to them. Those won the heart of God. Graciously, the Lord kept him, until he successfully returned to the Promised Land. Canaan was a blessing to the posterity of Abraham. It came to Isaac. Then God was to decide to whom He might pass the line of blessings, whether to Esau or Jacob.

Jacob got them through his faith and obedience. In like manner, such can happen as well to all of us. Simple disobedience can blow God’s blessings. Remember, we cannot play around with God. The Father is serious to all of His commands. He blesses them who obey Him, but also rejects those who turn away from Him.

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