During the past few days, I was reflecting a lot on Genesis 12:1-3:
“ And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Gen 12:1-3
In the next few blog entries, I want to share with you some of my thoughts on this crucial scripture, and how important it is for us to understand what God was promising here.
As followers of the one and only true God, we have to make daily choices in our lives. However, everything boils down to two main choices: to obey God or to disobey Him – there is no middle ground.
God tells Abram that He will bless those who will bless him. Indeed, it was within God’s will to bless Abram, and He offers a sort of protection over Abram by also promising that anyone who cursed him would in turn be cursed. In other words, it pleased God to bless Abram – not to curse him – and to also protect Abram from anyone who would not honor him.
As I shared before, a few years ago, the LORD gave me a Word to share, which was that the next great divide within the Body of Messiah would be over the issue of Israel. Sadly, we see this happening in our days, and the rift is growing larger with time. Today, we see many people allowing their flesh and own biases control how they think, and by doing so, are turning against God’s promises. As followers of the living God, we need to become Kingdom-minded people and submit our will to God’s:
“For the love of Messiah controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.” 2 Cor 5:14-15
I understand that at times we will be faced with certain challenges in our lives where we will have to do things that may not make sense, but let us not forget that we are new creations in Him, and therefore, we are to make our stand on that which is honoring to God. This is particularly true of Israel today.
While I will be the first to admit that Israel is far from being perfect, and is doing many things against God, I also understand that I if I say that I believe in God, if I say that I follow God, I am also to submit to and accept God’s plan, not only for my own life but also for this fallen World. His plan is my desire, regardless of my own personal biases and fleshly tendencies. As we enter closer and closer to the end of the age, we will see and hear more lies about Israel. The world will turn against Israel and the Jewish people, and each of us will have to make a choice: for God or against God – there is no middle ground.
Choosing Him is much easier when we know Him and understand His will. May I encourage you to seek Him and to really know the character and heart of our God; to know Him is to love Him…to surrender is to serve Him and honor Him.
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