The Primary Context
Be reminded that this world changed kingdoms—from God’s government to Satan’s government (Genesis 3; Luke 4; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2; 6:12; 1 John 5:19).
God delivered to Adam the catastrophic news:
“Cursed is the earth because of you…” (Genesis 3:17‑19).
Corruption, dis-ease, and death now reigned in the earth realm (Romans 5:12). Adam and Eve were now under a sin-cursed, fraudulent government system. Satan’s kingdom—government system—could not freely provide what the human race needed. Stress (fear) came (Gen. 3:10).
This perverse government system is what we were raised in—it is ‘normal’ for us. This mindset is deeply ingrained in each of us. It even operates beyond the conscious level. And because of this sin-cursed government system, fear (stress) is now ‘normal.’
But Isaiah 9:6,7 promised this about Jesus Christ: “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given. And the government shall rest upon his shoulder… an ever expanding, peaceful, never ending, fair, and just…kingdom.”
The Secondary Context
The plan of God is to end evil and suffering forever (Exodus 34:6-7; Matthew 13:37-43; I Corinthians 15:24-28; Galatians 6:7-8; 1 Timothy 1:5; Revelation 21-22).
The ultimate purpose of God in all His present dealings with man is to bring him back to the place where he was before the fall (beloved joint participation, in abundance) and free him of all possibility of failing in the future.
“The object and purpose of our instruction and charge is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, and a clear conscience, and genuine trust (faith).” —1 Timothy 1:5
Definitions: A blessing or, to bless [original Hebrew word—bārak] defined is an abundant benefit or, to abundantly benefit.
“You might think of a curse as an invisible arm of evil from the past.” –Derek Prince
Conditions for Which God Will Bless (or Curse)
There are 1,595 if's in Scripture, most of which express the conditions for which God will bless people (or permit a curse). God’s love for each of us is unconditional. And, not one unconditional covenant, promise, or blessing is found in all the Bible.
We must make an important, logical distinction between earning God's grace (Romans 11:6; John ), which is impossible, and meeting God's conditions, which is obligatory (John ; Gal ; Col. 1:23). We cannot earn God's abundance, which comes only through grace; however, we are required to meet the conditions God has laid down for accessing His abundance through trusting (faith). If we do not meet these conditions, our faith has no scriptural foundation. In fact, it is merely presumption, and therefore the flow of God’s benefits into our lives is obstructed.
Be reminded that our active faith is the primary condition that gives God’s benefits legal and just access into this sin-cursed world system (Mark 11:24; 1 Peter 1:5; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 1:17; 10:10; Galatians 3:7,11). Active faith is the conduit that gives God’s benefits legal and just access into this sin-cursed world system.
Ephesians 2:8‑9 states, “For by grace you have been saved through faith...not of works [what we earn].” Few Christians realize that this principle applies in any area of our lives. The author continues with a principle that also applies in any area of our lives in verse 10: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” This is a subject of the Bible that has been much misunderstood. We invite the reader to lay aside prejudice and preconceived ideas, for the sake of truth. “And the truth shall make you free” (John ).
God’s “Grace” Defined God’s New Testament word translated grace is “chairis” (original New Testament Greek). It is defined primarily: “The cheerful, divine influence upon a person’s heart [spirit] and its reflection in the person’s life; including gratitude”
In other words, God’s grace (or “chairis”) is no longer “unmerited favor toward the undeserving…” (that’s the Old Testament’s definition of grace) but is the power of God’s love transforming the person more and more into the image of Jesus from the inside-out (versus the law, affecting only the external life), and genuinely yielding the fruit of thankfulness.
It is important to note that by the Old Testament’s definition of God’s grace, Jesus Christ never had any—the free, unmerited favor of God toward the undeserving and the ill-deserving. Jesus was perfectly sinless and therefore was certainly deserving, and the favor of God toward Jesus was most certainly merited.
The New Testament states at John 1:14 that Jesus was “full of grace and truth.” John 1:17 states, “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
Galatians 5:4 records the news to those of the Galatian church, “…You have fallen from grace.”
God’s grace in the New Covenant (Testament) is not about what we deserve, God’s grace is now about the spiritual Kingdom of God empowering us from within (Luke 17:21; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Hebrews 8).
By definition, God’s grace is experiential!
And please note that anyone may:
- Receive grace in vain (2 Cor. 6:1).
- Frustrate it in his life (Galatians ).
- Fall from it (Galatians 1:6-8; Galatians 5:4).
- Fail of the grace of God (Hebrews ).
- Turn it into lasciviousness (Jude 1:4).
- Sin in spite of it (Romans 6:1).
- Continue or discontinue in it (Acts ).
- Minister it to others (1 Peter ).
- Grow or not grow in it (2 Peter ).
- Receive or reject it (John ; Rev. 22:17; Hebrews ; James 4:6).
Examples of cursing for noncompliance and blessing for compliance are plainly stated in Deut. 27:14-26; Deut. 28:1-58; Leviticus 26; Jeremiah 7:22-34; 17:5-10; Isaiah 58, Galatians 1:8-9, proving that God will not bless people who transgress His Word (see also promises listed as numbers 96 – 99).
“…A curse will not come without a cause.” – Proverbs 26:2
God has definite purposes, all working toward the ultimate purpose of bringing man back to the place where he was before the fall (beloved fellowship) and free him of all possibility of failing in the future. The Kingdom of Love is the plan of God to end evil and suffering forever (Mt. 13:37-43; I Cor. 15:24-28; Ex. 34:6-7; Galatians 6:7-8; 1 Tim. 1:5; Rev. 21-22).
‘But Christ Has Redeemed Us from the Curse, Being Made a Curse For Us’
Thank God, we now have access to the authority, power, and ability to break free of a curse! “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us. For it is written, ‘Cursed is every one who hangs on a tree…’” - Galatians
Just as each individual must access or appropriate their salvation through trusting (faith) in Jesus the Christ (Jn. 3; Rom. 10; 1 Jn. 1), so must each individual access or appropriate the benefits (blessings) of God’s promises made available through trusting in Jesus Christ (Jeremiah 7:22-34; Matthew 28:20; John 8:31; Romans 8:13-14; James 1:22; 1 John 5:2-3).
Obediently Yielding to the Loving God
All blessings and curses of
Scripture are based on yielding to, and resisting, the revealed will of God
the Father. Such conditions, as well as the curses and blessings of God, are
so plain that any of us can understand them and yield. It is clear in
Scripture that conditions must be met if our blessings [benefits] are to be
accessed. Continued blessings are conditioned by continued yielding (Mt. ; Rom. -23; Rom. -14; 2 Cor. 6:9-11; Gal. -21; Jude 1:5-7; Deut. ) —
not just for
Continued resistance to God’s Word conditions a curse. When the accepted turn from accepted-ness and follow sin [shortcoming continued], a curse [a separation from blessing] is pronounced (Exodus 32:32-33; Leviticus 26; Ezekiel ; Proverbs 26:2; Galatians 1:8-9). Again, we are not suggesting that God intentionally or directly hurts people. A curse can simply be the absence of God's protection and provision, caused by a rejection of His instruction and ways. And, with the new and better covenant (Heb. 8:6) we Christians can choose in our heart to yield — repent [change our attitudes and direction] (Lk. 24:47; Acts 3:19; 2 Cor. 7:8-11; Heb 6:1; Rev. 2, 3) and the curse can be removed in the name of Jesus Christ; with His authority (Lk. 10:17; Gal. 3:13).
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” -2 Cor. 9:8; See also Romans 5:5; Philippians 4:13, 19
God Is Love; God is For You, Not Against You
Deuteronomy 11:26-27 states, “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God…”
The tense of the original Hebrew here is to accelerate the blessing.
Verse 28: “…And a curse, if you will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn away from the way that I command you…”
The tense of the original Hebrew here is to slowly permit the curse.
“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope: It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because His unfailing love never ends. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! (Lam. 3:21-23) “The LORD has appeared of old unto me saying, ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love. Therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn you to Myself.’” (Jer. 31:3) “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer. 29:11) “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” (2 Cor. 9:8) “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Php. 4:13)
Affliction: God is For You, Not Against You
Psalm 119:67,72,75 is a lesson about affliction and the purpose of affliction and why affliction comes in our lives and how we Christians should respond to affliction. After all, there’s nobody who won’t encounter affliction at some time or another in his or her life. Be encouraged to listen to what the psalmist says about affliction and what he learned from it:
Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. I know, O LORD, that your laws are righteous and in faithfulness you have afflicted me. (NIV)
Note that the psalmist didn’t view affliction as a disaster. He saw it as a kind of corrective medicine. It was something that he needed to adjust his life. He says, “Before I was afflicted I went astray and I paid for it, but now,” he said, “I obey Your word. I’ve learned my lesson. It pays to obey.”
And then he says at the end, “O LORD... in faithfulness you have afflicted me.” You didn’t do it because You were cruel or because You were angry with me. You did it to straighten me out, to bring me back from my own evil way into Your way, to find the way of peace.
The New Testament tells Christians, “All things are for your sakes” (2 Cor. 4:15; see also John 15:1-2; Rom. 5:3; 8:28; 1 Thess. 5:18; Heb. 12:5-7; James 1:2-5, 12; Gen. 50:20; Judges 3:1-2; Ps 51:8, 12; Pr. 3:5-6; Jer. 29:11). It is essential for us to grasp that. God’s laws and purposes - they are all for us. They’re all working out that which is good for us. Many other factors may seem to enter in, but ultimately its God’s laws and our associated choices that settle our destiny.
Are you in the midst of affliction? Be encouraged not to fight, or argue with God. Ask Him the reason. God is afflicting you in His faithfulness. He has a reason. He’s trying to turn you back from something, to bring you out of the wrong and bring you into the right - a life of obedience to His statutes. Be encouraged to review this inspired illustration.
Obediently Yielding – Response to Father God’s Love
There are 1,050 commands (instructions) in the New Testament for which Christians are to obediently yield. They cover every phase of our life in our relationship to God and our fellowmen, now and hereafter. They are not to be confused with the 10 commandments which were abolished along with the law of Moses; (see the book of Galatians or “Eighty-five Old and New Covenant Contrasts” currently under construction).
Our obedience to God’s commands is in response to His Love (John ; ; 1 John 5:2-3). Remember, grace is the power of God’s love coming to us from the-inside-out, from God’s pure kindness to empower us to do with ease what we could never accomplish on our own. “A better covenant … I … put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts…” (Hebrews 8).
Obedience to His commands is in response to Father God’s Love. It is not to ‘earn’ more ‘merits,’ acceptance, love, or become more justified or lovable. That is religiosity, legalism or carnality. He already loves you 100 percent just as you are, no matter what. And if we are truly born-again, we then already have the righteousness of Jesus the Christ by trusting (faith) (2 Cor. ). We are justified (acquitted) freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Romans ). For by grace are you saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself (Eph. 2:8-9; Gal. 2:16; 3:10; 2 Tim. 1:9; Tit. 3:5; Heb. 6:1; Rom. 9). Jesus the Christ has already accomplished all that is necessary for us to bear fruit (good works) (Eph. ; James 2:14-26; Titus 2:11-14)! Obediently yielding to His commands is in response to His Love (John ; 1 John – 5:3; 2 Cor. - 7:1)!
If you’re having trouble obediently yielding to God’s instruction, pray for Him to help you accept His love (1 John -15).
Romans 1:5 states, “Through Him [Jesus] and for His name's sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith.”
Obedience to Father God, His Word; His instructions is still the same requirement (Jeremiah ; Matthew 28:20; John ; Romans 1:5; -14; James 1:22; 1 John 5:2-3). But the means of achieving it are different. What's changed is the means by which we can obey His instruction: grace received through being made righteous by trusting (faith) empowers us to keep those laws which are appropriate for us. The Holy Spirit works in us from the inside-out, helping us become the fullness of what our Father wants us to be in Christ (John 1:12; Romans 6:11-14).
Man sold himself a slave to sin and Satan (Romans -21). God paid the price of his redemption. Man is now obligated to meet God's terms of repentance, trusting (faith), and service if he wants to be redeemed. This includes renouncing Satan, repenting of sins, and consecrating to God in face of suffering persecution such as Christians must suffer for Christ (Revelation 3:19; 2 Timothy 3:12).
God’s Commands Come with His Intention; Promise!
This may be the most important feature to remember when considering God’s instruction (commands): Because of His constant benevolent love, mercy, goodness, and loving kindness, toward you, God is also empowering you with the capacity to carry out His commands. God completely, constantly loves you right now, and who you are becoming. His commands come with His intention. God’s commands come with His promise—His grace (His power becomes your power) for you to yield and to accomplish. Consider God’s commands not as cold demands but tender whispers. Be strongly encouraged to consider God’s commands tender, loving whispers!
God Is For You … and Evenhanded
“And the LORD passed in front of Moses, and proclaimed, I am the LORD, I am the LORD God; merciful, full of tenderness and compassion, showing favor, slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness, mercy, truth, trustworthiness and faithfulness. I protect this compassionate mercy for many thousands, forgiving every kind of transgression and sin. Even so, I by no means leave the guilty unpunished—visiting the evildoing of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and the fourth generations.” (Ex. 34:6-7) “The eyes of the LORD searches throughout the whole earth in order to show Himself strong in the behalf of those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. You have done foolishly in this; therefore, from now on you shall have wars." (2 Chronicles 16:9)
Promises of Unlimited Power In God
Whether it be asking God for salvation from sin, healing for the body, the spiritual gifts or any ordinary asking for known needs of life, there are certain general laws given in Scripture that must be obeyed before one can expect what he wants. We have searched the gospels to find what God requires of men in order to get power with God in prayer and have definite authority over demons. The requirements of God and His unlimited promises of power are recorded in many Scriptures, as follows:
1. "Ask, and IT SHALL BE GIVEN YOU; seek, and YE SHALL FIND: knock, and IT SHALL BE OPENED UNTO YOU" (Matt. 7:7-11).
2. "Believe ye that I am able to do this? . . . According to your faith BE IT UNTO YOU" (Matt. -29).
3. "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed . . . NOTHING SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE UNTO YOU" (Matt. -21).
4. "If two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask . . . IT SHALL BE DONE" (Matt. ).
5. "If ye have faith, and doubt not . . . IT SHALL BE DONE. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, YE SHALL RECEIVE" (Matt. -22).
thou canst believe,
faith in God . . . and shall not doubt in their heart, but shall believe that
those things which he saith shall come to pass; HE SHALL HAVE WHATSOEVER HE
SAITH. . . What things soever ye desire, when ye
pray, believe that ye receive them,
these SIGNS SHALL FOLLOW THEM WHO BELIEVE; In my name SHALL THEY CAST OUT
DEVILS; THEY SHALL SPEAK WITH
of his importunity HE WILL ARISE
ought always to pray, and not to faint [lose heart]. . Because this widow troubleth me, I WILL AVENGE HER, lest by her continued
coming she weary [pester] me. . . And SHALL NOT GOD AVENGE HIS OWN ELECT, WHICH
believeth in him SHOULD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE EVERLASTING
any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink. He who believeth
on me, as the Scripture hath said, OUT OF HIS BELLY SHALL
ye continue in my word, THEN
14. "If any man serve me, HIM WILL MY FATHER HONOUR" (John -26).
that believeth on me, THE WORKS THAT I DO SHALL HE DO ALSO;
ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, YE SHALL ASK WHAT YE WILL
SEND THE PROMISE OF MY FATHER UPON YOU: but tarry ye in the city of
ye shall ask the Father in my name, HE WILL GIVE IT YOU . . . ask,
and be baptized. . . And YE SHALL RECEIVE THE
concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you to be ignorant...
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there
are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there
are diversities of operations, but it is the same God who worketh all in
all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to EVERY
21. "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he who cometh to God must believe that he is, and THAT HE IS A REWARDER OF THEM WHO DILIGENTLY SEEK HIM" (Heb. 11:6).
any person lack wisdom, let him ask of God, THAT GIVETH TO
resisteth the proud, BUT GIVETH GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil,
little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. . . For if our heart condemn us,
God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all
things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, THEN HAVE WE
CONFIDENCE TOWARD GOD.
25. "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, HE HEARETH US [He, the ultimate judge hears our case]: And if we know that he hear us, WHATSOEVER WE ASK, WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE THE PETITIONS THAT WE DESIRED OF HIM" (1 John 5:14-15).
The Visible is Made of the Invisible (Rom. ; Col. 1:16)
Deuteronomy 11:29 states, “Now
it shall be, when the LORD your God
has brought you into the land which you go to possess, that you shall put the
blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal.”
Four Keys of Continued Grace
1. Live and walk in the
Spirit (Gal. 5:5, 16-26;
2. Be patient in hope (Gal. 5:5; Rom. ; Heb. 3:6,12-14; ).
3. Continue in Christ (Gal. 5:6; John 15:1-8; Col. 2:6-7; Heb. ).
4. Continue in faith (Gal. 5:6; Col. 1:23).
Seven Conditions of Eternal Salvation: (Luke )
1. Hear the Word of God (Luke ).
2. Believe and be saved (Luke ; Mark ).
3. Maintain an honest and a good heart (Luke ; Rom. -23; Rom. -13).
4. Keep the Word of God in the heart (Luke ; John 15:7).
5. Do not fall away, but be rooted and grounded in truth (Luke 8:13; Col. 1:23; 2:6-7; Heb. 3:6,12-14; 12:14-15).
6. Obey the Word of God (Luke ,21; James -23; Rom. ).
7. Bring forth fruit in perseverance (Luke ; John ; John 15:1-8).
“Falling From Grace”
Please be aware that it is possible to “fall from grace” and be cut off from God because of practicing sin [shortcoming continued] See twenty (20) examples of beings fallen from grace.
The greatest saint can stand only as long as s/he depends upon God and continues in obedience to the gospel (Gen. 2:17; 3:1-19; Dt. 8:11-18; Prov. 1:10-17; 2:10-16; 4:14-15; 5:6-21; 6:27-28; 7:7-23; 9:15-17; 12:26; 14:27; 16:29; 19:27; 28:10; Isa. 33:15-16; Mt. 13:22; Lk. 8:13; Rom. 6:12-23; 8:12-13; 12:21; 14:13-21; 1 Cor. 7:5; 8:9-13; 10:1-12; 2 Cor. 2:11; 11:3; Gal. 5:16-26; Eph. 4:27; 6:10-18; 1 Tim. 5:15; 6:9-17; Heb. 3:6,12-14; 6:4-11; 10:26-38; Jas. 1:2-16; 4:7; 2 Pet. 2:9,20-22; 3:17; 1 Jn. 2:15-17). Anyone who rejects these conditions of living right will someday see that s/he cannot escape death and eternal punishment.
“…For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged [by the Lord]. But when we are judged, we are chastened [taught] by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.” (1 Corinthians 11:31-32) “…Remember, each of us will stand personally before the judgment seat of Messiah (Christ).” (Romans 2:1-16; ; 2 Cor. 5:10-11) Understand the Seven Judgments in Scripture currently under construction.
“If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15; 1 John 5:2-3; 2 John 1:6)
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly, and [I pray God] your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:23). See the tri-unity of humans. Some links require Adobe Acrobat Reader
“This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, ‘The just shall live by faith.’” (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Habakkuk 2:4)
“For His divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who has called us to glory and goodness. And by that same mighty power, He has given to us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these you all might be partakers of the Divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” (2 Peter1:3-4) There are 750 promises in the New Testament alone.
Link to the list of 250 separate benefits of the 750 New Testament promises
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12) See the reality of evil, Satan, or the devil
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