Friday, June 17, 2011

6. How to Activate Your Blessings!

The Blessings of God as promised to all believers all over the Scriptures do not materialize automatically. We need to follow these steps to see them materialize.The conditions are few and simple and yet so few of us actually do them! Three scriptures show us the way.
Step 1. 
Listen and do what God tells us in the scriptures. Make sure it is based on the New Testament of love and grace and not the Old one of law and legalism.
“ If you will listen diligently to the voice of the Lord your God, being watchful to do all His commandments the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth, and all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you heed the voice of the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 28:1-2
Step 2. 
Reword the promises in scripture as confessions and speak them out aloud as relating to you. Many verses tell us that we need to speak them out with our mouth.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it.” Proverbs 18:21
I love this phrase by Andrew Wommack, “The promises of God are voice activated.”  In other words, in addition to listen, to follow and do what the God tells us in the Bible, we need to speak the blessings and promises out aloud over ourselves and our household. Indulge in it!
Step 3. 
Mix your words with faith, i.e. believe that what you are saying is true in the spirit realm and becoming true as your life experience.
“For indeed we have had the glad tidings [Gospel of God] proclaimed to us just as truly as they [the Israelites of old did when the good news of deliverance from bondage came to them]; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith (with the leaning of the entire personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness) by those who heard it; neither were they united in faith with the ones [Joshua and Caleb] who heard (did believe).” Hebrews 4:1-3 

As an example of how to turn the promises or into statements that will activate them when you speak them out, here is a list that is based on the blessings mentioned in Deuteronomy 28:1-15. Cattle and livestock were the "assets" of that day and so I have not used those words because they probably don't apply to you. For storehouses I have used what is used today, a "bank accounts."
Print them out and spend the time memorizing them and they will always be right at hand. 
Yes, take the trouble and memorize them, follow the simple steps as often as possible and it could well be the turningpoint to a life that you so desire!

Deuteronomy 28 - Confessions 
1 Because I listen to the voice of the Lord and keep His commandments, He has set me on high, above all the nations of the earth.
2 All these blessings have come and overtaken me.
3 I am blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
4 Blessed are my children, my work and my assets.
5 Blessed are my kitchen and my provisions.
6 Blessed am I when I come in and blessed when I go out.
7 The Lord causes my enemies to be defeated before me. They come against me one way and flee before me seven ways.
8 The Lord has commanded a blessing on all my work and bank accounts in the land He has given me. 
9 The Lord has established me as holy to Himself, because I keep His commandments and walk in His ways.
10 Everyone sees that I am called by the name of the Lord and they are afraid of me.
11 The Lord has given me a surplus of prosperity through my children, my work and my assets. (Property, finances and goods) 
12 The Lord has opened His treasury to me and given me an increase in provision. He has blessed all the work of my hands. I lend to many, but shall not borrow.
13 The Lord has made me the head, and not the tail. I am above only, not beneath because I keep His commandments.
14 I do not turn aside from the words of God to go after other gods to serve them.
15. But if I miss obeying the voice of the Lord, no curse shall come upon or overtake me because Jesus became a curse for me. (Gal.3:13)

* The last item on the list demonstrates the difference between the Old and the New Covenant or Testament. 
In the Old, the Israelites suffered under a curse if they missed obeying God's commandments. In the New, Jesus paid the penalty for all our past and future sins!

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