Monday, May 24, 2010

Blessed Or Cursed?

Is America currently under God's judgment? Is the land under a curse similar to those God promised to inflict ancient Israel with if they choose to walk in rebellion to Him? Let's look at these blessings and curses to see if there is any evidence that the Almighty is trying to get our attention. They come from the blessings and curses promised by God which are found in Deuteronomy 28.

"And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field...But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field." Deuteronomy 28:2-3&15-16

Remember the Israelites were to be God's servants and a light to the world. We know clearly from the Babylonian Deportation and Roman Diaspora that God inflicted this nation just as He said. We also know that God is true to His promise to restore as well since the nation of Israel again exists today.

America was once the land blessed by Christ with a huge population of believers. Yet, we have been turning our back on God and the roots of the Christian nation laid by the forefathers of this land. Our cities that once were blessings of commerce to the world are now filled with excessive violence. America is a world leader or in the top ten in many categories of crime.

There are many old accounts of the hills and fields of the nation ringing with prayer and praise as God greatly blessed us in the country as well. From the birth of the camp meetings and brush arbor meetings to mighty outpourings of His Holy Spirit like the one that occurred near Murphy, NC in 1896 when many were filled with the joy of His presence and baptized in the Holy Spirit, America was truly blessed in the country.

Today, we are not safe in the country. Many rural areas have become just as dangerous as the cities. Coincidence? Hype? I guess we will have to continue through the rest of the curses and blessings to find out. As for me, I remember a day when I could ride a bicycle without fear in the city, suburbs, or country. I would not let a child walk across the street unsupervised today. Look at the missing and exploited children posters on the wall the next time you visit a retail store if you can't understand that!

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