I Want to be Like You Dad

I want to be Like you Dad,  Dr Stan DeKovenHE TRUTH -- WE ARE BLESSED, NOT CURSED:

In the midst of this superstition, the Lord said to Abraham: "And I will make you a great nation, and I will BLESS you... And in you ALL THE FAMILIES of the earth shall be BLESSED" (Genesis 12:2,3). Here we see BLESSING as God's sovereign choice toward ALL believers that desired relationship.

Scriptures say that those who put their hope and trust in God are BLESSED (Jeremiah 17:5). Conversely, those who put their trust in man are CURSED (Jeremiah 17:7). IF we believe, then we are blessed. Do you see? Our battle isn’t with the devil… our command is to love God and follow God with all our heart, soul, and might… we are ALREADY BLESSED; regardless of our circumstances. God’s not partial. He BLESSES those who believe upon Jesus – (the One who became a CURSE for us) – and we become the beneficiary (heir) of Abraham’s blessings (Galatians 3:13,14).

“…Come, you who are BLESSED … inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world'…” (Matthew 25:34,41). That’s our charge… to obtain our blessed inheritance.

NEW COVENANT:

Jeremiah foretold our day (31:28-32) “… People will no longer say, `The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge.' Instead, everyone will die for HIS OWN sin… The time is coming, when I will make a NEW COVENANT ,,, it will NOT BE LIKE the covenant I made with their forefathers…” NIV.

Ezekiel knew of the new covenant concerning individual accountability, (read Ez.18:1-4,19, 20), “Yet you ask, `Why does the son NOT share the guilt of his father? Since the son has done what is just and right and has been careful to keep all my decrees, the son will not share the guilt of the father, nor will the father share the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous man will be credited to him, and the wickedness of the wicked will be charged against him…” NIV.

JESUS DID IT!

The transition happened at Jesus’ death which liberated us from the curse of death… Jesus finished His work. The Scripture is unmistakable on this topic. ... Christ’s work was/is sufficient. There’s nothing left for Him to do. His salvation is complete. We have His LIFE and we are totally severed from TIES with the devil. We’re redeemed from the curse of the law (Gal. 3:13, 4:5) and the influence of sin (Rom. 6:18-23). The curtain of our personal tabernacle was rent.

Yet others teach we’re under a CURSE for which we are not personally responsible – because of someone else. And that, my friend, isn’t “GOOD NEWS!" This limits the very work that Jesus came to earth to accomplish. To assume that some BELIEVERS who happen to be sick or hungry are under a CURSE – while healthy believers aren’t CURSED – is wrong. Not only is this unkind and judgmental -- it’s a misuse of scripture.

The fact is, most of us learned inappropriate responses from our environment and family members. For example, my dad was an alcoholic; therefore when growing up, I learned some really bad problem solving techniques. Learned response patterns/habits must be relearned. And, I “renew the spirit of my mind” repeatedly, injecting TRUTH about who God is and who He says I am. 

Jesus guarantees our inheritance NOW (Rom. 11:26, 27, Eph. 1:12-14). We’re MADE ALIVE in Him (1 Cor. 15:22). Iniquities of previous generations have no LEGAL jurisdiction in the NEW CREATION. Neither do we partake of the sins of our past -- nor the sins of others.

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