Are You Blessed or Cursed

Today, we finish 2 Chronicles the main theme of the books are you Blessed or cursed? Starting in chapter 34 we read about Josiah, who was a good king. As we move through chapters 35 and 36 we read about the events of Josiah, the death, several more evil kings, and the fall of Jerusalem.

Are You Blessed or Cursed

I am not sure if you caught it, but, in reading chapter 36 they mention Jeremiah (36:22). Yes, that was the prophet; Jeremiah (Book of Bible Jeremiah)Alot of the Old Testament major and minor prophets spoke during what we just read. Here are some examples, see if you recognize the names of the kings we just read about:

Isaiah – During the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah.

Jeremiah – 13 Year of Josiah, Jehoiakim, and Zedekiah.

Daniel – 3rd year of Jehoiakim.There are more, if you are interested, you can read the opening chapter and verse it usually tells the time period. So, when we read these chapters in the future you will know their struggles and mind set. GOD loved HIS people and kept trying to reach them, but as we read, most of the time it fell on deaf ears, they either were blessed or cursed.

Bringing the Bible Alive

The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent persistently to them by his messengers, because he had compassion on his people and on his dwelling place. But they kept mocking the messengers of God, despising his words and scoffing at his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD rose against his people, until there was no remedy. – 2 Chronicles 36:15-16 ESV

Thought For the Day

When ever I finish a book of the Bible, I always look back and reflect on it. I look to see what GOD wants me to learn or to take away from my reading. As we finish the books of Kings and Chronicles we have seen alot of examples of good leaders (Blessed) and evil leaders (Cursed). The really neat thing about reading the Bible is you can see what was happening behind the scenes. For example, a king may get struck with an arrow between his amour links. He may think that it was bad luck, but, in reading the Bible we see that GOD was displeased, and he allowed that to happen, or HE removes HIS protection from that king (Cursed).

So what can we take away from our readings? GOD may be whispering HIS heart to you, here is what HE has been whispering to me. GOD is pleased when we purse HIM. There were two kings that we just read about; Hezekiah, and Josiah. They both sought GOD, and HE blessed them.

GOD is a forgiving GOD! If you start from The Exodus out of Egypt, HIS people have been in a cycle of sin. The same holds true with Kings and Chronicles. We had good kings then evil kings… around and around. Even though GOD is a forgiving GOD, there is still punishment for sin (Cursed).

How Can We Pray For You Today?

How Can We Pray For You Today?

Blessing or Curse? This for me was the biggest whisper. GOD has this “umbrella” of protection. To stay under this umbrella we have to seek HIM, HIS heart, and follow HIS commands. The nice thing about GOD, HE does not have tons of rules, they are pretty easy and straight forward. If we strive to do this we will be blessed and protected. Blessed, not in the form of money, we have to get outside of that mind set, blessings come in many ways.

If we choose to step outside of that umbrella of protection, we are stepping outside of GOD’s protection and may fall under cursed. That is a dangerous place to be; of the world and satan’s prey. As we have also seen, GOD will also send our enemies to overtake us, and without GOD’s protection…… well, it is a sure loss.

Closing Prayer

Dear Jesus

Thank You Father for this day and the fellowship we are able to share with the people in Your world. I always pray that I can be used for You. I pray Father that i can be still and quiet and know when You whisper i my ear. Help me not to ever be too busy . Father thank You for loving me so much.

I love You with all I am.

In Your name I pray, Amen.

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