I was sitting here today and as I sat in my chair on my back deck, the Holy Spirit spoke to me and said, “You must practice the love of Jesus.” I thought about what He was saying. We have to acknowledge Jesus. We need to admit that He is here with us. This makes acknowledging Him so much easier. We need to thank Him for what He has already done. We have to thank Him for what He is doing today, and we have to thank Him for what He is going to do in the future. What needs to happen, is that we must practice His presence. After all we are in a relationship with Him, so we need to fuel our relationship with Him, through our thanksgiving.
Let us start this time in God’s Word with what the blessing of Abraham is. Turn in your Bibles to Galatians 3:13-14, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Let me ask you a question, “What is success?” Success is defined as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. The true definition of success is a person. Success is a relationship with a person. In the world view, success is about people who have possessions, money and luxuries. God doesn’t measure success that way. Look at these verses again, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law.” What does this mean? Its meaning is found in what Jesus did for us. He took the curse for us and He went to the cross. You see, Jesus was the “peace offering” to God. He was the payment for our redemption from the curse of the law of Moses. This curse was placed upon mankind if they didn’t or couldn’t keep the law. Jesus fulfilled the law and therefore He could receive the blessing. He chose instead to receive the curse, so that we didn’t have to. He became the peace offering to God for us, so that the debt was paid in full. Not only did Jesus take all the sins of the world upon Himself, but He also to the curse of the law upon Himself. With Him doing this, and by Him willingly going to the cross, He saved us from the curse. Now we can say with confidence that we are no longer under the curse of the law.
Look at the next part of this Scripture, “That the blessings of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles.” This means that we who are not of Jewish descent are given the blessings of Abraham through Jesus Christ. Paul is saying, that we are blessed because of what Jesus has already done. We are blessed because of Jesus and now we also are given the promise of the Spirit through our faith. There are some important things found in this Scripture that needs to be clarified. First, we are redeemed from the curse through Jesus, and second, we are given the blessing of Abraham through Jesus, and finally, we are given the promise of the Holy Spirit. Listen to me! We redeemed, blessed, and given the promise all through Jesus Christ, then it is only fitting to honor Jesus for what He has already done. Is this available for everyone? Yes, but we have to accept Jesus into our hearts. It is not available for those who reject Him. If you reject Jesus, then you are rejecting the payment for your sins and you are rejecting the peace offering to God.
The Bible says, “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 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.” (Deuteronomy 28:1-3) Under the Old Covenant, people had to do something in order for them to be blessed. Under the New Covenant, we are blessed because of our faith in Jesus Christ. it is because of our faith in Jesus that we are able to receive the promise of the Spirit. Under the law, we had to do something to get blessed, but under grace, we received the blessing because of our faith in Jesus and His finished works.
God wants us to experience the blessings of Abraham. Let me clear up what I mean. God wants all those who are “Born Again” to experience the blessings of Abraham. What is this blessing? Who can receive it? Let’s go to the Bible for the answer. “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” (Galatians 3:16) This is saying to us that the promise was made to Abraham and to the Christ. Let’s dive further into this, turn to Galatians 3:29, “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Now the promise was made to Abraham, Jesus, and everyone who is “In Jesus.” This means that the promise is for Abraham’s seed, which now includes us. This tells me, that we are now heirs to Abraham and we are included in the blessing because we are in Christ.
What does it mean to be an heir? It means that we have an inheritance. We have an inheritance that we haven’t yet tapped into.
What was the promise? God made a promise with Abraham, and now that we are heirs, we are therefore able to receive the promise. We know that there are many promises that God makes in His Word, but what was the exact promise God made with Abraham and his heirs? Again let’s look in the Bible, turn to Romans 4:13, “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.” Did you see what it said, the promise was for Abraham and his heirs to inherit the world. read it in the New Living Translation, “Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith.” The promise was for us to inherit the world. God didn’t give this promise through the law, because if He had done this, there would have been conditions set. This promise was given to us, through the righteousness of faith. It is because we have faith in Jesus Christ and His finished works.
How do we define our inheritance? In Christ, we are an heir of the world, which means that we inherit all of the world. We inherit all the world’s endowments (funding). We inherit all the world’s riches. We inherit the world’s advantages. We inherit the world’s pleasures. This is the promise that God made to Abraham and his seed.
Sadly though, we keep believing the opposite of what God had promised. We fell like someone took our inheritance and left us with nothing. We need to standup for what we believe and receive our inheritance. We need to take the best part of the world, which is already ours anyway, and we say to the devil to back off because this is our inheritance and as owner you need to leave our property. There is no reason for us to live in lack. God never wanted that for us. He didn’t want us to have some of the things of the world, but all of it. He never wanted us to just get by, He wanted us to have more than enough. He wants us to have more than enought money, properties, and riches that the world has. he wants us to be overly successful in our businesses. He wants us to have the best.
Look at the blessings of Abraham. “The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:1-3, NLT)
“So Abram left Egypt and traveled north into the Negev, along with his wife and Lot and all that they owned. (Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold.) (Genesis 13:1-2)
“From the Negev, they continued traveling by stages toward Bethel, and they pitched their tents between Bethel and Ai, where they had camped before. This was the same place where Abram had built the altar, and there he worshiped the Lord again. Lot, who was traveling with Abram, had also become very wealthy with flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and many tents.” (Genesis 13:3-5)
As you can see God wants us to know what are worth is to Him. He asks for only one thing from us and that is Share the love of Christ, so that others can become heirs of the promise.