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The Lord Wants To Bless You
by Brian Price 5/21/2012

"1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan; and into the land of Canaan they came.

6 And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land.

7 And the Lord appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the Lord, who appeared unto him.

8 And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the Lord, and called upon the name of the Lord." - Genesis 12:1-8

Here we read of the story of Abraham, who God called out of Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan, which God would later give to his children, the Jews.

Notice we read that God places a special blessing upon Abraham, and says that he would bless him that blesses Abraham, and would curse him that curses Abraham.

This blessing was also to be passed down to his children, because we also read in later chapters in Genesis that God made this same promise to Abraham's son Isaac, and later his grandson Jacob.

From what we can read from other portions of the Bible, Abraham was a Syrian. He was the son of Nahor, who was the great-great-great, etc., grandson of Shem, the son of Noah.

And we can also read about Abraham that he himself was at the time of God's calling, an uncircumsised Gentile, in which God justified, gave him the circumcison of the heart, and called his children the Hebrews, which we now know as the Jews, or the circumsised.

One of the greatest New Testament saints, Stephen gave a detailed description of Abraham in Acts chapter 7 before he was stoned to death.

"2 And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,

3 And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.

4 Then came he out of the land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell.

5 And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child." - Acts 7:2-5

Here we read of Stephen's account, that Abraham was promised the land of Canaan, which is now known in our modern day as the land of Israel, in which the Jews now dwell. The Jews have wandered all across the nations since the time of the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. by the Roman Emperor Titus, but now the largest population of Jews dwells in the land of Canaan (a.k.a., Israel).

So here we had the Jews, who long ago, dwelt in Israel, and in 70A.D., Jerusalem was destroyed, and the Jews were led into captive into all the world. And since that time, for thousands of years, the Jews have wandered all over the nations. And you can find Jews in every quarter of the earth. They live in Russia, they live in China, they live in Germany, they live in Poland, they live in America, Canada, South America, Australia. You name it, they've been there. But now the largest population of Jews is in Israel. Because after World War 2, the Jews returned to the land of Israel, and in 1948 they re-established the nation of Israel as the Bible promised.

And notice that Stephen said to the Jews, "...into this land, wherein ye now dwell." - Verse 4.

So we see a fulfillment of God's promise to Abraham in Acts chapter 7, in that the Jews were inhabiting the land that God promised. And to this day, it is so fulfilled, because they live in the land of Israel.

Paul said of God's blessings to Abraham that,

"...when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,

14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise." - Hebrews chapter 6:13-15

No doubt, the desire of God is to bless us. Am I preaching the health and wealth gospel? No of course not. There is only one gospel. Christ died for our sins, was buried, rose again, and now grants forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all that trust in him.

But apart from the gospel, God does want to bless us with both temporal and eternal blessings. So not only does God want to give us eternal life, but he wants to bless us on the earth, and meet our needs, and make sure we are clothed, and fed, and if he so desires, he can give us riches, or whatever he wants.

And he wants to bless us. But blessing does not always mean riches, do not get me wrong. But he does promise to meet our needs, because the Bible says, "...the young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing." - Psalms chapter 34. That word want means lack.

But these promises of blessings cannot be attained until we become circumsised in the heart such as Abraham was. The sign of the circumsision was a symbol of God's work that he would do to Abraham's children in their heart, that his seed would be saved, and would eventually receive the eternal inheritance of the whole world, beginning in Israel.

And the Jews are not the only children of Abraham. As we can read in the book of Galatians, all that believe in Jesus are counted as the children of Abraham. It says,

"So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham." - Galatians 3:9
So we can conclude that God's blessings are bestowed not only upon the Jews, but also upon the Gentiles which were not Abraham's direct descendants.

Those of us who are saved, both Jew and Gentile, are blessed with faithful Abraham. And therefore, those who bless us are blessed, and those who curse us are cursed. Praise the LORD!

And the ultimate gift of God is his blessing of eternal life, which will be the eternal inheritance of the earth, as we read in Psalms chapter 37, in which it says, "But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace." And later, Jesus reiterates this by saying in Matthew chapter 5, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."

So we see, that the promise made to Abraham was not only for his carnal children (the Jews) to receive the reward of the land of Canaan, but also the reward of an eternal inheritance of the whole earth was promised to him, and to those who would believe in God as he did, whether they were descendants of Isaac or Ishmael. Anyone who believes in Jesus will be justified and will be blessed with faithful Abraham, God's friend.

Now if you have never believed in Jesus to receive forgiveness of sins, you must do that if you wish to receive the blessings of Abraham. Jesus said to the Jews who wanted to kill him, "If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham..." - John 8:39. Now what was the work of Abraham? Well, it says that Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. The work of Abraham was in fact not a work at all. It was the faith he had. It was faith in God, and therefore if the Jews were truly Abraham's children, they would have faith in God.

But we see that the carnal children of Abraham are not necessarily the children of Abraham in God's eyes. It is those who believe in Jesus Christ who are counted to be the children of Abraham. That would include both Jew and Gentile. Anybody. Whether of Jewish descent, or Gentile descent. Anybody who believes in Jesus Christ is counted to be a child of Abraham.

So again, if you have never believed in Jesus for the forgiveness of sins, you must do that in order to blessed with Abraham.

The Bible says, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." - John 14:6

Many Catholics believe that Mary is an intercessor between mankind and Jesus. But that just is not true. That is not in the Bible. We can go straight to Jesus for the forgiveness of sins, as we can read in various parts of the scripture.

It says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:9

And it also says,

"35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.

36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." - John 3:35-36

It is not enough to simply believe in God. You must believe in Jesus Christ. You cannot say, I love God. I believe in God. I'm sorry friend, but that's just not the way it is. You cannot be a Muslim, and expect to receive the righteousness of Abraham even though you may be a son of Ishmael. And he is a carnal child of Abraham. You must believe in Jesus Christ in order to receive the blessings of Abraham and be counted a true child of Abraham, which is a true child of God.

If you do not regard the Son of God, you will not see eternal life as we have read in John chapter 3, nor the blessings of Abraham, but you will see only the fiery pit of hell. The reason why is because your sins have separated you from God. Your sins of adultery, fornication, wickedness, unbelief, hatred, wrath, drunkenness, revelry, and all other sorts of sins, as we can read in Galatians chapter 5, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Now all are guilty of sin. The Bible says there is none righteous, no not one. No one is a righteous individual apart from God. None can save himself. All need to repent and put their faith in Jesus alone to receive forgiveness of sins, and salvation.

Only then can one be assured eternal life and the blessings of Abraham.

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