Thursday, July 25, 2013

Chain letters

Do you remember when you were a kid, and once in a while you’d get a chain letter in the mail? You’d then have to send the letter to 6 of your friends, or something bad would happen to you. Or maybe something good would happen to you if you did it. Today these are still going around by e-mail or on Facebook. “If you love God, post this” and something wonderful with happen in the next 3 hours, or you’ll get a prayer answered or somebody will give you money. Or the ones that suggesting God will send calamity on you if you DON’T forward the e-mail to so many people within 3 minutes.

Some of these have really nice prayers to pray for a friend, or uplifting pics. If I get a forwarded prayer, I delete the "send to so many people or else" part before I send it on to someone I think it will bless. Most of the time, I just delete them, because the clause at the end is not theologically sound. God gives us a pretty clear pattern in scripture of how to be blessed...

Deut. 28:1 “If you fully obey the LORD your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God:

3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.

4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.

6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

7 The LORD will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.

8 The LORD will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The LORD your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.

9 The LORD will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the LORD your God and walk in obedience to him. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they will fear you. 11 The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.

12 The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.”

Those are some pretty fantastic promises. The more we learn His Word and choose to obey it, the more the blessings flow our way. Like the law of sowing and reaping, if we sow good seed, we reap a harvest. Obedience starts a chain reaction of blessing!

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

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