A BLESSED NATION…
A nation is blessed when it honors God, when it obeys His commandments. Likewise, a nation is cursed when it dishonors God by disobeying His commandments.
WHAT DOES GOD REQUIRE OF US:
“… to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul… (Deut 10:12)
ALL OF GOD’S PROMISES ARE CONDITIONAL-
“Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.
And he will love thee, and bless thee… Thou shalt be blessed above all people… (Deut 7:9, 10, 13, 14)
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land…
But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them;
Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight (2Chr7:14,19,20).
THE BLESSINGS… (Deut 28:1-2; Deut 28:3-14 paraphrased)
“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.”
Wherever you are, in the city or in the field,
And wherever you go, you will be blessed,
Everything you touch will be blessed,
All of your people, the animals, the land
Will be fruitful and productive.
You will be blessed with an abundance of goods,
You shall be a lender unto many nations,
And not a borrower.
You will be respected because
You are called by the name of the LORD;
And people will be afraid of you.
Your enemies will rise up against you
Only to flee in many directions from you.
The LORD will command His blessings upon you
And bless your land with rain in his season
And bless all you set your hands to do.
He will make you the head, and not the tail!
You will be above only, and not underneath!
ONLY IF you listen to me and obey me,
Don’t go to the right hand or to the left,
Don’t forsake me and forget what I have instructed you
By chasing after other gods to serve them instead,
FOR I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD!
THE CURSES… (Deut 28:15; Deut 28:16-68 paraphrased)
“But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day: that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:”
No matter where you are, you will be cursed,
In all your comings and goings, you will be cursed,
Everything you have, your people, your land, your cattle,
Everything you touch will be cursed
Because of your wickedness in forsaking me.
You will suffer endless pestilence, sicknesses, plagues,
Diseases with no cure, fever and inflammation,
Fiery heat, war and drought, depression and oppression;
Your enemies will come against you and you will flee from them.
You will not prosper, but be robbed continually with no one to help you,
You will not have good marriages or a happy home,
Your family will be broken up and your children will leave you,
Neither will you have productivity of your land, livestock, goods or any of your labor,
Others will get ahead, higher above you while you will keep going down lower and lower.
You will suffer deprivation and want,
All of this and more will happen to you because you refused to listen to me and obey my voice.
And this shall be a sign and a warning to other nations
Who will be shocked at what has happened to you; you will be a byword, and they will make fun of you and ridicule you,
Knowing where you came from and how you have fallen, because you did not serve me with joyfulness,
And with gladness of heart for the abundance of your blessings.
Thus your life shall hang in doubt before you;
Day and night you shall be worried,
and have no assurance of your life.
America is fast becoming a byword among the nations of the world. The immorality and corruption of our leaders have brought America to the brink of God’s judgment and destruction. Passing laws that are against the Word of God by approving immorality among the people is a stench unto God. As God destroyed the ungodly and the world during Noah’s days, and Sodom and Gomorrah, He will likewise bring judgment upon America.