Deut. 28 & Blessings!
What a wonderful chapter this is, chock full of promises and blessings. These blessings were promised for our obedience. How wonderful to get another glimpse into God’s own heart and see that our Father desires to bless us with good things. If you have children, then you know how it feels to still want the best for your children even when they miss the mark. Even when they remove themselves out from under your protection and provision for them, you still desire above all else to see them walking in the fullness of God’s best for them.
How thankful we need to be that all of the curses listed in Deut. 28 for disobedience no longer apply to us! We’ve been covered by the blood of Christ and now have right-standing with God! We now have a better covenant with better promises. Galatians 3:13 tells us that “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law being made a curse for us–for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”–in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” The sad part about it is that many people in the Body of Christ are living as if the curse is still valid in their lives. They think that God is out to get them every time they miss it. They think that God must bring hardship into their lives to teach them a lesson of some sort. They have been wrongly taught and believe that God puts sickness on them or allows it for their good.
That, my friends, is simply not true! If we hurt our children to teach them something or purposely put them in harm’s way under the same thought, we would be put in jail! God is love personified. Jesus called sickness oppression of the devil (Acts 10:38), so we cannot call what is a curse a blessing. It’s not a “blessing in disguise” either. The Word tells us that “every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of Lights” (James 1:17). There is no sickness in heaven for God to dole out. He is a good Father. Jesus said in Matt.7:9-11 “Or what man is there among you, when his son asks him for a loaf would give him a stone? Or if he shall ask for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father Who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!” God only has good things to give us!
If you’ve been taught something different than that truth, you simply need to spend some time renewing your mind in order to get free in that area. Renewing our minds is not difficult, but it is very necessary to our spiritual growth. Renewing the mind simply means replacing the wrong thoughts that you’ve either been taught or that your senses are telling you, with God’s definitions about Who He is, who you are in Christ and all that Jesus purchased for you and then saying those things! When people think incorrect things about God, they simply don’t know Him. The more we get to know Him through the Word’s definitions of Him and not what others say, the easier it is to trust Him and truly believe He only has good things for us. If we don’t believe God wants us whole and well, we will not be able to stand in faith for healing when the opportunity presents itself. It takes a little practice to start saying things differently than you’ve been saying them for years. But the results in your life will be worth far more than any effort on your part!
If you’re needing healing for your body, Deut. 28 is a great passage to camp in for a bit. Because every single sickness described under the curse of the law we have been redeemed from, Praise God! If you see something that applies to your body, then praise Him that Gal. 3:13 says you’ve been redeemed from it. The greatest verse of this chapter is 61 where it plainly says “Also every sickness and every plague which is not written in the book of this law…” we have also been redeemed of! Praise God! That covers everything you could ever wonder about! It’s covered! That’s good news!