Friday, August 18, 2023

God: I cannot

God: I cannot 
by David Brenneman 

In the book of Genesis, there's the post flood story of Noah's sons.  In this we read that after the actions of one of his sons, and Noah understood what he'd done to him. Rather than curse him, it was his son's children who bore that punishment. Why?  Because Noah's 3 son's and their wives were blessed by God.  He could not curse those whom the Lord Jesus had blessed. 

In all the years of struggling and strife of King David, while King Saul was pursuing him, David would not reach out his hand against Saul.  He refused to do anything towards the one whom the Lord Jesus had blessed.  He could not because of the blessing of God on Saul. 

In recent days, these two individuals and incidents, have come to mind in a more personal and more direct way to me. 

I had spoken of how I was going to pray about someone and it took until yesterday for a response to that prayer to return to me.  People can go on all they want about how God doesn't speak to them, but I assure you, my Dear Reader, He does if we have ears to hear. 

Quite clearly I was told "Those whom I have blessed I cannot curse. Those whom I have cursed will not be blessed.".  

God cannot do anything against His own nature.  He cannot do anything that harms His own Name.  He will not bring condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. Scripture says clearly that there is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 

We also read of how a prophet was called upon to curse Israel.  In this story the same thoughts are revealed. God will not curse those who have been blessed by God. 

When we are in Christ we are blessed. 

Something that came by a thread of connection was just what can happen in the minds of people who desire such.  The Spirit teaches us all things but, we must be fully connected to the Spirit to be taught by Him.  When intentional disobedience is at work that full connection isn't going to happen.  

What keeps returning to me is the concept of what's said in 1 Timothy 4:1-5 "But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer."

It is certainly the listening to and receiving of the things of demons, their doctrines as it were, that lead people astray to angrily attack Believers.  

"On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining. The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him." 1 John 2:8-10.

Note it says that they say they're in the Light.  They claim to be Christians. They claim to be Christ-followers. 

This does indeed go with what I know that I have been told.  He will not curse whom He has blessed and will not bless who's been cursed.

Willful disobedience will twist and distort the thinking of people. The general next step is to find like-minded people and or writings to back what they now think they believe.  

The Truth, that is Jesus, cannot go against Himself.  He cannot. 

Our prayers are to be for what He says is right and true.  Our prayers are to be for the edification of others and ourselves. We are to never push the reasoning that we want what we want regardless of what God says.  

So in all this, I have not continued to pray as I thought was the direction to go.  It's been Proverbs that's been shedding light on life. I am making a concerted effort to keep reading through Proverbs every 31 days. A chapter a day.  

The whole thing of Doctrines of demons...they are found on television in the mouths of very worldly popular people.  Many would disagree but it's not my call, the Spirit reveals who are His and who are not.  Jesus said His sheep know His voice.  Books are written almost daily filled with demonic messages. Movies are laced with demonic messages. So-called television preachers spew demonic messages.  

Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.  Wisdom and knowledge of God is only found in the Word of God.  We aren't to add to or take away from it.  We aren't to seek our own welfare but rather the welfare of others.  If our brother stumbles we are to be there to lift him up, support him, get him on his feet and back on his way to a right relationship with Jesus.  No less.

Pray without ceasing yes...pray what is right and true for certain.  Pray what God is wanting, not what we want. We obey in everything or we are really disobedient in all. 

Obey God and leave the consequences to Him.  Bless those whom He's blessed. 

God will not destroy what He considers His workmanship.  He, as the psalmist wrote, is training those who are in Christ for their days ahead. David was a man after God's own heart.  David would not reach out against Saul.

The prayers of a righteous man can accomplish long as it is in agreement with the Lord in what is prayed.

All NASB 1995 and NASB Scripture Excerpts used by permission. Lockman Foundation 

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