• By Rev. Joseph A Bias

Commanded Blessings

“The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” Deuteronomy 28:8

The idea that God will command blessing on us in our storehouses is astounding indeed.

The Scriptures tell us that God commanded light to shine out of darkness.

“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6

This is the same command that began all creation. Now God promises by that same authority and power to bless us in our storehouses.

That is amazing! But not only in our storehouses, but also on all that we set our hands to. Think of it! In the same way God said, “Let there be light!” He has also promised to speak blessing on us in our storehouses and indeed He has declared it so, even now in Jesus Christ.

Still there is a further promise of blessing that God promised to Israel and to us. He will bless us in the land which He has given us. The land for Israel was the real estate in and around Jerusalem, and from Dan to Beersheba, all the settle lands of the tribes of Israel from the North to the South. For us “the land” represents any and every place we have as a dwelling place, our houses, (apartments, rooms) our communities, our cities, our states and our nation. In all of these God has commanded blessing on us in or storehouses and on all that we set our hand to.

Ok, you say, that all sounds good, but what does it mean for me? My storehouses aren’t exactly glowing with light! It’s a fair question. And the answer is clear. What we don’t know we can’t claim or appropriate. The last will and testament of the deceased can grant to the heirs a great inheritance, but if they don’t know about it they can’t access or claim it.

But when we know what has been given to us we boldly command it to be given to us. God has already willed it to us, so we don’t need to demand Him for anything. Here is a slightly different understanding of “You have not because you ask not.” [James 4:2]

“Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.” Isaiah 45:11

On more than one occasion God tells the people to test Him, [Malachi 3:10-11], or prove Him, or as in this case, ask Him about the things He has created and the works He has done. God gives us the right to put our petitions before Him on the basis of what He has promised and fully expect Him to be righteousness and honor His Word. That is the quality of His integrity and the virtue of His character. He has nothing to prove to us, but He will not dishonor His Word or fail to fulfill all He has promised.

“Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.” 1Kings 8:56

The Scriptures tell us that the people of God even perish for a lack of knowledge.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” Hosea 4:6

And it is the devil’s declared purpose to keep us ignorant of our inheritance. He is the one who seeks to destroy us. But when we know what God has already declared to be ours we don’t have to sit idly by and let our goods, our blessings, indeed our inheritance be stolen or remain hidden from us.

God has commanded blessings on us so we can command those blessings to be released to us by the authority given to us in the last will and testament of Jesus. That will is the whole of the promises of God contained in the Old and the New Testament. But we don’t have to beg or brutishly in an attitude of entitlement demand anything of God our Father. He owes us nothing, but He has freely given us all things to enjoy, because He loves us. That is His nature. His promises are unequivocal, but they are provided to us only by faith. We must believe when we come to God that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

The greatest promise we have all received. That is, we who have confessed faith in Jesus Christ. And now with Jesus, God our Father has also freely given us all things.

"He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?" Romans 8:32

Every promise in Him is ours to receive by faith. What we believe of God’s promises we confess. What we confess we receive. Our acknowledgement of God’s promises as belonging to us is the basic expression of our faith to receive and to enjoy all that He has provided so lovingly and freely for us. He has commanded the blessing on us in our storehouses and on all that we set our hands to.

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” 2 Corinthians 1:20

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