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12:27 PM   [01 Nov 2009 | Sunday]

Have You Prayed for your Country Today? 4

But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: 

Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country. 

Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 

Cursed shall be the fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. 

Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out. 

The LORD will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me. Deuteronomy 28:15-20 New King James Version.

 
The list of curses above has been condensed from 54 verses of curses. It follows 14 verses of blessings onto those who follow the Lord’s Commandments. It represents a balanced combination or reward or punishments, and gives the reader a choice.
Yes we are not under the law, we are under grace (Romans 6:14). But if the 613 laws in the Old Testament can be condensed into these two; love the Lord with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself; where has America gone wrong? And why are most of the curses listed here, for the ancient Israelites, befalling America?
First, our love for one another has grown cold, just as it was prophesied by Jesus regarding end times (Matt. 24:12). In addition, many have fallen from the faith, as evidenced by many Christians converting to other religions, or walking away altogether.  Finally, we have tolerated the hedonistic lifestyles of sinners.  It is one thing to love the sinner and hate the sin, it’s another to tell them, “It’s all right, Jesus will forgive you”.  Sinners need to be encouraged to repent.  They will usually rebel when threatened.
We need to return to our first love. We need to return to Jesus as individuals first, thenas a nation. We need to lead weak believers and non believers alike to the cross. God does love the sinner, but He will not tolerate the sinner who continues to sin and sin willingly, and openly. (I Cor. 6:9,10)
Pray for the sinners who surround you in your life: at work, in your family and circle of friends, in your business. Pray they repent and that God can use you to encourage them. Pray that our leaders repent and seek the Lord with all their heart in these end times.
 
© 2009 David Etenburn. Non - commercial reproduction permitted. 
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