Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Rewards and Punishments on a People

               After God established the laws and commandments that mankind should follow, He also established the blessings that the people will receive if they follow the law and the curses that would be poured upon them if they disobeyed the word of God. First, I want us to take a look at the state of not only America, but the world as a whole. The majority of the world has turned their backs on God. We have new diseases forming and spreading through the world as tourists travel. Countries have prepared for attacks from other nations with missiles and armies ready to be mobilized. The year of 2012 has been the hottest year on record in the United States and countries around the world are suffering from droughts that are drying up crops and causing shortages in usable water. Food supply is low because the farmers were not able to harvest the crops before the crops dried up. Dust storms are occurring more frequently than ever before because of the intense heat and dry conditions. Natural disasters like hurricanes and tornadoes come one after the other.

                Now, let’s take a more direct look at America. Illegal immigrants are coming into our nation and gaining more rights than true American citizens. They have rights to vote and they get free healthcare and schooling. The Spanish language is everyone and sometimes it is even written before the English portion. We were once a power nation when God was still in the country. Now we are weak and vulnerable. We were once a loaner nation but now we are trillions of dollars in national debt because we became a debtor nation. People are losing their sense of sanity. Mass shootings are on the rise, such as in Aurora, Colorado and at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin. People are murdering their own families for money. Foreclosed homes and abandoned farms can be seen in nearly every American city. Other countries mock us because we have a President that says we have no national language or religion. He doesn’t salute our flag and says it represents destruction. He bows down to other countries. There has been a rise in imprisonment and child trafficking still exists. Businesses are shutting down, leaving large areas desolate and causing people to relocate. Abortions are on the rise as well.

                So, now I’ll get to the point. We need to turn back to God. The Bible forewarned us about the events that would take place if we turned from God and now look at the world. It’s evident He exists. The rewards and curses seen in the books of Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 may have been spoken to the Israelites but they can still apply to us. These prophecies in these two books have been nailed to the cross with Jesus but we are all descendants of God’s people and we need to remember that God can still punish us in this life..

“I will scatter you among the nations and will draw
out my sword and pursue you.”

-Leviticus 26:33

                We are those that He scattered among the nations. Everyone’s families in America have at some point migrated from another part of the world. God told us in Leviticus 26:42 that if we do repent and bring Him back to our lives He will remember the covenants He made with Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham. All of the things occurring in the world are curses that were mentioned in both Leviticus and Deuteronomy. Some of the other curses are that there will be cannibalism among the people and the plagues that were the Egyptians will be upon us. Enemies will come who are uncompassionate and will steal the crops. They will take us and capture them to bring them back to their own countries. Our soldiers have been taken as prisoners of war in other countries! Animals and livestock will be stolen and a foreign king will rule the land.

                So, what rewards can we expect if we hold fast to God’s decrees and commandments?

-          Rain in its season and fruitful crops
-          Surplus of food
-          Fearless of enemies
-          Many generations to come
-          Become a power nation
-          Prosperous cities
-          Recognized worldwide as God’s holy people
-          Always be a leading nation

                You may think there is nothing we can do. But God told us what to do.

“But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their fathers-their
treachery against me and their hostility towards me,
which made me hostile towards them so that I sent them into the land of
their enemies-then when their uncircumcised hearts and humbled and they pay for their
sin, I will remember my covenant with Jacob and my covenant
with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.”

-Leviticus 26:40-42

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