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From the Pulpit: Being a blessing instead of a curse

August 12, 2012
By BISHOP ALBERT MITCHEM - Promise of Victory Church of God , Weirton Daily Times

In Genesis 12:1-18, God spoke to a man named Abraham and revealed to him a plan God had for his life. This plan had blessings associated with obedience and problems that came with fear and disobedience. Abraham had the chance to be a blessing to anyone he met (vs. 3), but instead he became a curse (vs. 17). He lied about Sarah his wife, and led the Egyptians to believe she was his sister. After the Pharaoh had taken her for his bride, he found out what Abraham had done, and sent her back, but it was almost too late. God's punishment was already beginning to turn on Egypt. This is a serious problem, when those we should be blessing are being harmed by us. I have spoken to countless people about church, that told me they watched mom and dad act one way at church, and another at home, so they don't need it. If all the people who were supposed to bring a blessing to the house of the Lord would've done it instead of stirring up a mess, how many powerful churches would we have today?

If we bring a curse when we're supposed to bring healing, prosperity, wisdom, or help, we are out of order. Being out of order will cause the blessings of God to leave, and the problems that always accompany the enemy to come in.

Tools the devil gets us "out of order":

1. Distraction

1 John 2:15-16 "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world."

Satan seeks to distract us by getting us to focus our attention on the material instead of the spiritual, on methods rather than the message, on men rather than God.

2. Discouragement

Discouragement is a lack of hope, and usually follows after a major victory. Many are confronted with it on Monday after a breakthrough on Sunday. The Devil wants you to believe that things are worse than what they are and that you are the only one who cares.

3. Disillusionment

Disillusionment is the state of being disenchanted or disappointed by unfulfilled expectations. Proverbs 13:12 "Hope deferred makes the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life."

4. Discontentment

Numbers 21:5-6 "And the people spoke against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loathes this light bread. And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died."

When the snakes fell, they were on a mission to bite the complainers. If God did that in your house or place of work today, would you make it out alive?

5. Discord (division)

The most destructive thing the enemy does to people today is causing discord, which divides people one from another. The more alone we become, the more vulnerable we are to his other devices. We are never as strong alone as we are together. The Bible teaches a three braided cord is stronger than any single strand.

("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)

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