Sunday, April 10, 2011
Can God Really Bless Me in the City?
“Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country." (Deut 28:3).
This above blessing upon a person who lives in a country or city is a blessing that God has promised to all His people who are obedient to His Voice (Deut 28:1-2).
Many people believe that living in a country farm, village or a small town, God can bless their work through helping them get a good harvest in the fields or by doing a small buisness in their community. But when these same people come in to city and start to mix in with the other type of those who have been born and brought up as city breds in their schooling with darwinic thinking, then together they start to believe in the worldly culture of the city and say that God cannot do such miracle of great blessing in the city like in the country which is a natural settting. God does'nt change based on location. It is only the pagan gods that have characteristics like that. They might be powerful in a country area where people worship it and are totally surrendered to its fear tactics. But when it comes to city it has to change its face and have to control people through love of money, materialism, sex, violence, recreation, immorality and through amusement through drugs.
Isaiah the messianic revelatory prophet calls the "...LORD of hosts...[and our] Redeemer [who] is the Holy One of Israel" as the "God of the whole earth." (Isa 54:5). In other words God is beyond boundary and time-limit. Satan and all his demonic angels can be at only one place at a time. When God asked Satan in the Book of Job, “From where do you come?”. Satan answered the LORD and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” (Job 1:7). This clearly shows that Satan himself who is the cheif of all the rebellious angels can only be present at only one place at a time (Rev 12:3-4, 9; 9:11). And only God is omipresent, which means He is present at all places at all times (Psa 139:7-12).
Once the settlement for Israelites in Canaan took place the course of events gave rise to a theory about Jehovah being "gods of the hills", which not only the Philistines held but even some of the Israelites held this false view due to following pagan customs of the surrounding people (1 Kings 20:23). It was believed that he was a mountain god and could not fight on level ground. Jehovah God challenged this wrong thinking of His people and Pagan's alike in 1 Kings 20:28 through a man of God who prophesied saying, " “Thus says the LORD: ‘Because the Syrians have said, “The LORD is God of the hills, but He is not God of the valleys,” therefore I will deliver all this great multitude into your hand, and you shall know that I am the LORD.’”" (1 Kings 20:28). The result was, God empowered Israelites to kill one hundred thousand foot soldiers of the violent and fierce syrians in one day in the plain and the rest who fled in disarray to a fortified city named Aphek. There, by the power of God, the big wall of the city fell on twenty seven thousand of the men who were left, which made the voilent king Ben-Hadad to flee in to the inner chamber for hiding. What does this teach us? This teaches us to believe that God is indeed a God of the city and also the country. He is able to bless anybody living in any place irrespective of any time limit.
If only we can enter God's heavenly rest in our soul by believing all the promises of God diligently and keep walking according to the voice of God that we hear in our spirit man (Heb 4:3, 11; Rom 8:16), God will be pleased with our faith and will start to bless us in such a way that HIS TANGIBLE BLESSINGS will overtake us (Heb 11:6; Deut 28:2). Once we are tangibly blessed by God, we will become the carrier's of HIS PRESENCE. Like Joseph, whether we are working in a high officials house as a slave, or has been put in a prison for righteousness sake or has been placed as a prime minister in the kings palace, our testimony will be exactly like Joseph's testimony which is described in the Bible saying, "2 The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man... 3 ...his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand. 4 [as a result of it]...Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him." (Gen 39:2-4) and later in his prison experience "21 the LORD was with Joseph.... 23 whatever he did, the LORD made it prosper." (Gen 39:21, 23). Even high officials and kings who see our supernatural knowledge and wisdom will confess before everyone, "Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?” (Gen 41:38). Glory to God!
You may be working in a city as a Buisness man, studying in a school or college, or working in a corporate company, or you may be living in a country as a farmer, just ask God to make His face to shine upon you and become HIS FACE SEEKER (Num 6:24-26; Psa 24:6; 27:8; 34:5). Whether you are in the country or a city, if you belong to the royal tribe of HIS FACE SEEKER who constantly hears HIS VOICE day in and day out, blessings upon blessings will surely overtake you and God will surely make you a blessing to all the families of the earth (Psa 123:2; 105:4; 24:5). Praise the Lord!