Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Blessing the City
by Erik Momsen
Christians have the greatest purpose of all peoples. We have the task of completing the work Jesus started on earth. The greatest rock group of modern times sang "and the battle’s just begun, to claim the victory Jesus won" (U2:1981). The fundamentals of the Good News is that God loves the world and it's people so much that He was prepared to die for it. The challenge now lies in getting this truth to a world that believed the lie of satan for thousands of years.
In Luke 9 & 10 Jesus gives the only detailed method of reaching cities with the message of the Kingdom.
Believers are to:
i) Say, "Peace to this house" - BLESS;
ii) "Eat and drink whatever is given you" - FELLOWSHIP;
iii) "Heal the sick" - PRAY FOR THEM;
iv) Tell them "The Kingdom of God is near you" - PROCLAIM.
ABRAHAM, A MAN OF BLESSING
Abraham stands first as the father of faith and the source of blessing:
"Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him." (Genesis 18:18,19)
Abraham will be blessed because he will keep the faith from one generation to next - i.e. by doing what is right and just.
Through Abraham all nations would be blessed.
God had revealed His purpose to Abraham regarding Sodom.
God had allowed him to voice his opinion is His heavenly court (i.e Sodom)
"I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me." Genesis 22:16-18
Abraham's obedience and sacrifice results in God’s promise of blessing. Again all nations on earth will be blessed through him. The result will be that his "descendants will take possession of the cities".
"Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws." (Genesis 26:3-5)
The promise that was given to the father Abraham is now given to the son Isaac. Again all nations will be blessed through them. It is still the obedience of Abraham that results directly and indirectly in blessing on the children.
HOW TO BE A BLESSING TO THE CITY
i) Abraham is firstly a man of faith - he lives directed by God.
ii) His faith results in obedience and action on God’s word.
iii) He is welcomed into God’s council and intercedes for the city (Sodom).
iv) Abraham is prepared to sacrifice everything - Isaac.
v) Through him his descendants will take cities.
vi) Abraham’s blessing is generational.
It is not the task of the church to judge the nations, but to bless them. Believers and the church must move from a poverty, "give me", mentality to a heart that looks to bless all those around us. We have not always been a tangible blessing. It is good to bless the city in word and prayer but unbelievers do not understand these blessings yet. When we bless them in physical and practical ways they will know the God of Love is with us.
We purpose to be a blessing to our families, church community, town and city. We purpose not to be a stumbling block to any. If we happen not to be a blessing to all nations then we are out of God's design and are missing the purpose God had for us thousands of years ago.
Those who have this "heart of blessing" will be very effective in reaching their city.
Date Added: 2012-10-23
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