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April 11, 2018, 11:52 AM

The Blessing that Curses


Church Family,

I am praying for you today. Praying that God will give you wisdom, strength, and courage to walk by Faith in all that you do.

Today is a classic case of me wanting to preach after reading my Bible. There are so many great storylines going on throughout this chapter, but I want to be focused so here goes nothing.

Pride comes before the Fall. How is it that a blessing can also be a cursing?  When God blesses us, whether we believe in Him or not, it can lead to us becoming prideful. Many times, it is harder to deal with success than failure. Failure may lead you to work harder. While success may lead you to become all about yourself.

Most churches that die, die after having a season of great success. They believe that how they did things, the former/current pastor, teacher, deacons, certain songs, being segregated, etc. led to their success. They will still give God lip service and claim that it is all about Him, but you change the song, deacon, preacher, reach non-whites and see if it is a God thing or a man driven thing. We will claim that it couldn’t be our fault because look what we did. In years past we used to (fill in the blank), now days its everyone’s fault but ours.

Daniel 5:22-23 And you his son, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this, 23but you have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven. And the vessels of his house have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored.

When we take that which belongs to God and use it for our gain/beliefs and not to reach the lost, the blessing of God becomes a cursing. Think of the person that begged God for new job, house, money, family, business, etc. then once they got it they moved away from God. Their life on Social media looks great, but in truth God’s blessing has left them desiring something. So, they vacation more, take more play days, leave their spouse for an upgrade, abandon their children, etc. and all because they didn’t stay humble. The brokenness in their life was a blessing and the material things a curse. The brokenness should have led them to God and not excess. The church is a sad example of this. They’ve stopped weeping for the lost, stopped adapting to reach the community, and began pointing the finger at anyone but themselves. We need a revival. Not a planned meeting, but a brokenness that cries out to the God who has our breath in His hand.

Daniel 5:30 Tells us the king was killed that very night. I wonder if the “church” will have a different fate?

(the true church will never die, but there are many church buildings that are no longer the church, but are social clubs)

Reminders:

  1. We are collecting an offering this Sunday to support the Aynor Middle School Bible Class.
  2. Brotherhood is April 17th. Show up early and help us with a project, 6pm, bring a shovel.
  3. April 22nd Senior Adult Day with Rev. Mack Hutson. Lunch is served. All non-seniors bring a dessert.

Love, Serve, Go

Brian Winburn


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