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Each Easter, in churches all across America and around the world, Jesus is raised up again and again. However why did He rise? For that matter why did He die? He died to redeem us from, sin and hell itself. But what else? Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law! In this message Dr. Sesley shows how poverty and lack are part of the curse of the law, and we the body of Christ are redeemed from it, glory to God!

 

By Dr. Kenneth R. Sesley

 

Psalms 107:2 (KJV) Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

 

Introduction:  While praying over these Easter Services, the Lord strongly impressed upon my spirit that He wanted me to teach on our Redemption from Poverty and Lack.  The world's economy is still a mess, but God's economy is still blessed and God has promised to supply us though His economy, not the world's economy. 
 

A.   What are we Redeemed From? 

Galatians 3:13 -14 (NKJV)
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree" ),   14that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
 

B.   What is the Curse of the Law?  

1.   Disobedience still has serious consequences today; however, in the Old Testament the people did not have a Savior to redeem them.

2.   The curse of the law has multiple parts:

         The curse of poverty and lack, starting with vss. 15-20, 30-33, 38-40, 43-44 & 51

         The curse of sickness, in verses 20-22, 27-29, 35, 59-61.

         The curse of defeat at the hands of your enemies, in vss. 25, 29, 33, 49-52

         The curse of family dysfunction, vss. 30, 32

         The curse of pre-mature physical death, 26

         There are other curses throughout the Old Testament, always as a result of disobedience to God. Spiritual death was the first curse to come upon man, as mentioned in the 2nd chapter of Genesis

3.   Poverty is a curse, not a blessing!
Luke 4:18-19(KJV)
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
 

G4145 πλούσιος plousios ploo'-see-os From G4149; wealthy;
 

C.   We are Redeemed from Poverty and lack!

1.   Redeemed Defined:  Literally "to buy off," or "to set free by the payment of a price." The root word for redemption in Greek is agora, "marketplace," the site of the slave auction where, everyday in ancient Rome, human beings were put up for sale to the highest bidder.64 The word "redemption" declares that we have been bought with a price. "We are not saved by the Lord Jesus Christ by some method that cost him nothing!  Christ paid the price so that we would never have to suffer poverty or lack again, no matter what the economy looks like!

2 Corinthians 8:9 (NKJV)
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.

Psalms 34:8-11(NKJV) Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the Lord, you His saints!  There is no want (lack) to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. (Read vss. 12-14 to see what it means to fear or reverence the Lord.)
Psalms 37:18-19(KJV) The LORD knows the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

2.   We are redeemed from poverty, unto abundance! (Joshua 1:8; Psalms 35:27; 112:1-3; Proverbs 10:22; John 10:10; Mark 11:24; 1 Timothy 6:17; 3 John 2:1

We must always remember as Christians that we are in this world but not of it.  We are Ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:20) so our needs our supplied by our home government and not the local government we live in!
 

D.   With Godly living, there is profit (1Timothy 4:8).


1 Timothy 4:8(KJV) For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. 

Isaiah 48:17-18(KJV) Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.  O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace(Heb. Shalowm) been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.

Come, let's talk this over, says the Lord; no matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool! 
If you will only let me help you, if you will only obey, then I will make you rich!  But if you keep on turning your backs and refusing to listen to me, you will be killed by your enemies; I, the Lord, have spoken.

         But Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:31-33).

2.       But You've got to turn to the Lord in true repentance, trust Him to help you live right and follow His precepts if you want Him to prosper you!
Matthew 4:17 (KJV)

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Acts 2:38(KJV)
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

Acts 3:19(KJV)
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; 

Next Week:  Breaking Destructive Practices that Lead to Poverty

 

Memory Verse:

Galatians 3:13 -14 (NKJV)
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree" ),   14that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith

 

 MY NEXT STEP IS TO:

            Receive Christ as my personal Lord and Savior

Commit to attend the entire series "Redeemed from   the Curse of Poverty and   Lack" (or as many as possible) April 4th - May 2nd, 2010.

 

 

             Memorize Galatians 3:13

 

             Attend the Patio BBQ Meet and Greet Next Week 4/11/2010

 

             Invite a friend or family member to attend with me.

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