Monday, September 03, 2012

The Blessings of Adam

Luke 22:44 (NKJV) And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. 

The Bible says in Galatians 3:13, "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law." The curse of the law is found in Deuteronomy 28:15-68. Galatians 3:14 goes on to say, "that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles." This is a wonderful truth---that we can receive the blessings of Abraham. However, even Abraham was not blessed with the same blessings as Adam.

It is true that the cross provided redemption from the curse of the law, but did you know it also redeemed us from the curse of Adams fall? The Bible tells us in Genesis 3:17-19, "Then to Adam He [God] said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': "Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread."

When Adam broke the only command he had, the ground was cursed, and so were his efforts to provide for himself. The verse at the top of our post reveals that Jesus redeemed the sweat of our face by sweating blood. He also redeemed the ground beneath us with that very same blood. This event took place in the garden of Gethsemane, the night Jesus was arrested. The same way the curse took place in a garden---redemption also happened in a garden.

It may be that everything you try to achieve in life is overwhelming. I went through a time when it seemed everything was one-step forward---two steps backward. Like money in the bank, if we do not know redemption is available, it does not do us any good.

This revelation has made an amazing difference for me. Life still gives me challenges; I just handle them differently. First, I declare my rights---Christ redeemed me from these frustrations (Luke 22:44). Second, I declare something else the Bible teaches---the more trouble, the more we receive double (Zechariah 9:12, Isaiah 61:7).

I often chuckle when thorns crop up. This was not always the case but, the more I see the results of these promises, the more I understand what God has done for us. I love to declare these promises.

At first, it may appear that little seems to change. Watch for change. As you see this work, your confidence will increase, and when the weeds show up in your garden---you will chuckle too.

Be blessed!

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