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I like to begin each day with a confession of faith. What we say has power. The Bible says, ďOut of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks,Ē and ďAs he thinks in his heart, so is he.Ē Confession is more powerful than most Christians ever realize. Thatís why Romans 10:9-10 says, ďThat if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.Ē The confession that I begin my day with varies somewhat, because I donít want it to become something that I donít engage my mind in, in other words, a vain repetition, but it does stay pretty much on the same track. Part of the confession that Iíve developed is that, ďI walk in the blessing of Abraham.Ē When I first started saying that, as a confession, I had in mind that I am justified by faith and blessed with great promises, just as Abraham was. Of course, thatís correct, but God has shown me that there is much more to it than I realized.

This text has two major considerations at which I want us to look: The curse of the law and the blessing of Abraham.

Weíre very plainly told that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. It is clearly past tense and plainly stated, nobody should have any trouble seeing that fact. What I believe people do have trouble understanding, however, is of what exactly does the curse of the law consist? What does it mean? Let me direct your attention to Deuteronomy 28, verse 15 and following. In these verse, we can see that the curse of the law is the results for not keeping it. I would venture to say that if we know anything about the Bible, at all, we know that there is the result of spiritual death. We know that when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, although they did not immediately die physically, they instantly died spiritually. Thatís why they ran from God and tried to hide, because fellowship with God is a spiritual thing. In Deuteronomy 28, we see that there is more to the curse of the law than just spiritual death, although thatís certainly bad enough. There is poverty, sickness and destruction. Verse 15 sets the stage by telling Godís people that they must obey the voice of God, and they must observe carefully all of His commands and statutes. If they fail, hereís the curse: poverty, verses 16-20; 30-33; sickness, verses 21-22; 35; 59-61; and destruction, verses 49-57; 62-68.

Now, we must seriously ask the question, what does it mean that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law? It means that we no longer have to live under it! Please look at Psalm 103, which is not a Psalm about the law or its curse, but it is about the heart of God and His great benefits to His covenant people. Verses 1-2 tell us to bless the Lord, or as we might say, praise the Lord, but then it says, ďforget not all His benefits.Ē Another way of saying that is to say, ďDonít