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Summary: A sobering looking at the times in Scripture God "commands the blessing" God calls us to unity, obedience to Him and to not wrong another. This sermon is a call to work against abortion. If the Church will do this, God commands His blessing.

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The Lord Commands the Blessing

Sunday Sermon / February 11th 2007

Call forward everyone under the age of 34 – take a good look at every one of these beautiful children of God.

How many of you long to receive the Blessing of God over your life?

How doest that happen? Do we just name it and claim it? Or is there more to it than that?

There are three times in Scripture that God says he will command his blessing on the people.

We are going to look at those passages and consider

Text: Psalm 133:1-3 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity! 2It is like the precious oil upon the head, Coming down upon the beard, Even Aaron’s beard, Coming down upon the edge of his robes. 3It is like the dew of Hermon Coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing--life forever.

I. Solidarity

sol•i•dar•i•ty union or fellowship arising from common responsibilities and interests, as between members of a group or between classes, peoples, etc

a. Unity

i. Annointing for ministry / With power!

Psalm 133 tells us that whenever the children of God stand as the Family of God and dwell together in unity it is like the anointing of Aaron as High Priest.

Scripture teaches us elsewhere that Jesus is our ultimate High Priest. Can you imagine the scene of this powerful anointing? The pouring out of the oil (representing the anointing of the Holy Spirit by which comes healing, deliverance and life) the fragrance of the spices mixed with the oil fill the whole room.

What an awesome picture. God says that when we stand united under Him it as though Christ where standing in the Holy Spirit is being poured out over Him.

ii. Refreshing for growth

It also tells us that when the children of God stand as the Family of God and dwell together in unity it is like the dew coming down upon the mountains of Zion. There is no rain, no moisture other than the dew that falls. The Dew alone waters the vegetation and brings growth, life and refreshing

• I want to take my time today to call this church to unity; to the same side. To see any and all differences as adding to our strength.

• We all have role to play, a gift to give.

I am convinced that we all have been given strength and fight. But when we lose sight of the ministry God has set before us and the Battle for His Kingdom, we easily turn on one another.

Text: Deuteronomy 28:1-8 "(Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the LORD your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the LORD your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. 2"All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the LORD your God: 3"Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. 4"Blessed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground and the offspring of your beasts, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock. 5"Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 6"Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. 7"The LORD shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they will come out against you one way and will flee before you seven ways. 8"The LORD will command the blessing upon you in your barns and in all that you put your hand to, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God gives you.

b. Common responsibilities and interests.

i. Our common interest must be to hear the voice of the God

ii. Our common responsibility must be to diligently do the work of God

Although there are many causes in need of Christian attention and diligence one stands out among the most important: The issue of Abortion

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Abortion always results in the death of an innocent baby

• There can be no mistaking those videos from the womb as anything else but real human beings.

• All of those beautiful people standing up here a moments ago where considered optional

• There are 100 abortions per/day in the State of Pennsylvania

Hosea 4:1-3a Hear the word of the LORD, You children of Israel, For the LORD brings a charge against the inhabitants of the land: “There is no truth or mercy Or knowledge of God in the land. 2By swearing and lying, Killing and stealing and committing adultery, They break all restraint, With bloodshed upon bloodshed.3 Therefore the land will mourn; And everyone who dwells there will waste away

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