Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Real Deal On Blessings

Psalm 1:1
Blessed is the man.........

We say "Bless you" when someone sneezes....
We say a "Blessing" when we sit down to eat.....
We use the word in various ways, and at various times.
But do we truly understand what it means to be blessed by God?

Short and sweet answer is that to be blessed by God means that we have His favor.
Now favor doesn't always translate into us receiving material things.
We don't measure the blessings of God like we're on some kind of cosmic "Price Is Right" show.

In fact, I don't think we are suppose to measure blessings when they come from the hand of God. But I do think it is important to know and understand when and why God grants us favor.
When we are under the blessings of God, it is because we are being obedient and following His instruction. More than that, it means we have a heart to love God, and to trust Him.

Here are some scriptures that will show you the many different sides of being blessed by God. He truly is looking for a people on whom He can pour out His blessings. Not so we can become fat babies in the nursery, but grow and mature, developing His character and righteousness.

For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.Psalm 30:5
Wow.....His favor is for life, and might I add "And beyond".

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 2 Peter 1:2–3
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9
So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:46–47
So in Psalm 1, we read that God's blessings fall upon those who do not order their lives according to information, guidance, or counsel that has been given by others who  do not know God, or follow His ways. We receive the blessings, or favor, when we follow Him.
We receive God's blessing when we do not stand with sinners. This is not an indictment against coming in contact with people who are still living outside the will of God. What it means is that we are not to plant our lives in the social circle of such. Yes, we are to love those who have not yet met our Jesus. Yes, we are to be there for them when they have questions. But we are not to tie ourselves to them as the only means for social interaction. What's the old adage? If you lie down with dog's, you're bound to get fleas. Well, if we hang around old friends in all the old places, we are probably going to slide back into our old ways and habits.
Spend some time today thinking on how God has blessed you.  Be grateful. Find contentment....just for today.
God on you...

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