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How Can We Receive God's Blessings

Aug 1, 2008
Contrary to popular belief or notion, the possession of material wealth is not a blessing but comes as the result of blessing. The pronouncement of good things to come is the blessing, and we usually ask a blessing from those who could make them come true. In this case, they come from the most obvious one, God, because only HE can make good pronouncements come true.

What Is A Blessing?
Blessing is not just Physical Possession. Contrary to popular belief, the possession of material wealth is not the blessing but comes as the result of a blessing. For that reason many of us do not realize the blessings which God has already given us though we do not possess them physically such as career, children, education,family, friends, health, relationships, safety and as His children.

There are lots of things that God has given us that we take for granted. Oftentimes we are unaware that we have received them because God wanted us to have them. Oftentimes we are disappointed that we do not receive what we asked for not realizing that if we had them they would have been detrimental to our character-building. In many instances God delays our receiving of good things to teach us patience and dependence on Him.

Sufferings Can Be A Blessing
Sufferings can be a blessing in disguise. God always does things for a good purpose. Every trial we face, every situation we encounter whether because of our personal indiscretions or whether it comes as God's disciplinary action helps us develop and build righteous character. While salvation is a gift, God requires the building of a righteous character before any human can become a part of His Family. We already know that disobedience prevents us from having eternal life.

This God clearly demonstrated when He drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden to keep them from eating of the tree of life after they have eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, that is, after they disobeyed God. Immortality is God's greatest gift to humanity.He wants those whom He has created in his own likeness and in his own image ultimately reach their potential to become members of His immortal Family. But not without developing a character that is in the image or likeness of that of God's, and most certainly not to one who is disobedient.

When Will God Bless Us?
God knows when to bless us. Most of the time, we get disappointed that we do not receive what we asked for not realizing that if we had them they would have been detrimental to our life. In many instances God delays our receiving of good things to teach us patience, dependence and obedience to Him.

How Can We Receive God's Blessings?
Blessings come in various forms.God's pronouncement of good things may come in the form of long life, good health, protection from injury, happiness in marriage and family, loyal and trustworthy friends, honor and glory in society, or in the form everybody wants it - material wealth. But they come with the work of one's hands and obedience to the Lord. If there is something that God takes notice of, it is the man who is honestly works hard to earn his keep and obedient to His laws.

1. Work Faithfully
Paul gives us a very good tip on how to receive an inheritance from the Lord. In Colossians 3:23, we are admonished whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong, and there is no favoritism.

2. A Life of Obedience
Proverbs 3:33, The Lord's curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.

Deuteronomy 28:1-8, If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:

You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country. The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

3. Honor the Lord
Proverbs 3:9-10, Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

Deuteronomy 23:17, No Israelite man or woman is to become a shrine prostitute. You must not bring the earnings of a female prostitute or of a male prostitute into the house of the Lord your God to pay any vow, because the Lord your God detests them both.
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