BLESSINGS

BLESSINGS

 

Blessings

Father in heaven, I ask that you help us be who you want us to be in Jesus name, Amen.
I hope you had a Merry Christmas? Thank God for little mercies

I was saying last week that there are two primary Greek words translated “blessing” in the New Testament. The first one is Makarios. It carries the meaning of happiness as well, just like the one we just looked at. The Beatitudes of Matthew 5 and Luke 6 describe the happy state of those who find their purpose and fulfilment in God. As in the Psalms, the best life is available for those who love and fear God and order their lives according to His Word. Romans 4:6-8 ties this happy blessing to those whose sins are forgiven, for they know the relationship to God has been restored.

The other word is Eulogeo. It focuses more on good words or the good report that others give of someone and also describes the blessing that we say over our food like the type Jesus did in Matthew 26:26. This word is where we get the English word “eulogy,” in which we speak well of the dead. Ephesians 1:3 blesses God for all the blessings that He gives us in Christ, and 1 Peter 3:9 instructs us to bless those who mistreat us, because we were called to receive a blessing from God.

Bringing all these together, we see that a blessing is a statement of good will and happiness that is said about another, as well as the condition that fulfils those good words. God’s original design in creation was for His creatures, including mankind, to experience prosperity, peace, fulfilment and above all worship Him for His pleasure. “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:11.

Let me flow you a little gist on the God desired worship. God had made Lucifer beautiful and loaded him with musical instruments obviously for the worship of God Ezekiel 28:12-19. Because of his beauty and power, for there was no other angel created like him. Pride got the best of him; he thought he could be like God. A position God never intended for him. He rebelled against God and subsequently, was thrown out of heaven to the earth. Isaiah 14:12-15, Luke 10:18. Then God froze the earth in darkness.

After many years of palpable darkness over the earth, God brought back life to the earth in Adam. You know the creation story.  He made Adam from the dust of the ruins of the earth. Then elevated the man made from the “dust of the earth” just a little lower than the angels and gave him authority and stewardship over His creations. Psalm 8:4-8. That was why He congratulated man and the other creatures at creation, but that design was ruined when sin entered the world through mankind.  It took God two thousand years to find a man like Abraham of whom He said For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” Genesis 18:19. You know the story. Israel was eventually born as a nation but they too rebelled against God like Adam and Eve. God said of them “… I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people” Exodus 32:9

But God had blessed man of the dust of the ground and he was to “Subdue and have dominion…” Genesis 1:28 over the rest of creation in essence lead the worship of God. So, out of the nation of Israel God decided to give man a second chance through Abraham. “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” Genesis 22:18. It took another two thousand years for Jesus to show in the picture. This time God changed Him modus operandi. Since the free will He gave His two creatures angels and man had been the main cause for these rebellions. God decided to ask for that will back. So if you willingly choose to be a worshiper of the creator God, you must first surrender your free will to Jesus who showed the example by obedience in the death of the cross. Philippians 2:8. This is done by receiving and confessing Him as your Lord and saviour. Romans 10:9-10, 1 John 1:9 Then you qualify for the restoration of the blessings God is talking about.

When you pronounce statements of blessing on others, they are a wish for God to restore His favour on them or a declaration of His inherent goodness. The ultimate blessing that God has given is the new life and forgiveness that comes through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. The material blessings we enjoy from day to day are temporary, but the spiritual blessings available to us in Christ encompass time and eternity, as well as material and immaterial things. As the Psalmist said, “Happy (Blessed) is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God” Psalms 146:5

 

In the case of Deuteronomy 28 from verses 1-14 God talked about His blessings that He pronounced on the children of Israel and He quickly added that they were conditional, because from the 15th verse to the end, He told them about the direct opposite of the blessing that will happen to them if they followed other gods.

Bottom line, Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:22-24

The Lord will help us to be better people for Him in Jesus name as we yield ourselves up to His will and be a blessing unto others as an extension of His love to mankind, Amen.

Hallelujah people. In less than 48 hours the world will be celebrating the beginning of a new year, 2017 Hallelujah!!!
The Bible says that “He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee” Job 5:19 I put it this way, that He that had delivered you on six occasion shall not abandon you on the seventh and that the manna will flow until you cross the Jordan in Jesus name, Amen.

We thank God for past Ebenezer and look forwards to future benevolence Amen.

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