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Blessings or Blessed?

Saturday, January 30, 2016 • • General
There is a difference between having a blessing and being blessed!

                    

           Receiving a blessing does not automatically make you blessed! Someone may say how so? Well, we know that every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation of shifting shadow (James 1:17). That means that our Father in heaven gives us blessings that come from Him. One might even say that the past tense for receiving a blessing is being blessed. This is very true, however there is also a matter in which one can live in where they are blessed continually; it becomes their life!

            In society today we often mark a blessed person as one who has great material things; great status, great wealth, and great health. We seem to believe that these prerequisites are what qualify a person to be called "blessed." In fact, blessed is often a word that many of us have spoken time after timeā€¦ "I'm blessed coming in, and I'm blessed coming out (Duet. 28:6)." When asked how we are doing we often respond by saying "I'm blessed and highly favored!" While that may be true for some of us at least, it is often used out of context. The word blessed comes from a Greek word Makarios meaning supremely blessed; by extension fortunate, well off. Just like there is the gift of prophecy and spirit of prophecy, there is also the office of the prophet (1 Corinthians 12:4-7). So it is true about blessings and being blessed. Having a blessing or blessings is not the same as being in an office where blessed becomes a part of your life. Just like everyone is not a prophet, everyone is not blessed. You can have the gift (blessing) but not operate fully in the blessed life.

            So what does the Word of God say about being blessed? It says some things that many do not consider as true examples of a blessed person. Matthew 5 provides us with a detailed description of those who are blessed. "And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." Many of these things people will not endure. But if the Lord himself calls this type "blessed" then it is something we should embrace and not ignore. Who wants to be persecuted and talked about for Christ's sake? Who wants to have a hunger and thirst for the Lord so much that they deny themselves of everything their flesh desires? Who wants to be pure at heart and not allow wickedness to penetrate their heart? I would say that many desire these things and will give lip service to say they will endure, but when the fiery trials and test come they will not stand the test.

            Let us begin to strive for God's stamp of "blessed" on our lives. If it means denying ourselves and dying to our flesh to be truly "blessed" then that is what it will take. No longer will we strive for an occasional gift (blessing) when we can live a life that demands these gifts come because we have endured and are blessed! God supplies continual blessings to His people. However, we must remember that these blessings are for those who hearken to the voice of the Lord (Deut. 28:1-10). The only way we are blessed is in receiving Jesus Christ into our hearts and living a life that is fully pleasing to Him. Let our prayers and petitions desire God's stamp of "blessed" and not this world's.

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