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You are Blessed

Friday, October 27th, 2017

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You are blessed! What does it mean to live in blessing? Do you know that Jesus came that we might have life, and have it more abundantly? (John 10:10)

If we understand how to receive God’s blessings, we will be able to give to others what we have received; in turn, blessing those around us.

Life in abundance, that’s what Christ came to give us. It doesn’t mean monetarily, although in my life, God has supernaturally blessed me beyond my wildest dreams many times in the area of finances. The two most lavish things I’ve gotten from God is a trip to the Bahamas (God gave me back my honeymoon from the rapist) and a trip to Guatemala (to show my husband and kids where I grew up as a missionary kid). Both of these vacations were funded supernaturally by money coming in suddenly from unexpected sources at the last minute when we had no money whatsoever.

Last week God gave me a piano. It cost me nothing, and it was delivered at no cost. My son was taking piano lessons and is excelling with a natural talent for it. I had no money, so I asked God for a piano for my son. You see, I still don’t have any money, but I’m walking in abundance. The reason I’m supernaturally rich is because I’m connected to an Almighty God who owns everything.

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Blessed are the poor, because they rely on God for everything. Cursed are the rich, who have no need of anything and therefore don’t actually lean on God at all. (Cue the rich young ruler walking off the stage with no salvation.)

But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.” Jeremiah 17:7 NIV

In the beatitudes from Matthew 5:3-12, Jesus says that the following people are especially blessed: the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those who are persecuted. Are any of these things true about you? Jesus says these people receive blessings: heaven, comfort, inheritance, satisfaction, mercy, seeing God, being called sons of God, and a great reward in heaven.

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Those who persevere under trial are blessed (James 1:12). You will come out as gold on the other side of the trial, so if you don’t feel like you are living the inwardly abundant life, hold on. You will make it. The agony will be lifted. You will be comforted and healed.

“O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” Psalm 34:8 NASB

Matthew 10:37 says that freely you have received, freely give. When God blesses us, we can’t help but have it spill out to others. Look for ways to bless the people around you, especially your own family members.

I have always loved this benediction from Numbers 6:24-26, so I’ll end with this:

“The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”

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My daughter and I created the artwork for this series from the course {aff} “You are a Masterpiece” by Alicia Gratehouse. If you love to do art and are discovering who you are in Christ, this is a great art course for you!

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