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I shared the rest of this devotion with our church staff this week, and I believe that all of us need to realize how blessed we are and how we are created to be a blessing!
Understanding who we are is vital. It battles depression. It puts an end to questions of identity. It even pushes away living for the wrong reasons. We are the people of blessing. God destined us for blessings.
Genesis 12:2 NLT
I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.
Blessings don’t come inherently from what we do. Each one begins inside of us, deep in our hearts. The blessings find their origin in God. Just like He created us to walk with Him, God created us to live with and to give blessing.
Ephesians 1:3 NLT
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.
Being a blessing is a choice. But it is strange that being a blessing also becomes a life style. In our line of work it is easy to loose sight of the blessings and become hardened to other people. We must be reminded of our blessings.
Psalm 37:26 NLT
The godly always give generous loans to others, and their children are a blessing.
When others speak blessings over us, we need to take seriously what is said. Some of those things hit us well and ought to be held tightly to while other words and thoughts, what some might call blessings, really aren't that at all. Be wise.
Luke 2:34 NLT
Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him.
Hebrews 7:7 NLT
And without question, the person who has the power to give a blessing is greater than the one who is blessed.
It is not about you. Be careful because this is a place that many of us stumble. It is all about God. He is the reason we are blessed. He is the reason we bless others. When we are in the way, it is like an artery being clogged that doesn’t allow blood to circulate. Make sure you are clear and ready to receive and to give blessings.
You are blessed. You are blessed to be a blessing!