Friday, March 6, 2015

blessed to be a blessing

Then Moses and Aaron went into the Tabernacle, and when they came back out, they blessed the people again, and the glory of the Lord appeared to the whole community.

One of the most obvious truths is that we are blessed.  To live in America is a blessing.  To be part of a family is a blessing.  There are many of those type things that we can and must point to as blessings, yet I think we must go farther.

Those who have chosen to follow God are blessed, and if we stop long enough, we can literally “count our blessings” as we see and experience the hand of God in our lives.  Like when Moses and Aaron stepped out of the temple there was a time when God met with His people, moved within His character, which is way outside and beyond human expectations, and His blessings on His kids are too numerous to count.

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.

We are blessed by God so that we take the blessings to another level or to share them with others.  Blessings are often times the things that God teaches us through.  Blessings are not always in the positive category. 

“Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons.”  Mother Teresa

That’s tough.  To learn from the blessings, the good and the bad, is a must for all who want to be who God made us to be.  Really it takes swallowing our pride to learn from the difficult blessings.

How we see our blessings will change how we respond to our blessings.  Think about it for a minute.  When you get extra money, which is a blessing, do you bless others?  When you learn big truth, do you take notes and share it with others?

Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor.

When we come to the place where we give simply because we have an unselfish, liberal heart of gratitude toward God, we will be well on the road to the blessed life. – Robert Morris, The Blessed Life

There is more to blessings than simply taking them all in.  In fact the blessings God gives are always tied to using them for the good of others and for the glory of God.  Blessings are meant to be shared. 

Step up and do something with what you have been given.  Acknowledge your blessings.  Point them toward God.  It is an act of faith.

Luke 1:45  NLT
You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.

Get personal about our blessings.  They are tied to your relationship with God.  He has decided and chosen to love us and to load our lives with the things that give us joy and work for the best good of God’s kingdom.  That is why we have to see our blessings from God’s point of view as life, in human thinking, is often not fair.

“In a world that contains tragedies, we must realize that they’re vastly outnumbered by blessings.”David Jeremiah, What Are You Afraid Of?

Blessings outnumber our pain.  Blessings lead us out of struggles.  Blessings remind us that the next steps will come with more blessings.

You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today.

We are blessed so that we can give back to God and share with others.  Blessings are real and are in all of our lives!  As you begin your day or continue your day, spend time confessing this truth …

YOU ARE “Blessed to be a blessing”

NOTE: don't forget to change your clocks Saturday night (spring forward 1 hour) so you are not late for church on Sunday!

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