THE BLESSINGS OF GOD.
- The blessings of God means the gift of God, it is the favour that God gives to His children that trust in His name. Now Looking at the story of Noah; God had to protect Noah and his family, and ensure while the flood lasted, none of Noah’s family members or flocks were destroyed, God had to ensure this because he loved Noah and his family and while the flood remained, none of Noah’s family members or flocks were destroyed, God did this to protect Noah and his family and also his blessings which he had given him.
There has been the question of how man can be blessed by God or how the blessings of God can come to man? the truth is; the blessings of God can only come to those that has given their lives to God and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal Saviour, these are those that are qualified to receive the blessings of God, and the blessings are not for the sinners, they are not for the losts, they are for the selected few, that is why it is important that the gospel be preached, people ought to understand the importance of God’s blessing, and the effect it will bring about in their lives. The blessings of God are for the righteous, and it separates them from evil because when God blesses a man, He watches over that man, and ensure that man is not hurt.
The blessings of God is far more different from the blessings of the world, now during the time of Noah, there were rich people, but their riches were not from God, and because they felt that they were blessed, they never bordered to give their hearts to God, not knowing that destruction was around the corner, but if only they gave their hearts to God, they wouldn’t have been perished by the flood, they would have been inside the ark and be blessed by God. Today, God wants us to preach the gospel, He wants us to make people understand that His blessings is different from the worlds blessings, in the worlds blessings, there is no peace, the blessings goes up to come down, but the blessings of God is absolutely perfect, there are no problems, and perfect peace is sure. Throughout the study of the scripture, there were several men and women whom God blessed, and the blessings remained with them despite the trials and temptations that they faced.
The bible also talked about the story of Jacob, how God blessed him, the bible recorded that God so much blessed Jacob to the extent that he heard the words of Laban’s son his master’s son saying, Jacob has taken away all that was our father’s and of that which was our father’s hath he gotten all this glory. And the Lord said unto Jacob, return unto the Land of your fathers and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee. And Jacob sent and called Racheal and said and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee. Now Jacob had served Laban for years, and God had so much blessed them, but at the time that Laban was beginning to feel that all of Jacob’s blessings are from him and his children, God had to instruct Jacob to go away from Laban, before all of his blessings will be taken away from him.
This is what God does when he blesses a man, He monitors the blessings and before canker worm and caterpillar tries to eat up the blessings, He gives the man instruction on the next step to take, but as for the worlds blessings, there are no instructions to stop the canker worm and the caterpillar from destroying the blessings, the blessings comes and go with no benefits. This is the world’s blessings. Today; God is interested in the blessings of His Children, He wants His Children to be blessed beyond measure, but one thing is sure, they must be born again and their heart must be right before Him. And this was the case with Abraham the father of Jacob, and that was why God blessed him exceedingly, because his heart was right before God In Genesis 26 vs 4 and the LORD said unto Abraham I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven and will give unto thy seed all these countries and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed. God said this to Abraham because Abraham was perfect and righteous in His sight, Abraham never wronged God, and that was why God blessed him enormously.
Today God wants us to recognise how important He is in our lives, He wants us to crave for His blessings because only His blessings can grant us peace and Joy, only His blessings can make us free, because the worlds blessings is filled with tribulations and there is no peace, that is why we need to let people know about Jesus, we need to preach the gospel so people would understand what God mission is all about, and so people will be ready to receive Gods blessings. The bible talked about the ark of God, the bible recorded that the ark of God was with the philistines for seven months and when you read through the bible, it was recorded while the ark of God was with the Philistines, it was from one problem or the other, and even while the ark was removed and brought to Beth- she mesh In 1 Sammuel 6 vs 12, the bible recorded that it was even worst just because the people of Beth- she mesh looked into the ark, and the bible recorded that: the ark smote of the people fifty thousand and three score and ten men: and the people lamented, because the LORD has smitten many of the people with a great slaughter, and the men of Beth – she mesh said who is able to stand before this holy LORD God? and to whom shall He go up from us? And they sent messengers to inhabitant of kirjathjearim, saying, the Philistines have brought again the ark of the LORD; come ye down and fetch it.
The bible talked about the ark of God, this was the ark of blessings and breakthrough, but it Happened that anywhere they took the ark to, there was no peace, either it brought lamentation to the people or it brought death to the people, this was because, those that handled the ark, their hearts were not right before God, and they weren’t clean, and that was why the ark brought destruction to them. They moved the ark from country to country until they brought the ark to Nachon’s threshing floor, but the bible recorded as uz-zah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the Lord stroke him and he died. This helps us to know how important the blessings of God is, the ark signified the blessings of God, but because it was suppose to be meant for the righteous ones, it was never settled anywhere they took it to, and all the places they took the ark to were not qualified for Gods blessings, until they brought the ark to the house of Obededom, this was a man that had clean hands and a pure heart Psalm 24 vs 4, that was why the ark got settled in the house of Obededom and his house hold.
David was so excited about the ark of God because he knew that the ark had caused destruction in other places, but when the ark was brought to Israel, there was peace and progress, and because of this, the whole of Isreal celebrated, and they knew the ark has come to stay, and they knew that the blessings of God has come to reside among them. In churches today; the ark of God is the spirit of God, it is no longer in the physical instrument that we can see because the death and burial of Jesus Christ brought that changes. So it is important today that we live our lives daily to the glory of God, we need to live a sin free life, so that the spirit of God can bless us, this was the case with the ark of God, the ark of God killed thousands of people, yet this same ark stayed in one man’s house and then brought blessings upon the man and his house hold. God is interested in sending the holy spirit into our lives but we need to qualify for that presence that can cause changes in every area of our lives, that presence that can cause us to live and never forget the blessings of God, but one thing is certain, we must live a righteous life so we can be qualified for the blessings that comes from the spirit of God because it is Gods desire that His children should be blessed so He can use them to further the work of the ministry.
God is a God of blessings and this blessings are for His children, those that has accepted Him as the LORD of their lives, and those that are ready to serve Him despite all else. But often times, Christians struggle, they don’t get blessed by God even when they pray, the reason most times is that they don’t put their faith to work, when they pray and wait for a little period without receiving Gods blessings, they begin to doubt and to loose their hope, and when this happens, they start seeking help elsewhere to receive blessings. Any one that wants the blessings of God should be ready to wear faith and Patience, they, should be ready to trust God with the whole of their heart so that when it is time for God to bless them, and when He sees their faith and Patience, He would then release His blessings upon them.
This is all what God wants having people that are patient steadfast people that are ready to wait for the promise. As Gods children, we should be able to wait for the blessings of God, if God promised us His blessings definitely He would fulfil it, and that is why He sent Jesus Christ in to the world, Jesus Christ is the one that brings us closer to God, he is the one that make God hear us when we pray, that is why each time we pray we always end the prayers by saying in the name of Jesus, this is always our assurance that our prayers has been answered by God, so when we are Christians, that understand this simple truth, it won’t be long for your prayers to be heard by God, because God watches over His children, He wants us to understand the simple principle, that is why we need to study God’s word, so we can know more about God, and know how to worship Him in spirit and in truth. Throughout the scripture, God released His blessings upon men and women, this was because they understood the principle of God, the bible talked about how God blessed David and his son Solomon, how they related with God and they became blessed.
It was recorded in the bible that Solomon went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place a thousand burnt offering did Solomon offer upon that alter in Gibeon, and the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and said, Ask what I shall give thee. These are people that understood the principle of God perfectly, they knew what God wanted and at the right time, Solomon knew that as he was newly anointed King that he had to give God his best, and that was why he gave God a thousand burnt Sacrifice and the aroma of that offering went to God, God didn’t have time to wait for the next day, He appeared to Solomon in a dream and asked him what he wanted.
Toay; God wants us to act like Solomon that gave Him his best, he gave to God what will cost him something, and that was why he was richly blessed by God, the bible recorded that God so much blessed him that people had to travel far and near just to see the blessings of Solomon and all that came to his Palace marvelled at the glory of God that was seen there, and this was because he was a giver and also God has so much placed His blessings upon him. God wants us to be a great giver, so he can easily bless us with all that we need, because when we are not givers, and he blesses us, we won’t be ready to give to others. Now we need to make up our minds to be givers so that the blessings of God can be resident in our lives and also our families, and this is Gods word concerning us, and as we do His blessings will be resident in our lives continually.