Posts Tagged ‘Blessings

26
Apr
17

Obedience & Blessings

Do you look around at your life and wonder, “Why doesn’t God bless me?” We sometimes wonder if God is withholding His blessings as a way of punishing us. Maybe we are bringing it on ourselves. James says:
But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. – James 1:25 (NIV)
I have two thoughts regarding blessings and obedience. First, if you’re not obeying, God’s not blessing. It doesn’t mean you can hold your obedience over His head and demand blessings. That’s pride and that’s not how it works. What it does mean is that God knows what is best and when we obey Him, good things tend to happen more than bad things. Disobedience makes bad things happen.
Second, maybe we need to re-calibrate our idea of blessings. How many of us are REALLY blessed, but we just fail to realize how we have been truly blessed. God is good and He gives us many good gifts. He gives us spiritual, relational, emotional and physical blessings abundantly.  Let’s not take His blessings for granted and instead, let’s be grateful for what we have been given.
12
Apr
17

Is Jesus Enough?

James says that the poor should take pride in their low position because they have a deeper faith in God. Then he addresses the wealthy believers who were in the church at Jerusalem. He said:

But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business. – James 1:10-11 (NIV)

If a wealthy believer were to lose every material possession, they could still rejoice in the fact that they have Jesus. The question for us all, especially American Christians who have so much, is this: “Is Jesus enough?” We have so much more than the rest of the world that we forget that we are so blessed. If you were to lose everything, would Jesus be enough? Would you be satisfied knowing that you have Him and the promise of Heaven? Ask yourself this question today as you count your many blessings.
17
Mar
17

Gratitude

Good Friday morning to you! There are three little words at the end of Colossians 3:15 that seem like an afterthought. However, these three words are vital to being a follower of Jesus. Paul says:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. – Colossians 3:15 (NIV)
 Gratitude is not an option for Christians. We should be the most thankful people on the planet. After all, we know that Jesus died to forgive our many sins and that we have the promise of eternal life in Heaven with Him because of God’s grace. Not only that, but we know the source of our blessings is our Heavenly Father. So why do we complain so much? It’s because we forget. We get so bogged down in the muck and mire of this world that we forget to be thankful. We forget that we’re going to Heaven and this life is not all that there is. Don’t let the problems of earth take away the joy of Heaven. Be thankful today for the blessings you’ve received and even for the trials of faith that come along. God has blessed you with both so that you will know Him and His love each day.
15
Feb
17

Honored Guests

Good Wednesday morning to you! In David’s day, if you went to a banquet like the one he described in Psalm 23:5, they would anoint the heads of honored guests with oil. He says that God does the same for him.
…you anoint my head with oil;

my cup overflows. – Psalm 23:5b (ESV)

In God’s presence, David is treated like a VIP. David is not an outsider. He’s not treated as his sins deserve. No, David is an honored guest in the presence of the Lord. Not only does God treat him like a VIP, but God abundantly provides for David. David’s cup is filled to overflowing with blessings from God. The next time you feel worthless or unimportant, remember that God invites you to His banquet table where you are a VIP. You are a special guest in His presence. He’ll never reject you when you come to Him. He’s glad you’re there.
14
Feb
17

Dining With The Lord

David switches gears from a sheep to the guest of honor at a banquet given by God.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies – Psalm 23:5a (ESV)

David’s enemies have surrounded him, but God has led him through the valley of the shadow of death. God has led him to a place of safety and security. Now, at this place, God has prepared for him a banquet where all his enemies can do is look on in annoyed frustration. God is protecting David and He is blessing David. If you have enemies, remember that Jesus tells us that we must love them and pray for them. We need to let God deal with our enemies as we patiently wait for that banquet to be prepared. God will protect us and provide for us as He has promised to do. Your enemies will have to look on at your prosperity as God takes care of you.
08
Nov
16

God Doesn’t Play Politics

In Proverbs 14, we see a great lesson about the political world in verse 34:

Righteousness exalts a nation,
but sin is a disgrace to any people. (Proverbs 13:34, NIV)

I’m not going to go on any political rants, but I want you to think about this verse.  How has our nation exhibited righteousness?  How have we sinned?  I don’t think that this verse just has to do with the ancient nation of Israel.  I believe that this verse applies to any nation.  I don’t believe that this verse is pointed at any political party, either.  I think that there is good and bad on both sides of the aisle.  But if we want God to bless America, then it is time for America to bless God with repentance and righteousness.  We cannot pay lip service to Him and continue on a path of sin.  So what do YOU think about this verse?  Is our nation exalted or disgraced?  Should God continue to bless America with provision and protection?  Or should America repent of sin and beg God for mercy?
PRAYER: Father, on this election day, we pray for the men and women who will be leading this nation. We pray for their protection and for the protection of their families. We pray that they would turn to You for wisdom and guidance. We pray for our country. We ask that You would turn the hearts of people to You. Don’t give up on us, O God. We need You now as we always have. We can’t make it without You. In the name of Jesus, amen.
23
Nov
15

Blessed To Use Our Time

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana.




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