Blessing is an experience everybody desires to have and enjoy, both Christians and non-Christians alike. The first word man heard after his creation in Eden garden was a pronouncement of blessing. (So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. AND GOD BLESSED THEM, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth) Genesis 1:27-28.
Considering the above scripture, you will discover that every word spoken by God to man at creation was full of blessing. If God blessed man at creation, it is therefore not wrong for you as an individual to desire blessing.
Satan, in his quest to deceive man and to destroy him, is now in the world offering men ĎBONDAGEí wrapped in a container labeled ĎBLESSINGí. Remember he offered to give Jesus the glory, power and the treasures of the world if He (Jesus) could only bow down for him (Luke 4:5-7). He simply wanted to make Jesus obey him so that Jesus could become his servant, or better put, his slave. (KNOW YE NOT, THAT TO WHOM YE YIELD YOURSELVES SERVANTS TO OBEY, HIS SERVANTS YE ARE TO WHOM YE OBEY;Ö?) Romans 6:16.
A lot of people have unconsciously made themselves servants to the devil in order to receive the gift he offered. Hear what the bible says about this:
1. Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain. Proverbs 25:14.
Of what importance is cloud without rain? It doesnít make anything grow; neither does it lead to fruitfulness. It only brings hopeless expectation.
2. He that is greedy of gain (from unholy source) troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts (from satan) shall live. Proverbs 15:27.
What is the advantage of a gain that will eventually trouble the whole of your household and put an abrupt end to your life?
Whatever you ac quire through an unrighteous mean will bring more troubles and pain into your life.
Is there any gain without pain? Can there be any blessing without an element of sorrow? Yes, there are. Listen to this:
THE BLESSING OF THE LORD, IT MAKETH RICH, AND HE ADDETH NO SORROW WITH IT. Proverbs 10:22.
When the Lord blesses a man, two things will occur in the life of that person
a) It gives that person true and enduring riches
b) It releases divine immunity against every agent of sorrow.
You also need to realize that Godís blessing is holistic. It permeates the three aspect of human existence.
BELOVED, I WISH ABOVE ALL THINGS THAT THOU MAYEST PROSPER AND BE IN HEALTH, EVEN AS THY SOUL PROSPERETH. 3John 2
Let me explain.
a) God intends to prosper you. He wants to grant you success in all your undertakings. He desires to give you financial blessing, materials possessions, and progress in you life endeavours.
b) God wishes you live healthy. He doesnít want you to be sick, possessed, afflicted, cursed, oppressed, manipulated or die untimely.
c) God desires prosperity for your soul.
What does it mean to prosper in your soul? It means your are saved, grounded in Godís word, filled with Godís wisdom and power, emotionally balance, psychologically upright and mentally sound.
Godís blessing is believersí heritage. It doesnít accommodate sinners. If you are a sinner, you may not have access to Godís blessing. But if you want to enjoy Godís blessing in which you will never experience sorrow, then confess your sins to God, ask Him to forgive you, give your life to Him by inviting Jesus into your life, and start attending a bible believing and teaching church where you will learn about Godís ways and principles.
God almighty is the only source of good and lasting blessing.
EVERY GOOD GIFT AND EVERY PERFECT GIFT IS FROM ABOVE, AND COMETH DOWN FROM THE FATHER OF LIGHTS, WITH WHOM IS NO VARIABLENESS, NEITHER SHADOW OF TURNING. James 1:17.
Evang. Dare Olusola
Ikere Ekiti, Nigeria
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