We Must Bless In Order To Inherit A Blessing
by Sharon McClean
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1 Peter 3:9—not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary BLESSING, knowing that you were CALLED to this, that you may INHERIT a BLESSING. Acts 3:25—You are sons of the prophets, and of THE COVENANT which God made with our fathers, saying to ABRAHAM, and in YOUR SEED ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED. (26) To you first, GOD, HAVING RAISED UP HIS SERVANT JESUS SENT HIM to BLESS YOU, in TURNING AWAY EVERY ONE OF YOU FROM YOUR INIQUITIES. Acts 13:32—And we declare to you glad tidings—THAT PROMISE which was made to the fathers. (33) God has FULFILLED this for US their children, in that HE HAS RAISED UP JESUS. As it is written in the SECOND PSALM: ‘You are My Son, today I have BEGOTTEN You. (34) And that He RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD, no more to return to corruption, He has spoken thus: I will GIVE YOU THE SURE MERCIES OF DAVID.
(Is. 55:3—Incline your ear, and COME TO ME. HEAR, and your soul shall live; and I will make an EVERLASTING COVNENANT with you—THE SURE MERCIES OF DAVID. (4) Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people, a leader and commander for the people. (5) Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, AND NATIONS WHO DO NOT KNOW YOU SHALL RUN TO YOU, because of the Lord your God, and the HOLY ONE of ISRAEL; for HE HAS GLORIFIED YOU.) (PS 2:1—Why do the NATIONS RAGE; and the people plot a VAIN THING? (2) THE KINGS OF THE EARTH set themselves AGAINST the LORD and AGAINST HIS ANOINTED, saying, (3) Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us. (6) Yet I have set My King on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare THE DECREE; The Lord has said to Me, You are My Son, today I have BEGOTTEN You. (8) ASK of Me and I WILL GIVE You THE NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and the ENDS OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.)
(Acts 4:25—Who by the mouth of Your servant DAVID have said: Why do the NATIONS RAGE, and the people plot VAIN THINGS? (26) THE KINGS OF THE EARTH took THEIR STAND, and the rulers were gathered together AGAINST the LORD and AGAINST HIS CHRIST. (27) For truly AGAINST Your holy Servant JESUS, whom YOU ANOINTED, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with THE GENTILES and the people of ISRAEL, were gathered together (28) to do WHATEVER YOUR HAND and YOUR PURPOSE DETERMINED BEFORE TO BE DONE. (29) Now, Lord, LOOK ON THEIR THREATS, and grant to YOUR SERVANTS that with ALL BOLDNESS they may SPEAK YOUR WORD, (30) by stretching out YOUR HAND TO HEAL, and that SIGNS and WONDERS MAY BE DONE THROUGH THE NAME OF YOUR HOLY SERVANT JESUS. (31) And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken, and THEY WERE ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT, and they spoke THE WORD OF GOD WITH BOLDNESS.
Acts 15:14—Simon has declared how God at the first VISITED THE GENTILES TO TAKE OUT OF THEM A PEOPLE FOR HIS NAME, (15) And with this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written: (16) After this I WILL RETURN and WILL REBUILD THE TABERNACLE OF DAVID WHICH HAS FALLEN DOWN. I will REBUILD ITS RUINS, and I WILL SET IT UP, (17) so that THE REST OF MANKIND MAY SEEK THE LORD, even ALL THE GENTILES WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, says the Lord who does all these things. (Ps. 78:68—But chose the tribe of Judah, MOUNT ZION which He loved. (69) And HE BUILT HIS SANCTUARY like the HEIGHTS, like the EARTH which HE HAS ESTABLISHED FOREVER. (70) He also CHOSE DAVID His servant, and took him from the sheepfolds; (71) from following the ewes that had young he brought him, TO SHEPHERD JACOB HIS PEOPLE, and ISRAEL HIS INHERITANCE. (72) So he shepherded them according to THE INTEGRITY of HIS HEART, and GUIDED THEM by the SKILLFULNESS of HIS HANDS.
Gen. 12:1—Now the Lord had said to Abram: (2) I will make you a great nation; I WILL BLESS YOU and make your name great; and YOU SHALL BE A BLESSING. (3) I will BLESS those who BLESS you, and I will CURSE him who CURSES you; and in you ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED. Gal. 3:13—Christ has redeemed us from the CURSE of the law, (14) that the BLESSING OF ABRAHAM might come upon THE GENTILES in Christ Jesus, that we might receive THE PROMISE of THE SPIRIT through FAITH. Rom 4:13—For THE PROMISE that he would be THE HEIR of the WORLD was not to ABRAHAM or to HIS SEED through the law, but through the RIGHTEOUSNESS of FAITH. Gal. 3: 29—And if you are CHRIST’S, then you are ABRAHAM’S SEED, and HEIRS according to the promise. Ps. 38:22—For those who are BLESSED by HIM shall INHERIT the EARTH, but those who are CURSED by HIM shall be CUT OFF.
Gen. 22 15—Then the Angel of the Lord called to ABRAHAM a SECOND TIME out of heaven, (16) and said: By Myself I HAVE SWORN, (Heb. 6:13—For when God made A PROMISE to ABRAHAM, because He could SWEAR by on one greater, HE SWORE by HIMSELF, (14) saying, “SURELY BLESSING I will BLESS YOU and multiplying I Will multiply you.) Returning to Gen. 22:16--says the Lord, because YOU HAVE DONE THIS THING, and have NOT WITHHELD YOUR SON, you only son, (17) IN BLESSING I WILL BLESS YOU, (This is the one stipulation, in blessing and in multiplying) and in MUTLTPLYING I will MULTIPLY your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the SAND which is on the SEASHORE; and YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL POSSESS THE GATE OF THEIR ENEMIES. (18) IN YOUR SEED ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED, BECAUSE…….YOU HAVE OBEYED MY VOICE. (God’s grace?)
Is. 48:17—Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, The HOLY ONE of ISRAEL; I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to PROFIT, who LEADS YOU BY THE WAY YOU SHOULD GO. (18) Oh, that you had HEEDED MY COMMANDMENTS! Then your PEACE would have been like a river, and your RIGHTEOUSNESS like the waves of the SEA, (19) YOUR DESCENDANTS ALSO WOULD HAVE BEEN LIKE THE SAND, and the offspring of your body like the grains of sand; HIS NAME WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CUT OFF NOR DESTROYED FROM BEFORE ME.
(Gal. 3:18—For if the INHERITANCE is of the law, it is no longer A PROMISE; but GOD GAVE IT TO ABRAHAM BY PROMISE. (19) What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of TRANSGRESSIONS, till THE SEED SHOULD COME TO WHOM THE PROMISE WAS MADE; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a MEDIATOR.. (Heb.9:15—And for this reason HE IS THE MEDIATOR of THE NEW COVENANT, by means of DEATH, for the REDEMPTION of the TRANSGRESSIONS under THE FIRST COVENANT, that those who are CALLED may receive THE PROMISE of the ETERNAL INHERITANCE. Col 1:12—giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of THE INHERITANCE OF THE SAINTS IN THE LIGHT. (13) He has DELIVERED US FROM THE POWER OF DARKNESS and TRANSLATED US INTO THE KINGDOM of THE SON OF HIS LOVE, (14) in whom we have REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, the FORGIVENESS OF SINS. (Amos 5:20—Is not the DAY OF THE LORD DARKNESS and NOT LIGHT? Is it not very DARK with NO BRIGHTNESS in it? (21) I hate, I despise your feast days, and I do not savor YOUR SACRED ASSEMBLIES. (23) Take away from Me the noise of your songs, for I will NOT HEAR the melody of your STRINGED INSTRUMENTS. (24) But let JUSTICE run down like water, and RIGHEOUSNESS like a MIGHTY STREAM.)
Is. 42:!—Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, MY ELECT ONE in whom MY SOUL DELIGHTS! I have put MY SPIRIT upon HIM; He will bring forth JUSTICE to THE GENTILES. (3) He will bring forth JUSTICE for TRUTH.. (4) He will NOT FAIL NOR BE DISCOURAGED, TILL HE HAS ESTABLISHED JUSTICE IN THE EARTH; and the coastlands shall wait for His law. (Gen.32:24--Then JACOB was left ALONE; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. (26) and He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I WILL NOT LET YOU GO UNLESS YOU BLESS ME! (27) So He said to him, “WHAT IS YOUR NAME? And He said, “JACOB.” (28) And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called JACOB, but ISRAEL; for you have STRUGGLED WITH GOD and WITH MEN, and HAVE PREVAILED.” Ps. 24:5—He shall receive BLESSING from the Lord, and RIGHTEOUSNESS from the God of his SALVATION.(6) THIS is JACOB, the GENERATION of those WHO SEEK HIM, who SEEK YOUR FACE. Gen.35:9—Then God appeared to JACOB again, when he came from Padan Aram, and BLESSED HIM. (10) And God said to him. “YOUR NAME IS JACOB; YOUR NAME SHALL NOT BE CALLED JACOB ANYMORE, but ISRAEL SHALL BE YOUR NAME.” So HE CALLED HIS NAME ISRAEL. Is. 41:8—But you ISRAEL, are My servant JACOB, whom I HAVE CHOSEN, THE DESCENDANTS OF ABRAHAM MY FRIEND. (9) You whom I have taken FROM THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, and called from its farthest regions and said to you, ‘You are My servant, I HAVE CHOSEN YOU AND HAVE NOT CAST YOU AWAY.
Is. 45:22—Look to Me, and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I am God, and there is NO other. Numbers 23:19—God is NOT A MAN, that He should lie, nor a son of man that He should repent. HAS HE SAID, and WILL NOT DO IT? Or has He spoken, and WILL NOT HE MAKE IT GOOD? (20) Behold, I HAVE RECEIVED A COMMAND TO BLESS; HE HAS BLESSED, and I CANNOT REVERSE IT. (21) He has NOT observed INIQUITY in JACOB, nor has HE seen wickedness in ISRAEL. The Lord his God is with him, and the shout of a KING is among them. (22) God brings them out of EGYPT: He has strength like a WILD OX. Jere. 46:7—EGYPT rises up like a FLOOD, (Is. 59:19—When the ENEMY COMES IN LIKE A FLOOD, THE SPIRIT of the LORD will LIFT UP A STANDARD AGAINST HIM. (20) The Redeemer will come to ZION, and to those who TURN FROM TRANSGRESSION IN JACOB.) Returning to Jere. 46:7--and its waters move like the rivers: And he says I WILL GO UP and COVER THE EARTH. I WILL DESTROY THE CITY and ITS INHABITANTS. (9) Come up, O horses, and RAGE, O chariots! (10) For THIS IS THE DAY OF THE LORD GOD OF HOSTS, A DAY OF VENGEANCE. (Is. 34:8—For it is THE DAY OF THE LORD’S VENGEANCE, THE YEAR OF RECOMPENSE FOR THE CAUSE OF ZION.) Is. 33:20—Look upon ZION, the CITY of our APPOINTED FEASTS; Your eyes will see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, A TABERNACLE THAT WILL NOT BE TAKEN DOWN; NOT ONE OF ITS STAKES WILL EVER BE REMOVED, NOR WILL ANY OF ITS CORDS BE BROKEN. (21) But THERE THE MAJESTIC LORD WILL BE FOR US.
Gen. 29:1—Then ISAAC called JACOB and BLESSED him, and CHARGED him, and said to him: (3) May God almighty BLESS you, and make you FRUITFUL and MULTIPLY you, THAT YOU MAY BE AN ASSEMBLY OF PEOPLES; and GIVE YOU THE BLESSING OF ABRAHAM, to YOU and YOUR DESCENDANTS WITH YOU, that you may INHERIT the LAND in which you are a stranger, which GOD GAVE TO ABRAHAM. Micah 5:3—Therefore He shall give them up, UNTIL THE TIME THAT SHE WHO IS IN LABOR HAS GIVEN BIRTH; Then the remnant of His brethren shall return to the children of Israel. (4) And He shall stand and feed His flock in the strength of the Lord, in the MAJESTY of the name of the Lord His God; and they shall abide, FOR NOW HE SHALL BE GREAT TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH; (5) and THIS ONE SHALL BE PEACE. (7) Then the remnant of JACOB shall be in the midst of many peoples, like DEW from the Lord, like SHOWERS on the GRASS, that tarry for no man nor wait for the sons of men. (8) AND THE REMNANT OF JACOB SHALL BE AMONG THE GENTILES, in the midst of many peoples.
Deut. 7:12—Then it shall come to pass, BECAUSE you LISTEN to these JUDGMENTS, and KEEP and DO THEM, that the Lord your God will KEEP with you THE COVENANT and THE MERCY which He SWORE TO YOUR FATHERS. (Mal. 4:4—Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I COMMANDED him in HOREB for ALL ISRAEL, with THE STATUTES and JUDGMENTS. (5) Behold, I will send you ELIJAH the prophet BEFORE THE COMING OF THE GREAT and DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD. (6) And HE WILL TURN the hearts of THE FATHERS to the CHILDREN, and the hearts of the CHILDREN to their FATHERS, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.) Returning to Deut. 7:13—And He will LOVE you and BLESS you and MULTIPLY you; He will BLESS the FRUIT OF YOUR WOMB and the fruit of YOUR LAND, your GRAIN and your NEW WINE and your OIL, the increase of your CATTLE and the OFFSPRING of your FLOCK, IN THE LAND WHICH HE SWORE TO YOUR FATHERS TO GIVE TO YOU. (14) You shall be BLESSED above all peoples; there shall NOT BE A MALE OR FEMALE BARREN AMONG YOU OR AMONG YOUR LIVESTOCK. (15) And the Lord WILL TAKE AWAY FROM YOU ALL SICKNESS, and WILL AFFLICT YOU WITH NONE OF THE TERRIBLE DISEASES OF EGYPT, which you have known, but will LAY THEM ON ALL OF THOSE WHO HATE YOU.
Ps. 129:5—Let all those who HATE ZION be put to shame and turned back.(6) Let them be as the grass on the housetops, which withers before it grows up. (8) NEITHER let those who pass by them say, THE BLESSING OF THE LORD BE UPON YOU: WE BLESS YOU IN THE NAME OF THE LORD. Ps. 115:16—The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; BUT THE EARTH HE HAS GIVEN TO THE CHILDREN OF MEN. (17) The dead to not praise the Lord, nor any who go down into silence. (18) but WE WILL BLESS THE LORD FROM THIS TIME FORTH and FOREVERMORE.
Numbers 23:7—Come, CURSE JACOB for me, and come, DENOUNCE ISRAEL!
(8) How shall I CURSE whom God has NOT CURSED? And how shall I DENOUNCE whom the Lord has NOT DENOUNCED? (9) For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him; There! A people DWELLING ALONE, not reckoning itself among the nations. (10) Who can count THE DUST OF JACOB, or NUMBER ONE-FORTH OF ISRAEL? Let me die the death of THE RIGHTEOUS, and LET MY END BE LIKE HIS! Pro.10:30—THE RIGHTEOUS will NEVER BE REMOVED, but the wicked will NOT inhabit THE EARTH.
2 Sam. 22:44—You have also delivered me from THE STRIVING of MY PEOPLE; YOU HAVE KEPT ME AS THE HEAD OF THE NATIONS. A PEOPLE WHOM I HAVE NOT KNOWN SHALL SERVE ME; (47) THE LORD LIVES! BLESSED BY MY ROCK! Let God be EXALTED, the ROCK of MY SALVATION! (48) It is GOD WHO AVENGES ME, (49) who delivers me from my enemies. You also lift me above those who rise AGAINST me; (50) Therefore I will GIVE THANKS TO YOU, O LORD AMONG THE GENTILES, and sing PRAISES to YOUR NAME. (51) He is the TOWER OF SALVATION to His king, and SHOWS MERCY to HIS ANOINTED, to DAVID and HIS DESCENDANTS FOREVERMORE.
Ps. 120:20—I have found My servant DAVID; with MY HOLY OIL I HAVE ANOINTED HIM, (21) with whom MY HAND SHALL BE ESTABLISHED; also MY ARM SHALL STRENGHTEN him. (22) The ENEMY SHALL NOT OUTWIT HIM, (23) I WILL BEAT DOWN HIS FOES BEFORE HIS FACE, and PLAGUE those who hate him. (24) But My FAITHFULNESS and MY MERCY shall be WITH him, and IN MY NAME his horn shall be EXALTED. (25) Also I will set his hand over the sea, and his right hand over the rivers. (26) He shall cry to Me, ‘YOU ARE MY FATHER, MY GOD, and THE ROCK OF MY SALVATION. (27) Also I will make him MY FIRSTBORN, the HIGHEST OF THE KINGS OF THE EARTH. (28) MY MERCY I WILL KEEP FOR HIM FOREVER, and MY COVENANT shall stand FIRM with him. (29) HIS SEED ALSO I WILL MAKE TO ENDURE FOREVER and HIS THRONE AS THE DAYS OF HEAVEN. (35) Once I have SWORN by MY HOLINESS I WILL NOT LIE TO DAVID; (36) HIS SEED SHALL ENDURE FOREVER, and HIS THRONE AS THE SUN BEFORE ME; (37) IT shall be established FOREVER LIKE THE MOON, even THE FAITHFUL WITNESS IN THE SKY.
Acts 13:22—And when He had removed him, (Saul) He RAISED UP for them DAVID as king, to whom also He gave testimony and said, I HAVE FOUND DAVID the son of JESSE, A MAN AFTER MY OWN HEART, WHO WILL DO ALL MY WILL. (23) From this man’s SEED, according to THE PROMISE, God RAISED UP FOR ISRAEL A SAVIOR—JESUS—(24) after John had first preached, before HIS COMING, the baptism of REPENTANCE to ALL THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL.(25) And as John was finishing his course, he said, “Who do you think I am? I am not He but behold, there comes ONE AFTER ME, the SANDALS of whose FEET I am not worthy to loose.(Mark 1:7—And he preached, saying, “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose SANDAL STRAP I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. (8) I indeed baptized you with water, but HE WILL BAPTIZE YOU WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. (Acts 1:8—But you shall receive POWER when THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS COME UPON YOU, and you shall be witnesses to Me in JERUSALEM, and in all Judea and Samaria, and TO THE END OF THE EARTH.) (Matt. 28:16—Then Jesus came and spoke to them saying, “ALL AUTHORITY HAS BEEN GIVEN TO ME IN HEAVEN and ON EARTH. (19) Go therefore and MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL THE NATIONS, baptizing them in the name of THE FATHER, and of THE SON and of THE HOLY SPIRIT, (20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS, EVEN UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD.) (KJV)
Acts 2:29—Men and brethren, let me speak to you of the patriarch DAVID, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to THIS DAY, (30) Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God has SWORN with an OATH to him that of the fruit of his body according to the flesh, HE WOULD RAISE UP THE CHRIST TO SIT ON HIS THRONE, (31) he foreseeing this, spoke CONCERNING THE RESURRECTION OF THE CHRIST, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. (32) THIS JESUS GOD HAS RAISED UP, of which we are all witnesses. (33) Therefore being EXALTED to THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, and having received from the Father THE PROMISE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, HE POURED OUT THIS WHICH YOU NOW SEE AND HEAR. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “SIT AT My RIGHT HAND, TILL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES YOUR FOOTSTOOL.
(Ps. 110:1—The Lord said to my Lord, ‘SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, TILL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES YOUR FOOTSTOOL (2) The Lord shall SEND THE ROD OF YOUR STRENGTH OUT OF ZION. RULE IN THE MIDST OF YOUR ENEMIES! (4) The Lord has SWORN and will NOT RELENT, “YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK. (5) The Lord is at YOUR RIGHT HAND; Heb. 5:5—So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become HIGH PRIEST, but it was He who said to Him: ‘YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (6) As He also says in another place “YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK
Heb. 8:1—Now this is the main point of the things we are saying: WE HAVE SUCH A HIGH PRIEST, WHO IS SEATED AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE THRONE OF THE MAJESTY IN THE HEAVENS, (2) A MINISTER OF THE SANCTUARY and of THE TRUE TABERNACLE which THE LORD ERECTED and NOT MAN, (3) For every priest is appointed to OFFER both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that THIS ONE ALSO HAVE SOMETHING TO OFFER. (4) For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who OFFER according to the law. Heb. 9:28—So Christ was OFFERED ONCE to bear the SINS of many. To those WHO EAGERLY WAIT FOR HIM, HE WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME, APART FROM SIN, FOR SALVATION. Acts 3:19—REPENT therefore and be CONVERTED, that your sins may be blotted out, so that time of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was PREACHED to you BEFORE, (21) whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. (22) For MOSES TRULY SAID to THE FATHERS, “THE LORD YOUR GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN, HIM YOU SHALL HEAR IN ALL THINGS, whatever He says to you. (23) And it shall come to pass that every soul who will NOT HEAR THAT PROPHET SHALL BE UTTERLY DESTROYED from among the people. (25) You are sons of the prophets, AND OF THE COVENANT which GOD MAKE WITH OUR FATHERS, saying to ABRAHAM, ‘AND IN YOUR SEED ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED. (26) To you first, GOD HAVING RAISED UP HIS SERVANT JESUS SENT HIM TO BLESS YOU, IN TURNING AWAY EVERY ONE OF YOU FROM YOUR INIQUITIES.
Returning to Acts 2: 36--Therefore let all the house of ISRAEL know assuredly that GOD HAS MADE THIS JESUS, WHOM YOU CRUCIFIED, BOTH LORD and CHRIST. (37) Now when they had heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, WHAT SHALL WE DO? (38) Then PETER said to them, “REPENT,” and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the REMISSION OF SINS, and you SHALL RECEIVE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.(39) For THE PROMISE is to YOU and to YOUR CHILDREN, and to all who are afar off, AS MANY AS THE LORD OUR GOD WILL CALL. Luke 1:8—But you shall receive POWER when THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS COME UPON YOU; and you shall be witnesses to ME in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, AND TO THE END OF THE EARTH.
Luke 1:67—Now (John’s) father ZACHARIAS was FILLED with THE HOLY SPIRIT, and PROPHESIED, saying (68) BLESSED is the Lord God of ISRAEL, for HE has VISITED and REDEEMED HIS PEOPLE, (69) And HAS RAISED UP A HORN OF SALVATION FOR US IN THE HOUSE OF HIS SERVANT DAVID, (7) As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began, (71) THAT WE SHOULD BE SAVED FROM OUR ENEMIES and FROM THE HAND OF ALL WHO HATE US, (72) TO PERFORM THE MERCY PROMISED TO OUR FATHERS and to REMEMBER HIS HOLY COVENANT, (73) The OATH which He SWORE to our father ABRAHAM: (74) To grant us that we being DELIVERED from the hand of OUR ENEMIES might serve Him WITHOUT FEAR, (75) In HOLINESS and RIGHTEOUSNESS before Him all the days of our life. (76) And you, child, will go before THE FACE of the Lord TO PREPARE HIS WAYS, (77) To GIVE KNOWLEDGE of SALVATION to HIS PEOPLE by the REMISSION OF THEIR SINS, (78) Through THE TENDER MERCY of OUR GOD, with which the DAYSPRING from on high HAS VISISTED US; (79) To give LIGHT to those who sit in DARKNESS and the SHADOW OF DEATH, to GUIDE OUR FEET INTO THE WAY OF PEACE.
Rom 10:15—How beautiful are the FEET of those who PREACH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE, WHO BRING GLAD TIDING OF GOOD THINGS! (16) But they have NOT ALL OBEYED THE GOSPEL. For Isaiah says, “Lord who has believed our report? So then FAITH comes by HEARING, and HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD. (18) But I say to you, have they NOT HEARD? Yes indeed: Their sound has gone out to all the earth AND THEIR WORDS TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. IS.62:11—Indeed the Lord has proclaimed TO THE END OF THE WORLD: “Say to THE DAUGHTER OF ZION, Surely your salvation is coming; Behold HIS reward is with Him, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM, (12) And THEY SHALL CALL THEM THE HOLY PEOPLE, THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD: And you shall be called SOUGHT OUT, a CITY NOT FORSAKEN. Is. 52:7—How beautiful upon the mountains, are the FEET of him who brings GOOD NEWS, who proclaims PEACE, who brings GLAD TIDING OF GOOD THINGS, who proclaims SALVATION, who says to ZION, YOUR GOD REIGNS! (8) Your WATCHMEN shall lift up their VOICES, with their VOICES they shall SING TOGETHER; For they shall see eye to eye WHEN THE LORD BRINGS BACK ZION. (9) Break forth into joy, SING together, you waste places of Jerusalem! For the Lord has COMFORTED HIS PEOPLE, HE HAS REDEEMED JERUSALEM! (10) For the Lord has made bare HIS HOLY ARM IN THE EYES OF ALL THE NATIONS; and ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH SHALL SEE THE SALVATION OF OUR GOD.
Luke 1:30—Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found FAVOR with God. (31) And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall CALL HIS NAME JESUS. (32) He will be GREAT, and will be called THE SON OF THE HIGHEST; and THE LORD GOD WILL GIVE HIM THE THRONE OF HIS FATHER DAVID. (33) And HE WILL REIGN OVER THE HOUSE OF JACOB FOREVER, AND OF HIS KINGDOM THERE WILL BE NO END.
Ps. 119:89—Forever, O lord, YOUR WORD IS SETTLED IN HEAVEN. (90) YOUR FAITHFULNESS ENDURES TO ALL GENERATIONS; YOU ESTABLISHED THE EARTH, and IT ABIDES. (91) They continue this day according to YOUR ORDINANCES, for ALL ARE YOUR SERVANTS.
Ps. 133:1—Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for BRETHREN TO DWELL TOGETHER IN UNITY! (2) It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard of AARON, running down ON THE EDGE OF HIS GARMENTS. (3) It is like the dew of Hermon, descending UPON THE MOUNTAINS OF ZION; FOR THERE THE LORD COMMANDED THE BLESSING—LIFE FOREVERMORE.
Ps. 134:1—Behold, BLESS the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who by night stand in the house of the Lord! (2) LIFT UP YOUR HANDS IN THE SANCTUARY, and BLESS THE LORD. (3) The Lord who made heaven and earth BLESS YOU FROM ZION! Ps. 128:5—The Lord BLESS you out of ZION, and may you see the GOOD of JERUSALEM all the days of your life. (6) Yes, MAY YOU SEE YOUR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN. PEACE BE UPON ISRAEL. Ps. 135:21—BLESSED BE THE LORD OUT OF ZION, who DWELLS IN JERUSALEM! Praise the Lord!
Is.65:8—Thus says the Lord: as the new wine is found in the cluster, and one says DO NOT DESTROY IT, for A BLESSING IS IN IT, so will I do for My servant’s sake, that I may not destroy them all (9) I will bring forth DESCENDANTS FROM JACOB, and from JUDAH an heir of My mountains; My ELECT shall INHERIT it, and My servants shall dwell there. (10) Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the Valley of Achor a place for herds to lie down, FOR MY PEOPLE WHO HAVE SOUGHT ME. Is. 49:5—And now the Lord says, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, TO BRING JACOB BACK TO HIM. (Ps 24:6—This is JACOB the generation of those who SEEK HIM who SEEK YOUR FACE.) Returning to Is. 49:6—I WILL ALSO GIVE YOU AS A LIGHT to THE GENTILES, that YOU should be MY SALVATION TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. (8) I will PRESERVE You and GIVE You as A COVENANT to the people, TO RESTORE THE EARTH, to cause them to INHERIT the DESOLATE HERITAGES.
Ps. 21:1—The king shall have joy in YOUR STRENGTH, O Lord; and in YOUR SALVATON how greatly shall he rejoice! (2) You have given him HIS HEART’S DESIRE, (Pro. 13:12—Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but WHEN THE DESIRE COMES, IT IS A TREE OF LIFE.) Returning to Ps. 21:2-- and have not held the request of his lips. (3) For you meet him WITH THE BLESSINGS OF GOODNESS; You set a crown of pure gold upon his head. (4) HE ASKED LIFE FROM YOU, and you gave it to him—LENGTH OF DAYS FOREVER and EVER. (5) His GLORY is GREAT IN YOUR SALVATION; HONOR and MAJESTY YOU HAVE PLACED UPON HIM. (6) FOR YOU HAVE MADE HIM MOST BLESSED FOREVER; You have made him exceedingly glad with YOUR PRESENCE. (7) For the king trusts in the Lord, and through THE MERCY of the MOST HIGH HE SHALL NOT BE MOVED. (13) Be EXALTED, O Lord, in YOUR OWN STRENGTH! We will sing and praise Your power.
(3) But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, My GLORY and the ONE WHO LIFTS UP MY HEAD. (4) I cried to the Lord with my voice, and HE HEARD ME FROM HIS HOLY HILL. (8) SALVATION BELONGS TO THE LORD. YOUR BLESSING IS UPON YOUR PEOPLE. Ps. 2:6—Yet I have set My king on My HOLY HILL OF ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK OF ME, and I WILL GIVE YOU THE NATIONS FOR YOUR INHERITANCE, and THE ENDS OF THE EARTH FOR YOUR POSSESSION.
Ps. 72:15—And He shall live; and the gold of Sheba will be given to Him: PRAYER also will be made for Him continually, and DAILY He shall be PRAISED. (17) His name shall ENDURE FOREVER; His name shall continue as long as the sun, and MEN SHALL BE BLESSED IN HIM; ALL NATIONS SHALL CALL HIM BLESSED. (18) BLESSED BE THE LORD GOD, THE GOD OF ISRAEL, who only does WONDROUS things! (19) And BLESSED BE HIS GLORIOUS NAME FOREVER! And LET THE WHOLE EARTH BE FILLED WITH HIS GLORY. AMEN and AMEN.
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Dearest Sharon... You have given us another incredible study according to God's Word! I have often heard the phrase "We have been blessed to be a blessing." Your study reinforces that statement and takes it one step farther to complete the cycle - once we bless others we inherit more of God's blessings and are able to bless even more lives! At this Easter season, your message inspires us to LIVE according to God's Word and USE the blessings He has so generously given us to bless the lives of others. YOU are a blessing to all you know you... I thank God for you! Love, Peggy
Wow, what an article.Lets be a blessing to someone one of this days!Love sent, Justus