Date: March 17, 2020
We all want to be blessed and do well in life, don’t we? Well 😊 that’s also what God desires about us. Even St.John writing about being blessed says,
From the Scriptures let’s find out what we need to do in order to be blessed by God:
1. Live a Life of Separation – God desires a life of separation from His children. Balaam the prophet was sent 3 times by king Balak to curse the children of Israel; but God turned the curse into a blessing all 3 times. Why? Here’s the reason – For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. Numbers 23:9. God forbade Balaam not to curse the Israelites because they were a blessed group of people. Numbers 22:12.
We the New Testament Israelites, while living in the world, must also live far away from the fashions and pleasures the world offers. Only then will God be a Father unto us and we His sons and daughters. 2 Corinthians 6:14-18. The Eye 👁 is connected with the heart and mind. These days the devil is bent on defiling our eyes; let’s protect ourselves from being polluted. Mathew 6:22,23.
2. Praying Everyday – Daniel kneeled and prayed 3 times, everyday. Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he went into his house (now in his roof chamber his windows were open toward Jerusalem); he continued to get down on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously. Daniel 6:10
There are three types of enemies that come against us daily – Carnal mind, Sin, Devil. Daniel kneeled and prayed everyday to overcome these enemies in his life and thereby became an inheritor of eternal life. Daniel 12:13. Our fight is not against flesh and blood but evil powers that war against us. Ephesians 6:12. These can be overcome only through prayer.
3. By Overcoming Trials – Abraham, willingly getting ready to offer his son as a sacrifice shows how much he loved God. He obeyed God’s commandment implicitly and God saw that he loved God more than his son. Genesis 22:12.
There are trials for us daily, but when we willingly go through it and are ready to suffer for Jesus, God blesses us. When we forgive people who go against us, God blesses us and fills us with the riches of His Grace.
(.. to be continued)