“You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country” (Deuteronomy 28:3).
Blessings are a divine inheritance from God. All God’s children are blessed in multiple ways. We are blessed with the fresh air we breathe- something which became too obvious at the height of the Covid pandemic, when the sick fought for oxygen! The sunny weather we enjoy is a blessing in many parts of the world. God blesses us with rains to plant food for our nourishment. More importantly, children of God experience the blessings of good health and company that enables them live a rich life of joy!
For God’s children to continue to bask in His blessings there are certain conditions though. “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 28:1-2). In brief, for the children of God to continually enjoy His blessings, obedience to His will is a command.
Like any child who has a relationship with his father, children of God can receive blessings by crying out to Him. Psalm 142:1 -5 says, “I cry a loud to the Lord. I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.. I cry to you, Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Hannah was for long without a child. But she cried out to the Lord and He blessed her with a son. “So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him” ( I Samuel 1:20).
Whenever God blesses us there are certain expectations. First, we should bless others! “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (Luke 12:48). Christians are not blessed to haorde their blessings and build for themselves monuments of glory. For “Freely you have received, freely give!” (Luke 10:8).
And finally, where God blesses us we must delight in his blessings. King David danced when the Ark of God was brought back to Jerulasem. Against protestations from his mean wife, Michal, “David danced before the LORD with all his might, wearing a priestly garment” ( 2 Samuel 6:14).
So, today, you may find yourself anywhere on this path of blessings. Whatever might be your condition just know you are a blessed child of God! Start the day by saying, “I am a blessed child of God!”
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, thank you for all the blessings in my life, of which I give you praise that you bless me even more, this I pray in Jesus’s name!
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!