Jan 23, 2012

GOD CALLS US BLESSED

 

            God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers (Matthew 5:11) (NLT).
            Bible speaks about the Blessed people, but what are this blessed people exactly? Who falls under this category? Every one of us wants to be a part of this blessed people. But how can we get these blessings? When God created the living creatures, and the birds, God blessed them (Genesis 1:22). Here is the starting point of the blessings. Blessings always start with God. Bible speaks about the qualities of the blessed people. Psalmist says, the one who do not walk in the ways of the wicked, and delights in the law of the Lord is blessed (Psalm 1:1-2), at another place Psalmist says whose sins God forgives is the blessed one (Psalm 32:1-2). Jesus gave the qualities of the people who is considered as the blessed (Matthew 5:3-12). We should do few things that God is telling us to do, so that we can claim as the Blessed People of God, for God calling us we are blessed.
            We may go through many situations in our life where the people of this world say many things to us. They may call us failures, they may call us unlucky, they may call us useless, but we should remember that God is calling us “BLESSED”. Bible says we are the children of Abraham to whom God promised the base point of the blessings (Genesis 22:18). Christ came for this purpose and redeemed us (Galatians 3:14). There is a prayer in the Bible which says how we could receive the blessings of God in our life. When we read 1 Chronicles, we read about a man, named Jabez, which means SORROW, PAIN, DISTRESS and GRIEF. However he was more honored among his brothers, he wanted blessings from God. This is very common in our life that we see a man may have honor among the people who lives around, but lack the blessings of God. Bible speaks about this man, for not that he is a hero or a warrior, but he is a man who prays to God for the blessings (1 Chronicles 4:9-10).
            Jabez put his request to God in four parts and we read at the end God granted his request. Firstly, he wants God to bless him, means he wants God to crown him (Proverbs 10:6), Secondly, He wants enlargement of his territory, means the works that he is doing to be enlarged so that he will be a renown person in the areas of his work, Thirdly, he wants God’s presence in everything that he do, and Fourthly, He wants a divine protection from any harm, and deliverance from the pain which his name carries. We see all these requests have been granted to Jabez. Means, God has blessed him, enlarged the territories, granted his presence be with him and delivered from the pain. This is what the Biblical meaning of blessings. Whenever we think of prosperity in God, it is not exactly the things of the world, but of the heavens. We may be rich and honored more than anyone else, but the word prosperity stands for the blessings of the heaven. Let us make a practice to request God as Jabez has requested and have received them. We should remember whatever may be the name with the world calls us, God is now declaring to the world that “YOU ARE BLESSED”.
            GOD BLESS YOU
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