Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The Hebrew translation of that verse is, “In the beginning, THE BLESSED One created the heavens and the earth.” God is THE LESSER, and blessing originated from Him. Better than Santa Claus, a genie in a bottle, wishing on a star, or going your own way, God has a BLESSING plan for you to experience everything He promises.
God tells us in this scripture that He has called heaven and earth as witnesses and set two choices before us: blessings or cursing, life or death. So, if you haven’t chosen life, you aren’t experiencing the fullness of abundant blessings God has promised you.
You choose by making a conscious decision to honor God and obey His commands. This phrase seems to contradict God’s edict to “fear not,” a command that is listed 365 times throughout the Bible.
However, the fear referenced in this scripture is not the terror and anxiety that God tells us to avoid. Blessed is the man who fears the Lord , Who delights greatly in His commandments” (AMP).
God promises that you will be blessed when you revere, worship and obey Him. He doesn’t want you quaking in fear at the thought of Him or expecting ill effects from interacting with Him.
However, as it became glaringly clear under the Old Covenant, God’s people have always been unable to follow His laws in their own strength. Jesus replied, You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment.
A second is equally important: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments. But as we go back and consider Psalm 112:1, let’s look beyond the letter of God’s Word and reflect on its spirit.
The whole purpose of God’s commands is to set you up for THE BLESSING and prevent you from cursing that lead to death. But there’s a difference between mentally assenting to God’s love and really believing it with your heart.
You know that He’s not holding back or trying to punish you, but instead, His commands will lead to abundant life, protection from evil, and blessing. In fact, God demonstrated His love for us in that Christ died for us while we were yet still sinners (Romans 5:8).
You are so important to God that He sent Jesus to ensure that you have the choice to live in relationship with Him forever and be blessed. God wants you to delight in Him so that THE BLESSING will overtake you (Deuteronomy 28:2, NK JV).
As you do, His commands won’t be burdensome, and you will experience great peace and joy as a result of choosing life and blessings. © 1997 – 2021 Eagle Mountain International Church Inc. Aka Kenneth Copeland Ministries.
Psalm 112:1, AJV, says it this way, “Blessed is the man that earth the Lord, that delighted greatly in His commandments.” The whole purpose of God’s commands is to set you up for THE BLESSING and prevent you from cursing that lead to death.
I want to believe by now, you’ve known that God isn’t some Santa Claus in the sky who comes down Io bless you only on the Xmas period and go back. I hope you also know that God isn't a genie in a bottle who appears at some chance moment to grant you three wishes in life.
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When you’re expecting someone special for dinner; you don’t wait till they show up before you decide to start cooking. You make sure the house is clean, you go to the grocery store, and maybe you buy some flowers for the table.
Today, the attitude we need to have while we’re waiting for God’s promises to come to pass, and our prayers to be answered, is one of excited expectation and preparation. Put your faith to work as you prepare for God’s answer to come.
Pray With Me Yahweh, I choose to put actions behind my faith today. Father, I trust that You are working in my life as I wait for Your promises to come to pass.
Pastor Ray Patrick is an R. E Teacher at The Eden School. Day after day, week after week and months led to years and the wait never seemed to end.
I imagine you’ve experienced a time when you have had to wait on God too. But one of the problems with long waits is that too often we fall for the enemy’s “what if” taunts.
Thankfully, God’s patience with us doesn’t depend on our ability to wait on Him. When God makes you wait, He will always meet every need in His perfect timing.
But the truth is, God is able to give us what we need today. With His help, we can embrace His powerful hard to understand peace and trust His perfect timing.
Stubbornly fighting for our own selfish desires is never a plan for long-term peace and joy. And it also makes us unpleasant to live with and ruins our witness.
Don’t listen to the enemy’s what-ifs and never, but keep trusting. Completely surrendered to the One who is working everything for good in His children’s lives.
When you and I are busy helping others, we automatically spend less time thinking about ourselves. It can encourage us to know we’re not the only ones going through s difficult time and encourages them to our faith, hope, love, peace, and joy when we could be whiny, cranky, and pouty.
God has promised to guide us and give us the courage, strength, and patience we need each day while we endure the wait. Happy are those who listen to me, watching at my door every day, waiting at my open doorway.
I use something I like to call “sadness appointments.” (I set aside 15 to 30 minutes a day to cry, cry out, and generally be miserable if I need it, and then I intentionally make every effort to focus on my blessings.) I was going through a very painful time and needed a specific way to hold myself accountable to focusing on the good things God was doing in my life … even in the midst of the pain.
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
A huge event God used to help me heal during the painful time I mentioned above, was the moment when He quietly whispered to my heart, you have no idea how I’ve protected you.” I was flattened. He promises that He will never leave, that He will hold us and give us everything we need each day.
I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and He will give you everything you need.
Repent of your panic, pouting, plotting, and pitiful promises. Remember He loves you and it’s His desire to work all things for your good and His glory.
“They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Because His best for us includes teaching us that we can lean into Him in faith, trusting His perfect will and promises.
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