20. God's abundance of blessings

Last week we've seen that God's Spirit lives in His fullness within us. He gives us life and life in abundance. And our 'job' is not to stifle His workings. Our main aim in life is not to grieve the Holy Spirit, but to allow Him to move mightily within us by being spiritually minded. We should focus all our thoughts on Him and His Kingdom, we should read His Word and become who His Word says we are. We should grow into the fullness of Christ, then we have true Kingdom living. Then all the blessings of Heaven are ours. In the light of this the following text verses makes a lot more sense:

"Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways." Psalm 128:1

"Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; they will still be praising You. Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage." Psalm 84:4, 5

"Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." John 20:29

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ." Ephesians 1:3

If we dwell with God and believe in God, we are surely blessed. There is no other way to interpret these Scriptures. We are blessed indeed. The word 'blessed' in Ephesians 1:3 is the Greek word 'Eulogeo' which means 'to cause to prosper, to make happy, to bestow blessings on, favoured by God'. Isn't it wonderful to know that we are favoured by God? What a promise!

God wants the best for us, just like a loving earthly father wants the best for his children. I don't know why it is so difficult for Christians to accept this fact. I have met Christians who thinks that God is punishing them and angry with them. My friend, God is not angry with you. All His anger against sin came against His Son, so that it will never come against you. God wants you close to Him, He wants to nurture you and care for you. Don't be like a rebellious teenager resisting the advice and embrace of his father. Do not be like that. Rather run to Him and experience His love and everything that He wants to bless you with.

Ephesians 1:3 also says that He wants to bless us with 'spiritual' blessings. And I discovered an exciting thing when I looked up the meaning of this word. In Greek it is 'pneumatikos', which means 'emanating from the Divine Spirit'. In other words all of His blessings emanates from His Divine Spirit into our lives. This agrees with everything we have learned thus far. His Spirit lives within us in all His fullness. His Spirit gives us life and if we do not stifle Him or grieve Him, He will flow in all glory through us and all His blessings will manifest. The key therefore is not that God doesn't want to bless us; the key is if you allow His blessings to flow through or not. You will notice that Ephesians 1:3 is written in past tense. He has blessed you, it is a done deal. The question is whether you flow with His Spirit, whether you will allow Him to work mightily in your life.

You see a lot of Christians never really change when they are born again. They have everything at their fingertips and yet they choose to rather stay as they are. They continue on their sinful path, they don't read the Word, they don't make an effort to grow, they don't spend time with God and they don't renew their minds to think as God would prefer them to think. And then they cry out to God and ask Him to bless them. My friend, it doesn't work that way. God has blessed you; you now need to grow in the spirit and in the fullness of all that you are in Him. You need to imitate Christ and follow Him with your whole heart. Your spirit needs to be so intertwined with His that no one can tell where you stop and where He starts. You are one with Him and therefore everything He has, you have too. Do you believe that? That is the starting point. And the more you believe it, the more it will become true for you. The more you will grow and the more His abundance of blessings will manifest in your life. Come, He is waiting for you. Grow towards Him in love, fellowship with Him. Your life will never be the same.

Thank you Father for the opportunity to grow close to You. Thank you for all the wonderful blessings that You have bestowed upon us. We love You dearly and want to walk in Your blessings and love. Amen

1 comment for “20. God's abundance of blessings”

  1. Gravatar of Henri  Henri
    Posted Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 10:58:52 AM

    My mind battles with the concept that " everything He has I will have to".

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