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Five Unusual Signs of Blessing

‘Gblessing stoneod bless you.’  I’ve said that to people, have you?  What do we mean when we say that?  I think I’ve meant – ‘may everything go your way’.

But some of the ways Jesus described blessing in the Bible seem to be a little different.  In Matthew 5, in what is called the Beatitudes, Jesus refers to a whole range of people being blessed that I wouldn’t think of having a blessing  —-

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit
  • Blessed are those who mourn
  • Blessed are the meek
  • Blessed are the peacemakers
  • Blessed are you when people insult you…because of me

Jesus puts us in a topsy-turvy world with these words.  Maybe blessing will bring about circumstances that humble us, so that we are poor in spirit.  Maybe to be blessed will bring about mourning, so we can understand comfort.  Maybe to be blessed will bring about strife, so we can learn to be peacemakers.

Our self-centeredness makes us want exactly what we want.  What God is about is having a close relationship with Him and making us more like Him   Sometimes that means having the opposite of what we think will be a blessing occur to us so that the blessing can follow.

So, when you are going through troubles it might just be God blessing you, you just haven’t seen the end results yet.

Stacy

Last year while living in Columbia, I had the great privilege of attending a Bible study led by Stacy, a very Godly woman in my church.  What I loved most about the way that she taught was seeing the genuineness and realness of her relationship with the Lord.  He really was living and present in every aspect of her day.  I enjoyed hearing her pray because she talked to Jesus like He was so many people rolled into one.  Sometimes it sounded like she was communicating with her father, sometimes to her best friend, other times to her trusted counselor, and there were even times where if I didn’t know any better, I would have thought she was speaking adoringly to her husband!

In the beginning of Matthew 22, Jesus states that the greatest commandment in all the Law is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”  Through Stacy’s teachings, through her passionate prayers, through her caring spirit directed towards every lady at those meetings, and through the way she adored her Lord, I got a glimpse as to what that commandment looks like when it’s lived out in daily life.

The Dichotomy

We’re so stuck on our outward appearance.  Watching TV and movies, you’d think
that’s all there is to life.  But there is this great dichotomy happening within
and without each of us.  Do you feel it?  Paul, the writer of the 2nd letter to
the Corinthian church years ago, understood it.  Listen to this from the 4th
chapter of his letter – he says in verse 16 Even though on the outside it
often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is
making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. 

He understood the feeling and he correctly diagnosed it.  Outwardly we are wasting
away, coming up against all sorts of things – physcially and emotionally.  BUT
God is working at the same time in the deep places of our being.  He’s working
to make us a new being – one that ‘looks’ like Hm, more like his love, his
compassion, his peace, his joy, his wisdom and so much more.

That is the great awakening that we Christians must realize.  When culture and our human
nature beckon us to focus on the immediate, the physical, the unfairness of it
all, the outward we need to catch ourselves.  We need to become concsious of
what we are thinking and change that thinking to focus on the inward.  Seek God
and ask how Him how he wants to use this immediate situation, whatever it is, to
make us more like him.

When we seek or come to Him – God promises to show  up, take our hand, lead us and bless us. Read Psalm 73 and you’ll see that it’s true. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm%2073&version=MSG

Oh God, I love your Word it is so life-giving!

He Walks With Me and He Talks With Me

gardenI’m thinking of an old hymn this morning as I write this. I deeply  appreciate the old hymns because they are so full of such deep meaning. Many are full of theology, some are cries to God for help, many contain Scripture. I also enjoy the new worship songs of this day, but nothing will ever replace the richness of hymns.

One of my mother’s favorite hymns and therefore well known to me, because she very often would sing it at home while I  was growing up, was ‘In the Garden’. It’s been coming to my mind this morning  and I wanted to share it with you; it’s a song about prayer.

I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice,
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

I’d stay in the garden with Him
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

I love the whole song, but what’s really causing me to think today is the refrain – He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His own. Prayer is so much more than us telling God what we want; it is conversation with our best friend, Jesus Christ.  I hope you take the time today to walk with Him and talk with Him and that you hear Him reaffirming that you are His own. It’s our very lifeblood, it’s what allows us to go on and gives us our mission and purpose. Oh that the world would
be able to experience the God of the universe stepping into time and space and walking and talking with us and whispering –’You are mine, I know you and I love you.’

Let’s ask the Lord to show us how to develop that closeness with
Him, let’s keep that calmness of mind that we find early in the morning that
allows us to hear His voice. Let’s find joy as we ‘tarry’ with Him this morning.

Scripture meditation: Isaiah 43:1-2