God’s Blessings

The Beauty of God’s Blessings

It may seem selfish, but I, and any Christian, can ask for God’s blessings and expect that He will honor the request. It is true. And I can make that claim based on the assurances of Scripture. For Example:

1 John 3:1 “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God.” (And so we are!  As God’s children we have a super connection.)

Romans 8:16-17 “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (As co-heirs with Christ we’re entitled to blessing.)

Matthew 7:9-11 “Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (The principle here: God is delighted to bless us and give to us generously.)

Matthew 7:7-8  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”  (God gives the promise — we need but ask, seek, and knock.)

Ephesians 3:20  “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”  (Just think of that.  God does even MORE than we all that we ask or imagine.)

While the promise of God’s blessings are just too fantastic for us to really comprehend, there is a need to accept these guarantees in the right spirit.  For example:

James 4:3  “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”  (We are to seek God’s favors with godly motives; not with selfish purposes.)

1 John 5:14  “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”  (Our confidence in His blessing derives from approaching  Him in a submissive attitude, seeking HIS will, not ours.  To ask for blessing according to our own will would feed our selfish motives and desires and would presume that we know what is best for us.  Blessing does not always equate to health and wealth but in the richness of our relationship  to the Savior and to the accomplishment of God’s purposes.  It is the realization that His plan is to prosper and not to harm; to give hope and a future.)

Matthew 6:33  “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  (Our first priority in approaching God for His blessing is the blessing of His Kingdom and His righteousness.  After that, other blessings will follow.)

1 Corinthians 10:31  “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  (In even the most mundane things of life, like eating and drinking, we are to seek to bring glory to God.  Likewise, in seeking His blessing  it is to be in a manner and for a purpose that brings ultimate glory to God.  This selfless, god-directed approach removes us from the equation.)

So, we can be confident in God’s desire to honor us with His blessings.  Therefore, we can approach the throne of grace boldly and expectantly.  For, after all, it is the throne of grace. (Heb. 4:16)

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About ronfurg

Former naval officer, federal investigator, forensic scientist, senior executive service member and pastor. In retirement serves as volunteer and life group leader at New Life Christian Church (www.newlife4me.com). Devoted to beautiful wife, kids and grandkids. Looking forward to the time when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
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