Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Blessing

The Blessing

Numbers 6:22-27

Without meaning to, well intended believers have made success the posterchild for what it means to be blessed by God. However, the blessings of God are so much more than success, material objects, or favorable circumstances. We often talk about being blessed, but what does it really mean? How should a Christian understand the blessings of God?

A.   Earthly success does not fully characterize God’s blessing.

·   Earthly blessings are temporary and can all disappear in one day.

·   Your desire for God is greatly fueled by the needs you have.

·   While trials may not be blessings in and of themselves, they are channels through which God’s blessings flow into our lives.

B.   There is no hint of material prosperity or perfect circumstances in any New Testament reference of blessing.

C.   Scripture shows that a biblical blessing is anything God gives that makes us fully satisfied in Him – whether we interpret it as good or bad.

·   Great families, financial wealth, and good health are all wonderful gifts we can thank God for, but they are not necessarily His blessings.

·   God’s blessing always rests in God Himself.

II.    The Blessing Offered

·   The blessing of another person should be a personal, generous, outpouring of your desire for God’s goodness in the life of another.

·   The effect of God’s blessing would display His character, His nature, His very being in and through His people.

·   For the believer, this blessing is a reminder of what one has and who one is in Christ Jesus.

III.    The Blessing Received

·   God’s blessing does not come as a reward for performance given.

·   God’s blessing looks beyond who you are today and communicates the reality of who you are in Christ.

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