Blessings, what are they?

I have had a very hard week but feel blessed by God.  That started me thinking about blessings and where scripture tells us we are blessed.  What does blessing look like to God?  First, I wanted to start with a definition of blessing.  The dictionary says: a gift of divine favor, good wishes or approval, anything that gives happiness or prevents misfortune.   I can see my week’s events were a blessing as God granted me divine favor and prevented severe misfortune.

Psalm 1 is a great place to start looking at blessings or being blessed.  This psalm describes the way of the believer and the blessings that way brings.

blessed is the manBlessed is the man
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree
    planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
    and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.

The blessed man doesn’t seriously listen to the advice of unbelievers, do the things they do or make fun of godly things.  The blessed man loves God’s Word and thinks about it all the time.  He is deeply rooted by God and shows growth in both his faith and his life.  He prospers in all he does.   The psalmist contrasts this picture of one who loves God with the unbeliever.

The wicked are not so,
    but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked will perish.

Unbelievers are tossed to and fro with the ideas of the world. They are not grounded in God’s Word and faith in Him so they will perish.

As you meditate today, think about your life and ask yourself, Am I like the blessed man?  Do I hunger after God’s Word and think about it a lot?  Am I deeply rooted in God’s Word, and am I standing firm in faith where ever God has me?  If your answers are yes, you are on you way towards blessingsBeing in God’s Word and walking in God’s way gives happiness and guides us away from misfortune.  Even if we go through hard times Jesus is with us. Therefore, by definition we are blessed!

willienelson1Count your blessings today as you strive to walk with Him in His way,

Linda 

A Transformed Heart is a Believing Heart

One of the clearest verses in scripture that tells us what we have to do to be Saved is Romans 10:9-10.  ” If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.”  Once you believe in Jesus within your heart and say it you are saved.  The saying confirms what your heart is telling you that Jesus is the son of God and that He came and died for your sins and was raised from the dead.   In dying He took your sin and mine upon himself as the perfect sacrifice but in rising from the dead He conquered death and buried our sins forever.  Romans 10:9-10 show us that a heart that believes in God is essential to faith.   We have to believe in Jesus with the very core of our matthew22-37being, our heart, for salvation.   Jesus told us about the importance of heart faith in Matthew 22:37  “Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’  God will accept nothing less that our whole heart, soul and mind.  Loving and knowing God requires it all.  

How about you?  Do you have a sincere heart love for God?  Are you willing to tell others that Jesus is your Savior?  God demands that our love be all consuming.  He is a jealous God and wants all of us.  Exodus 20:5 “You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods.”   Are you devoted to God and willing to give all of your heart to Him?  Meditate and about this today.  Consider how much of your heart you are giving to God, remembering He wants it all.

Matthew 22 37Let this be said of me as I seek to give all my heart to Jesus,

Linda