Faith Child – It is so easy to be blessed, a different ball- game to be a blessing

We  are going home today – my church mates and I. We have spent 8-12 June 2013 at a secluded golf course resort in Johore, Malaysia.

It has been a time of refreshing and renewal in the spirit, body and mind . A time of bonding amongst us with new determination to support one another in ministry and living for God. It should not be just for this week, Lord help us keep our commitment to You and to our church mates and when we forget as we so often will , please remind us and  fill us with a resolve that can only bring glory to You.

We have been truly blessed to be in His Presence, encouraged by His Word, taught with a passion and knowledge which could only be initiated, empowered and anointed by His Spirit. We have had fellowship sweet shared among brothers and sisters  – the highs with laughter and the sad and sorrowful with tears – it has been heart to heart, genuine and empathising. Delicious food and fruits, restful sleep and safety and protection when with free abandonment we participated in loving rivalry in sports and creative exertions.

God has been good. God has blessed. …but for what? Blessings for self and in addition, for God’s glory. We waited on The Lord and He answered our soul’s yearning and our spirit’s call to be drawn closer to His. Now it is our turn to listen to hear the heart cry of those in spiritual, physical and mental needs. Will we hear or be selfish? With the blessings we have been blessed? The Lord will empower us, but are we available or do we return to our pigeonholes  or luxurious homes to be people isolated, warped and captive to our own desires, not the Lord’s?

God’s desire is that with  a revived  personal relationship with Him, we must want to obey  His will, we want to obey Him in  everything! That obedience releases the heart and hand of God to use us, to bless us, our family, loved ones, community, nation and every nation on the earth! No wonder the Apostle Paul could pronounce under divine inspiration:

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ”  (Ephesians 1:3  , NIV).

 From http://www.gospel.org.nz/index.php/articles/faith-messages/305-009-blessed-to-be-a-blessing  By Rodney W. Francis

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To be “blessed” means to be “rejoicing in and receiving all the blessings of the promised redemption . . . a blessing is a bountiful gift” (Wilson’s). It speaks about being “happy, to distinguish with favour” (Bullinger’s). It releases an abundance of God to us in prosperity and liberty. It is God’s benediction upon us!

The “obedient to God” people experience a release of blessing and power that no one else experiences. God lifts those people up by making them great (with opposition and persecutions, of course!). There are always benefits to those whom God lifts up. The promise of personal, national and universal blessing shows us the power of God at work in us to enable us to overcome every obstacle that life throws at us. It shows us how God wants to hold us up before the world, with the declaration, “Look what I can do with a person who listens to and obeys Me!”

  • It is all about knowing Jesus!

  • It is all about knowing what He has already done for us!

  • It is all about knowing what He wants to do for us now!

  • It is all about knowing what He wants to do with us here on earth!

  • It is all about having a destiny, and knowing it!

  • It is all about knowing we are saved to be a blessing to our present generation –now! – Wherever we may go throughout the world

As we discover the truth of the Abrahamic Covenant blessing – and walk in it – we will see the power of the Gospel released in and through our lives and the Church to impact every nation on earth. The key to revival is right here. It is in our obedience! Obedience to the voice of God!

In Genesis 22:15-18  , God made it very clear to Abraham that “ALL THE NATIONS OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED, BECAUSE YOU HAVE OBEYED MY VOICE!”

The Church of the 21st century needs to discover afresh God’s “keys” to impacting the world. It is not in fancy programmes or gimmickry, nor in adopting “a more professional approach.” We have to discover that God still holds to the principles He delivered way back in Abraham’s day. If we will listen to His voice, and do what He says, we will know good success. We will live in His blessings and, at the same time, will be impacting others all around us. Let’s make the difference!

Right now, let us adopt an attitude that we are going to bless other people, more than our looking to be blessed by other people. When we go to church, let’s go “to give” (our worship, praise, love, finances, Spiritual Gifts, help, whatever is necessary to lift things up) rather than “to get.” Instead of being focused on our own personal problems, let us see that there are scores of people much more badly off than we are. Know that:

  • JESUS CHRIST LIVES IN US!

  • HE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE!

  • See and know that He has saved us and blessed us to be a blessing! The blessings and benefits of the Abrahamic Covenant are there for everyone to lay hold of.

It all begins with our ears, and impacts with our obedience! Our ears pick up the mind of God, and our obedience releases the power of the Word of God.

  • Abraham believed God!

  • What about YOU?

  • Who do you really believe?

  •  Believe God, and you will know without a doubt you are blessed to be a blessing.

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Proverbs 11:25-31

25 The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.
26Curses on those who drive a hard bargain! Blessings on all who play fair and square!
27 The one who seeks good finds delight; the student of evil becomes evil.
28 A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump; a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree.
29 Exploit or abuse your family, and end up with a fistful of air; common sense tells you it’s a stupid way to live.
30 A good life is a fruit-bearing tree; a violent life destroys souls.
31 If good people barely make it, what’s in store for the bad!

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2 Responses to Faith Child – It is so easy to be blessed, a different ball- game to be a blessing

  1. One of my many favourite Scriptures in Psalm 40:5
    “Many, O Lord my God are Your wonderful works which You have done, and Your thoughts which are towards us. They cannot be reckoned up in order unto You. If I would declare and speak of them, they are MORE than can be numbered”

    We serve an incredibly amazing God who daily loads us with the abundance of His blessings. We would be most ungrateful if we did not share His blessings with all we meet, and even go out of our way to reach others with His love.

    May we indeed be faithful in our service to Him and in our witness to all we meet.

  2. ptl2010 says:

    Yes, the Awakening at my church retreat happened at various levels
    1. We must recognize God’s love first to appreciate how much He loves us – that is the beginning for a relationship with Him
    2. We must experience His grace to know that it is by His grace alone that we are saved and when we understand it is all about His grace , then we cease to strive with works which will never get us to heaven
    3. We must understand that there is now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus – we can burn our bridges of past sins for The Lord remembers them no more once we have confessed our sins. We must repent of our sins and not sin more to receive more grace . We need no longer allow the devil to condemn us with the memory of past sins and regrets so that e can move on in the victory of Christ.
    4. We must experience the Holy Spirit and make time for Him in our lives. He pursues a living relationship with us. He wants to speak to us in love and we must take time to listen in quietness (solitude), and confidence in His will and plans will be the result. For when we know the heart and mind of the Lord then we will have the joy of The Lord to fulfill His work for us in this life.
    5. There is no second-hand second-generation faith – it is a personal relationship with God which will hold us in good times and bad – it is a personal relationship with The Lord that will help us persevere in His service , to have compassion like He has for the lost and hurting, to serve others and to love others and ourselves to do His good will.
    6. We belong to our church not our parent’s church – for second generation Christians. We serve because we love our Lord, not our parent’s Lord.
    7. For pre-believers, there was awakening to the call of God.

    Praise The Lord for the work started and reinforced in the lives of the young and those older in The Lord. . We thank God for He is raising us to a higher plane of experience and service and accountability as we avail ourselves to Him and He is raising our children to obey Him in rising to the challenges of leadership among themselves and for the young adults to succeed those who are senior and have served for many years. Praise The Lord.

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