February 03, 2020
The blessing of God upon a life takes that which is natural and makes it supernatural. Takes that which is normal beyond normality, for the Lord adds His unique blessing upon it.
For instance, a small boy had 5 loaves and 2 fishes. Christ thanked God and blessed the food and suddenly it served 5,000 men and their families.
… on Joseph highlighted what God had done and would do in spite of the attacks that had been made upon his life.
What is amazing (and consistent throughout the Bible) is that this blessing was not merely the ramblings of a dying man, but a blessing that was bestowed by the father on his son and it came true. It had substance. It brought the blessing of God from father to son.
Each of us, if we stop and ponder for a moment, have been immeasurably blessed by God. All that we have, all that we have seen God do in our lives is overwhelming. Yet, beyond this, God blesses us with spiritual gifts and talents for service. He gives the blessing of His Holy Spirit to empower us, His Word to guide us, and then opens opportunities for us to enter where these are activated in ways that extend God’s power through us to others.
Paul speaks of the reality of the various gifts, operations, and empowerings that are particular to each follower of Christ.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
For each of us there are particular ways the hand of God is upon us. Ways He desires to bless us and use us. But in it all, we are blessed to be a blessing to others around us, as God prompts and gives direction. And, we can receive the blessing of God upon our lives and live accordingly. It is an incredible treasure for others to be able to say of you, “The blessing of God is upon them.”
Father of all blessings, thank You for the manifold blessings upon my life. Thank You for the general blessings but also for the particular blessings that have been given to me by Your hand. May I live in conscious awareness of Your calling, gifts, and blessing bestowed upon me. And may all those blessings be realized. And, Lord, I pray for the blessings upon my children and my children’s children. Would You bless them like Abraham so they can be a blessing to generations.
February 05, 2020
This is good, my Brother - One of the guys who went into prisons with us said the reason so many people are in prison is they never got the blessing from their fathers. Back then he said less than 1% of the people in prison were Jewish — Because they get the Blessing from their fathers. Make sense to me!
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March 02, 2021
Jealousy is always viewed in humans as a horribly destructive trait. Daniel Webster described it in his original 1828 dictionary as “the apprehension of superiority.” For instance, a person is jealous when they fear that someone has taken something that they want or may think they deserve for themselves; a position, an affection, an opportunity.
But is jealousy always wrong? Is it possible to be jealous for the right things? Is there a holy jealousy?
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