May 15, 2018

Numbers 24:1 (NLT) — 1 By now Balaam realized that the Lord was determined to bless Israel,

Ok so now that you have had a day to ponder this verse are you convinced that the Lord wants to bless you? If not what would it take to convince you? Rather than wait for you to answer that question I will tell you what has convinced me: the cross. Pretty simple right? Why would God the Father put his Son on the cross if he wasn’t determined to bless us? Any reason that we might have for the Lord not wanting to bless us like, “I’ve failed him too many  times, I don’t deserve to be blessed, I’m not perfect, I have sinful thoughts, I hit my dog”, etc. Well remember that all of our weaknesses and failures were put on Jesus on the cross so now what is your excuse? That’s right you don’t have one.

Maybe you’ve looked at that verse and you’ve said that God was determined to bless Israel not us. Well lets look at what it says in Galatians.

Galatians 3:29 (NLT) — 29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.

According to that verse we are the Israel of God. But this next verse is the clincher when it comes to whether or not God wants to bless us.

Romans 8:32 (NLT) — 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?

This is the anchor for your soul. If God would have spared his son it would have meant that he did not want to bless us, but he didn’t spare his son. So quit your worrying and stop your doubting God wants to bless you:)

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    How do we view blessings? I thought about this question yesterday. What is a blessing? An easy life? Material things? Gourmet food? New cars? These are things that our culture determines to be blessings. But scripture does not teach that. We have only to read Matthew 5 to discover that we are blessed when we are persecuted for being believers. We are blessed when we are insulted and falsely accused of every kind of evil. Many countries in the world there are Christians who are truly persecuted for their faith and they consider it a great blessing to be able to suffer for Christ. Jesus told his disciples that they would be persecuted even to the point of death. They considered it a blessing to be able to die for the sake of the gospel. What do I consider a blessing?
    Just some thoughts….

    • Mary Anne Frank says:

      I need to add one more thing… I didn’t mean to imply that all the material things are not blessings . They are but sometimes I think we don’t see our hardships as blessings, too. I know that when all is going well with me that I can get complacent. It’s when things are hard that my relationship with God grows and that is truly a blessing.

    • Daniel Mueller says:

      The real blessing is knowing that I am loved, accepted, and forgiven and that the Lord is with me at all times. I too had thought about commenting on what were real blessings but I opted to let it come up in the comments of others. Thank you for your comments.

      • Daniel Mueller says:

        Another real blessing is just being satisfied and content with knowing Jesus. Balaam wasn’t and that is what eventually cost him his life. Numbers 31:8 (NLT) — 8 All five of the Midianite kings—Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba—died in the battle. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword.

  2. To add on to Mary Anne’s blessing list, I see in verses 6-9 four attributes or character traits of God; he is just, merciful, pure in heart (holy) and full of peace. For us to be able to become more like Jesus in this unreliable and unruly body through his Spirit, is to be blessed beyond being blessed!

  3. Yes and yes to both of your comments Pastor Dan. When I am at my worst, he still calls me his best and because I know him I can breathe easy and rest in all his promises!