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Our Blessing In Jesus…

January 9, 20120 Comments

 We live in a very wordy world; however we’re not a country that has an oral tradition, we just speak more words with less meaning.  It’s sad, our speech is most often polluted if not convoluted, and we rarely trust the good that’s said to us.  This all pre-dictates to us like a filter, how we perceive a blessing.  The tragedy is that as God’s children He has spoken over us very precious blessings (Eph 1), but how seriously do we take the word “blessing” when we read it in the bible?  How encouraged does the typical person feel when someone says, “God bless you”. Lets take a look at a blessing, and the blessing we have in Christ.

A blessing worth stealing

The archetypical story in the Old Testament involving a blessing was after all what we’d consider a grand larceny of a blessing.  A story that involved a very manipulating mother, preferring one twin son over the other, a lying, slick son, named  Jacob who eyed the blessing  from afar, set his targets on it, and deceived, and eventually defeated his brother to get it.  A father whose health is getting the best of him, who’s ready to bless the eldest as tradition would have it, but he’s set up by the love of his life and the second born Jacob. These are highlights, the full story can be read in Genesis 27.  In our day people steal, things, i.e. cash, gas, purses, and gold.  In some neighborhoods, anything is stolen that’s not locked down or tied down!  The closest we have to a theft of words is plagiarism, or if someone steals a book.  Jacob got disguised as his brother; his mother cooked the meal that Esau was to cook, he then went in to his father.  His father ate the meal, then spoke the words of blessing over the thieving son, concluding a theft of unmeasured proportions.And Isaac blessed Jacob saying:

 “Now may God give you of the dew of heaven, And of the fatness of the earth, And an abundance of grain and new wine; May people’s serve you, And nations bow down to you; Be master of your brothers, And may your mother’s sons bow down to you. Cursed be those who curse you, And blessed be those who bless you.”  (Gen 27:28-29 NASB)

What was the blessing worth? Why was it sought after? After all, it was just words, spoken by a broken, sin ridden, half-blind man on his death-bed, right!  That unfortunately might be our contemporary mindset, but it was not theirs.  The blessing included three aspects that made it valuable and sought after by Jacob.

1. Plenty, heaven and earth concurring to make him rich.

2. Power, particularly dominion over his brethren, namely, Esau and his posterity.

3. Prevalency with God, and a great interest in Heaven.

We’d prefer the bank account to the blessing, but the blessing carried and did what the bank account couldn’t, it covered the person.   This was a blessing on a person, while money is a blessing, or we bless people with money, a blessing on a person is far more reaching with deeper ramifications and lasting impact.   Money is limited, but the blessing is irrevocable, it’s carried with the person.  It has to be the next best thing to having the “Midas touch”! 

You don’t have to steal your blessing…it’s been given to you

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Eph 1:3 NASB)

We all as children of the Most High God have been blessed by Him.  As a father, He didn’t leave us lacking, no He has abundantly blessed us and He has blessed all of us.  The word used for blessing here means to speak well of, to thank or invoke a benediction upon, prosper.  God our Heavenly Father has blessed us!  He has taken the time to speak well of us, and to speak well over us; All without our knowing, choosing or doing anything for it.  This free will blessing from the Father is “every spiritual blessing”.  We all will not walk in the same grace, not all in the same ministry, not all with the same gifts, but on all of us He has blessed, with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.  It is further said that this blessing is “in the heavenly places”, denoting that it is not earthly, or carnal, and it’s better than the blessing Jacob deceived to get. That one while good was earthly, this one is from Heaven, spoken by our Heavenly Father.

God our father has spoken well over us, He has spoken the best of heaven into our lives, every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, not leaving us short on blessings, not leaving us needy or lacking.  Giving us His best, and taking the time to speak that over each of us. God thinks the best of all His children and He wants the best for each of us.    

This while last, is really the point, it’s in Jesus.  Not only was God planning on blessing the world through Jesus the promised seed, He has blessed all of His children in Jesus.  The whole world might not be blessed by Jesus, but every child of God is blessed with every spiritual blessing in Jesus. 

You might not feel blessed, you might be looking at a situation that says the exact opposite.  However, we’re not called to walk by sight, we are to walk by faith, Christ dwells in our hearts by faith, and you have to stand on His word and know, that you are blessed, that God has spoken the best of heaven into your life, that as a Father He cherishes you, He thinks the best of you, and wants the best for you!

In Jesus we have forgiveness of sins, redemption, and we have our blessings in Him.

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