Thursday, August 30, 2012

Ignorant Of God's Blessings

You are blessed, child of God. You may be ignorant, stubborn, forgetful, ungrateful but you are still blessed. We all need to be reminded of that fact because we so easily forget in the busyness of our day. In fact, right now we should all take a moment and just say "I am a blessed child of my heavenly Father". It is not that we have one or two blessings but all of them. Apostle Paul writes:

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)

Praise be indeed! Every spiritual blessing in Jesus has been given to us. Every. We are a rich people

You might be thinking, "I don't feel blessed". That's because we keep equating blessings with physical comfort. But our Father's desire for us goes beyond simple temporary things and he provides us with what we need for eternity. Remember, we don't belong to this place any more. We are here with a purpose which is the mission Jesus gave to us, but other than that our citizenship belongs in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.

We need to make that shift. We have to be willing to lose our mistaken value of these temporary things. We need to allow the Spirit to give us the right perspective, focus and understanding. We have to be willing to give up the struggle, to let go, and to let the Spirit do it in us. We need to desire to value what God values. We need to desire to see what he sees.

If the only thing we seek and value in life is our creature comforts then we will not have the taste for the true blessings of God. It is like being raised on fast food all of your life. It kills your taste buds so when you eat a finer meal, something home made and seasoned to perfection, you cannot appreciate and value it.

Many Christians are more interested in God's daily provision than they are in his salvation. They would rather pray for a sports car than they would holiness. They value their large screen TV more than they do the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. What about the fact that our Father has declared us blameless in his sight? Isn't that a blessing more highly valued than the $1000 that unexpectedly arrived at your door?

There are all kinds of temporary physical blessings God fills our lives with that are great. A good wife is a blessing. Lots of children are a blessing. A job is a blessing. Good health is a blessing. As great as these are they only have temporary value in this place. Consider the real value of grace, forgiveness, peace, love, and joy, just to name a few. These are the things are ours every day and that should provoke us to praise our God from the rooftops.

The Church used to sing a song that encouraged us to count our blessings, to name them one by one. The song reminded us that when we take the time to daily remember these incredible blessings it reminds us of what God has done for us. When we remember what he has done then we also remember his love for us and that alone will rescue us from whatever kind of day we are experiencing. The praises of our King will be forever sweet upon our lips if only we can remember what a blessed people we are.

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