This is the second of five teachings that I was asked to write for my church on the theme of giving and receiving.
The first words that anyone ever heard were words of blessing.
Right from the day that Man was created, it has been God’s desire that we be blessed. Genesis 1:28 contains the very first words that were spoken to Man, the first words that anyone ever heard, and they were words of blessing. The Amplified Bible puts it this way, “God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth”. What God said to Adam, as the representative of Mankind, still applies today – Malachi 3:6 says, “I am the Lord, I change not”.
It is still God’s desire for Man to be blessed.
As further proof that God’s desire to bless did not end when sin entered the world, look at what He said to Noah after the flood in Genesis 9:1, “God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” – exactly the same words that God had spoken to Adam, thus proving it was still God’s desire for Man to be blessed. As the Book of Genesis continues, The Blessing shows up again in the life of Abraham. This is what the Contemporary English Version has to say of Abraham near the end of his life on Earth, “Abraham was now a very old man. The Lord had made him rich, and he was successful in everything he did” (Genesis 24:1). So how exactly does God want to bless us? Deuteronomy 28 is a good place to find some answers. Take the time to study the first 13 verses. Look at this example from verses 12-13 in The Message translation:
“God will throw open the doors of his sky vaults and pour rain on your land on schedule and bless the work you take in hand. You will lend to many nations but you yourself won’t have to take out a loan. God will make you the head, not the tail; you’ll always be the top dog, never the bottom dog, as you obediently listen to and diligently keep the commands of God, your God, that I am commanding you today”.
Something good is going to happen to you today.
There is absolutely no doubt, that God wants us to be blessed. Galatians 3:14 even declares that part of the reason that Jesus died, was so that “the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles”. One of the keys to receive God’s promised blessing is to begin expecting it – you should be expecting The Blessing to show up every single day. A good way to do this, is by personalising something Oral Roberts was well known for saying: “Something good is going to happen to you today” – but substitute ‘you’ with ‘me’. Expecting something good on a daily basis is not just wishful thinking, Psalm 68:19 declares, “Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits” (New King James Version). It is about time that we begin expecting The Blessing to show up in such a visible way that people cannot fail to notice it. We are supposed to be advertisements for God! Zechariah 8:13 in the New Living Translation says, “I will make you both a symbol and a source of blessing”. We are supposed to be a symbol, an advert, of The Blessing to others and we are supposed to be a channel through which The Blessing can flow from God into their lives.
Let’s end this message by quoting the same scripture, Zechariah 8:13 from The Message translation, “From now on, you’re the good-news people. Don’t be afraid. Keep a firm grip on what I’m doing”.
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