I know that you may think that this is not “Christian”; no! It is NOT! But the concept behind it IS!
Have you ever been blessed? Job, promotion, new house, family, understanding, wisdom, properties? Let us get basic! Brethren, Sistren, a Church, community…
I should once again ask if you have bee blessed?
From the first chapter of the Bible to the last, God blesses humanity. The blessing of God is a theme like few others in Scripture, encompassing the entirety of God’s goodness to humanity. Despite this, the blessing theme is not generally well understood in Christian usage. Believers frequently ask God to bless them or their work without considering whether they are in a position to receive God’s blessing or whether they want to be placed in such a position. Noah was blessed by God when his faithful obedience condemned the world. God blessed Abraham when he told him to leave everything he knew; and though he obeyed in faith, Abraham has yet to receive the promises fully. Joseph received God’s blessing as a slave and a prisoner long before he received it as a government official. Thus, the believer’s proper desire for God’s blessing needs to be enriched with a biblical understanding of the nature of divine blessing. Genesis is the necessary starting place for gaining such an understanding as it contains nearly one sixth of all Scriptural references to blessing, by some estimates.
1. Blessing and Cursing in the Structure of Genesis
The motif of blessing has been masterfully woven through the narrative structure of Genesis. Structurally, Genesis can be broken down along the lines of the “generations”, which yields a striking pattern with regard to blessing and cursing. The introduction is followed by ten generations which can be divided into major generations (which include extended narrative) and minor generations (with little or no narrative). The introductory section of Genesis (1:1–2:3) speaks of God’s blessing three times (1:22, 28; 2:3), giving special attention to its beginning upon earth, with no mention of a curse. The second section, “the generations of heaven and earth,” speaks of God’s curse three times (3:14, 17; 4:11) without direct reference to God’s blessing, thus emphasizing the beginning of the curse on earth. After this, each major generation is marked by a single mention of cursing and a minimum of one mention of blessing.
We get an understanding of “Blessing”: blessings pronounced, blessing promised, blessing anticipated, and blessing experienced. We begin to get a sense of what it really means to be blessed in Numbers 6:22–27
“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them:
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ’
“So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.” Numbers 6:22–27
Are we ‘expectant’ of ‘blessings’? Some will think I said “Do we work for or do we ‘earn’ blessings?
We are given blessings – unearned, undeserved because we are of The Kingdom!
I was moved to point out yet again that all that is seen comes from the unseen! Just so that you do not think I made that up…
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:18
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
We do recieve; ALL glory to God, Amen.
Is ‘it’ expected?
Again, I will explain the video; it IS and is expected. Interestingly; the gratitude that is shown is in the standing ‘still’ to allow the attention!
Yes! The Word does say we should stand still:
“Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes.” 1 Samuel 12:16 (KJV)
“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” Psalm 37:7
God wants me to pour out my heart to him, but then He wants to pour His into mine. But my mile-a-minute conversations don’t allow Him the freedom to show me His heart.
Yes, we do learn a key lesson! They stood still. Yes, when the attention ceased; they did move to ‘continue’ the ‘attention.’ Do we?
The premise for what I’m about to say rests on the truth that God longs for a relationship with us and not a religion with us. God is the master creator, builder, and holder of all things. He is also invested in our hearts. He wants to know us, but never pushes Himself on us. He knows the inner workings of our hearts, but wants us to invite Him in. He stands at the door and knocks, but waits for us to answer.
1. The Right Way
2. Deal with distractions
Surrender control. We yield our understanding of our circumstances to His understanding. Our view is dark, clouded, and incomplete. We see through a tiny viewfinder, and have no idea of the greater view. We must yield our understanding for His. A surrendered heart is one that is content to be and know nothing except as God reveals. Yield and surrender. This takes a mind that is under control, not empty.