You are blessed

Brad Stanton —  January 3, 2015 — 7 Comments

Tell yourself you are blessed. If you stop to think about it, you have dozens of blessings and very few problems. When you say “I am blessed” out loud, your brain receives the idea through your ears and thoughts, making it more powerful.

The following is from Joel and Victoria…

“The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity…” (Deuteronomy 28:11, NIV)

God has a place of abundance in store for you! It’s a place where all needs are supplied — a place of joy, happiness, and victory. But in order to experience all the great things that God has prepared, there are some conditions that need to be met in the natural. God already did His part to make provision for the blessing. You must do your part to obey the Word of God and aggressively pursue the abundant life that’s rightfully yours.

In this new year,stir yourself up to pursue wholeheartedly the dreams God has placed in your heart. Don’t settle for a life of mediocrity! Get the Word of God in your heart and walk in the abundant life God has for you. This can be your best year yet!

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7 responses to You are blessed

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    I record the series and listen all the time.

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    This post seems to be at variance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For instance, Peter wrote as follows: “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” (2 Peter 1:3) All the blessings we need are given in Christ. We cannot to anything to increase or create blessings beside or beyond those given on the basis of the doings of Jesus for us. Again, Paul writes that the obtaining of those blessings is not on condition of works, but by grace (Romans 11:6-7). Material blessing here-and-now is not promised in the Gospel. In fact material accumulation is discouraged. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven … for where your treasure is, there your heart is also.” (Matthew 5:19-21). Peter confirms this in 1 Peter 1: 3-5.

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      Oh, I disagree, brother. Many Christians miss out on blessings because they have a bad attitude about God or lack of faith. For example, Moses led people to the promised land. God wanted them to have it right away, but due to their lack of faith they wandered for 40 years and many of them did not get the blessings promised to them.
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      It is the same way with the blessings God gives. For example, many people would get more answers to prayer if they had stronger faith. Jesus says more than 3 dozen times that faith is required for answered prayer. Many don’t get healed and miss a blessing because they don’t have faith.
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      Also, many miss out on the blessing of serving God. We have a choice every day to store up treasure in heaven (Matt 5–the same verse you quoted) but most Christians don’t spend much time serving God, so they miss out on storing up treasure in heaven.
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      Jesus said if we give even a cup of cold water to a child, we will be rewarded-that means blessed.
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      Also, your interpretation of that verse Mat 5:19-21) is not accurate. Jesus was using a well known figure of speech which emphasized one thing, not the other. It did not mean we should not save money. For example Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.” —Of course this does not mean we should hate our father and mother. It only means that our love for God is much greater than our love for our mother and father. You miss a huge blessing when you don’t understand the figures of speech and idioms of the New Testament.

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      I disagree, brother. The Bible does promise prosperity many times for doing certain things. Deuteronomy 5:33
      Walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.
      Deuteronomy 6:24
      The LORD commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the LORD our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.
      Deuteronomy 28:11
      The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your forefathers to give you.
      Deuteronomy 29:9
      Carefully follow the terms of this covenant, so that you may prosper in everything you do.
      Deuteronomy 30:1
      [ Prosperity After Turning to the LORD ] When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come upon you and you take them to heart wherever the LORD your God disperses you among the nations,
      Deuteronomy 30:15
      See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.
      Joshua 1:8
      Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
      1 Kings 2:3
      and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands… so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go…
      Proverbs 31
      My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will… bring you prosperity.
      Prov 818
      With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. 19 My fruit is better than fine gold; what I yield surpasses choice silver.
      Proverbs 11:25
      A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
      Proverbs 13:21 prosperity is the reward of the righteous.

      John 10:10 Jesus said he came to give us abundant life. That doesn’t mean poverty, it means abundance in this life and eternal life.

      Health
      James 513 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. 14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. 17 Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.

      Anything
      Psalm 37:4
      Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.

      Wealth
      Deuteronomy 8:18
      But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
      1 Samuel 2:7
      The LORD sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts.
      Psalm 112:1 Blessed are those who fear the LORD…Wealth and riches are in their houses
      Prov8: 17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me. 18 With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity.
      Prov 10: 22 The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it.
      Checked all the way to Isaiah for wealth verses and the above is all I found
      I am the Lord, is anything too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27
      Jesus displayed wealth
      Luke 5: 6 When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. 7 So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. [That much fish is worth a lot of money to a fisherman!]
      John 21: 6 He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
      John 2: 6 Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons… Jesus turned water to wine “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” [Can you imagine how much money that much great quality wine was worth then, and now?]
      Matthew 17:27 …go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.” [They didn’t even need to use their own money, God provided it to them.]
      Luke 19:4 5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” [Jesus owned all the houses, they were all his because he was God, so he didn’t need to ask if he could stay there. When he sent his disciples to get a colt and bring it, it wasn’t stealing, because the colt belonged to him, as did all the livestock in the world. That is wealth!]
      Jesus feeds 5000 men (20,000 if you include women and children) and 4000. [That’s a lot of money for food. Jesus didn’t even need money because he could perform miracles.]

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      Deuteronomy 28 talks about blessings and curses for God’s people. God says if we do certain things we’ll be blessed, and if we do other things we’ll be cursed.

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        I’m happy to discuss this issue with you (did this reply get deleted last time?).
        The passages from Deuteronomy support rather than weaken my point.
        The blessing in these passages is intimately associated with the Levitical priesthood. Note that it is the priests and Levites who are to declare the curses and the blessings (Deut. 27:14). The whole Old Testament economy was based upon the sacrificial system which indicated that God forgave sin only on the basis of an acceptable sacrifice. These Levitical laws presupposed that the people would sin (break God’s 10 Commandments) and the sacrificial system represented to the people the Good News of Jesus (his life, death and resurrection) before his coming. It was the Gospel foretold in these sacrifices that brought blessings to those who believed the promises given by them. If the blessings had depended upon Israel’s obedience to the moral law, they would never have been blessed (Paul says so in Galatians 3:10 and 21). These Old Testament sacraments were sufficient (before Jesus came) to lead people to the blessing of sins forgiven. Reading the Old Testament prophets, it appears that the prophets’ main job was to call the people back to the Gospel and to the God who saves. The problem was that the people rejected the warnings of Deuteronomy 27:15 and 28:14. They abandoned God’s sacrificial system and went after the false gospels of gods who could not bless. For example, the people went after pagan deities like Tammuz and Ashtoreth that promised fertility and prosperity.

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