“But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” Luke 11:28.
After seeking the Lord’s direction, I believe my summer posts are to be prayers of blessing for you, my readers. My hope is to post bi-weekly, one prayer for your blessing and the other to bless the Lord.
Did you know the word blessed appears 302 times in the KJV? It first appears in Genesis 1:22, then in verse 28. One references birds and sea creatures, the other mankind. After creating man in His own image Genesis records,
“And God blessed them and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth…And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good…”Gen. 1:28,31.
The last occurrence of “blessed” is found in Revelation 22:14:
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
From beginning through eternity our Father in heaven desires to bless us, to bring us into His presence and provide all we stand in need of. He wants to share His goodness with us. To share in the fullness of His goodness, He calls us to drink His cup of blessing.
“O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt…The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break is it not the communion of the body of Christ…Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it… I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live: yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Matt. 26:39: 1Cor. 10:16;Matt. 16:24,25;Gal. 2:20).
The blessed are those empty of self and filled with the fullness of God.
Our heavenly Father,
May those who read this pick up your cup of blessing and know fellowship with you through the blood of Christ. May we not fear the cross of self- denial and seek to save ourselves but rather choose to follow Jesus who is the way to you and life eternal with you. May we remember we are crucified with Christ, our flesh dead to the power of sin as Christ lives in us through your Holy Spirit. May we remember His cup of suffering that bought our salvation, His resurrection that is our sure hope of an eternity in your Presence. As we think on these things may we know how blessed we are to be called your sons and daughters and walk worthy of your calling. Open our eyes to see your goodness each day. All is asked in accordance with your will to share your goodness with your children in the precious name of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Amen.
How has God blessed you today?