Our weather in Southern Illinois changes as often as a baby’s diaper needs changed. One moment it’s dry and the next moment sopping wet. It keeps life interesting. When we look at life we see the same principle. We go through seasons of drought and seasons of floods. Sometimes we even have times of just right. In our spiritual lives we experience the same rule. But in this realm we want summer showers of blessings. God promised Israel –
“And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing;
and I will cause the shower to come down in his season;
there shall be showers of blessing.”
These showers included abundance of food, safety from beasts and enemies, a covenant of peace, and a close relationship with their Lord God. God’s blessings aren’t exclusive to his children. Even the unjust receive earthly benefits from God’s goodness. But they give him no glory or thanksgiving for his gifts.
“he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good,
and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Both earthly and heavenly blessings belong to all who are in Christ Jesus. Earthly blessings end with the earth. Heavenly gifts of God’s grace abide in us now and forever. And they are limitless.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who hath blessed us
with all spiritual blessings
in heavenly places in Christ.”
Our Father in heaven is not like the stingy child crying, “Mine and you can’t have it.” No, his desire has gifted us with all his spiritual blessings found in Christ who is seated –
“at his own right hand in the heavenly places.”
“hath raised us up together,
and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
(From Ephesians 1:20 and 2:6)
We walk on the earth but are not longer earthbound. The abundance of God’s grace has lifted us up above the worries and trials of this life into a life of hope and peace through the showers of blessings he has poured into us through Christ.
These are –
- making us among the chosen who are “holy and without blame before him in love.”
- Our adoption as his children by Christ;
- Our, “being accepted in the beloved;”
- Our “redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins;”
- Being given the knowledge of the mystery of his will;
- The promise we will be gathered to Christ;
- The seal of the Holy Spirit of promise who is our guarantee of purchase by the Lord. He is our assurance an inheritance waits for us.
- It includes privileges of inheritance now;
- being filled with Christ’s fulness; the church, Christ’s body on this earth.
All this means –
“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:
Whereby are given unto us
exceeding great and precious promises:
that by these ye might be
partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption
that is in the world through lust.”
2 Peter 1:3-4
These blessings enable us to bless, “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” They restore the perfect image of God in us. Through the Holy Spirit, we have received his divine nature and manifest it on the earth.
All this God has done –
“To the intent that now
unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places
might be known by the church
the manifold wisdom of God,
According to the eternal purpose
which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord;
In whom we have boldness and access
with confidence by the faith of him.”
Babies need changed. The weather changes. But God’s word is unchanging.
“For all the promises of God
in him are yea, and in him Amen,
unto the glory of God by us.”
2 Corinthians 1;20.
God has blessed us in Christ Jesus to bless others and bring him glory. We do that when we love him and present our bodies-
“a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service.”
I know I used it in my last post but it bears repeating. With one voice may we, the body of Christ-
“Bless the LORD, O my soul:
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits:”
Are you walking in a drenched robe?