THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 10-27-13

LESSON TITLE: “GOD’S PEOPLE ARE BLESSED.”

WELCOME

ISAIAH ONCE PROCLAIMED, "BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED." PRAISE BE TO GOD FOR THIS WONDROUS TRUTH. GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO THE LIVING WORD PROGRAM ON THIS WONDROUS LORD'S DAY MORNING! THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY AS WE COMMIT THIS TIME TO THE THINGS OF GOD. TOGETHER WE WILL HAVE THE PRIVILEGE TO STUDY FROM GOD'S HOLY WORD AND TO SING PRAISES TO HIS WONDERFUL NAME. LET'S EACH DO OUR PART THIS MORNING IN MAKING THIS TIME OF OFFERING ACCEPTABLE IN HIS SIGHT. WILL YOU BOW WITH ME IN PRAYER AT THIS TIME?

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE FOR FATHER, WE KNOW THAT ALL SPIRITUAL THINGS IN US AND ALL PHYSICAL THINGS COME FROM YOU. FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS HELP US TO FOCUS ON YOUR WORD AND THE GREAT GIFT OF YOUR SON, KNOWING THAT IN ALL THINGS WE CAN BE FOUND APPROVED THROUGH YOUR LOVE, GRACE, AND MERCY. FATHER, THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT GIFT OF JESUS AS HE SHED HIS BLOOD ON THE CROSS THAT WE MIGHT BE FOUND JUSTIFIED UNTO ETERNAL LIFE. FATHER, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR MIGHT AND YOUR GREATNESS. IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN. IT'S TIME TO JOIN IN OUR SONGS OF PRAISE. TODAY, WE BEGIN WITH A SONG WHICH REMINDS US OF THE GREAT LIGHT WHICH GOD BESTOWS ON MANKIND. SO, WON'T YOU PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIPING GOD BY SINGING OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THE SONG, "SUN OF MY SOUL."

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PROGRAM, WE MENTIONED AN EXCERPT FROM ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PROPHECIES IN THE BIBLE IS FOUND IN ISAIAH 53:5. THERE THIS PROPHET FORETELLS THE GREAT SACRIFICE OF CHRIST, TO THOSE WHO WOULD NEVER ACTUALLY KNOW THE SAVIOR. THERE HE SAYS, “BUT HE WAS WOUNDED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS, HE WAS BRUISED FOR OUR INIQUITIES; THE CHASTISEMENT FOR OUR PEACE WAS UPON HIM, AND BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED.”

HOW OFTEN DO WE FORGET TODAY THE GREAT SACRIFICE THAT CHRIST FULFILLED FOR US BY GOING TO THE CROSS? CONSIDER THE FACTS MENTIONED IN THE VERSE WE JUST READ, “HE WAS WOUNDED FOR US.” THINK OF THE SUFFERING THAT CHRIST ENDURED ON THE CROSS. THIS SUFFERING WAS PHYSICAL AND AGONIZING, EVEN TO THE POINT OF HAVING THORNS PRESSED ON HIS HEAD AND A SPEAR BEING PIERCED IN HIS SIDE.

ISAIAH FURTHER WENT ON TO SAY THAT HE WAS “BRUISED FOR OUR SINS.” REMEMBER BACK IN GENESIS WHEN MOSES RECORDED THAT THE SERPENT WOULD BRUISE HIS HEAD. CHRIST WAS BEATEN, PUT IN THE GRAVE AND SUFFERED DEATH DUE TO OUR INFIRMITIES. HOWEVER, HE ALSO CRUSHED THE HEAD OF SATAN, WHEN HE CONQUERED DEATH BY RAISING FROM THE DEAD.

THE PEACE, HOPE, AND SALVATION THAT HE BROUGHT US WAS ONLY POSSIBLE THROUGH HIS PUNISHMENT AND SACRIFICE. THUS, ISAIAH FINISHED HIS THOUGHTS WITH, “BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED.” WE OFTEN FORGET THAT EVEN BEFORE CHRIST SUFFERED THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE ON THE CROSS, HE WAS BEATEN, SPAT UPON, AND CURSED BY GOD’S OWN PEOPLE.

WHAT A WONDROUS AND GREAT SACRIFICE CHRIST MADE FOR EACH OF US. MAY WE NEVER FORGET THAT IT IS ONLY BECAUSE OF HIS PERFECT SACRIFICE THAT WE ARE ABLE TODAY, TO KNOW HIM AND TO BECOME OBEDIENT TO HIS WILL. IT WAS THE HEBREW WRITER THAT SAID, “LOOKING UNTO JESUS, THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH, WHO FOR THE JOY THAT WAS SET BEFORE HIM ENDURED THE CROSS, DESPISING THE SHAME, AND HAS SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE THRONE OF GOD.” THE FACT IS, JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOR, IS THE ONE WHO COMPLETED OUR FAITH THROUGH THE THINGS THAT HE SUFFERED. SO, WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU THANKED GOD AND HIS SON FOR THIS GREAT SACRIFICE MADE FOR ALL OF US. MAY WE ALL TAKE MORE TIME TO REALIZE WHAT HAS TRULY BEEN DONE FOR US AND MAY WE ALSO USE THIS AS MOTIVATION TO MAKE US BETTER SERVANTS IN HIS KINGDOM.

TODAY, WE WILL BE CONTINUING OUR SERIES OF STUDY TOGETHER ENTITLED, “HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE.” OUR TOPIC OF THE DAY DEALS WITH THAT FACT THAT, “GOD’S PEOPLE ARE BLESSED.” SO PLEASE CONTINUE WITH US THIS MORNING AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER I WILL RETURN WITH OUR MAIN THOUGHTS FROM GOD’S WORD. BUT FOR NOW, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE BRETHREN AT THIS TIME AS WE SING THE SONG, “STAND UP FOR JESUS.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

“BUT YOU ARE A CHOSEN GENERATION, A ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION AND HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE.” AS MANY OF YOU KNOW WHO HAVE BEEN STUDYING WITH US FOR THE PAST SEVERAL WEEKS WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT JUST HOW SPECIAL WE ARE IN THE SITE OF A LOVING GOD AND HOW MUCH HE TRULY CARES FOR YOU AS WELL AS FOR ME WHEN WE STRIVE TO NOT ONLY KNOW HIS WILL BUT TO OBEY HIS WILL.

THEREFORE, MAKING US HIS PEOPLE, NOT JUST ANY PEOPLE BUT HIS PEOPLE. YOU CERTAINLY, AS WELL AS I, KNOW THAT WHAT DISTINGUISHES US AS THE PEOPLE OF GOD IS NOT ONLY RECOGNIZING WHO OUR GOD IS IN BEING FAITHFUL BUT THE FACT THAT HE IS ABLE TO RECOGNIZE US THROUGH OUR FAITHFULNESS AND OUR LOVE THAT WE MIGHT OBEY ALL OF HIS COMMANDMENTS AND PRECEPTS. OUR DISCUSSION THIS MORNING AS WE CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT JUST HOW SPECIAL WE ARE IN THE SIGHT OF GOD ACTUALLY BEGINS, AT LEAST IN CONCEPT TO PICK UP IN THE MAIN TEXT THAT WE HAVE BEEN REALLY GAINING ALL OF OUR THEME FROM, IS FOUND IN 1PETER 2:9. AFTER MENTIONING THAT WE ARE HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE. THERE IS A STATEMENT MADE SUCH AS THIS, “THAT WE MIGHT PROCLAIM THE PRAISES OF HIM WHO CALLED US OUT OF DARKNESS INTO HIS MARVELOUS LIGHT.” WE OFTEN CERTAINLY KNOW THE CONCEPT OF THE IDEA GIVEN THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE OF WHAT DARKNESS IS OR WHAT LIGHT IS. WE KNOW THAT GOD IS LIGHT AND WE WANT TO BE IN THAT LIGHT AND WE WANT TO ILLUMINATE OURSELVES IN THAT LIGHT SO TO BE KNOWN AS THOSE OF GOD. WE KNOW THE DARKNESS INDICATES THOSE THINGS OF THE WORLD AND ARE OF SIN. WHAT HAVE WE REALLY BEEN ABLE TO RECEIVE AS HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE? A REMOVING OUT OF THE WORLD OF DARKNESS AND PUT INTO THE LIGHT OF GOD. WE BASK IN THE GLOW OF THE LIGHT OF GOD HIMSELF. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL CONCEPT AND IDEA AS WE STRIVE TO BE HIS FAITHFUL CHILDREN.

THERE IS ANOTHER IDEA THAT AS HIS SPECIAL PEOPLE IN THE LIGHT WE REALLY STRIVE TO ACCOMPLISH. IT WAS MENTIONED IN THAT VERSE AS THE PHRASE SAYS, “AS WE PROCLAIM THE PRAISES.” OUR TOPIC IS NOT SPECIFICALLY ABOUT THE WORD PRAISE ITSELF OR PROCLAIMING THE PRAISE OF GOD BUT THE IDEA, IN AND OF ITSELF, OF PRAISING. THAT REALLY TAKES US INTO OUR DISCUSSION OF THE DAY WHICH IS ABOUT BEING THOSE WHO ARE BLESSED, OR BEING THE BLESSED OF THE LORD, OR BEING IN THE BLESSINGS OF GOD. YOU SAY WELL, HOW DOES THE IDEA OF PRAISE AND HOW DOES THE IDEA OF BLESSING REALLY FIT TOGETHER? WELL, IF YOU WERE TO ACTUALLY LOOK UP THE GREEK WORD FOR BLESSING YOU ARE GOING TO FIND OUT THAT PROBABLY OVER 500 TIMES WE SEE IN THE ENGLISH BIBLE A FORM OF EITHER A NOUN OR AN ADJECTIVE OR EVEN A VERB IS USED FOR THIS CONCEPT OF BEING BLESSED, OR THOSE WHO ARE BLESSED IN AND OF GOD, OR RECEIVING BLESSINGS FROM GOD OR EVEN IN OURSELVES PRAISING HIM. INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, ONE THE NOUNS USED IN THE GREEK FORM GIVES US THE IDEA OF PRAISE TO GOD. A BLESSING IN THE SENSE OF PRAISING GOD. GOD HAS DONE SO MUCH FOR US, HE HAS BLESSED ME AND THEREFORE, WITH PRAISE I LIFT HIM UP. I GIVE HIM ADORATION. IT'S KIND OF A NEAT IDEA WHEN WE THINK ABOUT BEING HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE, TO PROCLAIM THE PRAISES.

THAT CONCEPT REALLY TAKES US INTO THE IDEA OF NOT ONLY BEING BLESSED BY GOD BUT ALSO BEING THOSE WHO ARE BLESSED. ANOTHER WORD THAT IS FOUND IN THE GREEK FORM IS MAKARIOS. MAKARIOS IS A DIFFERENT FORM AND IT IS AN ADJECTIVE THAT IS USED BUT IT AGAIN IS OFTEN TRANSLATED AS BLESSED. YOU MIGHT BE VERY FAMILIAR WITH THIS WORD, AT LEAST IN MANY PASSAGES THAT REALLY USE OR BRING OUT THIS WORD. WHEN IT'S GONNA STAND OUT AND BE THE MOST FAMILIAR IS WHAT WE OFTEN REFER TO AS CHRISTIAN BEATITUDES OR EVEN THE CONCEPTS THAT ARE FOUND IN MATTHEW CHAPTER 5 AS JESUS PREACHED THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT. AFTER THE MULTITUDES HAD GATHERED IN CHAPTER 4:23, HE BEGAN PREACHING THE GOSPEL OR THE GOOD MESSAGE OF THE SALVATION FROM GOD. IN CHAPTER 5 HE BEGINS TO TALK ABOUT THOSE THINGS THAT MAKE US BLESSED. WELL, GUESS WHAT? VERSE 3 SAYS, “BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT.” THAT WORD BLESSED THERE IS THIS IDEA OF MAKARIOS. WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THAT IT IS VERY SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE OFTEN YOU MAY HAVE HEARD SOMEONE SAY THAT THE IDEA OF BLESSED MEANS HAPPINESS. IF YOU LOOK AT THE ROOT THERE, THE WORD HAPPY OR MAKAR COMES FROM THAT. IF YOU ADD A LITTLE BIT MORE TO IT THEN IT GIVES IT THE ELEMENT OF BLESSEDNESS OR BEING BLESSED. CERTAINLY THAT ALL MAKES SENSE IN BOTH THE ADJECTIVE FORM OR THE NOUN, WHICH WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT. WHEN WE THINK ABOUT BLESSINGS FROM GOD OR THE BENEFITS EXTENDED FROM GOD TO ME, WHAT'S THE IMMEDIATE RESULT? I AM HAPPY AND HE IS HAPPY. HE IS HAPPY THAT HE CAN BLESS ME BECAUSE I AM FAITHFUL AND I AM HAPPY BECAUSE HE IS BLESSING ME. THE ELEMENT OF JOY OR HAPPINESS IS CERTAINLY TIED IN TO THE CONCEPT OF BEING BLESSED OR FAVORED. THE GRACE OF GOD, THE BLESSINGS OF GOD, THE BENEFITS OF GOD, RECEIVING THE PROVISIONS OF GOD....THAT'S WHAT THESE WORDS MEAN IN ORDER THAT WE MIGHT DO HIS WILL AND HAVE THE DESIRE TO KEEP CONTINUING IN IT AND BE JOYFUL AND HAPPY.

WE ALSO SEE THE IDEA THAT ALSO HAS BEEN MENTIONED IN THE BOOKS OF HEBREWS AND ROMANS OF THE IDEA OF BLESSINGS AND THAT WE SERVE A BLESSED GOD HIMSELF. HE NOT ONLY GIVES US BLESSINGS BUT IS A GOD WHO WE ALSO SHOULD BLESS. BLESS THE LORD GOD OF HEAVEN, THAT'S THE CONCEPT THERE AGAIN OF HIS WORTHINESS OF OUR PRAISE AND HIS WORTHINESS OF OUR THANKFULNESS. HOPEFULLY YOU HAVE A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT WE BEGIN TO LOOK AT WHEN WE MOVE TO THE TEXT WHERE IT SAYS, “BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT.” THINK WITH ME FOR A MOMENT ABOUT THE THINGS THAT JESUS SAYS WITHIN THIS GREAT SERMON. HE STARTS WITH THESE ELEMENTS AND THEY ARE ALL THINGS THE MAKE ME REALIZE WHO I AM AS A CREATION OF GOD BUT YET A PART OF HAVING FLESH OF THE EARTH. THEREFORE, BEING OFTEN ENTICED AND TAKEN AWAY FROM GOD EVEN ALLOWING MYSELF OR BEING ENGAGED IN WHAT? SIN.

THEREFORE, WHEN YOU PUT ALL THOSE ELEMENTS TOGETHER.....BLESSED, HAPPY, OR RECEIVING THE PROVISIONS OF GOD IS THE ONE WHO IS POOR IN SPIRIT. THE ONES WHO REALIZE THAT I NEED GOD AND WITHOUT GOD I AM HOPELESS. IF I AM HOPELESS AND FEEL WITHOUT GOD I WILL NEVER MAKE IT. I AM HUMBLED BEFORE GOD. I AM HUMBLED BEFORE MY CREATOR, WHO IF HE DIDN'T BLESS ME I WOULD HAVE NO HOPE. I WOULD HAVE NO OPPORTUNITY. I WOULD HAVE NO BLESSING OF ETERNAL LIFE. THE ONE WHO IS POOR IN SPIRIT WILL NOT RECEIVE THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

HE THEN MENTIONS MULTIPLE TIMES IN VERSE 4 THAT BLESSED ARE THOSE THAT MOURN, THEY WILL BE COMFORTED. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN BROUGHT TO SORROW BECAUSE OF SIN? HAVE YOU BEEN BROUGHT TO SORROW BECAUSE OF THE WAYS THAT YOU HAVE LET GOD DOWN OR BY THE OTHERS THAT YOU HAVE LET DOWN, WHICH IN TURN LETS GOD DOWN? HAVE YOU EVER LET YOUR BRETHREN DOWN? THEY THAT MOURN, WHAT A SAD THING. WE NEED TO SOMETIMES BE BROUGHT TO TEARS SO THAT WE MIGHT TURN TO GOD AND FIND THE COMFORT THAT WE NEED TO GET BACK ON TRACK IN RELATIONSHIP TO WHAT GOD COMMANDS OF US. BLESSED ARE THE MEEK. NOT THE ARROGANT, NOT THE OVER CONFIDENT, OR THE ONES WHO THINK THEY ARE ABOVE OTHERS, BUT THOSE WHO ARE MEEK. AND THOSE WHO HAVE THE SPIRIT LIKE CHRIST WITH HIS GENTLENESS. LIKE THE SHEPHERD WITH HIS SHEEP OR LAMB, OR THE FATHER WITH HIS CHILD AS HE CARES DELICATELY FOR THAT CHILD. YOU HAVE SEEN THAT MAN OR FATHER WHO IS BIG AND STRONG AND BRAWNY AND THEN YOU PUT THAT LITTLE CHILD IN HIS HANDS AND HE IS AS DELICATE AS HE CAN BE. BLESSED ARE THE MEEK. WHY? BECAUSE THEY WILL INHERIT THE EARTH.

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. WE HUNGER AND THIRST FOR THE WORD OR THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD. WE HUNGER AND THIRST TO SERVE RIGHTEOUSLY, AS GOD HAS ASKED US. IF WE ARE, WE ARE GOING TO FIND IT AND WE ARE GOING TO BE FILLED. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE WHAT WE NEED. BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL, THIS CONCEPT OF THOSE WHO HAVE LEARNED THROUGH GOD'S MERCY TO EXTEND MERCY THEMSELVES. WHAT DOES MERCY MEAN? MERCY MEANS THAT ALTHOUGH I AM A SINNER AND I COMMIT SIN FROM TIME TO TIME AND LET GOD DOWN, HE DOES NOT APPLY THE PUNISHMENT THAT I SHOULD GET. THAT IS MERCY. SO DO I TURN AROUND AND SHOW MERCY TO THOSE THAT I LIVE AMONGST IN THIS WORLD? THEY MAY DESERVE A HARSH WORD, THEY MIGHT DESERVE PUNISHMENT BUT WHAT I AM GOING TO DO IS I'M NOT GOING TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE. I'M GOING TO GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT OR TO CORRECT THOSE ISSUES. THE MERCIFUL WILL BE ABLE TO OBTAIN MERCY FROM WHO? ULTIMATELY GOD BUT I BELIEVE THAT WHEN WE SHOW MERCY IT CAUSES OTHERS TO WANT TO BE MERCIFUL TOWARDS US, EVEN IN THIS LIFE. WHAT ABOUT THE PURE HEART, HAPPY OR THE BLESSINGS OF GOD? THE PROVISIONS OF GOD ARE POURED UPON THOSE WHO ARE WHAT? WHO ARE PURE IN HEART. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL AND LOVELY IDEA. AGAIN, NOT JUST RIGHTEOUSNESS IN KNOWING THE WORD OF GOD AND TRYING TO APPLY THAT WHICH IS RIGHTEOUS BUT FROM THE VERY CORE OF OUR EXISTENCE WE STRIVE TO BE WHAT? PURE, HOLY, AND THOSE THAT WILL SEE GOD. YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE THEY ARE STRIVING FOR PURITY AND YOU CAN'T BE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD IF YOU ARE IN DARKNESS OR SIN. YOU WOULD HAVE TO HAVE A PURE HEART IN ORDER TO SEE GOD AND BE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD.

BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS. DO WE STRIVE FOR PEACE? CERTAINLY WE DO NOT STRIVE TO BE DIVIDED. WE MUST STAND WITH GOD. WE STRIVE FOR PEACE AMONGST OUR BRETHREN, PEACE AMONGST FAMILY, PEACE IN THE WORLD. AS WE STAND FOR GOD, DO WE DO IT IN A PEACEABLE WAY WITHOUT SWORD OR SHIELD OR IN A SPIRITUAL WAY AS TO ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO KNOW OUR SAVIOR SO THAT WE MIGHT BE CALLED SONS OF GOD. IT EVEN MENTIONS BLESSED ARE THOSE THAT ARE PERSECUTED. WE KNOW MANY PASSAGES LIKE IN JAMES WHERE IT TALKS ABOUT THE FACT THAT THERE IS JOY IN TRIAL AND WE ARE BLESSED WHEN WE ENDURE TRIAL. YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE IT REMINDS US OF WHO WE ARE AND THE FACT THAT WE NEED TO TURN TO GOD. WHEN I TURN TO GOD AND FIND THE STRENGTH TO ENDURE PERSECUTION AND TRIAL, MINE IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. I WILL RECEIVE THE REWARD OF GOD. HE ALSO MENTIONS IN VERSE 11 THE IDEA THAT BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO WHEN THEY ARE REVILED AND PERSECUTED THEY DON'T DO IT IN RETURN. THIS IS THAT IDEA OF TURNING THE OTHER CHEEK. WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEBODY SAY SOMETHING UGLY TO YOU OR DO SOMETHING UGLY AND YOU BITE BACK, DOES IT REALLY FEEL THAT GOOD? IT MIGHT AT THE MOMENT, BUT WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU DID, YOU USUALLY REGRET IT. YOU MIGHT HAVE FELT JUSTIFIED AT THE MOMENT BUT THEN YOU SAY YOU REALLY DIDN'T WANT TO LEAVE THAT IMPRESSION THAT YOU WERE THAT KIND OF PERSON. BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO IS ABLE TO TURN THE OTHER CHEEK AND BE LIKE JESUS AND BE ABLE TO SHOW CARE FOR OTHERS. TO BE ABLE TO SHOW A BLESSED SPIRIT TOWARDS OTHERS AS GOD SHOWS US IN OUR DAILY LIVES.

I WOULD LIKE TO LOOK AT A FEW CONCEPTS ABOUT BLESSINGS AND HOW THE WORD IS USED AND ALSO HOW WE MIGHT UNDERSTAND HOW BLESSED WE ARE BY GOD. ONE OF THE BEST VERSES THAT USES THE WORD AND CLARIFIES THE MEANING IN EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1:3. I WANT YOU TO NOTICE THE FIRST WORD THAT HE USES THERE...IT IS BLESSED. HE USES IT THREE TIMES IN THIS TEXT. FIRST HE SAYS BLESSED BE THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST WHO HAS BLESSED US WITH EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING IN HEAVENLY PLACES. NOW YOU KNOW WHY I CAME TO THE VERSE ITSELF. IT IS BASICALLY THE SAME GREEK WORD USED IN DIFFERENT FORMS. I WANT YOU NOTICE NOW THE PARTS OF SPEECH. BLESSED.....ADJECTIVE. BLESSED, GOD IS BLESSED. HE IS THE GOD OF BLESSINGS. HE GIVES THOSE PROVISIONS. AS WE GO ON, IT IS A VERB BECAUSE GOD HAS BLESSED US. THE ACTION OF THE VERB OF GOD BLESSING US. HE IS THE GOD OF BLESSINGS WITH EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING. HOW INTERESTING THAT HE SAYS WE HAVE SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS BUT HE ADDS ANOTHER ADJECTIVE BECAUSE HE SAYS EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING AND NOT JUST SOME, NOT JUST A FEW BUT EVERY. LOOKING AT THE TEXT WE NOTICE THAT THESE ARE EVEN IN HEAVENLY PLACES. THIS ISN'T TALKING ABOUT HEAVEN ITSELF BUT IT IS TALKING ABOUT THAT WHEREVER WE ARE ABOVE THE GROUND IN THE HEAVENS IN THE SPACE ABOVE THE GROUND WE HAVE A BLESSED GOD WHO GIVES US HIS BLESSINGS. HE DOES IN ALL AND EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING. IT IS A NEAT THING TO REALIZE THAT THIS IS WHAT GOD DOES. HE GIVES ME ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS. WE CAN ALSO FIND IN PASSAGES LIKE MATTHEW 25, ALTHOUGH IT DOESN'T USE THE WORD, THAT GOD BLESSES US IN OTHER WAYS LIKE THE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE. WHEN HE MAKES THE DECISION OF THE SHEEP AND GOATS, HE WILL BLESS US WITH ETERNAL LIFE AS IT SAYS AT THE END OF THAT TEXT.

NOTICE ALSO WHAT HE DOES AS WE ARE ALIVE. IF YOU GO BACK TO MATTHEW 6, YOU WILL FIND THAT IT CLEAR THAT GOD CARES FOR ALL OF HIS CREATION INCLUDING THE GRASS OF THE FIELD AND THE BIRDS OF THE AIR. THEN HE ASKS A QUESTION AROUND VERSE 30, “HOW MUCH MORE DOES HE CARE FOR YOU, YOU OF SO LITTLE FAITH?” IF HE HAS GIVEN HOMES TO THE BIRDS AND CARES ABOUT THE GRASS IN THE FIELD, HOW MUCH MORE IS HE GOING TO DO FOR YOU? HE SAYS DON'T BE LIKE THE GENTILES. DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE CLOTHING, HOUSING, OR THE FOOD. DON'T WORRY ABOUT THESE DAILY PROVISIONS BECAUSE GOD WILL PROVIDE. THAT IS WHY THE VERSE OF MATTHEW 6:33 SAYS, “SEEK YE FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED UNTO YOU.” HE WILL PROVIDE. FOOD, CLOTHING AND SHELTER FOR YOU IF YOU SEEK RIGHTEOUSNESS AND THE KINGDOM. THESE ARE ALL THINGS THAT JESUS SPOKE OF BACK IN MATTHEW 5 AND IN THE GREAT SERMON ON THE MOUNT AS WELL. WHAT I CHALLENGE US THIS DAY AS WE COME BEFORE GOD'S MIGHTY THRONE IS THAT THERE IS A LOT OF WAYS WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED SPIRITUALLY. WE COULD TALK ABOUT REDEMPTION AND FORGIVENESS AND BLOOD ON THE CROSS. WE HAVE A GOD OF BLESSINGS WHO HAS BLESSED US AND CONTINUES TO BLESS US ACTIVELY AND WILL DO IT ALWAYS PERTAINING TO LIFE AND GODLINESS. WHY NOT SERVE THAT GOD? WHY NOT COMMIT FULLY TO HIM, KNOWING THAT YOU WILL BE BLESSED TODAY AND BLESSED FOREVER WITH THOSE MANSIONS IN HEAVEN.

CLOSING COMMENTS

AGAIN, LET ME THANK YOU FOR PUTTING GOD FIRST AND CHOOSING TO GIVE THIS TIME TO HIM. IT IS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO HAVE YOU WITH US. WE INVITE YOU TO JOIN US EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO WORSHIPING GOD IN HIS WAY!

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MAY WE ALL BE AWARE OF JUST HOW BLESSED WE ARE BY GOD. WITHOUT OUR CREATOR WE WOULD TRULY BE HOPELESS. SO, THANKS BE TO GOD THAT HE HAS LOVED US ENOUGH TO GIVE US ALL THAT WE NEED IN THIS LIFE, BOTH SPIRITUALLY AND PHYSICALLY. PRAISE BE TO GOD!