Blessing in every way

water-flowing-over-rocksGenesis 24:1: Now Abraham had grown old, was well advanced in age, and the LORD had blessed Abraham in every way.

It is our right to experience blessing in every way; as Paul said that we have been blessed in Christ Jesus with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3).

The Lord showed his faithfulness to Abraham, by causing him to experience his blessing in every way. And the bible says that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 2:20-21). He is able to bless us in every way.

There is no limit in the ability of God to make things work out for his people (Romans 8:28-32). And that was what he displayed in the life of Abraham. Abraham started out journeying into a strange land, but at the end of the day, he became a well respected statesman, he was used by God to rescue Lot when certain kings came to rout the city where he was staying. And to cap it up, God gave Abraham “laughter” in old age, with the gift of Isaac. That was the icing on the cake of his blessings from God. He was materially very wealthy to the point of generating envy from the people around.

We should also expect to have blessing in every way in our own lives. We should reach out in faith for the divine purpose and provision of God for us in every way.

There is marital blessing. We should lay hold of the promise of God that none will lack their mate (Isaiah 34:16). That is the word of God to the unmarried, putting in mind that God does not want us to marry an unbeliever.

There is the blessing of reproduction, where the word of God promised that there shall be none barren in the land, and none shall cast their young, meaning there will be no miscarriage (Exodus 23:25-26). These are the realities of divine blessings that God promises his people in the Word.

Abraham got to live to a very good old age, and he never succumbed to any age-related sicknesses or diseases. That is the possibility that we have in God, with his word promising us that we would live out our days, that God will satisfy us with long life (Exodus 23:25-26, Psalm 91:16). The operative word is “satisfy”. There is nothing satisfying about living in sicknesses and diseases. And Abraham enjoyed a long full life.

His life was marked by hospitality. We see an example that he showed when he went out of his way to receive God, and three other heavenly persons that were coming along the way to his house going to Sodom and Gomorrah.

He possessed a generous heart. And the bible says that a liberal soul will be made fat, and he that watered shall himself be watered (Proverbs 11:25). Paul noted that it was Jesus himself who said that it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). It therefore seems that a giver positions himself to be experientially blessed.

Paul told the church in Corinth that when it comes to giving, he who sows sparingly will reap sparingly and he who sows bountifully will reap bountifully. He admonished them to fall in the later group since the intention of God is that we should always have all sufficiency in all things whereby we would be able to contribute to every good work (2Corinthians 9:6-9).

We should focus on the word which says: the lines have fallen to me in pleasant places, ye I have a goodly heritage (Psalm 16:6). That means we rejoice in our portion in Christ Jesus, in being blessed in every way. The presence of the Lord with us should mark us out for special favour.  Part of the blessing of God for the nation of Israel and by extension all the people of God, for all times, is that we would be above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).

We are also blessed by being a blessing. That is part of the blessing on Abraham: that he would be a blessing (Genesis 12:1-3). Being a blessing means that God is flowing though you. That means you are His tool.

As mentioned earlier, Paul wrote that it is more blessed to give than to receive. To give is to become a channel of God, which means other people’s needs get met through us, and in that situation we are like God. What the bible says is that the greatest will be the servant of all. That means greatness is tied to being a blessing, and that makes the one who is a blessing, more blessed.

Have you heard of the phrase: blessed be God (Psalm 68:35)? That is a proclamation of his greatness because he flows out in blessing for the sustenance of everyone.   He is the most blessed because he is the highest in giving.

What that means is that being blessed in every way is not just about having your needs met, God has also put it in you, the desire, the need to meet other people’s needs. It is as if their need is yours and then meeting their need is the same as meeting yours. This is because, we are created in the image of God, and God has an innate desire to be a blessing. He said to some people, that my thoughts towards you are thoughts of good and not evil to give you a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).

When He made man, he put him in the midst of blessing, in the midst of provision, in Eden. That is who He is, and He made us in his image. That is why selfishness is opposite the nature of God. And the divine demand is that we love our neighbour as ourselves (James 2:8).

Blessing means empowerment in a divine way, with the effects felt in the natural realm. Jesus Christ came with blessing from heaven. He called himself the bread which came down from heaven through which we can have life (John 6:31-35). The blessing of eternal life from Jesus is the ultimate blessing, it is the blessing of having the Spirit of God dwell in us, not only ensuring that we are blessed but also by his presence in us, we become a channel of his blessing on the earth (Romans 8:18-20).

 

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