Today’s word for June 29, 2011

Our barns will be filled
with every kind of provision.
Our sheep will increase by thousands,
by tens of thousands in our fields;
Psalm 144:13

Many times we get carried away by criticism and judgment and we forget the blessings. The word blessing means to say a good word, that is, to speak well or wish well. Our language should be filled with blessings at all times and we must be specific with what we are wishing for our neighbor. Blessings are given or received, but no one can give what he has not. Also one can be a blessing to others. Blessings come from God and they are distributed to others through our lips and our good deeds. You can also return blessings to God in the form of praise. I read nowhere in the word of God that blessings are declared and much less upon oneself. Some people say: “I declare blessings on my life or the life of such and such.” This is not biblical. It would be like giving instructions to God. Blessings come through obedience and especially obedience to God. When Moses instructed the tribes to give blessings to the people from Mount Gerizim, he said, “All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God.”

Are you receiving the blessings that come from living in obedience to God? Are you sharing with others the blessings you have received from the Lord your God? Have you blessed the name of the Lord this morning? Are you being a blessing to someone else? Moses told the Jewish people: “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.” The answer is in your mouth. To God alone be the glory!

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