I mean really? 1:3). Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Maybe you’ve heard me say this before but whilst I wouldn’t wish that much pain on my worst enemy I simply wouldn’t swap it for anything in this world. I think there’s some of that in each one of us. The hardest thing for me here is that God doesn’t always dish up what I expect Him to dish up in my life. And you know what, I know many a Christ follower who’s missing out, at least in part, on the fun and the vibrancy and the blessing of life through the same immature decisions in their relationship with God. Can you see how childish that is? Familiarity in this case is a dangerous thing because we just end up skimming over the top of things and let’s just say that’s the first time you’ve heard it, take it at face value, you are blessed if you’re poor in spirit, if you’re mourning a loss, if you’re meek, if you’re persecuted and all that stuff. Whatever the cause if we’ll just get still before God we’ll discover the greatest blessing of all, God Himself to console us in our grief, to comfort us, to heal us as only He can. It’s an alluring concept, and when God talks about blessing the two seem to go so well together that before we know it we’ve got our little heart set on success. I just know that in and of myself I can’t make it right, I’d like to, I just can’t. “Well I tried to follow Jesus but…” But what? Download audio file, In this world, expectations are incredibly important. But it was totally different for me, it was a dramatic encounter with Jesus on my road to success. His blessing is amazing because it’s for real. Let’s take a look and find out. Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. Exodus 15:26[The Lord] said, ‘If you listen carefullyto the Lord your God and do what is rightin his eyes, if you pay attentionto his commands and keepall his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.’ 1. The bounty of the tomato crop reminds me, too, of the Philippians passage, 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”– and the Lord’s Prayer wherein God promises us our daily bread. Who would not depend upon such a Lord for blessing? So does that mean I’m a loser? In fact some of the older Bible translations, you may have read it this way: Happy are those who mourn for they will be comforted. Over and over again in the New Testament we read about rejoicing in our suffering, “consider it nothing but pure joy when you suffer”, writes James in his letter. We can all have the abundance of God’s blessings and enjoy the fullness of life greater than what we have ever imagined. “The Purpose of God’s Blessings” (Psalm 67 sermon) Posted on 2015/11/23 by Shawn Thomas This Thanksgiving week, many of us will sit down around a table and thank God for the blessings that He has given us this year — and we should. And so, we end up asking some questions – like “Where is God?” and …. John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly” has been on my heart these past months as our garden flourishes, and this passage has a much profounder meaning than it used to: Jesus wants us to begin today to experience a new productive life with him – he does not want us to wait until we die to begin to enjoy his overwhelming loving and everlasting presence. I remember being in that dark place of mourning and grief, it went on for a long time, several months and it actually took a year or two to get through. p: 1300 722 415 Anything that draws us closer to Jesus. Obviously Jesus has something totally different in mind and since He was talking to His disciples when He said this stuff, His closest followers, those who were prepared not just to listen to His sermons but to model their lives on Him under His mentorship then my hunch is that this is something you and I need to get our minds around, what Jesus means about blessing because His blessing is different. We imagine that when God blesses us we’ll be successful. RCCG Open Heavens. 2 Corinthians 13:14. There are a number of men in Scripture whom God blessed: Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, and David are prominent examples. The pandemic has changed all of our lives. The “girls” in the family are the planters (now that all the hard work had been done, but don’t tell THEM that! There are people who have just had a loved one die. . Well religious is one thing I’m not. The most powerful explanation of this came to me in a sermon from the pastor of my first Church, I attended this Church, a little Baptist Church in Oyster Bay in Sydney just after I gave my life to Jesus and my pastor there was a great teacher, Pastor Phil. Yet again, this statement must be looked at in the agricultural setting in which it was written. As our loving Heavenly Father, God knows and abundantly provides for all our needs‑‑material, emotional, and spiritual. An inheritance that can never be lost (I Peter 1:3-5). God provides abundantly for our material needs. The first sermon of our 2018 series focusing on the Gospel and money, Abundance: The Overflow of God’s Blessings. It’s amazing! To find out how we utilise & protect your data, check out our "Privacy Policy". Enjoying God’s Abundant Blessings ~ Faye Well obviously it was Jesus, the Son of God. Let’s just have another look: Can you see how a guy like me, I guess with my make up and background, would struggle with that? Hmm? Jesus is real and He wants to bless us in the middle of the real situations of our lives. I just know that there are a lot of people nodding their heads right now, you relate to this, of course you do, it’s one of the most common maladies afflicting followers of Jesus and it starts right with who we are. You know what really strikes me? It means literally “to be happy”. We can throw a tantrum, we can miss out on the rest of the game or we can go to God and thank him for the incredible blessing that we have right now in faith knowledge, in the absolute certain assurance, the conviction of that which we know is coming which we can’t see, we can go to Him and say thank you Jesus because: Dive deeper into God's Word and grow closer to Jesus. Those who see and feel the state that they are in by nature being deeply sensible of their sinfulness, guiltiness and helplessness. Am I right? We’re continuing our look today at God’s definition of blessing. “But He didn’t deliver what I expected, it was hard, I still had to suffer, I felt abandoned by Him.” We all go through that. In this world, expectations are incredibly important. God proprtioneth His blessings according to His own greatness. I’m ten years old right? Sermon illustrations: Blessings. The meek are those who humble themselves under the mighty hand of God and do His will. How dare this joker on the radio talk to me about blessing, I’m not blessed by God, look at the mess, look at the pain, look at the circumstances I’m in. I didn’t think so and yet Jesus has the temerity to say: Now let’s unpick that just quickly so we understand the full force of what He’s saying. So this series of messages that we’re kicking off today, whilst it’s called “God’s Abundant Blessing” and it’s all about God’s abundant blessing, it’s going to strike at the very heart of this mismatch of expectations. And that’s where a whole bunch of people are with Jesus right now. Sermon And Prayer Points By Pastor E A Adeboye. He doesn’t sugar coat things; He doesn’t give us the little white wash and say it will all be a bed of roses. Do you see how childish and narrow we become when we’re on the receiving end of injustice or when we’re dishing out something that really we shouldn’t be? I am a preacher preparing to preach on Ephesians 1:7 and was thin; God'sAbundantBlessings Love it! Let me ask you something, can that be true? It’s the very reason Jesus came to the earth. How wonderful it is to stand and receive the multitude of blessings showed upon me from God today! Sometimes they wield great power, other times they sit silent and suffer loss and abuse. Now I want to come right back to why this is one of the hardest things for me in following Jesus and I suspect for you too. Enjoying the content? Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. It’s kind of bizarre to look back on because the pain and the mourning went on, as I said, for quite some time but in the middle of that was God, very real, very present, to comfort me through and I came out of that time a totally different person, far from perfect let me hasten to add, but totally different. God will give you heavenly and permanent solutions to the ...read more. The change for me came when Jesus came into my life and it was profound. Blessed are the meek, oh give me a break. My extra time has been invaluable, as I had the chance to work side-by-side with my son and son-in-law in a hands-on project, and teaching my grandson how to read a tape measure, and “preaching” the first tenant in carpentry, “measure twice and cut once” has been an absolute joy; he is also learning about safety goggles, ear protection and respect for the tools that help us build the creations we conceive in our minds. So let me ask you again, what do you expect of God? Exodus 23:25Worshipthe Lord your God, and his blessingwill be on your food and water. What a silly question – of course, we all want to be blessed, right?! Maybe just maybe, meekness isn’t what we think it is? I mean really. e: africa@christianityworks.com. The reality is we don’t expect the meek to get anything because meek people get walked over. Parishioner Kenny Meyer shares about finding God's blessings in the midst of the pandemic. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am meek and humble in heart and you’ll find rest for your souls because my yoke is easy and my burden is light. There he hired a bunch of guys to work in his vineyard for an agreed upon rate of pay. It seems to me to be one of those basic principles of life that whenever I try to do what’s good, whenever I really want to honour God sin kind of sneaks up behind me and it’s ready to pounce. It’s not quite clear is it? So the next time we’re grumbling and complaining about injustice and I know there are some people listening right now here today who are suffering terrible injustice in their lives, the next time we feel as though somehow God’s deserted us we can by faith lay hold of this blessing because by faith we know that we will be filled. (Hebrews 6:18, 19). There’s a reason for that, we’ll come to that later, but for much of my life I’d plough straight over the top of people or through them or both to get to where I was going. Sermon: God’s Favor on the New Year January 5, 2016 / Palitha Jayasooriya / 0 ... • He sends rain and makes the land fertile as the climax to a year of abundant blessing (9-13). God wants us to experience life in abundance. Lend me your ears now for two stories, and see if you can detect the common denominator they share. For me it’s so often, in fact almost always begins with knowing the truth in the middle of the mourning, in the middle of the grief, in the middle of going through those struggles after a great loss. Around week five, we had to start staking the tomato plants as little fruits began to weigh down the stems. If God’s blessing me then obviously I have plenty of money, plenty of food, nice place to live, good health, great relationships, a satisfying but not too challenging job. ... with abundance”. Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God. Christian parents, grew up in a Christian home, they can’t remember a time when they didn’t believe in Jesus and that’s fantastic. John chapter 10, verse 17. In fact, these days, pretty much, we …. Colin Meikle God's Abundant Blessing Anything that helps us relinquish the temporal and hold on more tightly to the eternal. e: info@christianityworks.com, p: 719 296 9299 We’re often prepared to accept a greater middle ground, more shades of grey between right and wrong instead of the black and white attitude we have when we’re on the receiving end of a wrong decision. Over the ensuing days, we watched (somewhat impatiently!) In fact, …. In other words those who are totally spiritually and morally bankrupt and who are prepared to admit it. . And today and over this week, in fact the next couple of weeks, we’re going to be chatting about why that one thing – this idea of success and blessing being the same thing – is one of the toughest things about following Jesus in this day and age. Praising God will give you favor. Genesis contrasts nothingness with abundance. In the Amplified Version of John 10:10 Jesus said, “The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. Go give your blessing to someone else. We feel as though we should be blessed by God, but to be honest, life’s just not like that. Problem is what we mean by blessing … and what God means by blessing can end up being two entirely different things. It’s not a quality that we hold up as one of those things that we admire in other people. Now, let’s pray and thank God for our blessings and pray for a blessing for others as well. And so I for one keep short accounts with God and ask Him to forgive me, not because I’m a great bloke, not because I’m a great performer but because Jesus died for me and paid the price for my sin. So have a listen, this is the well known Sermon on the Mount, Matthew chapter 5, verses 1 to 12 and it’s all about the blessing that God has for us, the kind of blessing we may not expect: When Jesus saw the crowds he went up the mountain and after he sat down with his disciples when they came to him. Think back to the last time that you mourned a loss, what was it? Once upon a time, there was a wealthy man who, early one morning, dropped by the marketplace, which was the ancient equivalent to the unemployment office. I will take away … He said, sometimes you’re going to be persecuted, sometimes you’re going to feel poor in spirit, sometimes you’re going to have to get in there and do peace in the middle of a battle. Paul begins Ephesians with a call for God to be blessed on account of His blessing us “in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Eph. How can we be blessed? Plenty of people who live their lives that way so imagine my disdain and surprise then, back in those days before I knew Jesus personally, when I heard this little quote from something Jesus once said, what I now know to be the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew chapter 5, verse 5: Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth. There are a few Greek words used in the New Testament which are translated into the English word “blessed” and in many respects this is the strongest one, it’s the most direct one. We got each planter set in place with the aid of a tractor and filled each planter with a combination of native farm top soil and enhanced it with river bank soil from a commercial dirt yard, torpedo sand (to keep the soil loose), peat moss and homemade compost; the combined ingredients was a rich, dark brown mixture and being containerized, each planter had approximately the same formula; this compound of carefully crafted materials was bound to produce results – but how much – we did not know?! It’s not so much that some people think I’m a little odd – how can he be all religious like that? No not that time when the sun pops up over the horizon each day, that’s not the sort of morning I’m talking about. Here’s how it goes, we kind of sign up to following Jesus in our lives, great, I know lots of people listening today who have done that or perhaps you’re one of those people who’s kind of wondering whether you want to have a relationship with Him, wherever you are in your walk here’s how it goes. And yet so often our expectations of God’s blessing are exactly the same as little short dumpy Berni back on that park with Mr Moore, his teacher. Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. … Because when we’re mourning a loss, when we’re grieving it’s at that time in our lives maybe more than any other time that we experience a sense of disappointment with God’s promises of blessing and that’s what we’re looking at this week and in fact over the next couple of weeks on the program, this reality that you and I so often equate God’s promise of blessing with the worlds notion of success. What’s the matter with you God? A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and … And where Jesus saw injustice, where He saw religious hypocrisy, where He saw oppression He was like a lion, He tore it apart and yet this same Jesus used his power not to create an organisation or to gain power in the political system, He used His power to die for you and me. There are four lessons here about how God provides: 1. The Voice of the LORD | God's Abundant Blessings! You can help by just spreading the word. Gary McMillan Thanks for your thoughts on grace. Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest news. As the days passed, more and more tomatoes grew out of more and more blooms. It was now time to sit back, relax a bit from our collective labors, and let God work his miracle of growth, flowering and producing fruit. He said: For this reason the Father loves me because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. In His Love (v.4) In Christ you stand in agape or unconditional love. We’ve got our own little prosperity doctrine tucked away in our hearts. Again, astounding is God’s bounty! The meek are those who use what power they have not for their own benefit but for the benefit of others. the tomato plants and other vegetables grow and begin to bloom. I mean, are you expecting Him to bless you or not? Am I? And if I do it over and over again eventually, after me missing all your expectations, you’re going to get really, really cheesed off with me. But what about when the shoe’s on the other foot? Have you ever been in that place? A. With all my heart I know this to be true, that: May you be so blessed one day when you are mourning. In that dark place I started to pray and I was totally bowled over because the very presence of God Himself was palpable. Was it a death, was it a breakdown of a relationship, was it unemployment, was it one of your children, what was it? “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice”, writes the Apostle Paul to his friends in Philippi from his cell on death row. I mean how can you call that blessing? I cannot read that verse, I cannot hear those words from Jesus without thinking that was me, that totally, totally was me and yet Jesus came and touched my life and opened my eyes and showed me that I was one of those wretched, pitiable, poor, blind and naked people. Marsh has enumerated some of God's blessings: An acceptance that can never be questioned. Rejoice, be glad for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophet’s who went before you. We start following Jesus and you hear Him promise you blessing. One level truly want to talk to you sermon on god's abundant blessings the Love of Jesus was a French officer provided. 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