Posts Tagged ‘blessing’

  

“Blessed are those…”‭‭(Matthew‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

In July of 2014, missionary doctors Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were diagnosed with Ebola while working with villagers in Liberia, West Africa. After rounds of emergency treatments with an experimental drug, both doctors were declared cured in August by physicians at Emory University Hospital. Why did they live while others did not?

According to The Blaze, Brantly identifies how he believes his life was spared: “He thanked the many people around the world who were praying for his recovery and said that he serves a ‘faithful God who answers prayers.’ It was through medical professionals, the experimental drug and faith that Brantly believes he was healed.”

Does God really intervene on behalf of people? Yes He does! He even uses doctors and medicines. We are blessed when we seek Him, when our reliance is upon Him. We work and do our part, but our faith is that God will have the final say and control. Blessed are those…who live a blessable life! You are loved today! 

  

“My child, never forget the things I have taught you.” (Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭1‬ NLT)

As I stood by the bathroom counter, I watched as my youngest teenage son lathered up his face, as I taught him. He wiped off the foam in sections so he won’t one day grow a beard that edges up underneath his eyelids, just like I told him. He gently pulled the sharp edges of the new razor across his face, not too soft or too hard and cut himself, as I instructed him. Then with a final rinse, we both looked into the mirror at a job well done. 

Having been a Youth Pastor, Substitute School Teacher, and a Little League Coach for quite a few years, I have noticed an alarming trend: Children being raised by absentee parents. Barring the exasperated single parent that works multiple jobs just to make ends meet, there are still too many children with present parents that rarely interact with their children, thus depriving precious young minds of needed wisdom and reinforced self-esteems. 

It’s not hard to find where they are turning for role models and life advice; those great pillars of genuine knowledge like Facebook, Instagram, the locker room, or whatever worthless Hollywood icon is opening their mouth to sound wise because they once portrayed a smart person in a movie. It’s no wonder that crime, suicide, drug use, violence, and pregnancy is continuously rising in this segment of American society! 

Children need parents and good role models to mold them into solid, virtuous adults. If you have a child, please pour as much of yourself into them. You’ll only get one shot to watch them grow! There was probably many things I needed to do today, but none more important than teaching my son how to become a man. Do right by your kids! You are loved today! 

  

“All the people…in pride and arrogance of heart…are destroyed.” (Isaiah‬ ‭9‬:‭9, 16‬ NKJV)

Throughout history, men only needed two things to become a military officer: money and title. With no experience whatsoever, men have led troops around the world, and lives were wasted for the sake of privileged arrogance that desired adventurous renown. Such was the case at the Battle of Königgrätz of 1866.

As the Prussian (German) army advanced against Austria, the great Austrian General, Von Benedek, prepared a strategy to defeat the powerful invaders. It would have worked, except two Counts, Von Thun and Von Festetics, desiring glory, attacked without direction. As a result, the Austrians lost the battle, their sovereignty, and Benedek would be blamed for the loss, demoted, and died a broken, shamed man. 

As you live your week, know that your actions create reactions in the lives of others, both good and bad. Rash actions are usually based in pride and never lead to good. Live as a child of God, whose ripples bless those around them! You are loved today! 

  

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” (Psalm‬ ‭33‬:‭12‬ NIV)

As I sit on a field trip school bus at my local county court house, I’m watching our local kids learn more about our great Constitution as today is National Law Day. Law Day is a special day aimed to help people appreciate their liberties and to affirm their loyalty to the United States, especially with regard to equality and justice. It also aims to cultivate respect for the law, which is vital to the democratic way of life.

Next Thursday, May 7th, happens to be the National Day Of Prayer for America. At noon, millions of believers across our nation will be meeting at their local court house as well, to pray for America and show their appreciation for the Almighty God that gave us our law as well as our national blessings. But it’s also a time of national repentance, that the blessings of God might continue here for generations to come. 

As you go through your day today, take time to pray for your nation. Give God your appreciation for all He has blessed us with, then pray for the continued divine favor to keep falling upon our lands. A nation will be blessed as they bless the Creator of the nation! We are loved today! 

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Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” (Psalm‬ ‭5‬:‭12‬ NIV)

It was around 2005. I owned a custom picture framing business in a military town during the War on Terror. As troops were mass deploying overseas, it made local money tight. In spite of being a luxury business in war time where other shops were closing down en masse, God brought me a steady stream of customers and commercial contracts, keeping my shop booming and my family and ministry provided for.

In my own life and that of others, I see abundant examples of God’s blessings in the middle of a season of need. Living the Christ Life faithfully doesn’t mean a life of ease without trials. It does, however, mean that God will take care of you. I may have to eat a steady diet of Spam and ramen noodles for a time, but I know that His promise of a turnaround still applies!

As one man said, favor ain’t fair! While some may feel they’ve earned it, I don’t. God’s blessings stem from His heart of mercy and my obedience to His instruction. I can’t earn it, but I’m willing to live right so that I may receive it! Let God’s favor wrap around you today! You are loved!

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Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” (2 Chronicles‬ ‭7‬:‭14‬ NLT)

At the dawn of the 20th century, General William Booth of the Salvation Army prophesied that the Church would experience the following points of departure if revival did not occur:
– Christianity without Christ
– Forgiveness without repentance
– Salvation without regeneration
– Religion without the Holy Spirit
– Politics without God
– Heaven without Hell

Time has unfortunately proven General Booth to be correct. And yet, in spite of the spiritual losses, the Bible tells us in this scripture how to get things revived to right places:
* Pray without ceasing!
* Practice holiness in our living!
* Love one another!
* Be diligent in reaching out!
* Be generous in our giving!
* Experience the power of the Holy Spirit!

While doing right by God may never be popular, neither will popularity make us right with God! Choose to live on God’s terms, knowing that His outcomes will be better than your own! You are loved today! Experience revival in your life!

And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” (I Timothy 6:8 NKJV)

According to a study published by the University of Kentucky in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt University Law School, lottery winners declare bankruptcy at twice the rate of the general population. Bud Post won $16.2 million in the Pennsylvania lottery in 1988, but was bankrupt one year later, now living on his Social Security. “I wish it never happened. It was totally a nightmare,” says Post.

We all suffer from a form of discontentment. Whether with money, job, marriage, or a host of other things, many daydream about what they are missing out on in life. “If only…” is our mantra! But things don’t bring contentment, only God does. By living gratefully with what you have, God can see your unselfish life and know He can trust you with more.

Remember that in this life we are simply stewards of what God gives us. If we spend what’s His like it’s ours, then blessing stops. If you struggle with discontent, ask God to change how you feel. A breakthrough is waiting for your permission to happen! You are loved today!
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