Blessed!

Everybody wants to be blessed. We all desire that blessings flow into our lives. And in fact we are all very blessed. If we pause for just a moment to consider all the real blessings we have in our lives, we will be amazed. When life gets hard and the temptation to complain is strong, it pays to count our blessings.

Blessings come in all shapes and sizes. There are material blessing and there are relational blessings. There are even blessings that at first seem to be troubles and hardships, but the greatest blessings of all are spiritual blessings. When all the other blessings evaporate spiritual blessing will hold fast, if we have them. The apostle Paul said in Ephesians 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” Spiritual blessings come from God the Father through the Lord Jesus Christ. They relate to all God has done for us in Jesus for our salvation. If you have Jesus as your savior, you are truly and greatly blessed. Your sins are forgiven, they can never be called against you to condemn you, even by yourself. Jesus bore them in his body on the cross. You are a child of God and your heavenly Father loves you with an everlasting love. You have the Holy Spirit of God living inside you. You are the temple of God. You have the church, the body of Christ, as your family and heaven as your home. God has given you his word as a treasure to guide you. You are blessed!

All these blessings and many more are yours in Christ Jesus. But how does one get in Christ? To be in union with Christ one must repent of their sins and put their faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ. We find the words of Jesus in Mark 1:15. “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe the gospel.” Then the apostle Paul said in Acts 20:21, “Testifying both to Jews and to Greeks of repentance toward God and of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.” When we turn from or sins and turn to Jesus we are saved; we are in spiritual union with Christ. We are blessed with every spiritual blessing.

Life in this broken, fallen and sinful world is hard, and sometimes really hard. We often do not feel blessed at all. We cry out to God for help. What we’re crying out for is his blessings to be with us, for him to be with us. And he is! God has promised us his presence will be with us always in Hebrews 13:5. “I will never leave you nor forsake you.God’s spiritual blessings will never leave us, even when we do not feel blessed. It is precisely in those moments that we must tell ourselves we are blessed. Even if everything else seems to the contrary, we are still blessed. Do not let life rob you of the joy of God’s blessings. If you are in Christ, you have them. Claim them!

Do the spiritual blessings of God seem real to you now? Do you find his joy residing in your heart? It is you inheritance as a child of God. Claim it and live in it. You are blessed!

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