Monday, May 8, 2017

Psalm 128 - Be Blessed

There are a bunch of preachers out there - you know - on TV, the Internet, perhaps in your inbox, at the church over there.... who preach a health and wealth Gospel. And they talk about how God wants to bless you and give you stuff and make you healthy and wealthy and they tell you to name it (stuff) and claim it (saying God will give it to you) and to be blessed.

It all sounds too good to be true. And just so you know.... it is!

Well...!!! I'm happy to tell you that I have found the REAL way to be blessed. It's mentioned several places in scripture and here it is in the first verse of Psalm 128

1 Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him.

God told Joshua this

Joshua 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

"But those are Old Testament", you might argue. Let's see what Jesus had to say about being blessed. 

Jesus healed a demon possessed man (Luke 11:14-28) and a woman called out "Blessed is the mother who gave you birth."
Jesus replied to her, "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it."

Mic drop.

And of course I should mention The Beatitudes, but that would open up an entire sermon series. The Beatitudes

The secret to being "blessed" isn't in figuring out the right words to say in your prayers to make God do something for you. The secret to being "blessed" is fearing (reverence) the LORD and keeping His commandments. 

I'm not sure what else I need to say about that. There aren't "get rich quick" schemes with God. 

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