Blessing the Lord makes a complete circle
God’s desire is to bless you. I hope you know that! God is good, all the time, as you’ve probably heard it said. And it’s true. Just because the world is bad doesn’t mean God isn’t good. Nothing can detract from His desire to do good toward you. Here’s thing: God can only bless what is bless-able. He doesn’t not partner with any sort of sin or darkness and certainly, He will not bless it. However, when you open your life to His will, His way, and walk in the light as He is in the light, you open the door to blessing. You enable God to bless you by living as the “righteousness of God in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:21). No, not perfect. Righteous. There is a difference!
Worship is the strongest connection to God’s blessing you will ever experience on earth. Blessings come in all forms and are specific to situations and circumstances, but if you’re looking for God to “pour out”- worship! There’s nothing wrong with seeking God for a blessing. In fact, in 1 Chronicles 4:10 Jabez said, “Oh, that You would indeed bless me and enlarge my territory!” and God did it. In 2 Samuel 7:29 David said, “…And now, may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you have spoken, and when you grant a blessing to your servant, O Sovereign Lord, it is an eternal blessing!” While worshipping God just to receive a blessing is wrong thinking, and a selfish endeavor, God will bless you when you worship how He has called you to worship because He is faithful.
Worship is the strongest connection to God’s blessing you will ever experience on earth.
Worship is simply this: Ministry to Him. That’s it. As you minister to the Lord, He ministers back to you, making a perfect circle. Your obedience to worship empowers Him to do what He wants to do. It opens the door and lets Him in. Can you imagine what life would be like if you worshipped like that 24/7? A lifestyle of worship, of ministry to God. What could He rain down on you? On your family, your finances, your job, your home, your health, your well being and all that concerns you?? In Genesis 22:17, and again in Hebrews 6:14 the Lord speaks saying, “In blessing, I will bless you.” Boom. As you minister blessing to God, He blesses you. What are you waiting for?!
Thought for today
Twice in the Bible the Lord spoke saying, “In blessing, I will bless you.” Why is that important? Sin and its laws and punishments were reconciled to God, fulfilling the requirements of the Old Covenant. However, the principles of God still remain. God didn’t need to repeat “Thou shalt not murder” in the New Covenant because it was understood that it’s still wrong! However, when God does repeat Old Covenant statements under the New Covenant they become even more powerful because they are now backed by the authority and power of Jesus Christ. In the Old Testament, people obeyed God because they were afraid of being killed for their sin. Because of Jesus, in the New Covenant, you obey God because of your love for Him and God wants you to know- so He said it twice- there is still a blessing attached to obedience. Worship is, at its very core, an act of obedience. “In blessing, I will bless you,” the Lord said- and He meant it. Lift Him up!