Count Your Blessings

promisesHave you ever really taken the time to really think about how God blesses us in our lives?  Everything that we face in life, even the hard stuff is all designed to make us into the human beings that God created us to be.  When you think of it that way, it makes the tough times seem not so bad as they seem at the time.

Genesis 12:2 (NLT)

I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.

 

The God of heaven and earth, Who made the vast cosmos and upholds it by His power, invited Abraham to become His friend and companion, to dwell in His presence, and to know the fullness of joy and pleasure that only God can give.  This “blessing” of God – which Abraham would then be able to extend to others as well – is the beginning of God’s promises.

We cannot fully understand the promises of God unless we come through this door of blessing.  In being blessed our sins are forgiven through Jesus Christ and the scales are removed from our eyes, spiritual scales that keep us from seeing the beauty, goodness, and truth of God.  Being blessed leads to blessing others.
In the second set of promises God graciously offers to make of Abraham a great people and to give him a great name.  If we have entered into the blessing of God we can claim this second set of promises for ourselves as well.

The first sense of “greatness” God promised to Abraham has to do with the people who through him will be blessed of God.  They will be a “great nation” – very numerous.  As we read elsewhere in Scripture, God says those who follow in the blessing of Abraham will be as many as the sand of the sea, the dust of the air, the stars of the sky.

Abraham was not to be blessed of God in isolation; rather, he would become the father of countless millions down through the ages who would receive the grace of God and, in faith and obedience, become blessed to be a blessing as well.

We do not claim or enjoy the promises of God alone.  They to whom the promises come through Jesus Christ are a great nation, transcending every culture, age, language, and political boundary.  In the better promises of our Lord, we are never alone; we are citizens of a royal priesthood and a holy nation.  We are a people of God’s own possession.

This great nation will also have a great name, Abraham was told.  That is, they would be influential, persuasive, the kind of people who determine the way of things and who make lasting contributions to culture and society.  Abraham was promised a kind of greatness he would never have been able to know without God.  God promised to make him more numerous and influential than anyone who had ever lived.  Because Abraham would be the friend of God, and God’s name would be his.

Yeah, promises like that would get my attention, too.

God has fulfilled this promise today among the followers of Jesus Christ.  For two millennia the Good News about Jesus has swept across the face of the earth and the pages of history, creating a family of multiplied billions who know the blessing of God and are reaching out to extend that blessing to others. The Christian faith has been the single largest religion in the world since the days of the early Church, and it continues to grow and multiply year by year.  People trusting in Jesus and bearing witness to Him, demonstrate in a multiplicity of ways the reality of the persuasive and transforming power of His Name.

These are precious and very great promises, indeed.  Take the time today to realize the blessings God sends our way and to thank Him for them daily.

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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