DO YOU REALLY KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO BE BLESSED?
I wonder how many people out there are blessed and don’t have a clue that they are, because they spend half their lives looking at the world’s standards or opinions of a blessed person. Most people fail to realize the you can have a million dollars and all the trimmings that go with it; like cars, houses and the whole works and they are not as blessed as the person with nothing. What’s your definition of a blessed person? Someone with money, yet unhealthy is not blessed. Someone with money and no one to enjoy it with is not blessed, yes you maybe able to buy a few friends but they are not authentic friends, because when the money runs out, they will be running with it.
One dictionary says a blessed person is one who enjoys happiness, or enjoys the bliss of heaven. However, Jesus’ sermon on the mount, called the Beatitudes shows us who God considers as blessed. In Matthew 5:3-12, the Amplified Bible says it best.
Blessed (happy, and spiritually prosperous, with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed and enviably happy (a happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor, and His matchless grace) are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek (the mild, patient, and long sufferers) for they shall inherit the earth; Psalm 37:11 confirms this statement.
Blessed, and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous (where the born-again child of God, true Christians enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (those who are upright, and in right standing with God) for they shall be completely satisfied. Blessed are the merciful (those who show compassion for others), for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart (no bitterness, anger, etc.) for they will see God.
Blessed are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they shall be called the sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted (ridiculed, jeered, imprisoned, etc) for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake, just rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Jesus’ list did not consist of people with money, because most of them are too busy making and counting it, they forget about God. So their money has replaced the God who made it and made it possible for them to have it. God is the one who gives us the power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18), but it was not given to replace Him. There is nothing wrong with wealth, it’s just that you can’t let it replace God. The money can’t buy your blessings, health or your way into heaven, but it will send you to hell if you allow it to control you. There are so many people who are blessed without a clue, because they don’t read the Bible, which gives you a list of all the blessed people. Here is a few then you can find the rest. Jeremiah 17:7 says, Blessed are those who trust in the Lord, and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. Psalm 1:1-2 says, Blessed is the man that walketh not in the council of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful, but His delight is in the law of the Lord, in which he meditates day and night.
One of my favorite is Psalm 32:1-2, which says, Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered; Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
Now that’s what I consider blessed, and I prefer being on God’s blessed side than to be on the cursed side. Being blessed means I am heaven bound, are you? You could be too, start by going to the top of this blog, click on to the salvation page, and follow the instructions. In Jesus name may God lead you to a Bible believing, Holy Spirit filled church. For more instructions and teachings read the Bible;”>Now unto Him who is able to keep us from falling, and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy. To the only wise God, Our Savior, be glory, honor, praise, and thanks for using me His humble servant to relay this message to His children. To Him be dominion and power, both now and forever, in Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.