The blessed of the Lord

ar121785840443832Genesis 26:29: That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the LORD.

It was the king of a pagan nation who acknowledged the blessedness of the Isaac. Before then they had antagonised him, trying to make life difficult for him, but he only became greater and greater (Genesis 26).

That is also your destiny. It doesn’t matter the pressure that is coming at you now, your end will be your blessedness, being obvious even to your enemy. God will cause his light to break forth in your darkness (Micah 7:8). The God of peace will soon crush the devil under your feet, because you are the blessed of the Lord (Romans 16:20).

You have been blessed with all spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). In Christ you have released to you, the blessing that God declared on Abraham, the blessing of greatness (Genesis 12:1-3, Galatians 3:8-14). There is no curse on you whatsoever. If that is not the case, it means Jesus did not really become a curse for us when he hung on a tree. But the bible cannot be untrue in anyway.

Describing John the Baptist, Jesus said that of everyone born of a woman, none is greater than him, but the least in the kingdom of God is greater than him (Matthew 11:11).

This is the trick question: are you greater than Isaac, now that you are in Christ? Yes you are. You are in the kingdom of God and so are greater that Isaac. It means when it comes to blessing, Isaac cannot hold a candle to you.

Isaac was not blessed with all spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm because he was not in Christ Jesus. Don’t border about what your bank account says, or that you didn’t eat dinner last night. What the word of God says is more real than your experience. That is the call of faith, for us to value the word of God more than what we see, or feel.

Job said that he has more value for the word of God than his necessary food. He counted the word of God more valuable than the food he physically sees, taste or feel in his stomach (Job 23:12).

What I am saying is: you cannot be more blessed than you presently are. That is the gospel truth. You cannot improve upon the blessing that you have in Christ Jesus. He is the eternal God and he has named us kings and priests unto his God (Revelation 1:6).

In Christ we have the blessing of the Holy Spirit coming to be in us (Romans 8:9). That is heaven coming into us. Jesus, before he was crucified in prayer to God said that the glory he gave him, he has bequeathed to us who are believers (John 17:22). Isaac has no such benefit.

Salvation is our portion in Christ. And as Peter said, that is even a mystery to angels. You are a mystery to angels (1Peter 1:9-12).

We should live our lives with the consciousness of our blessedness. To be blessed means we have something to give, something to share in the endowment of the grace of god in our lives. Peter said that as we have received grace we should minister it as good stewards of the manifold grace of God (1Peter 4:10-11).

We need to minister to others as those who have blessings to give, who have something to give because we are in connection with God. God wants to connect others to his blessings through you. That was why he released his grace to you.

Of Jesus it was said that he was full of grace (John 1:14), because God wants to connect all humanity to himself through him. When they connect to the grace on Jesus, they are connecting to God. Jesus was the conduit of the grace of God to power the work of God in the people’s life.

You are the blessed of the Lord because he makes you able to reach out to others with his wisdom and power. Paul said that he speaks wisdom but not the wisdom of this world, or of the princes of this world which goes to nothing, but the wisdom of God in Christ Jesus (1Corinthians 2:1-8). That wisdom equipped the hearers to think like God, it is the wisdom that the Spirit of God impacts, because one of the dimensions of the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of wisdom (Isaiah 11:1-4).

Also, Paul said that he does not want the faith of the people to be based on the wisdom of men but on the power of God, therefore his speech is with the demonstration of the Spirit and power.

There was a blessing that Peter and John gave the lame man sitting at the beautiful gate in the book of Acts (Acts 3:1-11). It was not money, advice, counseling, but healing. Though unexpected, it was such a blessing to him that he could not keep still, he was jumped and shouted in unimaginable excitement.

They were a blessing to him by expressing the power of God to him. The apostles were blessed to be a blessing, while the man was also blessed to receive a lifelong blessing of having a pair of restored, full-functioning limbs that he had never used since birth. Such radical change which he received was a blessing from God.

Jesus represents radical change that heaven brings into our lives. The anointing of God on him while he was on earth was to preach the gospel to the poor, the opening of eyes to the blind, the declaration of the acceptable year of the Lord, the year of God’s proclaimed freedom (Luke 4:18-20).

Luke wrote in the book of Acts that Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit and power and went about doing good,  healing those who are oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). In the letter of John he wrote that the reason that Jesus was manifested was to destroy the works of the devil (1John 3:8). That is a radical change that he brings to our lives. Through him, we are blessed by being moved from the kingdom of darkness to light (Colossians 1:13).

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