Types of Blessings
In His Presence: Philippians 4:13-19
What blessings will God give those who are good stewards and honor Him? The definition of blessing is the enjoyment of God’s divine favor. Blessing isn’t just having stuff; it’s being able to enjoy the stuff you have. So blessings aren’t necessarily material things.
First, you can expect God to hear your prayers. David said: “Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving and pay your vows to the Most High; call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me” (Psalm 50:14-15). When prayer is mixed with proper stewardship, God will answer.
Second, you can also expect God to meet your needs. Second Corinthians 9:8 says: “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.” God knows all we need even before we do, and He has all the resources of the universe at His disposal.
When you are a proper steward, you may also enjoy reversal of fortune, where God changes your circumstances. “God turned the curse into a blessing” (Deuteronomy 23:5). “[God] will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten (Joel 2:25). We so often try to lead ourselves, but if we will only let Him lead He can reverse our scenarios and make good come from them.
Another blessing of stewardship is emotional well-being. If you are serving God and value Him above all else, you don’t need to worry about money—God will take care of you.
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“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).
Rather than viewing the cross as an historical event that will take us to heaven, we ought to view it as a current event containing everything we need to bring heaven to bear on earth.
In The Power of the Cross, Tony Evans carefully and pastorally applies the cross of Christ to life today. In three parts, he considers:
• What makes Christ unique; how Old Testament prophecy and typology looked ahead to Him; and how His humiliation, death and resurrection sets Him apart as Lord
• What was accomplished on the cross for us, how it is to be the centerpiece of our lives, and how it's a source of authority for us
• What is the power of the cross and the stability it provides, deliverance it offers, the power of its ongoing remembrance, and more
The cross is the hinge of history. How much more, then, is it the hinge of your life? It gained more for you than you may realize; do not make the grave error of overlooking it. As a thank you for your gift of any amount, we’ll get this brand new book, The Power of the Cross, out to you right away.