Blessed Is She...Who Walks With God
- Wednesday, February 12, 2003
"Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine.
Oh what a foretaste of glory divine.
Heir of salvation. Purchased by God.
Born of His Spirit. Washed in His blood.
This is my story. This is my song.
Praising my Savior all the day long.
This is my story. This is my song.
Praising my Savior, all the day long."
The words of this song by Fannie Jane Crosby voice the sentiments of this article, "Blessed is She...who walks with God: Insights for an abundant life of faith."
The life lessons God has instilled in me over the past 56 years has afforded me the privilege of the being in God's gracious school of blessedness. The ideas in this article are organized around a life-cycle pattern from the beginning of our life to the ultimate culmination of eternal union with God.
The word BLESSED is in the King James Version of the Bible 287 times beginning with Genesis 1:22 which reads, "And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply." In Genesis 1:28 God blessed them with the same blessing and told them to replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.
In Genesis 2:3 God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it; because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. In Genesis 5:2 God blessed the male and female He made and gave them names. In Genesis 14:19 God blessed Abram and called him the possessor of heaven and earth. All through the Scriptures we find God in the blessing business.
The word BLESSED means to kneel; to bless God as an act of adoration, and vice versa man as a benefit; to abundantly, altogether, congratulate, greatly, indeed, kneel down, praise, salute, thank someone for something great. This definition is used a lot in the Old Testament. As powerful as that definition is, the New Testament meaning of BLESSED is the one that moves my heart to gratitude with humility and reference. It's the simple word, "HAPPY!"
How many times in my life has God made me happy despite the heartaches, trouble, tribulation, questions, perplexities, frustration, hardships, hurts, disappointments, etc. in my life? I can't count the times! But I
have now and have had for almost all my life that God will work things out for our good. Perhaps that's why I haven't been overly worrisome about every problem I've had in life. Perhaps that's why I can testify to the
fact that I'm blessed, better than blessed, thank you Lord!
The word BLESSING is in the King James Version of the Bible 64 times beginning at Genesis 12:2 when God is talking to Abram explaining to Abram that he would be a great blessing to the nations to Revelation 5:12. This word BLESSING means by implication prosperity.
He has, however, given some specific criteria for receiving bountiful blessings. Those that He explicated sited in Deuteronomy 28 when God tells the children of Israel their responsibility in receiving the blessings that God had in store for them. He charged them to keep His commandments. It they did He promised that they would be blessed in the city, and blessed in the field. Their children and corps, cattle and flocks and all their harvest could be blessed. They would be blessed in their coming and going.
The Lord shall cause their enemies that rise against them to be defeated. They shall come out against them one way and flee before them seven ways. The Lord shall bless their resources and warehouses, businesses, and all their enterprises and real estate...everything they determine to do. The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, ad he hat sworn unto thee, if they keep his commandments and walk in his ways. All people on the earth shall see that they are called by the name of the Lord; and they shall fear them. The Lord will make them plenteous in goods, in the fruit of their body, and in the fruit of their cattle, and in the fruit of their ground, in the land which the Lord swear unto their fathers to give the. He will open unto them his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain on their land in his season, and to bless all the work of their hand; and they shall lend unto many nations, and they shall not borrow. They will be made the head and not the trail; and they shall be above only and not beneath.
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