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April 18, 2015

All of God’s disciplines are so that we can survive His blessings.  

-Bill Johnson

Blessing carries weight.  Anything imbued with power and authority does.

You didn’t know blessings are marked by power and authority?

You may want to reconsider your definition of a blessing.

We tend to declare anything we like a “blessing.”  Blessings often are quite likable, but using likability as criteria for defining a blessing is at best short-sighted.  We humans like a good number of things that really aren’t so great for us.  Like extended idle time, donuts, and People magazine.

Blessings come through the power and authority of God.  That alone gives them weight.  But it’s more than that.

Your blessings are designed to empower you to bless others.  In other words, God intends to use you to as a source of blessing.  You’re a blessing bank.  He invests blessing in you, and you pay out the dividends to others.

That means you must possess the character required to not only receive His blessings, but to steward them well and share them freely.

Sons and daughters can pull this off.  They know they have a Dad with limitless resources, and that they are continually in His favor.

But it’s harder for those who are plagued by the orphan mindset.  The orphan fears lack and is prone to anxiety and jealousy.  Orphans are blessing-hoarders.

God’s disciplines aren’t about punishment.  They are about creating parameters in our lives that keep us focused on Him and His activity and attributes.  It is here that we learn that He is good and trustworthy, and loves us far more than we can fathom.  It is here also that we learn to let go of ourselves and stop trying to self-protect, self-promote, and self-provide.  That’s His job.  We can trust Him to do it.

I believe the most profound blessing He gives is the assurance that we are secure in Him.  This world can shake, rattle, and roll, but He never does.

Soak yourself in that blessing, and you’ll leak that encouragement and confidence everywhere you go.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 18, 2015 8:22 am

    Thanks for the blessing of enlightenment!

  2. April 18, 2015 12:20 pm

    Thank you for this blessing daughter :)

    • April 18, 2015 4:52 pm

      Thank YOU for the blessing of your presence and your encouragement. :)

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