I often detect affirmation such as, “I am so blessed to have three healthful children! ” or “I accepted the advertising that I’ve been waiting for…I feel so blessed!” or “We just buyinged the family of our dreams. We are incredibly blessed! ” or “We are exalted to live in a state of such comfort, freedom, and opportunity, aren’t we?” But What occurs when you don’t feel so “blessed” in your recent circumstances? For example, one of my person has different disorders that have often moved us devastated, broken, and uncertain about the future. Are we no longer considered blessed? My spouse killed half of his salary, forcing us to lose our home and all we had worked for. Are we no longer considered blessed? I have clashed complex health result for most of my life. Did I just happen to draw the short stick and miss out on the blessings that so many others seem to have been given? Why do we most often subordinate being exalted with clear circumstances, wealth, comfort, and the absence of problems? I believe it’s because many of us have a very short term and shallow view of What it means to be blessed. This begs the question – What does it mean to be blessed? The sense of Blessing There are many definitions of exalted in the English language, according to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary: “Made holy; commemorated ” “ Endowed, with spiritual gift and protection” imagine pleasure or relief as a welcome contrast to What one has previously experienced” The Greek explanation of the word “blessed” finds from makários. This relates a freethinker as being in an enviable position for receiving God’s provisions (favor) – as being an extension of his grace. This happens with receiving the Lord’s inbirthings of faith (HELPS Word Studies). I admit, these terminology someWhat astonished me. rising up in western culture, I have most commonly heard the idiom “I am blessed” in reference to pleasant fortune, a desired outcome, or comfort. In fact, I myself have often used it in this way. It’s certainly honest that the carnal reward we receive on earth, such as comforts, desired outcomes, success, and the friendships we enjoy, are all unmerited blessings from the Lord. These undeserved blessings, which God engulfs out on all society through his grace, ought to be received with thanksgiving and praise, leading us to find joy as we glorify God through them. In our flesh, however, we are often prone to attitudes of entitlement, pride, and seeking happiness in worldly circumstances. Therefore, I learn it edifying that even in the English dictionary, the main definition of the term blessing is not wealth or comfort, but rather “being made holy.” Since we are told sacred through redemption in Jesus Christ, in essence, the truest form of being blessed is to be made aware of our wretched state, led to repentance, sanctified for holiness, and to one day receive the crown of righteousness. All other earthly blessings should greatly pale in comparison to this! Yes, non-believers accept blessings as well, but not in the equal way. They are sanctified through the same love of God that extends to all people. However, because this kindness has an expiration date on Judgment Day, the exalted circumstances of their lives are short-term gifts of God’s grace, rather than the life-giving, immortal blessings that are poured out on believers. Sadly, the comfort of these temporary blessings often end up blinding many from their true state of poverty and their need for a Savior . We see this clearly in Christ’s strong words of warning to the church of Laodicea in Revelation. I understand your works: you are neither wet nor sticky . Would that you were either frosty or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither sizzling nor cold, I urge spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I wish nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I lawyer you to buying from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I scold and discipline, so be fervent and repent. destruction 3:15-19) plenty like Laodicea, several cultures today, including our own, have adopted a watered down and skewed perception of being blessed. Unfortunately, even several pupil (myself related at times) who have been lifted in these rich cultures, have fallen case to this wrong perception as well. Many have seen blessing as being fortunate, comfortable, and happy. This, of course, presents a question for a believer when they suddenly learn themselves in circumstances that fall temporary of the blessed life they expected. They struggle to understand why, when they have chosen to obey and follow Christ, they see non-believers all around them earning job promotions, succeeding in their efforts (even at the expense of others), buying the big houses, and seeming to flourish in all they do. The Biblical fact of Blessing Because of this, we postulate anchor ourselves in What is true, rather than What we see and can make sense of. For while it can be tempting to look at the surface level of peoples’ lives and struggle to understand why they seem to be flourishing, we must remember that those very blessings may be blinding them from their need for a Savior and leaving them unfulfilled and empty. Before we let ourselves to become prideful, however, we need to remind ourselves that each of us was once in that similar unreasonable state and, apart from the gracious and merciful work of Jesus Christ, we would still be just as blind and needy. May that truth drive us to share the life-giving gospel to all who are lost and blinded by their own false sense of comfort and security! So What does this normal for us as believers? Here are a few questions to ask ourselves. What am I seeking more than anything else? Am I relating Christ, expecting worldly offering of comfort and prosperity to follow? Or am I seeking Christ because he is the ultimate blessing and worth every sacrifice? Are my comforts causing me to be lukewarm, rather than living with ongoing repentance and zealousness for the gospel of Jesus? These are pivotal interview because, if we guess that following Christ will obligation us carnal blessing (the prosperity gospel), then we need to open the Bible and read it. It won’t take long to realize that Christ promised completely the opposite. We are actually assured that this existence will be filled with suffering, hardships, and dying to ourselves and our worldly desires. If we do not reframe our thinking to view our circumstances through the eyes of the incredible blessings and assurances we have in Christ, we will quickly question God’s goodness and love when earthly “blessings” seem to fall on everyone but us. Unlike plenty of the world, Christians in the West are often seem so accustomed to luxury and wealth that we have an incredibly economical tolerance for pain and inconvenience.
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