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God’s Blessings

 

Blessings

         When you think about the blessings of God, remember one child’s description of an elevator: “I got into this little room and the upstairs came down.” ── Michael P. GreenIllustrations for Biblical Preaching

 

A GOLDEN CHAIN OF BLESSING.

“ Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits; Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that youth is renewed like the eagle’s” ( Psalm 103:1-5). Notice seven things in these verses that the Psalmist blesses God for;--

. Forgiveness. All, not some of, the past sins forgiven, and not only so, but forgotten. In the eleventh of Hebrews, where we have recorded what faith has done, there is not a single word about the failures of these Old Testament saints. Why is this? Because, in the tenth chapter, God had said, “ Your sins and iniquities I will remember no more.”

. Healing. It is the privilege of the child of God to know, that He can, if He wills, heal us of all our bodily as well as spiritual diseases.

. Redemption. Not only past sins forgiven, but deliverance from the power of sin, and soon from its presence.

. Lovingkindness. Some people will do a kindness out of mere benevolence, but there is no love with it; not so with our Father. Recently, we saw an advertisement of a certain paper, which said it was the brightest, biggest, and best, Whether that is so or not, it is not for us to say; but we do know this, that our Heavenly Father gives the brightest, biggest, and the very best He has to give to us. Hence, in speaking, we have to get all the adjectives we can to express in some measure what He gives. His love is great love; His kindness is lovingkindness; His mercy is tender, great, plenteous, and everlasting.

. Tender Mercies. Not doles of charity, but mercies given out of His loving, Fatherly heart, by virtue of His Son’s work, and enjoyed in the Spirit.

. Satisfaction. One of the Puritans has said that “ man’s heart is a triangle, so that if the whole world were in it, there would be still three corners left unfilled.” But the believer has the work of Christ to satisfy his conscience, the word of the Father to assure his mind, and the presence of the Holy Spirit to fill his heart, so that there is not a single corner unoccupied.

. Renewing. I remember a friend saying once, when going to a place to hold special meetings, “ We are looking for a revival;” and I replied that it showed they were in a had state, as the Christian should live in a revival. Our inward man is, or should be, renewed day by day, not only when an evangelist is holding special meetings.

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings

 

BLESSING.

The blessing of existence is good, but the best of all blessing is to have the Embodiment of all blessing, even Christ.

. The source of blessing is the FATHER (Eph.1:3).

. The channel of blessing us Christ ( Luke 24:30).

. The power of blessing is the Holy Spirit (Gal.3:14).

. The promise of blessing is in the Scriptures ( Heb.6:14).

. The reception of blessing is by faith (Gal.3:9).

. The path of blessing is obedience (Matt.5:3-11).

. The character of blessing is spiritual (Eph.1:3).

. The outcome of blessing is separation (Acts 3:26).

. The consummation of blessing is at Christ’s return. (Titus 2:13).

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings

 

CIRCLE OF BLESSING.

Satan said that the Lord had put a hedge about Job on every side (Job 1:10), so that he could not touch him. The Lord has put a hedge of blessing around the believer, so that he can say—

. Isaiah 44:22, is the Pledge of my forgiveness.

. Gal.2:20, is the Confession of my faith.

. John 5:24, is the Assurance of my salvation.

. Isaiah 41:10, is the Comfort of my life.

. Psalm 55:22, is the Joy of my unceasing privilege.

. Luke 19:13, is the Burden of my present responsibility.

. Phil.3:20, 21, is the Outlook of my constant expectation.

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings

 

CONFESSION, THE FORERUNNER OF BLESSING.

Confession is the forerunner of blessing.

. Abraham said, “ I am dust and ashes” ( Gen.18:27), and got all he asked for.

. Isaiah, “ I am unclean,” and got cleansed (Isa.6:5).

. Job, “ I am vile,” and got blessing (Job 40:4).

. David, Born in sin, and got covered (Ps.51:5; 31:1).

. Peter, “ I am a sinful man,” and received the keys of the kingdom (Luke 5:8; Matt,16:19).

. Publican, “ the sinner,” and went home justified (Luke 18:13, R.V.,m.).

. The prodigal, “ I am not worthy,” and was feasted (Luke 15:21).

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings

 

ETERNAL BLESSINGS OF THE BELIEVER.

. We possess eternal Life. “ Whosoever believeth in Him……have eternal life” (John 3:15).

. We are secured in an eternal Covenant. “ Through the blood of the everlasting Covenant” (Heb.13:20)/

. We are saved with an eternal Salvation. “ He became the Author of eternal salvation” (Heb.5:9).

. We are liberated by an eternal Redemption. “ Having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Heb.9:12).

. We have an eternal House. “A house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (11. Cor.5:1).

. We are called to eternal Glory. “ Who hath called us unto His eternal glory” (1.Peter 5:10).

. We are kept for an eternal Inheritance. “ Might receive the promise of an eternal inheritance” (Heb.9:15).

. We are cheered by eternal Comfort. “ Hath given us everlasting consolation” (11.Thess.2:16).

. We know there is an eternal Weight of glory in the future. “ Worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (11.Cor.4:17).

. We shall dwell in eternal Tabernacles. “ Receive you into everlasting habitations” (Luke 16:9).

. We are aiming to have an abundant entrance into the eternal Kingdom. “ An entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly……everlasting kingdom” ( 11.Peter.1:11).

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings

 

PLACES OF BLESSING.

Ⅰ. On His shoulders. The place of strength. “ He layeth it on His shoulders” (Luke 15:5).

Ⅱ. On His bosom. The place of confidence. “ He then lying on Jesus’ breast, saith unto Him, Lord, who is it? ” (John 13:25).

Ⅲ. On His heart. The place of affection. “ And they shall be upon Aaron’s heart” (Ex.2815-30)

Ⅳ. On His hands. The place of remembrance. “ I have graven thee upon the palms of My hands” (Isaiah 49:16)

Ⅴ. On His forehead. The place of thought. “And it shall be upon Aaron’s forehead” (Ex.28:38).

Ⅵ. On His wings. The place of power. “ They shall mount up with wings as eagles” (Isaiah 40:31).

Ⅶ. In His arms. The place of support. “Underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deut.33:27).

Ⅷ. At His feet.  The place of blessing. “ Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard His word” (Luke 10:39).

Ⅸ. In His hand. The place of use. “ I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand saying unto thee, fear not…thou shalt thresh the mountains” (Isa. 41:13-15).

── F.E. MarshFive Hundred Bible Readings