The Word — Faithful blessings
Published 9:00 am Sunday, September 4, 2022
Reading through a Rogers book, I found this great share. All of God’s blessings come to us through faith. Jesus said, “According to your faith be it unto you.” (Matthew 9:29). Therefore, the benchmark of blessing is not according to our feelings, friends, fame, or fortune, but according to our faith. The measure of accomplishment in the Christian life is always faith.
When you believe in something it is active. Looking at blessings we must understand what that is. Fundamentally, ‘blessing’ is the active presence of God in our lives. The opposite is ‘curse’ which is the absence of God working in our lives. You say, how can I operate in a life that is cursed, if I am saved. Doesn’t God say, “He will not leave me or forsake me”? You are correct – He does say that. The problem is that we are the ones that do not operate in the presence of God. Many times, we choose to disobey or not be where God is. For example, if we look at Adam and Eve in the garden: “Now they heard the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.” (Genesis 3:8)
There are times when Christ Followers are not following. Life happens and instead of running to God we run away from God. God is a gentleman and never forces himself on us. We must remember that relationship takes at least two. If we are running from God, he will be there for us. However, he will not make us follow him. He will not make us have blessings in our lives. God is omnipresent – he is everywhere! We can be certain that wherever we are, whatever we are doing – he sees us and knows about us.
Looking at the Word in Matthew 9:29 is sobering. It should be clear to us that faith is active. As we yield our lives to God and follow him, we are benefited with blessings. Why? Because God loves to bless us! He loves for us to be with him. He loves to be a part of what we are doing. His love for us is active, even unto to the gift of his Son, Jesus!
So, we ask ourselves: Do I include God in my day, or do I just call on him in time of need? This week let us evaluate our faith and see: Are there area’s that need improvement? According to your faith, let it be unto you!
Yvette Perrin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.