Tuesday, 3 July 2018

No Material or Earthly Thing is a Blessing or even a Manifestation of a Blessing. Only True Joy, Peace and an Abudant Life are True Blessings.

Many in the modern Church are woefully deceived as to what is means to be blessed. They think that to be blessed means to have all manner of material things, be it a house, spouse, successful career, abundant money and luxurious holidays. 

However, not one verse in the entire New Testament refers to material things as blessings. The same could be said of the Old Testament. All the things which God gave to Abraham was for him to be responsible for, not giving to him as a blessing. Abraham never claimed what he was given by God as a blessing. 

Instead, Jesus taught in the Beatitudes that:

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

(Matthew 5:3-11)

Jesus Himself said that to be to truly blessed is to gain the Kingdom of Heaven, be comforted by God, inherit the earth, filed with righteousness, obtain mercy, see God, called children of God and be persecuted. 

A truly godly person will never say that he or she is blessed because of the material things he or she has. Rather, he or she will regard any material things  truly given to him or her by God, and not obtained for oneself, as not given as a reward for one's obedience. God does not give material things as rewards for obedience. Rather, they are only given by God for one to steward and to use for His glory, by serving Him and others.  

The true rewards that God gives for one's obedience are joy, peace and an abundant life. Such things are the only true blessings as they are eternal, and cannot be taken away from the recipient. 

That is why Jesus said:

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

(Matthew 6:19-21)

It is because treasures on earth are not even blessings in the first place, but either needs  to consumer or things entrusted to a person to steward for God's glory and purposes. They are not rewards for one's righteousness and holiness. Only heavenly rewards are rewards for one's righteousness and holiness, and therefore are blessings.

To be filled with true joy and peace, and live an abundant life in knowing of one's heavenly riches, which can come only by serving Jesus Christ, is the only and true blessing.

Do not be deceived by the many professing Christians who tell us otherwise. For they will cause you to be bitter, and ensnare your soul to mammon, by convincing you that material things are blessings, and that one is more blessed than other because one has more material things. It will cause your heart to desire to find joy, peace and abundance in mammon.  Do not be deceived!

Repent of your sins. Put your faith in Jesus Christ today while you still have time. For today is the  day of Salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).

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