When the Bible talks about people being “blessed,” it typically refers to God providing them with some temporal or spiritual grant. Additionally it contains a sense of joy and gladness that comes with knowing God is working on your behalf. The psalmist wrote, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Psalms 1:1–3). Every man, woman, and child, who is acquainted with and obeys God’s Word, will be blessed. They are compared to a strong, prolific, thriving tree. James added, “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, (The Bible) and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” (James 1:25). The very act of obedience conveys blessing. John opens the book of Revelation with this promise: “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein:” (Revelation 1:3). Jesus closed Revelation with the same promise: “blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book” (Revelation 22:7). Obedience and blessing always go hand in hand. If you are a Christian, you’ve already been blessed by God. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” (Ephesians 1:3). Every spiritual provision is yours. Even in times of sorrow and persecution, God’s blessing rests on you. “If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified” (1 Peter 4:14). However you can squander His blessings by neglecting His Word or by committing other sinful acts. So, Christian, vigilantly guard your heart and continue in His Word. If you are unsaved, flee to Christ! As you do, Count your blessings. Praise Him for each one and your joy will be boundless!
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