Bible Ballistics: BBs #82 Blessed by Obedience??
As I sit here writing this morning, I thought of all the blessings that God so abundantly showers on us. We’re so grateful for rain, here in Oklahoma, and though we still pray for more, we are grateful for what God has sent to our parched, drought stricken land. I also thank Him for the pleasure I enjoy seeing the amazing hummingbirds that come to feed at my flowers and feeder.
We are a blessed people in more ways than we even acknowledge. Sometimes we thank everyone but God. Sad!! But I’d like to talk about another aspect of blessing, the specific blessings we can receive based upon scripture.
Let’s look at Rev 1:3,
“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”
A blessing promised in the ‘reading’ of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. But let’s take a closer look. For many years I only perceived part of this promise—‘ Blessed is he that readeth’. But it doesn’t stop there, the ‘blessing’ is to those who ‘read….hear……..and keep (or obey)’ the things written in the book. Oh!! Not just read it, but hear (receive) and obey (do) what we’ve read and heard. Changes the outlook doesn’t it—we must obey, to receive this blessing.
So?? Here’s our shot for today. Are we cheating ourselves out of the blessings of God, by not obeying Him when He speaks to us?
Whether it’s through His word,
the Holy Spirit speaking to our hearts,
or the counsel of wise and godly people,
we are to hear
and adjust our lives to conform
to His Word
in our daily living.
To know and yield to His assurance in Romans 8:29,
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”
Food for thought. Have a blessed weekend! And count your blessings, thanking God for them!!