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Bible Ballistics: BBs #257 Showers Of Blessing???

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

As I sit here this morning listening to the distant thunder, and hearing the rain refresh our ground, plants and water sources, I just wanted to take this time to thank God for His abundant grace and provision. Despite all the claims around us about the weather and the climate, one thing that escapes most of the political and scientific communities is that they are NOT in charge. While there are practices that claim to be able to create rain, there is not, nor has there ever been any guaranteed method to “create” rain or meet the need of the created order with rain, and nothing refreshes the ground like “rain”. Only the Lord GOD Almighty, who is in charge of all of creation can, and I praise Him for it. Will you join me this morning and just praise the Lord for His wondrous grace and provision as He continues to send HIS rain to us all, regardless of our deservedness to receive it with the bounty it supplies.

Ye have heard that it hath been said,

Thou shalt love thy neighbour,

and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you,

Love your enemies,

bless them that curse you,

do good to them that hate you,

and pray for them which despitefully use you,

and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father

which is in heaven:

for he maketh his sun to rise

on the evil

and on the good,

and sendeth rain

on the just

and on the unjust. Matthew 5:43-45

Jesus reminds us that we are called to “love” differently than the world. We are called to “love” like God does, in that we are to reflect the nature and character of our “Father” when we belong to him! God causes “HIS” sun to shine on us, and He sends HIS rain to provide necessary nurture for the earth on which we live (Through HIS SON also!). He provides these necessities of life to ALL—to/for the just and the unjust—to/for the evil people and the good. Likewise, we are to extend grace, mercy and love not only to those who are easy to love, but also to the unlovely! In fact often it’s the “unlovely” who may be in need of love more than others; and God calls us to reflect His grace (undeserved favor) and mercy (help to the helpless, hope for the seemingly hopeless) to those around us.

I hear and see a lot said on every hand about avoiding those who are “negative”; those who are “unkind”; those who “take advantage”; those who “don’t return” our efforts in a way that pleases us. Whoa??? That doesn’t seem to match what God is calling us to be and do! We are called to not only receive God’s blessings gratefully, but to share them freely with others. Why? Because:

 

“…freely ye have received, freely give.”      Matthew 10:8

And be ye kind one to another,

tenderhearted,

forgiving one another,

even as God

for Christ’s sake

hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32

So, as we are blessed, so we are to bless others. We should rejoice in our Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ the Son, and the precious Holy Spirit, who has been given to dwell within us so that Christ may be seen in us!

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come,

he will guide you into all truth:

for he shall not speak of himself;

but whatsoever he shall hear,

that shall he speak:

and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:13

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” Ephesians 4:15

May we ever be the blessing to the world that God has called us to be—salt and light affecting and changing our world, by seasoning it with God’s truth in love, which is the only thing that can preserve from corruption. Because only Jesus can and will bring a change of heart – true heart transformation for any person who will come to Him in repentance and faith. It’s your call. God has promised to restore things in His time, but He sends us showers of blessing in the meantime, until we are in His perfect presence.

Won’t you rejoice with me today and be glad in the Lord Jesus Christ and His abundant blessings in this life? The best is yet to come!!!

 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing.” Ezekiel 34:26