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30 The Bigness of Blessing – Part 2

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Deuteronomy 28:1-7

“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. 2 You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God: 3 Your towns and your fields will be blessed. 4 Your children and your crops will be blessed. The offspring of your herds and flocks will be blessed. 5 Your fruit baskets and breadboards will be blessed. 6 Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed. 7 “The Lord will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven!”

Not only are God’s blessings geographical and generationally but they are:

  • Ongoing Blessings

Verse 6 says “Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed” From your first step of the day, to the last step God longs to bless. God’s blessings will wake you up in the morning, and God’s blessings will tuck you into bed at night. As Lamentations 3:22-23 says: “22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. 23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” I love how fresh God’s grace is, we don’t have to try and get by on yesterday’s leftovers. We don’t have to beg, borrow, or steal someone else’s grace because ours is stale or spent from the day before. Each day grants us a fresh supply of grace. Yet how often do we really wake up with thoughts of blessing? Often instead of thinking about His blessings we are preoccupied with busyness and business. Instead of meditating on His mercies we rush madly into the middle of the rat race. Many of us are missing the blessing because we are too busy, our focus is on doing not being. Day after day we miss the myriad of miracles all around us, from the birds that start our day with singing, to the gentle drops of dew at night. In our rush to work we miss His work. We are becoming the godless generation, the generation that turns to google for answers instead of God. We are fast becoming the generation that knows all the answers but doesn’t know the Author. What we are missing is real relationship, but in our busyness we are ignorantly unaware of the Almighty and His lavish love for us. Have you ever pondered this passage in Zephaniah 3:14-17: “…The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” When was the last time you pictured God singing over you? Can you fathom the Fathers voice, and the sound of His song? We have a God that takes such delight in His children that He has authored a song to tell our story. Today right where you are I want you to take a moment and ponder the words from the song Amazed, by Phillips, Craig and Dean:

“Amazed”

You dance over me

While I am unaware

You sing all around

But I never hear the sound

 

Lord, I’m amazed by You

Lord, I’m amazed by You

Lord, I’m amazed by You

How You love me

 

You paint the morning sky

With miracles in mind

My hope will always stand

For You hold me in Your hand

 

Lord, I’m amazed by You

Lord, I’m amazed by You

Lord, I’m amazed by You

How You love me

Lord, I’m amazed by You

Lord, I’m amazed by You

Lord, I’m amazed by You

How You love me

 

How wide, how deep

How great is Your love for me

How wide, how deep

How great is Your love for me

 

Lord, I’m amazed by You

Lord, I’m amazed by You

Lord, I’m amazed by You

How You love me

Lord, You love me, oh

 

I’m amazed by You

Lord, I’m amazed everyday

So amazed

How You love me, Lord

Not only are God’s blessing ongoing but part of His ongoing blessing involves:

  • Blessing in the battles

Verse 7 says: “The Lord will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven!” I’m sure that most people would rather be blessed with no battles. But Christ never promised us a conflict free life, He did however promise us a conquering one. God wants to be in charge not only in the calm but also in the conflict. Both 2 Chronicles 20:15 and 1 Samuel 17:47 remind us that the battle belongs to the Lord. Do you want to be blessed in battle, do you want to win the war then don’t focus on the fight and fret, focus on the Father. Stop worrying and start worshipping, stop striving and start singing. God wants to bless your life and give you victory. What areas of your life are you losing the battle in? We need to become increasingly aware of our weak areas, those places where we most struggle the most, and start rely on God’s strength in those areas. As we do they will become targeted less often. The only reason we are attacked there over and over is because Satan has success there. But God is bigger than any weakness we have, we just need to be willing to give God the battle. Which requires that we recall and remember God’s track record. He has proven himself many times over in my life, and I need to remember what he did in my life because that’s the life I’m living. Sure you can learn from the stories of others but its personal when you recall the Fathers faithfulness in your life. David faced the giant Goliath, not because he got up feeling especially giant-strong one day, but because he remembered God was with him. The God who gave him strength when he stood face to face with a bear was the same God who had showed up when he faced a lion. When David recalled God’s track record he was ready to face Goliath. His focus wasn’t on the giant it was on God. His trust needed to be in the right place, in God and once that was established he was free to step out and face what other men feared. Saul’s solution was to arm David with something that might have worked for Saul. But David dismissed it, not just because of the obvious poor fit, but because God was the one who would do the fighting and he fights armor-free. The giant was slayed with a single stone that had been sitting by the stream all along. What David needed for victory God had already created long before David ever stepped onto the battle field. When Goliath fell the enemy army with him scattered. Our adversary, Satan is a master word-twister, he did it in the Garden of Eden with Eve and he is still doing it today. Why does he do it because he has discovered that we are more apt to swallow half-truths than blatant lies. When we trust God and forge ahead in faith, he loves to whispers that God may be able to do many things, but not all things. His goal is to plant seeds of doubt that lead to disobedience. We need to trust the truth that if God said “all things,” then that’s exactly what he meant. Battles teach us at least two things; something about God, and something about ourselves. If we choose to believe that God will give us the victory, we will see ringside just how powerful God is. If, instead, we choose to trust in self and our own strength, we will quickly see how inadequate we are. At some point we need to start believing John 15:5, which says that apart from Him we can do nothing. We have a choice, we can continue trying to do things in our own strength only to falter and fail or we can recognize that the battle belongs to the Lord’s. The battle is His, but we get to share in the victory. Do you want to be on the winning team then let God fight your battles. Whether you are in the field or in the city, whether it’s today or future generations to come, whether you are getting up or laying down, or in the midst of battles God wants you to experience the bigness of His blessings. Take time today to be with Him and to be blessed.

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