Thursday 27 Jul 2017
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John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Walking according to the declaration of the gospel..

Psalm 1 — 3 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,and who meditates on his law day and night.That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.

 

We need to note a couple of things about this position of blessedness which the one so described is declared:
First of all i want you to note that the scripture did not say this person is going to be blessed, rather it declared emphatically that such is already counted as blessed,such is already carrying the mark of those who are blessed, such is already listed in the company of the blessed, heaven recognises and declared them as blessed. Now if heaven were to address this person or those who are standing in the same position, such would be addressed as blessed. And when heaven recognises and declares a man as blessed no power can oppose such a person, except may be the point which the message also highlights for us.

By comparing such a person to a tree planted by the waters, the scripture uses the illustration to press home the certainty of such to be fruitful, with nothing to hinder them from bringing forth fruits. It is certain beyond any doubt, that when such come into their season of fruitfulness they would surely blossom.

 

But i do not feel the blessings, i do not see it either:
Whether we feel it or not, whether we see it or not does not negate this truth. Gideon did not see himself as a mighty man of valour not even when he was so addressed, nevertheless heaven addressed him thus..a man of valor. And it was only when he began to walk in the assuredness of the position which he was declared that the path into the blessings became clearer to him.

 

The principle of to whom much is given:
This principle comes into play here, the position so described is given to ensure that the one so addressed as blessed would come into the riches which such blessedness bequeaths. Let us look at the meaning of the word blessing from the scriptural perspective.....to be blessed means to be empowered or to be equipped to suceed in every endeavor in life. To be blessed is to have the tools needed to suceed in life, to be blessed means to be in a position where success is as good as guaranteed. Therefore the one who confronts every challenge of life from this position has what it takes to suceed.

The word success may sound ambigous here and care needs to be taken not to be misled by comparing ourselves with others while trying to measure this success. The parable of the men who were given talents readily comes to our help here....they were all given different amount of talents according to their ability, they were deemed blessed as a result, this is because the talents they were given puts them in the company of the blessed (Mathew 25:14-29). Two went to work immediately not comparing themselves with anyone. They suceeded by bearing fruits with their given talents and were all given the same reward, a commendation for a job well done and a place of rest at the bossom of their master. The only one who did not suceed was the one who was bitter and angry while comparing himself with others, the bitterness which sprang forth became a stumbling block to him and he missed out of the reward. He failed not because he was not blessed, he failed because he refused to walk in the dilligence of those who are called blessed , instead he kept the company of mockers and scorners.

 

Walk in the dilligence of the blessed:
It is one thing to be counted as blessed, it is quite another to access the benefits that are attached to the position. Being blessed does not automatically herald one into the benefits that it holds in store. Rather it is only when a man walks and operates in the dilligence of the one called blessed, that he begins to reap the riches of being called blessed. Pounding my chest and shouting i am blessed without walking in the dilligence of one so called is akin to issuing empty boasts. Gideon did not return to hiding in the caves after being called man of valor, rather he stepped out in the might which the revealation made to him. He was told to go in the might of the revelation...everything he did subequently was guided by the might of that revelation. Are you blessed,then walk in the might of the one called blessed!

Home Teachings And Sermons The message Walking according to the declaration of the gospel..
Hebrews 12:1
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,”

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