TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, August 20, 2020:
To honor in worship; bestowing divine favor on; to bestow some benefit on; confer happiness upon; to offer approval.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits.
He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.
Praise the Lord, blessed is the man that fears the Lord, who find great delight in His commands.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Blessing in our spiritual life is a two-way street and is an essential element in our relationship with God. We bless God when we honor Him and give Him the praise and the glory for His countless blessings to us. God blesses us when we yield our life to Him in humble obedience and make Him Lord of our life.
The greatest blessing He has given us is eternal life. Have you often asked the question, as we have, as to why did God choose to bless sinful man?
God chose to bless us while we were lost in sin because we are His creation. The sole reason God sent His Son Jesus to this earth was to die on the cross to pay our penalty for sin because He loved us.
God saves us so that we would serve as examples to others of His love and mercy in order to bring Him glory. It blesses God when we care for others as Jesus did.
Many people never feel that God blesses them and wonder why. We need to understand, as believers, that often blessings from God to others come through humble obedience from believers like you and I. God uses His faithful followers to bless others.
Abraham is the greatest example of God blessing someone. Abraham is one of the great heroes of faith mentioned in Hebrews chapter 11. He is noted not just for his faith but his obedience. “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went even though he did not know where he was going (Hebrews 11:8).
In Genesis 22:17-18, God spoke to Abraham through an angel to offer his only son, Isaac, as a sacrifice to God. Because Abraham was willing to obey God, he was told that He (God) would bless him and would multiply his seed as the stars of the heavens and the sand on the seashore and through Abraham’s descendants all nations on earth would be blessed.
It was by Abraham’s obedience to follow God that God brought about the birth of a nation that God would use as His own and the nation through which He would send His Son. When Jesus came into this world God’s promise that through Abraham the entire world would be blessed was fulfilled. The first chapter of the book of Matthew gives the record of the genealogy of Jesus going back to Abraham.
God wants to bless us today but there is a condition. We must put our total trust in God and be obedient and keep His commandments. In Psalm 119:2 we read, “Blessed are they who keep His statutes (commandments) and seek Him with all their hearts.” God has blessed us with many promises in His Word and most of them have clearly stated conditions for us to follow. God desires to bless us but we limit God’s blessings on our lives because we are not willing to obey Him.
Our memory verse for this week is found in James 5:16.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt prayer of a righteous man is able to accomplish much.
Thank You Lord for all Your blessings. How grateful we are that You loved us so much that You gave Your only Son, Jesus, to die for our sins and to give us the blessed gift of eternal life. Speak to the heart of each person in our family to reach out to bless someone who is hurting with the same love that You have blessed us.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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