How to Receive Blessings In Order to Bless Others
In the book of Genesis chapter 12 Abram is called by God to become the “father of many nations”. Genesis 12:1-4 King James Version (KJV) “ Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.”
We can see that first God called and then Abram went. He didn’t give God a rebuttable of excuses of his age (75), family, or how comfortable he was with his life, he just went! Sometimes in order for God to bless us, He puts us in an unfamiliar place and out of our comfort zone. That way we will increase our faith and know for sure that the blessing had to come only from God.
Just like Abram, it’s in our obedience that He puts in position to bless others. On a small-scale God puts us in position to bless others, with a ride to church, an encouraging word, and even to provide for those who are in need. On a larger scale, God put Abram in a position to bless generations that came after him. In a way we can do that too by sharing the gospel with members of our family.
It not only took obedience to receive the blessing but it took faith. Hebrews 11:8-10 says, “8 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.9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” Abram had to look beyond what he saw and trust what God had promised him. See that’s what faith makes you do! God has an abundance of blessings that he wants to give us but we first must obey in order to receive it.
The blessing was for Abram to get but Abram had to do his part in order to receive it. For example, salvation is free for all to have but in order to receive it, we had to obey first.
In order to receive blessings from God today, we must first ask in prayer. John 16:24 says, “24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” By using his name, it establishes authority that He is the one that all blessings come from. Hebrews 11:6 says, “ And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
The end of John 16:24 says “and your joy will be complete”. When you have received joy that just makes you complete, you can’t keep it to yourself. That joy fills you up so much that you feel the need to share it with others!
To bring it all together we need to:
Listen to GodObey GodStep out on faith and take action!
Ladies my hope and prayer for you is that you’ll be able to see beyond what the world has put in your eyes and remember what God has put in your heart. So, that you may give God a yes so that generations after you will be blessed.