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Summary: Very few of us know how the inner workings of a combustible engine or a TV, but our lack of understanding doesn’t prevent us from driving cars or watching TV. We may not understand the technicalities of the scriptural teachings on blessings, but is more i

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Developing The Ability to Bless

October 28, 2012 Chester FBC, Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker

Introduction:

A Very few of us know how the inner workings of a combustible engine or a TV, but our lack of understanding doesn’t prevent us from driving cars or watching TV.

1 We may not understand the technicalities of the scriptural teachings on blessings, but is more important to practice blessing than understand blessing.

a 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Tim 3:7 (KJV)

b “Knowledge of the truth” is learning from the experiences we have through life.

aa Learn by doing.

bb IL. You don’t learn to swim on-line.

2 Although we don’t know the inner workings of a combustible engine/television, we do know how to start our car/turn on our T.V..

a If something is wrong, we tend to know that as well.

b Blessings, although we don’t understand all the minutia surrounding a eulogy, we can learn five simple laws and follow them.

aa Laws are principles written into the fabric of life that yield rewards for those who obey them/consequences for those who do not obey them.

bb Drive safely, obey laws (safety citation, lower insurance premiums, clean driving record, no fines).

cc Fail to obey the laws (ticketed, higher premiums, lose privilege)

B We live in a world of cause & effect.

1 If you want a certain effect (something good to happen), then find out & carry out the cause or causes that will bring about the effect.

a IL. It doesn’t take a youngster long to discover that if you put a quarter into a machine, a toy/candy is dispensed.

aa Take even shorter for them to learn grandparents are more likely to say “yes” for more quarters.

bb We learn early on what gets results/works; what doesn’t work.

b For blessing to be released in our lives/hearts, to release blessing in others we must know theses five laws. (Not four, six . . . five).

aa The law of the heart.

bb The law of developed sensitivity

cc The law of deliberate repetition and regularity

dd The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

ee The law of understanding who we are.

2 Pray

I The Law of the Heart

A Australian F.W. Boreham called the heart the “home of the echo.”

1 Meaning what we send out from us comes back to us.

a If we are negative (critical, glass half-empty, bitter, cynical) we tend to see others through the lens of our hearts.

aa If our heart is programed to be negative, we will see the negative in others.

bb If our heart is full of good/positive, we will see the good/positive in others.

b Much of what we see in others is due to what is already in us. (Projection)

2 IL. Older man whose grandchildren had rubbed parmesian cheese into his mustache while he was asleep. Upon awaking he complained of smelling something like dirty feet.

a He went room to room looking for the source of the stink.

aa After failing to find the source he concluded, “I think the whole world stinks!”

bb What we send out from us comes back to us.


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