Summary: What I at first thought was a dry and boring book with no relevance to my life, turned out to be one of the most profound and exciting books in the bible, with full of application to my life! Learn how to make it through the "wilderness" of this life succ
How to Be Blessed
Series: A Biblical Guide to Wilderness Survival
September 25, 2011
What does it mean to be blessed? Have you ever asked yourself that question?
• lovely family?
• lots of friends?
• good looks?
• All the above?
And what happens if you don’t have any of these things? Does it mean you’re cursed?
The music video we watched during the offering was a song by Martina McBride, called, “Blessed”, and in it she describes the simple things in life that bring her joy…like the feeling of a hardwood floor under her feet, or the sound of her kids playing in the hallway. She looks around her and concludes…”I’m blessed!” Have you ever done that? I mean, have you ever just stopped for a moment and counted your blessings? There’s an old hymn that encourages us to do just that…”Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done”. Many times God has blessed us but we just don’t see it anymore.
You know, deep in everyone of our hearts we want to be able to feel like our lives have been blessed, but instead of blessing, many of us go through our lives feeling like we’ve been cursed! So how do we find that life of blessing? In this world, where we’re surrounded by the heartache or relational brokenness, the pain of loved ones suffering and the daily trials of living …where do we find true blessing? Well, that’s what the passage of scripture we’re going to read from Numbers this morning is going to tell us…what the life of blessing is… and how we can receive it. I want you to listen to Numbers 6:22-27, as it gives us 3 foundational truths about blessing…
1. What it is…
2. Where it comes from, and…
3. How we can receive it…
READ Numbers 6:22-27… 22 The LORD said to Moses, 23 “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: 24 “The LORD bless you and keep you; 25 the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’ 27 “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
The 1st thing I want you to see from this passage is…
1. Where does blessing comes from?
Are you ready? According to this verse…Blessing comes from only one source…The Lord! It doesn’t come from how much money you have in the bank, or how big your house is…or from you own or want to own…it doesn’t even come anything from having hardwood floors. I’ve had them before and believe me… if you’ve ever tried to keep them clean…they’re actually more of a pain than a blessing! HA. No…when you boil it all down…blessing comes from the Lord! This is such a strong message, that the Lord reiterates it 3 x’s!!!”
1. The LORD bless you and keep you…