Summary: God wants to bless us.
God wants to bless his people. God is a giver. He wants to give to us good
things in life, but there are times when He withholds His blessing because of
our bad attitude.
When we are selfish, self-centered, arrogant, thinking we are right all the time, proud, etc. God withholds His blessing from us. But when we are unselfish, people-centered, people-lovers, sympathetic, tenderhearted, compassionate, etc. that’s when He will pour His blessings on us!
God wants to bless us! Believe it, because it’s true!
Don’t these verses speak to your heart? God does want to bless us and in many ways.
It may be financial, it may be health, it may be our families, it may be our work, but be assured, God wants to bless His people!
Besides treating people right, what else can we do to inherit God’s blessing?
WE MUST BE SEPARATED FROM THE WORLD
Ps. 1:1 "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or
stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers."
ILL.- Bud Robinson, a Holiness preacher, was taken by friends to New York and
shown around the city. That night in his prayers he said, "Lord, I thank You for
letting me see all the sights of New York. And I thank You most of all that I
didn’t see a thing that I wanted!"
I DIDN’T SEE A THING I WANTED. I don’t think this would hold true for most of
us. Generally, we see lots of things in this world that we would like to have
and things we would like to do.
WE MUST BE SATURATED WITH THE WORD
Ps. 1:2 "But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates
day and night."
We need to delight in God’s Word and meditate on it as much as possible. God is
pleased when we pay attention to Him and His Word. He blesses these kind of
Our Bible knowledge is embarrassingly limited. God doesn’t expect us to be
scholars, but He does expect us to school ourselves with His Word. At least,
enough to defend our faith or explain what we believe.
Russell-You got all that? I don’t have a clue what you just told me!
II Tim. 2:15 "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman
who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth."
We need to be workmen who know their tools and how to use them correctly. We
need to know the Book and how to use it.
Reading God’s word influence others-The boy who heard his mother read the book of Job to his dying brother.
WE MUST BE SITUATED BY THE WATERS
Ps. 1:3 "He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit
in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers."
Trees are important to this world and to man. Can you imagine what our world
would be like without trees? Tree are valuable and important.
They help to hold the soil together. They prevent erosion.
They provide protection and food for many other plants and animals.
The leaves absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.
Trees provide fruit and wood for building.
And THEY NEED sunlight and water in order to survive and grow.
Just as trees need water for life and growth, so do humans.
DID YOU KNOW?
1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak it is often mistaken for
3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 3%.
4. One glass of water, shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the
dieters studied in a U-Washington study.
5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could
significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory.
8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily, decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%,
plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely
to develop bladder cancer.