Summary: In this reworking of an important sermon from 2003, Dave points out six things that must happen in order for a person to live a life blessed by God.
Living the Life God Blesses
Wildwind Community Church
March 30, 2008
Today I’m going to re-preach one of the most important messages I have ever preached at Wildwind. I originally preached this about three years ago, and will probably preach this sermon quite regularly as long as I am here. This sermon is called Living the Life God Blesses. The six things I’m going to share with you this morning come from my observations of the areas in which people seem to struggle the most often. These are not areas of obvious sin like lusting, lying, stealing, and things like that. People know when they’re struggling with those things. The things I want to talk to you about today are more subtle than that – areas where we can tell ourselves lies, make ourselves believe our motives are good and pure, and really be doing nothing more all along than spinning our wheels spiritually.
Psalm 1 paints a picture for us of the life that is blessed by God.
Psalms 1:1-6 (NLT)
1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.
4 But not the wicked! They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly.
6 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
What this shows us is that God blesses a life that is lived in a certain way. If we live our lives that way, we will experience the blessings of God. If we do not, we will not experience God’s blessings, and this is true no matter WHAT behaviors we might be engaging in. See, our behaviors can be evil or they can be good and we can still not be living a life God blesses. We can do good things for bad reasons, right? But if we are living the life God blesses, there will be a purity of our lives and behaviors. This is because God looks for a person living a certain way with a certain kind of heart.
This morning I want to show you six areas where we often go wrong in living the life God blesses, and what we can do about each one. For each item I have stated first what we must do, and then what we must stop doing if we are to find ourselves able to do what we must do. Let’s dig in.
The first thing that must happen if you are to live the life God blesses is that you must realize that the joy is in the journey. In other words, you must stop waiting to arrive! I believe that God has placed a restlessness in the hearts of human beings that keeps us forever searching for something, forever sensing that we still haven’t quite found what we’re looking for, forever expecting that one day we’ll find something, become something, do something, and find ourselves safely home – that with that thing we found, or became, or did, we will have arrived, and we will experience a sense of satisfaction – a sense of knowing that we have found our heart’s true home.