The Nature of God's Blessing

“The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.” Provb 10:22 (KJV)

A continuation of the topic "What The Blessing Of God Is"

It is interesting to know that one can have all the concentration and understanding but without believing what was said the blessing will not come upon him or her. Therefore, for the establishment and manifestation of the blessing believe is required. As we continue to unfold what the blessing of God is, we should not hesitate to seek insight in the scripture, because the scripture will always form the bases for the meaning of anything that has to do with God. Remember, the blessing is God’s blessing and as a result it must be understood in the light of God’s nature and attitude towards man. Anything other than this will generate a negative outline or a derailment from the purpose and idea of God as regards to it. And of course if that is the case, it will no longer be the blessing of God but a blessing which can be sourced from any other source.

Therefore, what the blessing is can only be understood by looking at the nature of the man who has received the blessing in his life. And the bible describes what the blessing is in Psalm 32:1 – 2 “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.” This shows that the blessing of the LORD is the forgiveness of one’s transgression and the cancellation of the record of iniquity in the life of a man. In the light of this fact, it should be acceptable that, inasmuch as God is concerned, a blessed person is one who has received His forgiveness and whose iniquity is not recorded. On this note, irrespective of what one can possess if his or her sins and iniquities are not forgiven in the sight of God he or she is not blessed.

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If that is the case, the issue to look at is how does forgiveness of sin and cancellation of iniquity comes? Well forgiveness of sins and iniquities can only be received by someone accepting the message of righteousness and as a result he or she is declared righteous. From the quotation above, it is therefore clear that the blessing of God is to declare someone righteous by God. So righteousness declared by God on a person or group of people is the blessing and if one has not received this declaration from God he or she is not blessed by God. Let see what happened to a man in the Old Testament called Abraham in Genesis 15:6 “And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.” As Abraham believed God the gift of righteousness was bestowed on him and the gift of righteousness is the declaration of the blessing of God.

One thing to consider here is that he didn’t receive the declaration of righteousness until he has believed what God has spoken to him in the previous verse and that is Genesis 15:4-5 “And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.” Worthy to mention here is that the blessing is not finagled or foisted on any one but the reception of it is an act of someone’s willingness to accept it. This shows that Abraham believed the gospel that God preached to him voluntarily and such brought the blessing of God unto him. In the same vein one’s receiving of the blessing is rooted in the believing of the message of the blessing because encapsulated in the message is the blessing.

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Notice that Abraham has been an idol worshiper before God called him; this shows that God is not interested in counting man’s sins but He is interested in counting man’s righteousness. If God was interested in counting people’s sin He wouldn’t have made the move to talk to Abraham because he was still living in sin. In 2 Corinthians 5:19 Apostle Paul speaking says “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” This is an indication that God’s expectation of every man is that he turns from his own ways and return to Him. Immediately Abraham received and believed God, the righteousness of God was bestowed unto him and he was blessed in the sight of God. The believing by Abraham is an act of faith, so by implication Abraham’s righteousness is received by faith and as a result his blessing is a product of faith in what was spoken to him.

This takes us to another dimension and which is the fact that the righteousness was bestowed on him based on his believe in the spoken words he heard from God not based on his performance. The implication of this is that blessing is rooted in righteousness and righteousness as it is, is a gift from God and that is why the determination of the length, breadth and depth of the blessing is not
 depended on the receiver but on God who gives it.

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