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The combined elements of the letter to all seven churches make a large description of the church Jesus had in mind.
What do we do when our spirituality, our worship becomes too routine lacking in thought, energy and desire? In this passage, Paul shows us that realizing the blessings we have been given by God and how we have come to receive them is the most sure way to jump start our worship.
How do you obtain God's blessings, favor, and promises in your life? God has made everything available to us, but it DOES require action on our part to obtain these things!
Have you ever noticed how Jesus began his famous Sermon on the Mount? He began it by announcing blessings to the crowd. Jesus started his sermon by saying, “Blessed are the….” He blessed those who are poor in spirit, those who mourn, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, to name just a few. The “beatitudes” were Jesus’ words of blessing over the crowd that day. In other words, he began with a benediction. What was he thinking by giving the blessing before the rest of the sermon?
Thanksgiving is about thanking God for our blessings, and we do so well to “sit in our bless” on that day. Like Bruce challenged us with last week, we should make it a holy-day by giving thanks that we are blessed, that we belong to God. This is good! It is good to surround ourselves with those that we love, those we’re actually thankful that God gave us in our lives. It is good to thank God in our homes with great food for the shelter, the health, and the provisions that He has given our families... this is really good stuff! It makes the moment sacred, but, there’s more.
There is a strongly held commitment to finance the Lord’s work. Those entrusted with God’s resources have the responsibility of using them to help those in need. Strict financial accountability is mandatory.
The fullness of God's blessing and therefore the experience and enjoyment of them for God's covenant people does not come in our earthly pilgrimmage, but in the new heavens and new earth that God will bring about. To live by faith in the God of Scripture is to live looking to the future and recognizing that our present circumstances as those who trust in Christ for salvation are meant to point us to the future. Thus faith in the God of Scripture is inseparable from hope in him. Among other things this means that the Christian must live demonstrating this hope despite seemingly small blessings from God and seemingly large opposition to God. Abraham demonstrates this hope despite having only one son, Isaac, with Sarah, and despite the rather large presence of people around him who did not know and serve Yahweh. Abraham's faithfulness in doing his duty to buy a burial plot for Sarah and in so doing purchasing the beginning portion of the Promised Land reveals that we demonstrate hope and participate with God in his bringing his kingdom by very simple act of righteousness and justice in relation to those closest to us in our families.
While many Christians are quick to claim the blessings of covenant and claim immunity from the curses of the Law, many of these same Christians have not held up their end of the bargain. Being in covenant with God involves quite a bit more than just getting one's own needs met. Discover in this teaching how to become eligible for the blessings of covenant.