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The Lord Bless You
Sunday 5th July


The Lord bless you, and keep you [protect you, sustain you, and guard you]; The Lord make His face shine upon you [with favor], And be gracious to you [surrounding you with lovingkindness]; The Lord lift up His countenance (face) upon you [with divine approval], And give you peace [a tranquil heart and life].’

Numbers 6:24-26

 

The priestly blessing was given by Aaron and his sons to the people of Israel.

 

I want us to think about what it means to have the lords blessing upon us and particularly look at the life of Abraham and then in Christ what it means for us today to walk blessed by God.

 

This talk is not one of those trust in God and you will never have problems, also not one of those God keeps you poor, to keep you humble kind of talks

 

Abraham was extremely wealthy and promised time and time again that the blessing of God would be upon him.

 

Yet despite that blessing life was hard and although he made some bad choices, he had faith in God and lived a just and upright life.

 

There is a difference between the kind of blessing that comes from God, I’m , Reminded of scriptures like proverbs 10.22

 

The blessing of the lord makes one rich and he add no sorrow 

 

People think that if they win the lottery or find success they will find happiness but often with it comes sorrow.

 

However when we look at the blessing of the lord it brings something different 

 

True Riches from God and blessings are not to be a curse on us, true riches are found in the Lord.

 

We find blessing in the life of Abraham, the promise is given time and time again that in his blessing that he may be a blessing.

 

The mark difference of Abraham was that he beloved the lord wanted to bless his despite his circumstances. Romans 4 and 5

 

God said to him 

 

“I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become “the father of many nations,” 

 

No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith “was reckoned to him as righteousness.”

 

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.

Romans 4:17-5:2

 

So Then our blessing iulilled in. U ju a he promised, and comes with purpose, it’s not just that we find hope through the promise of God but that we are able to share that hope with others by sharing in glory of God. 

 

It is truly better to give than receive, as it’s only when we give it away do we fully realise how truly blessed we are, because if we ty to hang to what we have, we end up loosing it.

 

If we find ourselves blessed by the Lord it’s like a gift that keeps on giving 

 

Christ said when we give more will be given to us pressed down shaken together and running over.

 

We find blessing in so many areas, there is a blessing in letting the small things go, choosing our battles, a blessing when we let go of anger, hatred, and we forgive others, we find our Heavenly Father releases forgiveness to us.

 

First question is, If it’s possible to live a blessed life, what does that look like? 

 

Abraham’s journey begins when he takes action on the call that The Lord placed on him 

 

It was the calling to the unknown, to Get out of what you know, follow your instincts and to enter into a covenant relationship with the lord.

 

This act of faith was just the beginning of his adventure,

 

His blessing begins with this covenant agreement which he entered into once he believed what God has called him to.

 

Time and time again the lord reminds him he is blessed and that God is his great reward, Despite his apparent wealth He complains that whilst he is rich in many things, the point of his pain was that he couldn’t have children.

 

He argues that what is use is the blessing of the Lord and his promise to be great nation and blessing multitudes if he doesn’t have what he heart was yearning for, his own child.

 

Is there a point in each of us, that maybe is hindering us from believing that God wants the best for us,

 

You may look at someone and think, well they look happy, check out their Instagram perfect life portrait, they haven’t suffered, been oppressed and they have privileges. Whilst that may be correct, but you don’t know their journey, you haven’t walked in their shoes.

 

The journey towards blessing in the life of Abraham started by his belief in God, as he entered by faith into a covenant life, sacrificing what was necessary.

 

It’s no small thing to make a sacrifice, we all make sacrifices of things in our present for a better future. 

 

In bible school years ago I remember looking around at my fellow classmates thinking who has made the biggest sacrifice to fulfil Gods call on their life, I began Comparing others journey fulfilling the call of God.  Later I had a dream we were all in an aeroplane ready to parachute down, some wanted to make the jump others didn’t, it got to my turn and that’s when I woke up, it wasn’t about the others and what they did, it was my choice would I jump.

 

Reading the life of Abraham and the Covent Sacrifice of animals seems ancient and barbaric to our modern way of thinking but it has to have meaning. 

 

For a long prosperous life, for success for our children, maybe we don’t burn up animals but it doesn’t mean we don’t have let go of things and like scripture says we become like those are circumcised but in our hearts.  

 

Not living just to please ourselves, doing whatever our selfish selves wants and living for an ultimate ideal and a higher purpose.

 

Promise fulfilled

 

The Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, seeing that Abraham shall become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? No, for I have chosen him, that he may charge his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice; so that the Lord may bring about for Abraham what he has promised him. (Gen 18:18-19)

 

The Lord saw in Abraham’s character, a man that He could not only divulge His plan to, but who would also interpret that plan to his household. 

 

This included keeping His ways by living righteously and justly, so that ultimately the Lord's promise would be fulfilled.

 

Living justly is a guide for society on how to live properly, the Lord’s way. Here, is found the essential idea of Israel, at its inauguration, always keeping justice and righteousness, in sight. 

 

These two virtues of justice and righteousness appear, over and over again, together in the Scriptures, and summarise the conditions for living according to the Lord’s commands

 

Shall I hide from Abraham what I will do?

 

No because the way he lives and his family through righteousness and justice  the promise will be fulfilled through him

 

Because of his great potential and future spiritual leadership, God concludes that Abraham needs to understand how God thinks and works, and that even in the midst of destruction, God’s righteousness and justice are absolute.

 

Living a life of righteousness and justice, is knowing the way that God operates and when we align ourselves to live properly, align ourselves with a higher purpose so that true blessings and covenant promises come to us and our children.

 

We know this and see it when society fails to acknowledge God and follow their own evil ways, they are lost without direction and purpose and fall into morale relativism and nihilism and their sins always find them out.

 

So like Abraham we set ourselves towards God looking for the city whose builder and maker is God, seeking the kingdom of God, as Christ would teach 

 

There is more to our salvation and redemption that just a ticket heaven.   

 

There is more besides forgiveness of sin, though wonderful a clear conscience is, God wants us to experience more.

 

He wants us to align ourselves here and now is his kingdom, which is not in eating and drinking but in righteousness peace and joy in Holy Spirit.

 

There are better things as Hebrews 8:6 NKJV

 

But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. 

 

God wants us to walk in the better things.

 

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:2 NKJV)

 

The new covenant however reflects the aims of the covenant with Abraham.

 

Blessed to be a blessing.

 

God not only wants you healed but he wants you to heal others.

 

God not only wants you saved but he wants you to save others.

 

God not only pours out his love on you he wants you to love others

 

God not only wants to favour you, but you to show favour to others.

 

Hebrews 6:9 NKJV

 

 But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation.

 

Ps 24 says it like this

 

He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. (Psalm 24:5 NKJV)

 

Blessing and right standing with God

 

Right standing with God sounds good enough but God wants to bless us more besides.

 

There are things that accompany salvation...

 

Deuteronomy 7 says

 

And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you. (Deuteronomy 7:15 NKJV)

 

Healing, wholeness health and wealth.

 

God wants the best for us.

 

We say wealth and being rich we are talking about money, but what would the use of wealth if we don't have health.

 

John 10 says Jesus came to give us life, not just an ordinary life but life to max.

 

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have  it  more abundantly. (John 10:9, 10 NKJV)

 

Jesus said the thief is the destroyer and killer, the opposite is true of Christ he the life giver, redeemer and saviour.

 

It is in Christ nature to save.

 

The voice of Christ speaks of blessing, love and forgiveness not hatred and condemnation.

 

For centuries people have spoken of God's anger and wrath, and not enough of Christ love. 

 

God himself is fighting our corner, he lays his life down for his sheep.

 

For He is  our God, And we  are  the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice: (Psalm 95:7 NKJV)

 

Hear what the spirit is saying to the church.

 

He speaks of more than salvation, God is interested in the prosperity of your entire being.

 

Romans 8 talks about the love of Christ being so strong that he gave himself for us, not only that but he will give us all things.

 

He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32 NKJV)

 

Salvation like all God gifts are given because he wants to pour out his love upon us.

 

Titus 3, paul talks about the abundance of grace and favour God has for us.

 

But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:4-7 NKJV)

 

God wants the same blessing promised to Abraham to come upon us. And he does this as he pours out his love and kindness to us, the promise he talks about is that all the nations of the earth shall be blessed through you, 

 

when we take upon ourselves the responsibility of ourselves and choose to live rightly believe in God purpose and Gods kingdom.  Then through the power of the spirit begin to love one another as Christ has loved us we bring what is in heaven to earth.  

 

Galatians 3:13, 14 NKJV

 

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written,  “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” ), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 

 

The promise is that we are more blessed than Abraham 

 

Hebrews 6:10-15 NKJV

 

For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name,  

 

The labour of love means aligning yourselves with Gods way of doing things though love 

 

that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

 

For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying,  “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.”  And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 

 

The promise will come, it may seem like its delayed but the promise will come.

 

And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 

 

Galatians 6:9

 

Back to beginning 

 

The blessing that the priest spoke was no light matter, they knew the difference the Lord makes in our lives. 

 

This very idea of covenant is meant where one party blesses another 

 

Will you begin a covenant relationship with the Lord.

 

Be part of the Kingdom Of God. By seeking first God and his righteousness 

 

Which means it’s not just seeking happiness but finding purpose by aligning you life with the highest ideal.  We know that our lives are not all they should be, we know where we have missed the mark and fallen short.  Where we are weak and helpless.  

 

as it is written: “There is no one who is righteous, not even one; there is no one who has understanding, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned aside, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, there is not even one.”

Romans 3:10-12 

 

Yet God was not willing to leave us in the depth of our sin, he came with the promises, he saw the potential in us and called us to a life of purpose.

 

For Abraham it came with a call from the lord to get out of your old life and enter into a land of blessing and to align ourselves with a higher purpose true blessings and covenant promises come to us and our children.  

 

For Christ his first call was to repent and come into the kingdom of God.

 

Today I have a call, turn from you old life and enter into a new life a new covenant agreement of right-standing with God and forgiveness from your past mistakes, healing for you body soul and spirit, begin seeking God for your family, for this nation and seek justice and righteousness for you fellow human.

 

The Lord bless you, and keep you [protect you, sustain you, and guard you]; The Lord make His face shine upon you [with favor], And be gracious to you [surrounding you with lovingkindness]; The Lord lift up His countenance (face) upon you [with divine approval], And give you peace [a tranquil heart and life].’

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