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Blessings Bestowed But Depreciated By the Sins of Man

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In life, all will receive blessings from He who created the world as rewards for loyalty and faith in Jesus Christ. Blessings either small or grand, meek or apparent, will be given to those who ask and those who believe. Even the unbelievers are granted blessings and good things due to the compassion and love for us by our Lord Jesus. “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe (Hebrews 12:28).”

If you are given the opportunity to marry and start a family, this is a huge blessing from God. When a man proposes to a woman, this is the most sacred and honorable action a woman can receive from man, aside from bearing a child. Once woman is presented with the man she is to marry, it is a beautiful occurrence and a great blessing. Something as simple as a man getting down on one knee, asking the woman he loves to marry him, is not something to squander or denigrate. This is something small or rather unassuming but of high esteem and value.

Blessings could not only be in the form of something that is received but also something, that is taken away. Something removed from our grasp could be seen, as a negative event on the outside but instead be a blessing that is unrealized. If you have someone in your life that you may think the world of, but he or she is removed from your social circle, this also could be a blessing. Some people are placed into our lives as tests or ways to gain understanding from our interactions with them. Not everyone we meet are meant to remain until death. This person we think highly of, could actually be causing us more harm than good. Our Heavenly Father will know who is right to be among us and who is not. In God’s timing, some people are ridden from us and we then are freed from the evils that may have surrounded us.

Remember to “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)”. Our Lord has His reasons why things may happen in our lives. We must not be angry or frustrated with the decisions undergone by Him but learn to trust in our Lord Jesus. Understand that certain events must take place in order to clear space for the much larger blessings to come. Ensure that you “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever (1 Chronicles 16:34)”.

Beloved be assured that you are in constant prayer with our Lord Jesus. Let Him know when things are frightening or upsetting. Be honest and open to Him, because only through Jesus can we find peace. Do not be caught up by the negative aspects of life, but see those negative aspects as blessings in ways unknown by humanity. We will not see all that is known and seen by God. However, sometimes we are given hints and partial understanding of things to come.

We must be strong and trust in our Lord. Know that He is with us and will always help us in all that we do. All we must do is ask for His help. “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness (Colossians 2:6-7).”