A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, September 30, 2013
“I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.” – Genesis 12:2
We are blessed to be a blessing. This sentiment makes you all warm and gooey inside, doesn’t it family? Now think about that difficult boss, co-worker, neighbor, or…dare it say it, church member. That gooeyness just dried up, didn’t it, my brother? That fluff and stuff just went hard and stiff on you, my sister. Don’t feel like sharing the love now, do you family?
I am a keep-it-real type of person; so let me just share with you that, even as a pastor, there are some folks who have such a down-right ugly attitude, that I want to smack the stuffing out of them. I am sensing a call into my Apostle’s office sometime this week. Go easy on me sir, it’s transparency for the Kingdom :-).
There are some people that just hate me for no reason. Well yes, there is a reason: they see the anointing on me and they can’t stand it. The anointing stirs stuff up. There are a couple of people that come to my mind immediately who, from day one, did not and do not like me; and they don’t even try to hide it. They are tore up from the floor up, their attitudes are as ugly as the day is long, and I think that their singular purpose in life is to be as unkind as possible to me.
But you know what? I still say “hello” each time I see them, even though they will look me right in the face and say nothing back. And you know what else? I am going to buy them Christmas presents this year, and probably get them something even nicer than I get the folks that I actually do like and care about.
Do you know why, my brothers and sisters? Because it is easy to be kind and generous to those that are kind and generous to you; but it takes the love of Christ to genuinely love and treat those who hate you, with the same kindness and generosity. Most days I have to say to the Lord “Father, keep my heart right toward so-and-so. Put your love in my heart toward this person. And let them feel your love flowing through me. You have blessed me to be a blessing, and that is regardless of how or what I feel toward any one person, because it’s not about how I feel; rather it’s about my decreasing so that You can increase through me, and the fullness of You flows from me and into them.”
Didn’t Jesus do that for us? Didn’t the King of kings and Lord of lords step down from His highly-esteemed position in Heaven with the Father, come to down to earth and model the way for us? Philippians 2:5-7 testifies of this truth as it proclaims “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.”
When God and I were having a slight disagreement over these difficult folks, and I was in no way willing to bless them, the Lord said “Matthew, you weren’t such a picnic back in the day either. In fact, there are some days that I have to put up with some of your ‘ugly.’ At one time, you weren’t so lovable yourself, but because I first loved you, it is My love that made you lovely. So I expect you to love the unlovable and to reach the unreachable. Isn’t that why I made you, called you, chose you, molded you, and released you?” “Yes Father,” I replied sheepishly, “I suppose you are right. I’ll do it. Thanks for setting me straight. I’m sorry and I love You.”
The Hebrew word for “blessing” as used in this verse is Berakah (pr. Ber-aw-kaw), and means “benediction, prosperity, pool, present.” This word comes from another word, Barakel (pr. Baw-rak-ale), which means “God has blessed” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Here is the amazing thing about both of these words: they are both proper nouns, meaning that God Himself is the blessing within each believer. He is the Blessing that we carry and are suppose to release to others!
God is too big to be contained; so if you don’t continually release Him, then He cannot inhabit you to the fullness that you are blessed to be a blessing. The extent that we bless others is in direct relationship to the extent that we are blessed. And speaking of relationship: The Creator is a God of relationship, so if you cannot relate to others, then you cannot relate and be in relationship with the One Who is our Blessing.
What benediction (expression) do you carry, my brother? Are you a healing pool, like the pool of Bethesda, or are you a cesspool, my sister? Let us remember, while we were a hot mess stuck in our mess, that “God demonstrated His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). And let us model our lives after our Lord, Savior, and Big Brother, Jesus Christ; Who had no sin, yet became sin for us so that we could be made the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:2 1).
Father, thank You for Your great love and mercy toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, you sent Your Son to die for us. Help us, Holy Father, to bless everyone that we come in contact with, regardless of how we feel or what we think of them. Like the Psalmist David, we cry out “Create in us a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within us” (Psalm 51). In Jesus Name, we thank You that we love You with all of our hearts, because You first loved us; and we are blessed greatly because we carry and release You in great measure wherever we go. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to keep your heart right by allowing God to do the necessary heart-work in you each and every day. Determine to be a blessing wherever you go, by focusing on the love of the Father, and not on the attitudes of the people. And continue to fight the good fight of allowing the Savior’s love to flow effortlessly and mightily through you; for God, your Heart Monitor, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.