Blessing” is the main buzz word now in the Christian community. Everyone’s talking about “receiving a blessing” or “being blessed”, but when they use the word “blessing,” they’re usually referring to a material blessing–they’re talking about the the car, the house, the mate, the job.Those folks are looking for a physical manifestation of a desire, and that’s fine, but the essence of a true blessing takes place on the inside. In the process of moving toward the thing that you desire, the LORD does a work on you in the inside. What you become in the process of being blessed is more important than the end result. Proverbs 10:22 says, “The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.” NKJV. So don’t tell me that God blessed you with a house, and you’re miserable going home. Don’t tell me that He’s blessed you with more money, but you’re giving less than you did before. Don’t tell me that God has blessed you with a new job, but your family’s being destroyed because you’re not home as much. It’s not a blessing if you haven’t been transformed on the inside. Blessing takes place first on the inside.
How do you know when a caterpillar has been blessed? Most would respond: When it turns into a butterfly. Yes that’s true, but the real blessing starts as the caterpillar is turning into a butterfly; a mighty change starts to take place on the inside of a caterpillar and then in due time it turns into a beautiful butterfly.There are far too many Christians who want a blessing on the outside without changing on the inside. Click To Tweet
How do you know when a caterpillar has been blessed? Most would respond: When it turns into a butterfly. Yes that’s true, but the real blessing starts as the caterpillar is turning into a butterfly; a mighty change starts to take place on the inside of a caterpillar and then in due time it turns into a beautiful butterfly.
There are far too many people in the body of Christ who want a blessing on the outside without changing on the inside. God wants to do a work in us. He wants us to be blessed on the outside, but more than that He wants us to be changed on the inside–to be “transformed by the renewing our minds”. (Romans 12:2) He wants us to be aware that “we have the mind of Christ.” He wants us to live with the revelation that two-thirds of the God Head (our Lord and Savior Jesus and the Holy Spirit) dwell richly on the inside of us. He wants us to know that as we obey Him, follow Jesus, and seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33) that we will experience blessings on the inside–in the form of a rich fellowship and communion with the Holy Spirit, and then everything else that we think we desire, will naturally be added unto us.
Or, if we don’t get the “blessing” we prayed for, we’ll discover that we really didn’t want or need it anyway, and that experiencing the “the grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit” (2nd Corinthians 13:14-15) is more than enough.
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Ephesians 1:3-6 (NKJV)
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.
1 John 3:1-3 (NKJV)
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.