Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Necessity of a Bless-able Life

There was an evangelist who used to preach in many countries around the world. His name was Sammy Tippit. On one trip he was traveling through Communist eastern Europe. Somehow He had gained permission to hold evangelistic services that often met in outdoor sports stadiums. He tells how it would often be raining on the day of the meetings. His group would gather and pray that the rain would stop so that people would come to the services, and often times the rain would stop. It was a testimony to the power and love of God for the people of those countries.

On one occasion Mr. Tippit and his group were traveling by bus across the border into another country. The border guard came onto the bus and saw several rugs that Mr. Tippit had bought from different countries to take home as souvenirs. The guard took notice of one of the rugs and where it was from and demanded that a large tax be paid to take it across the border. The guard then left the bus. It was the rug that Mr. Tippit liked the best. The group discussed the problem and one person suggested that Mr. Tippit switch the tags with a less desirable rug and leave the less desirable rug behind. They thought for a moment and then a voice could be heard from the back of the bus, coming from one of the older men in the group. "Mr. Tippit, you could do that, but I bet the next time we pray for the rain to stop, it doesn't"

Those were strong words that made everything clear in that moment. The same truth applies to our lives. In the big and small areas of our lives are we living in such a way that the blessing of God is upon us. It is in this place that He draws us near and accompanies us through whatever life may bring our way. Our ministry is then transformed from a work of man to a supernatural work of God.

To what extent would you consider yourself bless-able? What are the things that are keeping you from experiencing everything that God desires for your life, your relationships, and your ministry?

As we face the challenges and difficulties of life we need not fear of ever having to face them alone. Whether we are facing financial difficulties, physical problems, relational heartache, conflict, or countless other struggles we are held in the arms of an all-loving and all-powerful heavenly Father.

The question is are we living a holy life before God that keeps us in the protection, care, and intimacy of His embrace or do we choose to live as orphan children who must face the worst that the world has to offer, on our own. It is only as we walk in obedience to Him that we can experience the blessings of being a child of the King.

Set aside some time. Ask God to bring to mind anything that needs to be made right with Him and with others. Obey His leading and begin to know the peace and fulfillment of being blessable before your God.

Psalm 24:3 - Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

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