Many times we hear about how to be blessed by God, but not all of us have a full understanding of what that means. Phrases like living in the blessing, or living the abundant life, may not be very clear to us.
Let’s gain an understanding of the real meaning of these statements and see how we can live our Christian life fully, with its pleasures and its challenges. Living for Jesus is really exciting if we know how to enter into His blessing.
What is the Blessing
When we talk about how to be blessed by God, I hope we are not thinking about becoming super rich, possessing amazing villas and yachts, and doing nothing for the rest of our lives. If this is the case, I’m sorry to disappoint you. Actually, I’m not that sorry to do it at all. 😉
First of all, living in the blessing means living in communion with God, knowing we are precious in His eyes and that He loves us. It also means living a restored life where God delivers us from our struggles and fears. We no longer have to fight our battles on our own — God is at our side. It means living the life we were designed for, fulfilling our dreams and living our passions that (guess what?) we were designed for. (Ephesians 2:10)
Living in the blessing means living in real freedom!
Another very important outcome of God’s blessing is living with His peace inside of us. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.” (John 14:27, NKJV). It also means being able to live not controlled by sin, since God gives us the strength to overcome it. Living in communion with God allows us to live abundantly, filled with His Spirit and exhibiting the fruits of His spirit — love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Gal 5:22-23).
Why God wants to bless us
One of the key points in understanding how to be blessed by God is understanding why He wants to do it. To understand why God wants to bless us, we need to have un understanding and revelation of His character. God is love and His nature is to love.
God created us to live in communion with Him, and He delights in giving good things to us. He wants us to be like Him, in the sense that He wants our nature to be like His. At the same time, we need to understand that God doesn’t just love us, He loves everybody. So if God’s nature is to bless and love, then we are called to do the same.
God gave His only son for us. Jesus offered Himself to pay the cost of our sins. This is His nature. God will love us no matter what. We are also blessed by Him so that we may reflect His glory so that others can see it, be blessed, and enter in communion with Him (Psalm 67:1-2).
God’s love is like a flame that warms us up and comforts us, but, at the same time, burns up what doesn’t match with His nature. I’m not saying God is burning people who sin. God hates sin, and if we get transformed in His image, something will have to change in our lives. This is why we call it a conversion.
Something very important to understand is that we don’t become like Him by doing good things, but we do good things because we encounter Him. He transforms our lives and gives us a new identity. As a result of this transformation, we do good deeds. I have never seen a plant forcing itself to bear fruit. A plant bears fruit in the right season simply because it is its nature to do so.
God blesses us because He loves us and others too.
An example of a blessed life
A good biblical example of someone whose life blessed a whole nation is King Solomon (before his lifestyle became increasingly sinful).
In the Bible, we see that at the beginning of his life Solomon had a heart for God and for the people of Israel. When Solomon became king, God asked him what he wanted to receive from Him. In the story, Solomon asked for wisdom since he realized he needed it in order to govern the country in a righteous way. God appreciated that he asked for something that wasn’t merely selfish. He not only gave Solomon wisdom but also blessed him abundantly so that all the other nations would see it.
Solomon didn’t seek blessing from God only for himself and his own needs but to bless others as well. I believe this is key to receiving God’s blessing since it reflects God’s nature.
Because of God’s blessing upon Solomon, Israel was not the only nation and people to be blessed. Other nations were influenced and transformed by Solomon’s wisdom and ability to govern. The Queen of Sheba came in person to listen to Solomons’s wisdom.
How to be blessed by God
Now that we’ve understood what blessing is and why we get blessed, let’s look at how to be blessed by God.
There is one thing that can save us and allow us to enter God’s blessing and that is faith. Through faith, we get saved and we receive the Spirit of God, and by him, we cry “Abba Father” which means “Daddy” (Rom. 8:14-17). So we enter into God’s family being adopted as sons and daughters and become heirs of the Kingdom of God (Ephesians 1:3-6).
The Bible says the righteous shall live by faith (Romans 1:17), so in order to live in the blessing, we must live by faith. Following Jesus requires obedience. To obey God, we need a good amount of faith. (By the way, faith is a gift, so if we ask for it we will receive it.) God wants our obedience since this is also part of His nature, and prefers obedience rather than sacrifice (1Sam. 15:22).
Abraham, father of faith, father of the nations
Let’s look at how Abraham, the father of Israel, through his obedience and faith became the father of the nations. In Genesis, we can read the famous story where God tested the faith of Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. When Abraham was ready to sacrifice his son the angel stopped him, and because of his obedience, God made him the father of many nations.
I love to use this passage since it fully describes the character of the worshipper. It allows us to understand this important principle of how to be blessed by God.
- Obedience challenges our faith
- Through faith we obey
- Obedience leads to inheritance
As Jesus teaches us: Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth [land]. (Matthew 5:5, NKJV)
How to live in the blessing
Through faith and obedience, God delivers us from a life full of sin and blesses us with His abundant life. But how can we live this life and not go back to the curse of a Godless life? It is not only about understanding how to be blessed by God but it’s also about knowing how I can live a blessed life full of the Holy Spirit.
In Romans 8:1, we read that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. Later on, it says that we don’t walk according to the flesh (which is sinful and leads to death), but according to the Spirit (which gives life and peace). We are participating in inheriting the Kingdom of God on this Earth.
Walking according to the guidance and obedience of the Holy Spirit is the way to live a blessed life and fulfill our calling. This, in turn, enables us to live the life that was prepared for us, as mentioned at the beginning of the article.
- Salvation – We become sons and daughters
- We find identity in Christ
- We live according to our new identity
- We walk by faith obeying the Holy Spirit
The Gospel is simple but very deep.
Understanding how to be blessed by God can only come through intimacy with him, otherwise, we are just living a religious life full of rules but Spiritless. We cannot make it on this journey without the support of God. As Jesus said, a branch that is not connected to the primary vine will dry out and die.
Spending time with God in an intimate way is the only way to live this life. When we make mistakes (and we will), we confess them to God and ask His forgiveness, and He lifts us back up again.
Living a life led by the Holy Spirit is the most exciting thing on Earth. We find our life identity and real freedom by following God. This is the real blessing.
I hope you have enjoyed the article. Feel free to ask any questions or leave a comment below.
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