Ephesians 1:3-6 (NIV) Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
I am blessed. All of God’s Promises and Blessings for my life are predestined as an inheritance based on my adoption as a Child of God. Not just some, but every spiritual blessing is available in Jesus Christ. So what’s the catch? There has to be one otherwise I would be completely content waiting on nothing else to come to pass in my life. However, I am waiting and watching for the Lord so there must be something missing. The longer there is a void the greater the longing to fill it. About the time enthusiasm turns to endurance our mind begins to play tricks on us. The enemy begins to whisper, “Are you sure that’s what God said?” Other people may begin to cast doubt on your conviction. If God truly made a promise to you, it will line up with His Word and be confirmed by His Spirit living inside of you. From that point on, it doesn’t matter what you say or do – His Goodness is pursuing you! His Word will come to pass. His Spirit is working in us to prepare us for the day.
Numbers 23:19-20 (NIV) God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it.
Balaam’s statement concerning God sounds like “Hey, I am just doing what I am told.” King Balak summoned Balaam to curse the Children of Israel encamped around him. He offered him a large sum of money and sent two separate teams of messengers to encourage him to come. Balaam, the son of Beor, was an influential sorcerer. He was aware of God yet still offered his services to others. The first time, Balaam declined as the Lord appeared to him telling him not to go. Then came the next group of visitors, and the Lord allowed Balaam to go with them but only to do what the Lord told him. Seems strange that the Lord would engage with someone who knew God yet openly defied Him just the same.
When Balaam arrives in the company of King Balak, he is overtaken by the Spirit of the Lord. Instead of cursing the Israelites, he begins to speak a rich blessing upon them. Of course, the king is infuriated but each time Balaam opens his mouth it was with blessing not cursing. Although Balaam would tell Balak how to create a stumbling block for the people, he could not curse or harm them in any way. This is an important piece of knowledge and understanding that is needed as wisdom today. The kind of truth that will bless and prosper our life completely.
God is not human. He does not lie or change His Mind in any way. If He speaks something, it is immediately enacted in our life with enough provision to grow it, develop it, mature it and harvest it in our life no matter what it is – it is coming. No matter what I do – it follows me. No matter how long I wander – it waits for men. Why? Because every single blessing and promise conceived before our conception and masterminded by God during our creation is waiting to be released. It is inevitable that when we find the Lord, we gain access to these promises in life.
Here is what I find insightful and exciting in this account of Balaam’s blessing – no one and nothing can stop God from blessing my life. No one can take my blessing away or change its terms. I just have to believe that God does not lie or change His Mind. If He said it, I must believe it and that’s all there is to it. There is only one way to release the Blessing of God in our life.
Deuteronomy 28:1-3 (NIV) If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God: You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
God’s Blessing is released in our life through obedience. The more of our life surrendered to holiness and consecrated to the Lord, the greater the blessing. “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all His Commands…” Some of you are saying, I knew there was a catch. Of course, there is. But if you think about it logically – it only makes sense.
If I need money to make a purchase, I may drive to the bank or local ATM. Whipping out my debit card, I will insert my pin number along with other important information and soon the machine or cashier will dispense funds to me. It is my money. I know how much is in the account. I know where it is. I understand what I must do to withdraw it. However, if I choose not to get up and go but decide to sit at home praying for God to release those funds, what will happen? Nothing. The money will stand in my bank account waiting on me. God has told us exactly how to open the windows of Heaven and receive an outpouring of His Power and Promises – what am I doing about that? Am I settling for less just so I don’t have to change positions? Am I compromising to maintain my comfort zone? What is keeping me from the promises detailed in Deuteronomy 28? Me. Really and truly, it’s me. Man doesn’t control God’s Blessing on my life. God’s Plan, Purpose and Prosperity is solely based on my willingness to obey. Kind of like automatic doors, unless I move in closer and set in front of the sensor, the doors will never open.
Ephesians 1:7-10 (NIV) In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
The promises of God for my life are based on my purpose and lead to fulfillment each time. Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father. The riches of God’s Grace begin with salvation that leads to redemption. Everything else along the way aids in our pursuit of Jesus Christ and to know Him more. Obedience is our effort to follow God’s Plan. Grace is the covering that allows me to continue when I stumble or fall. His Divine Power has given us everything we need for a godly life through knowledge of him who called us by His Glory and Goodness – not power and punishment. Those times in our life when consumed by doubt, discontentment, discouragement, depression, and despair are times when we are challenged to trust the Lord just a little more and even a little longer. The Lord desires to bring about fulfillment in our life. He does not do it with cheap fillers, costly compromise or subtle substitutions. God only gives us His Best.
Deuteronomy 11:26-28 (NIV) See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse—the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.
Barak summoned Balaam to curse God’s People. Balaam answered Barak’s Call. However, when the time came for him to do that, the Spirit of the Lord came over him and he blessed them with a rich blessing. Abraham tried to substitute Ishmael for Isaac. God’s Covenant and Everlasting Blessing would come through Isaac. Yet right up to the end, Abraham asked God to bless the blessing that He could see rather than to believe for His Promise. Have we settled? We must challenge the intent of our heart or risk missing out on the everlasting. Esau sold his birthright for a single meal. Natural wants, needs and desires can cause us to give up on perfection for immediate gratification. Life is good so we accept less when God desires to fill our life with more.
As I begin today, I have a choice to make. Will I live in God’s Blessing or settle for something far less? We decide the content of our life thanks to Jesus Christ and His Grace. Now we have the ability to follow God with purpose or choose our own way. It is important to note that this is a choice made footstep by footstep. Every situation offers a choice of blessing or cursing. It is in every exchange of time that we make. Deuteronomy 30:1-3 offers hope for those times we blow it or miss God completely succumbing to the pressures of life and lacking the patience to wait. He sets our blessings before us and waits on us to decide. If we choose incorrectly, grace allows our repentance to have meaning allowing us to reclaim the promises of God for our life. This is called restoration and an important piece of the hope we have in Jesus. Repentance means a turnaround. So when I turnaround to become obedient and committed to Christ all over again, He restores my fortunes put at risk. He covers me with compassion and love. He gathers those things thought to be lost together again.
2 Corinthians 1:20-22 (NIV) For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
All of God’s Promises for my life are “yes” and “amen” thanks to Jesus. God makes us stand firm in Christ by testing and trials so our endurance is stretched into godly character. Waiting is still tough. It is difficult to remain true to God’s Word when surrounded by doubters. It is easy to be discouraged when everyone seems to be getting ahead and prospering but you. God hasn’t forgotten a single promise that He made you. His Word confirms it. His Spirit confides it in you. We must make a commitment to be blessed to see the fulfillment of God in our life. Faith must be the main factor in our life. Hope must remain constant and steady. God has sealed you with His Love and Promise that you will succeed in everything you do if you commit to His Way.
The Holy Spirit in our hearts guarantees God’s “Deposit” in our life. He guarantees what is coming to pass in our life. Are you praying for what is already done today? Are you asking God to move mountains that you are not willing to climb? Abraham had to climb the mountain to find the ram to release the curse on Isaac. What are you doing today? It is time to take this thing called faith to the bank. To start writing checks with our mouth that confess the goodness of God and blessing in our life rather than chronic complaining which overdrafts our account. Obedience opens the door that is unlocked by faith. The keys to the Kingdom are in your right hand. Do something with them today. Your promise did not die but your faith may need some resurrection power to be resuscitated. Your dream is not crushed just in need of a revival. Your purpose did not end when your heart was broken – God is ordering your life so you will be blessed from the top of your head to the soles of your feet. He will heal your broken heart if you will give Jesus all the pieces. You are blessed. I am blessed. Balaam or whatever their name is cannot stop it, but when they come against us God will use them to bless us even more. Don’t you just love Jesus? “Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” (Isaiah 30:18)
Psalm 128:1-2 (NIV) Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.