What Are Blessings From God?

We have focused a lot on the practice of gratitude these past few weeks.  We commonly use the word “blessings” as something we are grateful for.  I even named my blog with the word “blessed” in it!  But are we using this word correctly?  What comes to mind when you hear the word blessing? A favor granted by God?  Your family or friends?  Some material objects? All the above?  What are blessings from God?

What are blessings from God?- rainbow over water/beach and clouds

My first thought was the concept of the Old Testament “blessings”.  I wrote a blog about Jacob and Esau’s experience a few weeks ago when they tussled over receiving their father Isaac’s blessing.   The family blessing was an “oral will” that gives unchangeable birthright status and guaranteed a double portion of their inheritance.

Tuck the word “inheritance” in the back of your mind…

What are Blessings from God?

Paul describes blessings in the New Testament:What are blessings from God

God gives us EVERY spiritual blessing that He has and does not hold back or leave out any blessings to us!  What are these spiritual blessings?  God pours out the following spiritual blessings when we follow Jesus:

•Salvation

•Forgiveness

•The indwelling of the Holy Spirit which gives us insight and power to do God’s will.

•Our eternal life with Jesus

•These blessings last forever, and they begin immediately with our faith in Jesus.

•His blessings are anything that brings us closer to Jesus.

God’s blessings are more God!

 Different Types of Blessings from God

The presence of the Holy Spirit (another blessing!) in our lives shows that our faith is real.  His power transforms us.

The Holy Spirit “is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people.”  Ephesians 1:14 NLT (Paul was speaking to the Gentiles here)

God blesses us with an inheritance.  Not a material inheritance as in the Old Testament story we talked about earlier, but a spiritual inheritance of enormous wealth!  God planned an inheritance to the Jews by birthright, just as Isaac planned for his firstborn son.

I love the imagery of God grafting us into the spiritual richness of His inheritance.

Material Blessings

So, what about material prosperity, successes, loving families, great friends, and good health?  Are those blessings from God?

God blesses us with gifts here on earth that we can be thankful for but following Jesus does not guarantee us earthly blessings.  He doesn’t bless us because we have a close relationship with him.  We can’t buy God’s blessings or earn them through good works, our own determination or obeying His commandments.  Do we even deserve blessings??

God blesses us because he is God, we are not, and He chooses blessings.  I know the attributes of God, and He does not give, take away, allow or withhold his blessings with wrong motives.  He is the perfecter and creator of all things.  I know for certain that I can trust His sovereign judgment.  It makes me even more grateful for the blessings he does bestow on my life.

Jesus never said that material wealth or earthly blessings were bad. ( The love of these things which then interfere with our faith is, however…)

Instead, he wants us to think about how we use the material blessings he gives.

Bible Verses about Sharing Your Blessings

He clarifies that if we give our material possessions a higher priority in our lives over Him, then we need to check our hearts.

What are blessings from God

 

what are blessings from God

We can’t take our material things into heaven with us, so we can and should use them to benefit and bless others in a way that honors God.

Acts 20:35 NLT tells us it is more blessed to give than receive, and Jesus confirms it with these words:

what are blessings from God

 

Don’t you love how he encourages us here? ♥  He gives us this beautiful visual and a specific approach to take when we receive His blessings.  He blesses us again when we pass our blessings on to others!

How does this change your thinking on the blessings you receive?

What Does Blessed Mean in the Beatitudes?

Jesus speaks of blessings in trials in the Beatitudes. (Matthew 5: 3-11 NLT)  God blesses “those who mourn…who are persecuted for doing right… when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you…”

“Blessed” in these situations doesn’t mean “happy” but knowing the ultimate joy we can have now (no matter what is happening in our lives) by trusting in God’s promises.

Our sufferings and trials are not blessings, but because we can walk with Jesus through those things, He can and will pour out His blessings on us there.  He blesses us with his wisdom, his presence, his grace and strength, and compassion.

Sometimes (and probably more often than we would like), we draw closer to Jesus and rest in Him alone when we go through struggles and trials.  They can push our limits and can leave us with no other option than to pick up our struggle and lay it at His feet in total submission.

Our greatest blessings can be to rest in Him and depend on His strength.

What are Blessings from God?- woman hiker wearing ball cap with backpack facing waterfall streaming down rockwallPin me for later!

God’s Ultimate Blessing

God’s original plan was to bless us with a life of peace and fulfillment with Him.  Sin ruined that plan in the beginning, but he gives us the ultimate blessing of restoration, forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus.

Jesus pours out all his attributes onto us: his love and joy, peace and patience, kindness and goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness.  What blessings!

In the meantime, through the Holy Spirit, we try to live as ambassadors for Christ.  We may experience trials along the way. But God’s blessings, His divine favor, are always there to bring abundance to our lives.

When I wrote my very first blog post, I asked, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could integrate God’s character into our own lives a bit better, and then pass that on (bless others) in our everyday interactions?”

I pray that we all have a new understanding of God’s blessings, and we use them to bless others in our everyday lives!

Did you discover anything new about God’s blessings today?

What do you consider God’s greatest blessing to you?

In what way can you bless others this week?

Blessings! (This statement is taking on a whole new meaning to me!)

AnnMarie

 

 

 

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  4. Good Question for believers! What Are Blessings From God? Daily blessings aren’t a way to just say, ‘have a good day.’ Blessings from God are more diverse and deeper than that. What they all have in common however is that they bring His final joy where ever you are right now. Blessings are always on your side.

    1. Thank you for your encouraging words! I just gifted my 3 young granddaughters with gratitude journals. I want them to know the joy of looking for and finding His blessings in their everyday world. It always amazes me that He WANTS to bless us! What a glorious God we serve!

    1. I was stuck on the question of “are material things” blessings? The more I studied, the more I realized that yes, He does bless us in this way. It’s what we do with them that counts!

  5. Beautiful and thought provoking post! I want to grow to a place of being thankful for my trials, having sufficient confidence in God to overcome it all without any difficulty. See trials as an adventure, you know. But it’s certainly not within my personal strength! You mentioned that God’s blessings are more of God. That goes a long way toward building that God-confidence! More of God is what will see us through and let us access blessings along the way.

    1. It can be so hard to see His blessings in our trials. I think that’s what stumped me- I only saw the difficulty, and not how He was quietly working. I just needed to still my heart and mind and look. I’m a work in progress!

  6. We don’t deserve His blessing but yet He willing pours them out. My favorite scripture is Isaiah 43. The Message says “It’s bursting out”. His blessing are bursting out and I’m thankful for that.

  7. I have definitely used the word “blessed” in an unbiblical way. Over the past few years, God has taught me the true meaning, and I am so much better off. We can live an extremely blessed life, even if we are experiencing the worst circumstances this world has to offer.

    1. I’ve felt the same way, Erin. It led me to dig a bit deeper so I could set His true meaning in my heart. It’s such a “popular” word that is used in the church. As soon as I named my blog, I read an article on “churchy” words we shouldn’t use. “Blessed” was one of them 🙂 I decided to stick with it though. He has so many blessings to pour out on us!

  8. So often we think of blessings from God as being material things. What a great reminder that our greatest blessings are actually spiritual. I love where you said, “We can’t buy God’s blessings or earn them through good works, our own determination or obeying His commandments.” I’m so thankful that God blesses me in spite of myself!

  9. “Jesus speaks of blessings in trials in the Beatitudes.” Wow, that is a powerful comment. I am going through a season of suffering and I keep hearing about how suffering makes us grow. And it is a blessing in the end. I am just ready to get to the end. Great post about the blessings of God.

    1. Do you know that song “Blessings” by Laura Story? She sings “What if your blessings come through raindrops..”- I just didn’t get it. I too accepted the growth part of suffering, but blessings? It took writing this post to really help me understand how God blesses us and sometimes, it is through trials. Thanks so much for the comment Julie. I pray your suffering ends soon!

  10. You mentioned, “Sometimes (and probably more often than we would like), we draw closer to Jesus and rest in Him alone when we go through struggles and trials. They can push our limits and can leave us with no other option than to pick up our struggle and lay it at His feet in total submission.”

    How true is that! If life was always comfortable, we wouldn’t have the push to have a close relationship with Christ. Thanks for this wonderful reminder of blessings and struggles in a season where many of us need this message. <3

    1. Thanks so much, Sarah. I know I have asked God “why?” when I’m struggling through a trial, and it’s slowly making sense to me… It brings us closer to Him and that’s exactly where He wants us to be= always.

  11. This year, God has really been impressing upon my heart that His presence is my greatest gift and blessing of all. I love Genesis 15:1 ::: God Himself is my shield and my exceedingly great reward. I love that! Beautiful post sweet friend! ❤

          1. My kid i can breathe i can see i can walk talk be there for others my home my life Jesus me wanting to make him my friend billionaire different people in my life me trying to do bible studies i can smell i can get on my knees i have 10 toes 10 fingers i can thinks I can make decisions I can change my mind I can trust myself I could be myself I could take a bath on my own I can drive

          2. I love this list Dora! He has blessed us in so many ways, big and little, and they take on such new meaning when we recognize them! Thanks for reading and sending me this encouragement 🙂 You are a blessing!

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