Ways to Live a Blessed Life
We learned that God has blessed all of us by giving us one blessing after another.
What steps should we take to live a blessed life?
1. Receive God’s blessing through Christ.
2. Celebrate God’s blessing in worship.
3. Expect God’s blessing by faith.
4. Share God’s blessing with others.
Everything that we have is because of the grace of God.
To be blessed. I don’t know of any human being who doesn’t desire to live a blessed life. And because God is really sweet to us, he made sure to include His recipe for a blessed life right there in His instruction book.
Let’s look at Joshua where we met some VIBP’s (Very Important Blessed People).
In Joshua 1, Moses is gone and Joshua is the new leader. Previously, the Reubenites, Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh asked Moses for permission to go ahead and settle just east of the Promised Land.
The time had come for the rest of God’s people to cross over and claim the promise. The Reubenites, Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh could have just said, “Good luck guys! Buh bye!” They were all settled in and set.
But that’s not what God’s people do.
God’s people are ever on guard ready to serve and support each other. The R’s, G’s, and 1/2M’s left the comfort of their already established homes to do whatever it took to help the rest of God’s people claim their rightful place and settle across the Jordan River.
They committed themselves to Joshua, their trusted leader. They made an easy transition from following Moses to following Joshua because they knew both men were appointed and anointed by God.
“Then they answered Joshua, ‘Whatever you have commanded us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go. Just as we fully obeyed Moses, so we will obey you. Only may the Lord your God be with you as he was with Moses. Whoever rebels against your word and does not obey your words, whatever you may command them, will be put to death. Only be strong and courageous.’” (Joshua 1: 16-18)
Whatever, wherever, whenever.
We have to pause and ask ourselves, Are you willing to do whatever it takes to serve God and support His people? Are you willing to put our own comfort aside to help others have the same opportunity?
The fighting men challenged Joshua to be strong and courageous. How beautiful that they used the same verbiage God used when he privately challenged Joshua a few verses earlier. (See Joshua 1:6-7)
I love it when God confirms His instructions through the wise words of fellow Believers. I imagine Joshua got “glory bumps” when those fighting men confirmed God’s charge to him by saying, “BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS!”
The book of Joshua continues by telling the story of the Israelites’ victorious journey into the Promised Land. In chapter 22, Joshua stands before those fighting men once again. He commended them for their valiant efforts and told them it was now time to enjoy the fruit of their labor. Everyone was settled and ready to enjoy the long-awaited promise of a land flowing with milk and honey.
But before he sent them on their way, he gave them a solemn warning.
“But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you; to love the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul.”
Being blessed is a dangerous place to be. If we get too comfy, we’ll let down our guard and give the evil one lots of little cracks through which to sneak.
So what’s the recipe for a blessed life?
1. Love the Lord your God: Our love for God should be so intense that we can’t bear to not be in His presence. We need to learn to truly love Jesus. What is meant by loving Jesus is having a relationship with Him. God wants you to lean on Him with everything.
2. Walk in all His ways: Blessed people walk in sync with God at all times…no lagging behind or rushing ahead. Understand what is true worship.
We go to church and praise and worship God. Understanding that praise and worship just does not stop on Sunday. Worship is a daily attitude. An attitude of positivity and above all an attitude of gratefulness
3. Obey His commands: This is where the whenever, wherever, and whatever comes in. We should have NO limits to our obedience. NO reservations. NO wavering. Trust in God.
God blesses those who trust, believe, and expect His blessings. We must consistently have faith.
4. Hold fast to Him: When you think of holding on to God, what picture comes to your mind? Do you picture someone hanging onto the side of a cliff with white knuckles shaking? I’ll tell you what I picture. I picture a little child in Daddy’s arms with arms wrapped tight around his neck and head rested securely on his shoulder. Daddy’s big arms are doing the heavy-duty holding.
5. Serve Him will all your heart and soul: Just as the fighting men left their homes to take on the important mission of claiming the promised land, we all have a mission. Christians should never be bored! No coasting through life. No half-hearted effort. No sitting around waiting for someone else to do it. Bless others and God will bless you.
We are all God’s children. What we know about our Lord is available to others. God is pleased when we share what we have with others. Life is a cycle. As we give to others, God gives to us.
Some recipe, huh? No obscure ingredients, no fancy slicing and dicing, no marinating for hours.
Love Him, walk with Him, obey Him, hold onto Him, serve Him…and be blessed.