BRACE YOURSELF FOR A BLESSING                                                                                      Andy Hollifield 1-26-18

2 Samuel 6:10-12 So David would not remove the ark of the Lord unto him in the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gitite. (11) And the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obededom the Gitite three months: and the Lord blessed Obededom, and all his household. (12) And it was told king David, saying, The Lord hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.

Genesis 39:4-5 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. (5) And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.

Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Psalms 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us [with benefits, even] the God of our salvation. Selah.

Bless——(1) to request of God the bestowal of divine favor on: (3) to bestow good of any kind upon

Somehow or another, I got to thinking as I wrote about “Hindsight” that there are times in our lives when, for no apparent reason, God blesses, as he promised in Malachi 3, and just opens the windows of heaven and pours out a blessing that there is not room to receive. I also began to think about a period of several weeks last spring and summer that it seemed like I couldn’t get in an average service at church. Everywhere I went it seemed that God just blessed me beyond measure and squeezed my heart till the juice ran out of my eyes. Never in my life have I experienced a time like that before. It didn’t matter where I went, or who preached, or if nobody preached, or who sung, or if no one did. I couldn’t understand it and still don’t. The best explanation I have is that God knew the trial I was going to face a few weeks later.

The fact of the matter is that when God starts blessing in your life and you begin to draw closer to the Lord and growing in your spiritual life, Satan is going to try to bring you down in whatever way he can. Sometimes he does it through family, or friends, or even fellow Christians. But at other times, those things come in our lives so that God can be glorified. That was the case with Job but there was also one other notable person in scripture that went through that. Matthew 3:16-17 is the start of when Jesus went through a time like that. It was the day that Jesus was baptized by John. Think about this scene for a minute; Jesus was just baptized in front of the crowd that had followed John into the wilderness of Jordan to hear him preach and be baptized of him. The heavens opened and the Spirit of God had just descended and lit upon Jesus. And then the voice of God from heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” That sounds like that must have been an incredible day doesn’t it? Then you read the next verse, chapter 4 verse 1. The bible says, “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” I wrote a while back about Elijah and some others that came off of the greatest victories of their lives and then hit bottom and were running for their lives. This wasn’t an ordinary man, this was God’s perfect Son. A couple of things that I believe are significant is the fact that he was led there by the Holy Spirit and also that the purpose was for him to be tempted of Satan. Look at how the devil tempted him. He first started with his physical hunger after 40 days of fasting and told him to turn the stones to bread if he was the Son of God. Then he challenged his faith by taking him to Jerusalem and sitting him on a pinnacle of the temple and more or less dared him to jump if he was the Son of God. The third thing was that he tried to appeal to his pride by offering him kingdoms that weren’t even his to give. Look close at all three of those. He tempted him physically, then spiritually, and then emotionally. That sounds familiar doesn’t it? Satan hasn’t really changed his methods all that much has he? Did you notice how Jesus sent him away defeated? He used the word.

No wonder Paul said to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). We know that Jesus had no sin and if the devil tried to tempt him and cause him to fall, outside of God and his word, we don’t stand a chance. It still takes the word. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalms 119:11). We will encounter those times when we go from great victory to deep dark valley almost in an instant. Don’t beat yourself up because you think your faith must have gotten weak. Sometimes the Spirit may lead us to those places just so God can get glory out of our lives. Just stay in the word. Jesus used it to make the devil flee and so can we. You will really like this next part! Matthew 4:11 says, “Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.” The angels didn’t come until he had resisted the temptation by using the word. He had withstood the temptation, stayed true to the word, and then was ministered unto by angels. When you get in those places remember a scripture that is found 452 times in the bible: “It came to pass.” Brace yourself for a blessing. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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