Thursday, January 19, 2012
"BLESSINGS ABOUND IF........"
Good Afternoon to All!
I know this seems very much out of character for me, to post in the middle of the afternoon. It's just that tonight when I am usually working hard at posting, I will be instead "snoring away at the Stephenville Hospital for a sleep study. I'm not sure how that works, only that I will be in a room with wires stuck all over me, and at a desk, there will be someone sitting there watching me sleep. I can't imagine anyone enjoying watching people sleep. It's a good thing they tell us to wear pjs with tops and bottoms because from what my hubby tells me I sleep in some of the most awkward positions, and snore to beat the band! Needless to say, that is ONE of the many reasons we have separate rooms! LOL!
At least by getting this done, I will for one thing quit snoring, but mainly find out why I can be sitting here typing away on my blog, or playing a computer game, watching TV, or even just be in the restroom, and fall asleep. One minute I'm wide awake and the next thing I know, I wake up and it's 30 minutes to an hour later! That's scary! I lose enough time just by being awake and forgetful! LOL! (Having to retrace my steps over and over again wasting time).
This being said, I shall attempt to do a "short" regular post so that you won't feel cheated. LOL!
In accordance with the Lord's command to him, Joshua give to Caleb, son of Jephunneh, a portion in Judah--Kiriath Arba, that is, Hebron (Arba was the forefather of Anak.)...
And Caleb said, "I will give my daughter Acsah in marriage to the man who attacks and captures Kiriath Sepher." Othniel, son of Kenaz, Caleb's brother, took it; so Caleb gave his daughter Acsah to him in marriage.
One day, when she came in to Othniel, she urged him to ask her father for a field. When she got off her donkey, Caleb asked her, "What can I do for you?"
She replied, "Do me a special favor. Since you have given me land in the Negev, give me also springs of water." So Caleb gave her the upper and lower springs. (Joshua 15:13, 16-19 NIV)
This is a lesson that definitely applies to us today in many ways. If we will honor our earthly fathers and give them respect, Then they will do the same for us, as well as helping us in times of trouble, and doing things for us. This is if we have a good relationship with him.
Our Heavenly Father relates to us in the same manner. If we will love Him, honor Him and show Him respect, He will bless us abundantly and exceedingly more than if we don't acknowledge Him for who He is and what He does.
Why is it so hard to acknowledge God with the same respect and honor as we do with the man who we see every day or have come to know as our dad? Matthew 7:9-11 tells us (9) Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?(10) Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? (11) If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
As with an "earthly dad" if we have a good and loving relationship Him, He will be more than willing to bless us until our cup runs over.
Ephesians 3:20 promises us
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
Of course this does not mean that He will give us whatever we want. When we become filled with the Holy Ghost, our desires "should change". Rather than putting so much importance on material things, we should be looking toward the Spiritual realm and wanting God to make a change within us. I am not saying He won't bless us materially as well, because if we need something and He sees it as good for us, then He will bless us. He knows what we need better than we do.
Do a "spirit check" on yourself. How close are you to God? How well do you truly know Him? Is your relationship one of those which you go to Him when you need something, or do you nurture it by talking to Him, praising Him and giving Him the glory which He deserves? His Word doesn't beat around the bush. He said "if you LOVE me you will keep my commandments. Do you love Him that much? Do you care enough about Him to Study His Word and learn about Him, learn what He Expects from Us as His Children?
There is SO MUCH MORE to being a Child of God than saying a prayer now and then and "claiming" to be a Christian.
Well, I said this was going to be a short post, but as usual, my thoughts just came pouring out. I do however want to challenge you to look inside yourself and do a "spirit check". The last days are here. Jesus will be coming to call for His Bride and will be expecting to see us waiting for Him, as did the five WISE virgins with their lamps filled with oil, not the foolish virgins that had to go buy oil and returned too late.
Make the extra effort and start reading His Word and abiding by it. You can't and won't lose by doing so. You will be gaining so much knowledge and insight to our Creator, all the while developing a relationship with Him. I guarantee that when you start reading, IF you read expecting something you will receive something in your spirit. You will get a hunger for Him like you have never felt before. I have found the more I read and learn, the more I want to read and learn.
Have a wonderfully Blessed Evening and I post more tomorrow night.