Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. (Luke 10:38)
Welcoming Jesus into our homes is always a blessing. In fact, he himself says, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me" (Revelation 3:20). There are many who do not open when Jesus knocks on the doors of their hearts. Some are reluctant and some are offended. Yet to all who receive him, to those who believe in his name, he gives the right to become children of God and that is, the ultimate blessing. If you are a part-taker of that, you are truly blessed.
The Rock, his work is perfect; for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and right is he.(Deuteronomy 32:4)
Moses, who lead the Israelites through the wilderness en-route to the land of Canaan, is full of praise regarding God and his character. He speaks of a perfect, faithful, sinless, just and right God. God is truly all this and much more whether anyone believes it or not. Taste and see that the Lord is good is what the Psalmist exhorts us. Time and again God has proven himself to be faithful, just and good in our lives and so we must be thankful to him at all times.
Jesus saw her and said, "Woman, you are now free from your trouble!" (Luke 13:12)
A woman who was in bondage for 18 years was set free by Jesus one day when he was preaching in a worship place. She could not stand straight, because of a demonic affliction. But Jesus set her free in a moment. That's exactly what Jesus came to earth for. To set humankind free from every kind of bondage, the chief of them being setting mankind free from sin and eternal death. Everyone can be a recipient of this freedom and those who are recipients already know that Eternal Life awaits them when their term on earth ends. Wonderful.
The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. (Luke 6:45)
Good and evil treasures lie in the hearts of people according to this verse. And what they speak shows what their hearts are filled with. Our words reflect how much of fruit of the Holy Spirit we are bearing. As believers in Jesus Christ, God longs to see us bearing much fruit and he also expects us to validate that with the words we speak. Let us bring forth good from our mouths from the good treasures filled in our hearts, is a prayer, we all should pray. Bringing forth such good would bring much glory to God.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10) Can we say that about ourselves? Some people glory in their wealth, some in their might and some in their knowledge, but as Christians we must acknowledge that it's all grace. The grace of God is the reason for every blessing that we have experienced and are experiencing. Even regarding laboring for the Lord, the Apostle here gives the credit to God. Let us do likewise, for God will then give even more grace.
The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace. (Psalm 29:11)
Strength and peace. How much we need these in our lives. Strength physically and mentally are so vital for our beings and so is peace. Unrest and turmoil within can destroy us, but if we seek the One who has an unlimited supply of strength and peace, we can receive these every day of our lives. Let's seek his face today and everyday.
Sing to the Lord; bless his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. (Psalm 96:2) Singing and blessing/praising God is what each one of us must do each day of our lives. And there's another thing that we must do each day according to the Psalmist; proclaim the good news that he saves. A simple testimony from you to someone who has not yet experienced the saving grace of Jesus Christ, can be such a great blessing. Do it today. Be a blessing to someone else.
Save Your people, bless Your possession, shepherd them, and carry them forever. (Psalm 28:9)
4 requests by the Psalmist in a single verse. Save, bless, shepherd, carry. Can any man/woman fulfill such a request for anyone? Perhaps someone can fulfill these partly and for a limited time period for someone else. But continually and with perfect faithfulness can only be accomplished by the Perfect One- God Almighty and he is the one we must put our trust in. Let's do it.
When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. (Luke 24:50)
It was time for Jesus to be taken up into heaven after his death and resurrection. Before that happened, the last thing he does here is, lifting his hands and blessing his disciples. Jesus came as a blessing to mankind, to save them from their sins. The name "Jesus" itself means "He saves". Have you accepted him as your Savior? If you have, he will never leave you nor forsake you at any stage of your life. That fact itself is such a great blessing.
The just one walks in his integrity, blessed are his sons after him!(Proverbs 20:7)
The writer of The Proverbs often signifies the importance of a person walking in integrity. Here the blessing that ensues is for the children of such a man. Integrity is difficult to find in our world because most people are competing with others at any given time. But the choice is ours. And taking a decision for maintaining such a trait always results in blessings in one way or the other. So let's do it and receive blessings.