It is Blessed To Be A Blessing

For You make him to be blessed and a blessing forever; You make him exceedingly glad with the joy of Your presence. Psalm 21:6  Amp.

BlessingsIt is God that makes us to be blessed!  David said in Psalm 21:6, that God actually makes you to be blessed.  He makes or rather He prepares you to receive His blessings.  Think about it, right now He is preparing you for His blessings.

You are like a storehouse that He must prepare to pour his blessings into.  If you are a little four room house, He may require you expand to receive a blessing.  You can’t have the “us four and no more” mentality and expect God to bless you beyond where you presently are.  It could be that where you are right now in your thinking is not large enough to hold all the blessings God has planned for you.

Think of all the men of old who were blessed by God such as: David, Joseph, and Abraham.  They had to expand.  Each of these great men was blessed by God, but each one was blessed in a different way.  They had to obey God in order to be prepared for the blessings. Their storehouse had to be prepared so they would properly manage blessings when they were poured out.

We are always blessed by God so we can keep the blessings flowing and be a blessing to God’s people. If you are blessed by God, as Joseph was blessed, it means you must learn how to govern the blessing and release it to God’s people at the appointed time.  Blessings from God indicate He has entrusted you with something, and all He asks of you is to be a good steward and properly maintain the blessing.

When God abundantly blesses someone, they are a storehouse on earth where God places His blessings.  He doesn’t bless us just so we will pile up the blessings and say, “look at me.”  He blesses us so He can use us to pour out blessings to others.  In Psalm 21:6, as we bless others the flow of God’s blessing continue to flow to us and we are a blessing forever.  “Give and it shall be given to you.”

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38 (New International Version)

Be a blessing to others with the blessings God has entrusted you with.

How to Deal With Offenses

“Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colors. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.” Genesis 37:3-4

dealing with offensesJust like Joseph, we have all experienced relationship problems.  It is in how we process these problems that determines our peace with God. Joseph released his brothers and found forgiveness. (Gen.50:15-20)

Learning how to deal with problems and conflict in a relationship is learned in your family when you’re growing up.  A healthy family deals with problems as they arrive instead of sweeping them under the rug. When there is a problem in a healthy family, the hurtful things that are said are addressed quickly.  These hurtful things are not just overlooked, but addressed so forgiveness can occur.

When hurtful words or actions are not dealt with, the pain gets buried. Usually buried pain does not surface for many years.  A person who can face a situation and deal with it quickly will be much healthier than a person who does not know how to deal with problems properly.  Life is full of relationship problems, and relationship problems are full of pain; it’s all in how you deal with it that determines your quality of life.  It is possible for a person who has had a life of hardship and suffering to still enjoy a life of peace and joy if they deal with the pain as they go.

If you had a hurtful situation that was never dealt with, the pain may still be affecting your life today. You may be in much need of healing and not even realize it.  The sad thing is everyone around you knows it when they see you in an emotional roller-coaster with sudden outbursts of anger.  Anger is an outward indicator of a serious lingering heart pain.  Anger will usually surround a hidden pocket of pain that needs to be healed.

The Psalmist David knew that when he sinned, it was his heart that needed healing. He said,

Lord be merciful to me, heal my inner self (heart), for I have sinned against you.” Psalm 41:4 Amp

We don’t hesitate to see a doctor when we have chest pain, but never give it a thought when we explode at the least little thing, like when a Dad yells at the kids when they leave their skateboard in the driveway, or when Mom screams when someone leaves clothes on the floor.

“God knows the secrets of the heart” (Psalms 44:21)

He knows what we have released and forgiven, and what we are still holding on to.  It is those things we are still holding on to that causes the anger.