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BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
No. 153
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
Access Online  http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Main/tabco_main

Getting to know God together.

BLESSINGS FROM THE HEAVENLY FATHER.
Do you know what a “blessing” is? It is to give good things to someone so that they can be happy. Or it may mean saying beautiful things to give happiness to someone.
God gives many blessings to those who are His saved ones in Christ Jesus. The Bible is filled with God’s blessings, how good He is and how loving. These blessings are ours just like the promises of God are ours. So we had better learn about how to have these wonderful things in our lives.

God’s blessings include having:
PEACE and STRENGTH  (Psalm 29:11):
“The LORD will give strength unto his people;
the LORD will bless his people with peace. “
And COMFORT when we are sad (Matthew 5:4):
“Blessed [are] they that mourn [are sad] : for they shall be comforted.”

God’s blessings make us rich inside, with spiritual riches that are far better than having a lot of money in the bank! Being a millionaire with lots of money can be quite horrible! Other people are jealous, there are lots of business worries, and riches can make people greedy for more and more, and they are never satisfied. But God’s blessings make us rich with delight in Him and we are happy then:
“The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.”
(Proverbs 10:22).

How can you be blessed by the Lord?
That is a very important question for you to find the answer to.
The Bible tells us the answer. The believers who enjoy God’s blessings are:

The ones who live pleasing to God and do good things:
“For thou [You], Lord, wilt [will] bless the righteous: with favour wilt thou compass [surround] him as with a shield [ of protection].” (Psalm 5:12).

Those who have clean hands,and pure hearts. This means that they are believers who are honest, love God, trust Him, take life seriously and want to serve the Lord:
“He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD...”
 (Psalm 24:4,5).

To be blessed by the Lord God we must walk in God’s ways, love His Word and obey its teachings:
“Blessed [is] the man that walketh [walks] not in the counsel [advice and ways] of the ungodly [ those who don’t know God] , nor standeth [stands] in the way of sinners, nor sitteth [sits] in the seat of the scornful [those who laugh at God].
But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth [does] he meditate
[ think about ] day and night.
And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth [ does] shall prosper [ turn out well, and be blessed ]. “ (Psalm 1:1-3).

“Blessed is every one that feareth [ respects and honours] the Lord; that walketh in his ways...happy shalt [shall]  thou be, and it shall be well with thee.”
(Psalm 128:1,2).

WOW! It sure is good to belong to God and to be blessed by Him!   What a happy life!

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