Today is the 4th of July when we celebrate Independence Day, the founding of America. America was founded on biblical principles and has been blessed down through the centuries as it has followed those principles. Let’s watch a video entitled “God Bless America.” Let’s pray for America together.
My message today is entitled “Find God’s Blessing.” Just as we desire for God to bless America, so we long for God’s blessing on our lives. What is God’s blessing? God’s blessings are the good gifts that He gives us to us. These blessings could be spiritual, physical, relational or even emotional. Forgiveness is a blessing, healing is a blessing, joy is a blessing, family is a blessing and we could go on and on. The word blessing is used about 410 times in the Bible, which indicates how important it is. How do we receive God’s blessing?
Deuteronomy 28:2 (ESV) And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the LORD your God.
This is a conditional promise. God’s blessing come to those who obey God. This promise was first given to the nation of Israel and remains true today. When you obey God, you don’t have to chase after blessing, it chases after you. What happens if you don’t obey God?
Deuteronomy 28:15 (ESV) “But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you.
If someone is disobedient or rebellious to the Lord, then not only will they not be blessed, but rather curses will overtake them. A curse is the opposite of a blessing, Whereas a blessing is a good gift, a curse is something evil or bad that comes upon a person. The word for curse is used some 230 times in the Bible. Since none of us can perfectly keep God’s commands, we were all under the curse of sin.
Galatians 3:13a -14 (ESV) Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us … so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come … so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.
The good news is that when we believe in Jesus, Jesus forgives us, removes the curse and replaces it with blessing. How can we as believers continue to walk in all the blessing God has for us? Through growing in obedience to God’s Word and God’s Spirit. Today, we’re going to see how David’s obedience to God led to God’s blessing in his life. We’re going to learn some principles that will increase the blessing in our lives.