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Never Let Go (8 of 8)
Series: Do You Want to be Blessed
Pastor Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bible, please turn to Genesis chapter 32, Genesis chapter 32. We've been in a series for the last eight weeks simply entitled, "Do You Want to be Blessed?" And I want to close out of series today with that question, but I want to make that question a little stronger. Do you really and truly want to be blessed? Now we have seen that the Scripture is very clear. God is a good God. And God wants to bless us. He even says in Malachi…. He's talking about giving. He says, "Test me now in this, if I will not open up for you the windows of Heaven and pour out a blessing so big that you can't even contain it." That's the heart of God. He wants to bless you and bless me so much that it's, as the Scripture says, "…good measure, shaken together, running over; they will pour into your lap." You won't be able to carry it all. That's the good heart of a God who longs to bless His children. And so that is without question.
And we talked about how the blessing of God - it's not a material, although God sometimes uses material things to bless us. But the blessing of God is really that deep, abiding happiness, that heavenly happiness, that joy, that peace that comes from being right with God that God pours into our hearts. And it's not an external thing. It's an internal thing. And God wants to fill you up to overflowing on the inside that flows out. So, without question, the Lord wants to bless you and me.
But the question is: Do you, and do I, really and truly want to be blessed? Do we want God's hand upon our lives more than anything else? Do we want God's smile upon our lives more than anything else? Do we want God's favor upon our lives? Can we say with David, "Lord, Your loving kindness is better to me than life? Lord, I want Your favor and Your blessing more than I want my next breath?"
Now there was a man in the Bible who had that kind of an attitude, ...
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