The Blessed Dad
Psalm 37:25 says:
I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.
The scriptures are filled with promise for those who will trust in the Lord. One of the great misconceptions of Christianity is the belief that we must do something to earn God's blessings. If we succeed, we think we must have done something right, and if we have problems, it's because we have done something to cause God's anger.
This is not the message of promise we have been given through Christ. Though the new covenant began at the cross, the promises of the new covenant have been spread throughout the Old Testament. The Psalms is filled with these promises. Let's look at the conditions of blessing. Look at Psalm 91:14-16
14 ''Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.''
Now don't mistake this as God responding to your human love. Love begins with God and is His gift to us that we give a portion back to Him. The Bible says the love of God is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. This occurs at the moment we are born into the Spirit through faith in Christ. Then the Bible says we love God because He first loved us.
Everything you give to God must first originate from God. If it is not a gift of God, it is the worthless works of man. Loving God is an act of faith. We receive His love, trust in that love, and begin to relate to God based on the love He is giving us. Then because we set our love upon Him - which is our response to His gift of love to us - we are blessed by abiding in God's love and entering into the circle of agape fellowship of God.
Once you enter that fellowship of love, you are in the bless ...
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