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Blessed (2 of 2)
Series: God With Us
For many people God is not personal to them; for many years God was not personal to me; ''God'' was a doctrine that I learned, a lifestyle I pursued.
But God has always pursued relationship with people. Micah 6:8, ''He has shown you, o man, what is good and what the Lord requires of you: do justly; love mercy; walk humbly with your God.'' Many people have the ''do justly''-do what's right; and maybe even ''love mercy''-be generous; gracious; but ''walk humbly with God?'' Do you do that-do you walk with God? Do you love him? Is he a Father and a friend and companion to you?
Today we're going to look at a concept that makes God personal to you. It's the question of what it means to walk in the blessing and favor of God.
The word ''blessed'' gets thrown around a lot in Christian circles.
• A lot of times it means you're rich in something-so and so is blessed.
• You ask some Christians how they are doing and they'll say, ''blessed and highly favored.''
• Sometimes it means things are just really going well for you (almost like you're ''lucky'').
TV preacher: ''Favor of God: parking space''
''Heaping helping of blessing is coming your way''-by that he means, ''Everything's about to go your way.'' Christian version of: ''May the odds be ever in your favor.''
• Of course, we always say it when people sneeze, though no one understands why... of all the things that happen to me, sneezing is not when I feel most in need of a blessing. Maybe when I slam my toe into piece of furniture, and my mind fills with Christian swear words-that's when I need to hear someone say, ''bless you''... or when I get a paper cut or whatever.
Some people say the tradition goes back to the belief that your heart stops when you sneeze, so saying ''God bless you'' means, ''I hope heart starts again...''
Some say that the tradition started because in the Middle Ages people believed ...
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