by Steve Wagers

What Would You Do with It if You Got It?
Steve Wagers
II Samuel 23:15


1. As a minister was addressing a group of men, one day, he took a large piece of paper and made a black dot in the center of it with a marking pen.

2. Then he held the paper up before the group and asked them what they saw. One person quickly replied, "I see a black mark." "Right," the preacher replied. "What else do you see?"

3. Complete silence prevailed. "Don't you see anything other than the dot?" he asked. A chorus of no's came from the audience. "I'm really surprised," the speaker commented. "You have completely overlooked the most important thing of all - the sheet of paper."

4. Yet, many times due to the pains, problems, and pressures of life, we tend to focus on them, rather than upon the innumerable blessings which God has afforded to us.

5. The songwriter said it well, when he said:

"Count your blessings,
Name them one by one.
Count your blessings,
See what God has done.

"Count your blessings,
Name them one by one,
Count your many blessings,
See what God hath done!"

6. It was the Psalmist who said in Psalm 68:19, "Blessed be the Lord who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation."

7. The fact of the matter is God has been good to every one of us, whether you be a believer or an unbeliever.

8. If you are an unbeliever, God has been good to give you another day to live, and another opportunity to hear the clear message of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

9. However, if you are a believer, then I need not remind you how good, and gracious God has been to you.

10. I like how the great British preacher F. E. Marsh described our blessings in Christ. He said that we have:

"An acceptance that can never be questioned. An inheritance that can never be lost. A deliverance that can never be excelled. A grace that can never be limited. A hope that can never be disappointed. A bounty that can never be withdrawn ...

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