by Jesse Hendley

Jesse M. Hendley
John 1:12, I Peter 1:3

Now, friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me
to First Peter, chapter 1, verse 3. "Blessed be the
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who
according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us
again unto a living hope by the resurrection of
Jesus Christ from the dead." Notice that I changed
the word lively to living. The word means "living"
in our modern language.

Duty of Blessing God

Let us look first of all at the duty of BLESSING
GOD. Oh, how we ought to bless God! If God has
given us life and health and strength and loved
ones and friends and above all salvation through
the blood of His Son, has given us the new birth,
has prepared heaven for us, is taking care of us
all the way to heaven, then we ought to bless God!
We ought to honor God! We ought to give praise to
God! We ought to think about God all the time. He
ought to be Number One in our lives.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ." The word blessed here, eulogetos, means a
feeling of gratitude, of reverence, of joy,
overflowing into worshipful speech!

We ought to have such a feeling of gratitude as we
look at the cross and see Jesus dying for us, and
as we look at our health and our minds and our
strength---anything good that we have---we ought to
have a feeling of holy joy that overflows our
hearts and issues into worshipful speech. Not just
speech; worshipful speech, awe-inspiring speech,
awe-inspired speech. We stand in awe at the
greatness of God and His love and care for us.

So many people don't look for this in their lives.
So many people do not look for the good, but dwell
on the ills and the trials. Well, God permits us to
have trials, but He is with us through them all.
There is never a time or place that we should not
bless God because He is with us and He is bringing
us to glory, whatever our circumstances may b ...

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