by Daniel Rodgers

Opening God's Door of Blessing
Dan Rodgers
Psalm 84:11

ILLUS: When I was a high school student, I used to work part time at a local service station. One night, I went out to the wait on a customer. He got out of the car with his passenger and spread a newspaper out on the ground. He then proceeded to play a shell game with his rider, whom he pretended was just a hitchhiker. He challenged him to see of he could find the little green pea he had hid under one of the three walnut shells. Of course, being young and rather naïve, I didn't know he was setting me up.

I watched the game for few minutes, and noticed that the hitchhiker was winning about half of the time. I thought to myself; I can do better than that. I know where that pea is. The driver (con-man) said to me, "Listen, you can get in on this if you like. Take crack at it."

Dummy me...I took several cracks at it, only to lose about $10.00. Ten dollars was a lot of money in that day, especially to a high school kid. I never did guess the right shell; that's because he had been sliding the pea out from under the shell into his hand. It's called, "The slight of hand trick."

May I say to you this morning, I'm glad we don't have to guess when it comes to God. And, I don't mean to compare what God has for us with a shell game. God doesn't play tricks, and He doesn't hide things from us. Life with the Lord is not a game of chance. When we put our faith in God, we are rewarded. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:6 that God is a "...rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

What I want to speak to you about today is God's blessings. If we were to take a concordance this morning, and look up the word "blessing," as it relates to God's desire to bless us, we would not have time to read all the verses. God wants to bless us more than we know. The problem is; we often hinder Him. He wants to bless us, but we get in the way. We allow things to interfere with what He wants to do for us. ...

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