6.15.2020 Word for the Warrior 'Season Finale'
WORD FOR THE WARRIOR JUNE 15, 2020 ONE LAST WORD! This will be my last Word for the Warrior Post for this season. It has been a joy to bring these every morning. Hope you were blessed by them!
This song is a Benediction/Blessing and may you receive this SPECIAL BLESSING from Abba Father today & let Him minister to you:
https://youtu.be/u9VL7AhXBKY THE BLESSING SONG BY BETHEL MUSIC
The word blessed derives from the Greek term makarios, which means “fortunate,” “happy,” “enlarged,” or “lengthy.” The New Testament defines it as the kind of happiness that comes from receiving favor from God. Consequently, blessed can also be translated “favored.”
While material blessings are certainly included in God’s favor, the Bible ascribes a much fuller meaning to the word blessed. Perhaps the most well-known use of the word blessed in the Bible is found in the Beatitudes where Jesus describes the inner quality of a faithful servant of God. This blessedness is a spiritual state of well-being and prosperity—a deep, joy-filled contentment that cannot be shaken by poverty, grief, famine, persecution, war, or any other trial or tragedy we face in life. In human terms, the situations depicted in the Beatitudes are far from blessings, but because God is present with us through these difficult times, we are actually blessed by Him in them. The true servant of God is blessed, regardless of circumstances, because God has favored him or her with a fully satisfied soul (Psalm 63:1–5; John 4:14). The material things we crave can never bring genuine happiness or contentment. True fulfillment can only be found in a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1–2). From the time God first created humans, He blessed them (Genesis 1:22; 5:2; 12:3) and has continued to do so throughout history (Genesis 26:3; Deuteronomy 7:13; Job 42:12; Judges 13:24). Because of Christ’s work of redemption on the cross, we can now receive the full blessings of God through faith in Him: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). We are blessed because our sins are forgiven and can no longer be counted against us (Psalm 32:1–2). The Bible measures blessedness differently from how people of the world measure it: “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12). To those who rest in God, He grants an inner state of joy that is unaffected by external trails. What is this promised “crown of life?” It is the never-ending, victorious life in the world to come, where all trials will be ended. “In our experience life is often a burden, a weariness, a care. If it be a crown, it is a crown of thorns. But yonder, to live will be blessedness; being will be well-being. The reward of heaven will simply be the fact of living in God.” The marvelous blessings we experience now are minor compared to the benefits God has stored up for us in His eternal kingdom (1 Corinthians 2:9). Blessed speaks of our inner state of well-being, the prosperity of our souls in Christ. Blessedness comes from unhindered fellowship with God the Father through our Lord Jesus. To be blessed is to experience the full impact of God’s presence in our lives now and for all eternity.
Recommended Resource: Too Blessed to Be Stressed: 3-Minute Devotions for Women by Debora Coty
Father God, we receive your blessing today—in every way! And with this blessing we choose to be a blessing to you & others in our lives! We are blessed to be a blessing! And we receive your GREAT LOVE today—the biggest blessing of all! Amen!