Did you know that we were born to bring pleasure and glory to God? That is why he created us. So we could have a relationship with him. Today I want to talk about what is means to live in the Kingdom of God, walking a life of blessing.
Through the recent years of our lives there are two words that I have systematically worked to remove from my vocabulary - luck and coincidence.
Growing up I seem to have soaked up a great number of words that I have had to change over the years as I grow closer to God. There are also a great many words that have embedded deep within my soul as the word of God grows in my heart.
People use ‘luck’ very freely today.
‘I’m lucky I didn’t need any further surgery’
‘Luck was on my side.’
Only when we really hear what we are saying, do we realise the implications for our life and relationship with God. When our youngest son Sam was diagnosed with a rare heart condition I didn’t put that down to bad luck. As I watched Sam and the rest our family, overcome one obstacle after another, God spoke to me about removing the word ‘luck’ and adding the word blessing. You see when we bless and are blessed we are actively acknowledging our Creator God in every part of our lives.
Let’s try replacing ‘luck’ with ‘blessed’:
‘I am so blessed to not need further surgery.’
‘God was on my side.’
When we change the way we speak and think, it also changes the way we relate to God. We begin to give him credit where credit is due. He has a plan and purpose for each of our lives; nothing is left to mere chance or luck. There is purpose in everything God does. The bible tells us ‘And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Rom 8:28) Here we read that God has a purpose for each of us. For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.(Ecc 3:1) And here we read that there is a time, designated by God for each part of our lives. Even the outcome of the casting lots for Jesus garments at the crucifixion (John 20:24), which could be seen as gambling or luck, was foretold in the Old Testament book of Psalms (22:18) Not one event in our lives can be attributed to luck.
Words have the power to transform lives. As mums this is very important for us to understand and embrace. When we bless we are blessed, when we curse, we are cursed. I don’t know about you but I want my family to live in God’s blessing.
If we are to believe that there is a purpose and a time for everything under heaven, then there is no such thing as coincidence either-only God incidents. We like to acknowledge them as God moments, miracles and interventions, but in reality God incidents can be a regular and everyday part of our lives; if we are willing to acknowledge God for them. There is nothing lackluster about walking in thankfulness and unbridled faith in God. It is intoxicating and contagious. Watch what happens around you when you openly begin to praise God for everything he does in your life. Your children will begin to copy your behaviour, your friends will notice a difference in you, and your husband will recognise your love for God. Living in the blessing God provides has a flow on effect.
Open your mouth with purpose to praise God for all he does in your life and watch your life slowly be transformed, to one that reflects what it means to live in the Kingdom of God.
The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all. (Acts 4:33)
Will you join me? Let us all testify of all of God’s goodness in our lives and dance under the blessing that pours down from Heaven.