God’s Promise, Your Blessing
Prayer: Oh Lord God of Host, let the Logos words that I read and the Rhema Word that you have spoken be received in the heart of those gathered in your presence this day, in Jesus’ Name. Amen
A Promise in the noun form is defined as a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen. Some synonyms of the noun form are assurance, pledge, vow, guarantee, oath, bond, undertaking, agreement, commitment, contract, covenant
In the verb form, it is defined as “assure someone that one will definitely do, give, or arrange something; undertake or declare that something will happen.” Also, it is to give good grounds for expecting (a particular occurrence or situation). Some synonym of the verb form is sworn, pledge, vow, undertake, guarantee.
Blessing is defined as God’s favor and protection. The synonym for Blessing is the same as the definition, Favor, and Protection.
God has made a promise with man on several occasions. The First was to Adam in Genesis 2:15 “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.16And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (A Promise)
Now when the serpent beguiled Eve in Genesis 3:14 14And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
The Punishment of Mankind
16Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow, thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
18Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
19In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou has taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
In Genesis 9:8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 9And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you; 10And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. 11And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.12And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual (everlasting or eternal) generations: 13I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. 14And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: 15And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. 17And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.
In Genesis 17:2 God says to Abram, And I will make my covenant between me and thee and will multiply thee exceedingly.3And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,4As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. 5Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. You see when God Blesses you, He blesses your Spouse too, And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. 16And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her.
In Genesis 28:10 10And Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. 12And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 14And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land;
In Exodus, as you know Joseph had brought the Children of Israel into Egypt and they were fruitful and multiplied greatly but after Joseph and his brethren and all that generation, a new king was established who did not know Joseph. The Children of Israel was now in bondage. In Exodus 6: After the birth of Moses and he became a prince of Egypt, God promised deliverance of the Children of Israel. In Exodus 6:2 And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD: 3And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name, JEHOVAH was I not known to them. 4And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers. 5And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant. 6Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: 7And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. 8And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it to you for a heritage: I am the LORD.
You’ve heard the Promises, now here comes the Blessings
The Blessings of Obedience
Deuteronomy 28: Moses is speaking to the Children of Israel and He says, And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. 3Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 4Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 5Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. 6Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. 7The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways
I’m sure most of you know the story of Ruth. Just a refresher, Ruth was the daughter-in-law of Naomi. When Ruth, her husband Elimelech, her two sons Mahlon and Chilion, and their wives Ruth and Orphah went to the country of Moab because of the famine in Bethlehem-Judah, tragedy befell upon this family. First Ruth’s Husband dies, then both her sons die. Now Naomi is left in a foreign land with only her daughters-in-law who are natives of Moab. So Ruth tells them to return to their mother’s house and that she would return to her people. The daughter-in-laws wept upon hearing these words. Oprah returns to her home and to her god but Ruth clung to Naomi and begged her to not to have her to leave. Ruth tells her that whether thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodge, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. So they returned to Bethlehem-Judah. Now Naomi had been gone for 10 years and upon her return, people who knew her gathered around and said, Is this Naomi? Because of her circumstance, she tells them, call me not Naomi but Mara because the Lord has dealt bitterly with me. I went out full and came home empty, in other words, when I left here I had a husband and two sons and now I have none. Now it was harvest time and Naomi had a kinsman of her husband, a mighty man of wealth by the name of Boaz. Ruth tells Naomi, let me go glean ears of corn in the fields that I may find grace in his eyes. So she went into the field and when Boaz took notice of her, he asks his servant, “Whose damsel is this? He answered and said, the Moabitish damsel came back with Naomi. From that day on Boaz showed favor to Ruth. Eventually, Boaz marries Ruth. Because of Ruth’s obedience, she was blessed by God and favor was upon her life. Boaz and Ruth had a son and Ruth told Naomi, “ Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. 15And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. 16And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. 17And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David.
2nd Samuel 5:10
Now David a man after God’s own heart, had taken back the Ark of the Covenant from the Philistines and brought it into Zion and placed it in Obed-edom’s house for three months and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and all his household.
1 Kings 3:3
After David was king and his successor for the Throne was Solomon. And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places. 4And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there; for that was the great high place: a thousand burnt offerings did Solomon offer upon that altar. 5In Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee. 6And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. 7And now, O LORD my God, thou hast made thy servant king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in. 8And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude. 9Give, therefore, thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? 10And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment; 12Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. 13And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.
You see God is a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him. Enoch who never saw death because God translated him to heaven, Enoch testified that God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek God. Solomon says, “and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.” and asked God for an understanding heart to be able to judge such a great people whose numbers couldn’t be counted. Because Solomon asked not things for himself, God blessed him with that which he asked and with wealth and honour. Solomon declares, “and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in”, but God bless him as Moses declares in Deuteronomy 28:6 and 3, which declares, “Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out; Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field”
God has given you examples of His Promises, when will you listen, seek him diligently, and receive your blessing? Remember always God’s got a Blessing with your Name on it.
God Bless you and keep you, remembering always Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
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