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How to Have a Blessed Day Every Day

Posted on May 8, 2018 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed. I hear that word a lot these days. “Have a blessed day.” Whenever I hear it, I think well of the person who said it. It’s like saying, “Merry Christmas,” outside the holiday season.

In our focus scripture, “blessed” means happy. Not just a once in a while happy, but a state of happiness. Like chef Emeril Lagasse used to say, “Happy, happy!”

So — what makes you happy? Winning the lottery? Inheriting a fortune? Fame? Your favorite meal in your favorite restaurant? Travel? To be sure, our favorite things make us happy.

But the happiness found in Psalm 1 isn’t found in acquiring wonderful things, but in making the right character choices.

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers…” 

You choose not to hang with those whose behavior and lifestyle conflict with godly behavior. You refuse to be counted among the wicked, the sinners, and the mockers. Mockers, by the way, are those who ridicule others for sport, a common practice these days in social media.

But it’s not just who you hang with, it’s how you conduct yourself when no one is around, what you give permission to enter your mind.

We live in an age in which we are bombarded with information and entertainment choices that come at us faster and with more variety than any time in history. With the click of a remote, a tap on your smartphone, or a click of the mouse on your PC, you choose what you will allow into your mind.

In Proverbs 4:3 we’re told, “guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”  To guard your heart means to protect your mind. You need a filter to keep out the junk that can harm you.

Now, this filter you need to protect your mind and heart is easy to find. You won’t need a YouTube how-to video or a Pinterest post. Psalm 1 reveals that the Bible is all you need.

“Delight in the law…”

“Meditate on it day and night.”

For this filter to accomplish its intended purpose you must read it, meditate on it consistently and continually, and delight in it.

In a small way, The Forever Notebook, helps accomplish that purpose. It helps you to read and meditate. However, these devotions are not a substitute for the Bible. I pray that God will use these daily meditations to inspire “delight” in His word and draw you close to Him, the source of true blessing/happiness.

When we choose God and His word over wicked sinful behavior and associations, we will be mightily blessed. Psalm 1 puts it this way, “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers.

Last year, Janet bought an Amarillo bulb and planted it in her outside flower bed, but it didn’t bloom. Then she dug it up, put it in a flower pot, and brought the plant inside for some tender loving care. Today, that useless plant has transformed into four of the most beautiful blooms I’ve ever seen. Same plant. Different treatment. Different result.

When we uproot ourselves from the world and choose to be planted in God’s word, we will yield beautiful fruit and prosper. There is blessing to be found in every day, no matter what life throws at you. Have a blessed day – every day – in the Lord.

For more on this topic, check out this article: How to Walk By the Spirit

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 2 (April – June) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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God’s Super Deluxe Bundle of Blessings

Posted on September 13, 2017 By In Encouragement , Religion With no comments

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

Of all my careers, the one that was the hardest was sales. After my discharge from the Navy, I landed a job in sales at a radio station that had no ratings. It was a foot-in-the-door gig for my dream career as a DJ. After two weeks, I had landed just one advertiser with zero long-term promise. It was a going out of business sale.

Fast forward thirty-seven years to the end of my radio career. When it came to a screeching halt, I decided to change professions, and again took a sales job selling Yellow Pages and online ads for AT&T. That’s when I learned the modern sales concept of bundling.

A sales bundle allegedly empowers the customer to get more services at a lower price. Actually, it’s a way for cable companies and internet marketers to extract more money from your bank account. Bundles are represented by packages with catch names like Bronze, Silver, or Gold; Basic, Intermediate, Deluxe. The bigger the package the more you pay. However, it’s cheaper than paying for each of the services individually.

Thank the Lord, He doesn’t work that way. When you received Jesus as your Savior, you were given “every spiritual blessing in Christ.”

We all get the same spiritual blessing package. Nothing is held back. You can’t earn it. You definitely can’t buy it. Even better, it’s free. God’s best cost you nothing. Jesus purchased “every spiritual blessing” for you with His precious blood.

To be blessed is to be granted favor from God. In Old Testament times, the emphasis was on material blessings bestowed upon specific individuals or groups. But in the New Testament, the focus is on spiritual blessings for all who are in Christ.

As we learn in the Beatitudes of Christ (Matthew 5:3-10), blessings come despite our current difficulties. Happiness results from believing in God’s promised salvation through Christ, and the hope of His eternal kingdom.

God’s blessings are kept and disseminated from a place of perfect security. The company’s not going to be sold. A stock market crash will have no effect. Politicians can’t change or tax your benefits. You don’t have to worry about a failed power grid or computer hacker.

Not only are your spiritual blessings completely secure, they are not subject to change. Occasionally, I get a note from my cable company letting me know they’ve changed the services in my bundle. As a result, there will be a slight adjustment to my bill. God’s blessed gifts never change, because He never changes. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)

Having our spiritual blessings in the heavenly realms does not mean that they are inaccessible until we go home to be with the Lord. God is not withholding His favor for a later date. In 2 Peter 1:3 we’re reminded, “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”  Navigating the challenges of this inherently wicked world is a daunting task. What a blessing to know God has empowered us with everything we need to live a godly life. We are benefactors of His “glory and goodness.”

During some of the hardest times of our lives, Janet and I have often found solace in this one statement, “We still have each other.” In other words, the certainty of a loving relationship is where we find fulfillment and happiness. Even death cannot break that bond of love. Far greater than that is our relationship with the Lord. His love is unconditional, everlasting, unchangeable, and inseparable. And that’s the greatest spiritual blessing of them all.

…neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39

For more on this topic, check out this article: How to Have a Blessed Day Every Day

Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 3 (July – September) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.

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