Abide & Be BlessedPublished Mar 29, 2019 | Women Mentoring Women, Terri Jenkin
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you forever (John 14:16). As believers in Jesus Christ, God himself by the Holy Spirit dwells in us, desiring to bless us so we might prosper spiritually far beyond what we might imagine. He has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3). Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature (Second Peter 1:4).
God’s Word empowers us to stand firm in our faith. He has provided resources which enable us to overcome anything that threatens to devastate us. Bill often says, “Find out who you are in Christ, believe it, and act accordingly.”
If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:31,32).
God desires to bless us as we allow Him to rule and order our life, yet, I still find myself asking God to bless me instead of thanking Him for that with which He has already blessed me.
He has given us all the love we need to love the unlovely—The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us (Romans 5:5); all the grace we need to face difficulties—My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness (Second Corinthians 12:9); and all the joy we need in sad times—And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full (First John 1:4).
As I grow in my understanding of abiding in Christ I have challenged myself, and I want to encourage you, too, to get out of the “help me” mentality and appropriate all that He has already given—His divine power hath given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness (Second Peter1:3). Not “Bless me, Lord” but “Thank you for blessing me!”