When asked, “How are you?” Many Christians respond, “I’m blessed.” It seems to roll off our tongues rather quickly, so fast that we don’t even have to think about the words. Is it by habit, or is it socially correct to use good old Christian lingo?
What is the difference between being blessed and wishing someone good luck? Let’s reason together…
What is a Blessing?
A blessing is “the act or words of one that blesses” or “a thing conducive to happiness or welfare.” The Bible describes blessed as being happy, fortunate, well-doing.
“Do You Feel Lucky Today?”
Wishing someone good luck gives a person a sense of hope but does not guarantee rewards. For example, millions of people play the lottery every day, hoping to get lucky. But, according to “The Odds of Winning the Lottery,” the odds of winning the PowerBall Game is 1 in 393 million. So your chance of being struck by lightning is better.
Some believers walk in the world’s ways and use the phrase “Good Luck” because it suits them well. However, it pleases me to inform you that believers don’t need luck because we have a blood-bought right to claim God’s promise to Abraham as an heir of the Kingdom.
Genesis 12:1-3 tells us that God promised Abraham that his descendants would be blessed through his seed. Jesus, the Son of God, is Abraham’s seed; (Gen. 12:7; Gen. 3:16, 29). Believers are the physical seeds of Abraham and are adopted into the family of God as His chosen possessions, His peculiar treasures.
“The blessing of the LORD brings [true] riches, And He adds no sorrow to it [for it comes as a blessing from God]” – Prov. 10:22 Amp. Bible.
In Matthew chapter five, Jesus is teaching on the Mount. Listening intently are His disciples and a crowd of followers. The Lesson taught is known as “The Beatitudes.” The Beatitudes are eight declarations of blessedness. The word beatitude means supreme blessedness or exalted happiness. Translated in Greek, “blessed” means “happy, blissful, or to be enlarged.” In this context, blessed refers to “a state of spiritual well-being and prosperity.”
Jesus began each statement declaring, “Blessed are…” The Beatitudes unveil the truth that being blessed provides a future reward for the person possessing a specific character quality. The purpose is to inspire a particular lifestyle that reflects Jesus’s lifestyle (Matt. 5:1-11).
The richness of verse 9 provides us with a righteous meaning for being blessed. It reads, “Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favor] are the peacemakers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God.”
The Bible is filled with precious promises, and you can be sure that when God makes a promise, He faithfully keeps it. Furthermore, he watches over every promise until it comes to pass; (Jere. 1:12).
One of the most valuable blessings that God has given us is forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. The material things that we enjoy are temporary, but the spiritual blessings available to us in Christ encompass time and eternity.
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