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Monday, November 19, 2012

The Secret To Acquiring Abundant Blessings


by Arthelo Palma

1 Samuel 25

the secret to acquiring abundant blessings
It is not by accident or chance you come across this article, because you need blessings and you want to receive more. You might think it is important to find the secret, but before we desire it, God has already wanted us to know about it.

A higher percentage of product offerings we could find in the supermarket belongs to consumer goods which include instant foods. Yes, some of us always hurry to work, so it makes sense to prepare instant foods for us not to punch in late as we hate salary deductions due to our tardiness.

Some are also preoccupied with all the worries in life, leading us to forget those essential.

And here is another more common to us. We always hurry to make both ends meet. We busy ourselves finding money for us to live, and sustain not only our needs, but wants.

And here is the saddest part of all. We always forget the One (GOD) Who is responsible for giving us all the best things we might have acquired for now.

God's living principle...

Jesus said, “Give to Ceasar what is Ceasar’s and to God what is God’s” (Mark 12:17).

How many of us have finally understood this living principle of God? Not understanding this leads us to hurry to work without even praying to God and giving Him thanks for another wonderful day He gives us and allows us to experience. We always forget what we need to give to God. We always forget to give Him our time, if not our material possessions.

Allow me to share a story in the Bible of a man who died because of his greediness and hurling God insults amidst God’s provision for the work of his hands. His name was Nabal.

Nabal was blessed by God and God’s protection was upon his shepherds and sheep when David and his men where with them (verses 7-8).

Through David, God was asking a favor or a portion of whatever Nabal could find for David and his men (verses 7-8). But Nabal was surly and mean in his dealings (verse 3). He was greedy and throwing insults to men David sent to him to ask for something.

Nabal said, “Who is this David? Who is this son of Jessie? Many servants are breaking away from their masters these days. Why should I take my bread and water, and the meat I have slaughtered for my shearers, and give it to men coming from who knows where?” (verses 10-11).

Hearing these words, David burned with anger so he asked his men to put on their swords and said, “May God deal with David, be it ever so severely, if by morning I leave alive one male of all who belong to him” (verses 13,22).

Hearing this plot, Abigail, Nabal’s intelligent and beautiful wife (verse 3), prepared what she might have to offer to David and his men concerning their requests without informing his husband (verses 18-19).

David saw the repentant heart of Nabal’s wife and released blessings.

He said, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has sent you today to meet me. May you be blessed for your good judgment and for keeping me from bloodshed this day and from avenging myself with my own hands. Otherwise, as surely as the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, who has kept me from harming you, if you had not come quickly to meet me, not one male belonging to Nabal would have been left alive by daybreak” (verses 32-34).

Ten days later, as the heart of Nabal remained hard as stone, the Lord struck him and he died (verse 37-38). Then Abigail became David’s wife (verse 42).

Nabal was not directly throwing insults to David, but to God, for David, the God’s anointed, was God’s representative.

Abigail’s discerning spirit and repentant heart saved her household from disaster. 

Reflection...

God’s message:

Our greediness and wickedness are forms of insults to God amidst all the good things He has done for us. Offering back to God the blessings He gave us is a must. Failure to do so would require immediate repentance before it's too late for us and our greediness will take its toll on us.

God’s promise:

God’s promises us long life, good health, good health and excellent spiritual life, above all.

God’s command:

A life fully blessed by God should learn to offer what belongs to the Lord.

God’s warning:

Not giving back to God what He deserves to receive from us results to a shorter life, poor health or poor health in all of life's vital aspects (ex. emotional instability, plenty of tormenting spirits such as pride, lust of the flesh, greediness, discontentment, insecurity, extreme fear, hatred, wickedness, evil intent and so on).

Applications:

You will know if you are giving back to God and what He deserves from you if right now you are experiencing pure joy and contentment, amidst some circumstances coming your way. If not, learn to give more time conversing with God to allow Him to instruct you on what you need to do. Remember this. It’s easy for us to hear these words, but it takes courage to listen (means doing) to them. I urge you brothers and sisters, pray for that courage in the name of Jesus Christ! Move now before it's too late and before our wickedness will take its toll on us. Always give thanks to the Lord and have quality time with Him. Read the Bible and meditate on it day and night.

Prayer:

Father in Heaven, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the everlasting God, thank You for another wonderful day. Thank You for making our day, by hearing Your words now. Bless these words Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, that they might remain in us and will guide us through as You promise us to have long life, good health and good health to all what is in us. Thank You very much for not making our hearts hard as stone so that we could fully obey You and understand Your will in our lives. Harden not our hearts. This we ask and pray in the name of Christ Jesus. Amen!

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