Abounding, Abundant, Faithfulness is the True Keys to God’s Blessings. Wisdom From: Proverbs 28:18-22

In this devotional for today I am seeking to bless your life, shake up, and stir up your affections for God, today we’re going to look at the blessedness of God’s faithfulness and how we ourselves can express our gratitude to God, revealing it, returning it and sharing it. You and I can have faith, because God is faithful. His faithfulness lays the foundation for our faithfulness. We need to love him, follow him, walk with him. May God draw us closer to him and give us a greater measure of His faith today as we focus on his steadfast love and his faithfulness.

Proverbs 28:18-22Amplified Bible

18 
He who walks blamelessly and uprightly will be kept safe,
But he who is crooked (perverse) will suddenly fall.
19 
He who cultivates his land will have plenty of bread,
But he who follows worthless people and frivolous pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
20 
A faithful (right-minded) man will abound with blessings,
But he who hurries to be rich will not go unpunished.
21 
To have regard for one person over another and to show favoritism is not good,
Because for a piece of bread a man will transgress.
22 
He who has an evil and envious eye hurries to be rich
And does not know that poverty will come upon him.

The Word of God for the Children of God. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.

In today’s devotional, we are going to look at six areas of life which too many people are being the most unfaithful and what does the Bible say about it. Be faithful to God in these areas, you surely, certainly will unlock his blessings.

1. Being Faithful to God and His Word

A. In such times as these, all of us are forced to wait at certain times of life and waiting is a time when our faithfulness is put into test. If we are faithful, we will wait upon the Lord for sustenance, not anything or anyone else, (Psalm 62:5).
B. We need to be faithful to God’s word also. We are to devote ourselves to it on a daily basis. We are to live it in our heart so that we will not sin, (Psalms 119:11).
C. God will surely, certainly bless when we delve into, when we abide, and we abound deeply into his word. Above all we will have his perfect peace, even while living in a world of tranquility, (John 15:7Isaiah 26:3, 1 Timothy 2:15).

2. Being Faithful to the Local Church

A. The local church is every Christian’s spiritual family. God has called us to be a family of One God, One Spirit, and One Baptism. Be fed only by the Word of God (Psalm 19, Psalm 34:8 -10, Psalm 119, Proverbs 1, 8, 16:24, Proverbs 22:6)
B. Faithfulness to one’s local church is best expressed by his obedience to his precepts and teachings. Love God, Neighbor and self. Respect their ideologies and the nuances of their various and diverse theologies, biases and prejudices are irrelevant and immaterial and unnecessary (Acts 2, Galatians 3:25-29)
C. Always support each other in ministry, as we all labor for the Kingdom of God, in our tears and in sweat, (1 Thessalonians 5:12-131 Timothy 5:17-18).

3. Being Faithful to Your Family

A. Husbands are commanded to love their wives like Christ loved the Church and gave his life for her and wives are told to be subject to their husbands, (Ephesians 5:22-25).
B. Husbands should be faithful to their wives and wives should be faithful to their husbands, (Hebrews 13:4).
C. Children are told to obey their parents in the Lord. It’s a conditional promise. Parents are told not to provoke their children to anger. but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, (Ephesians 6:1-4).

4. Be Faithful to Your Finances

A. Plan your budget, expenses with great care, (Luke 14:28-30). Constantly give attention to your financial health, (Proverbs 27:23).
B. Pay your tithe on time. Everything you have belongs to God. But he is asking you to give one-tenth of it back, for the welfare of his servant. He has promised to bless your tithe and told you to test him on it, (Malachi 3:10).
C. Give regularly, in addition to the tithe. Not because God wants your money. Giving is a form of worship. To worship means to surrender your whole self and surrendering your finances is a good place to begin with, (Proverbs 3:9).

5. Being Faithful to One’s Country

A. The Bible commands us to submit to the government because it’s the established will of God, (Romans 13:1). Its authority comes from God alone.
B. The Bible forbids rebelling against the governing authorities. Rebellion against the government is the same as rebellion against God, (Romans 13:2).
C. God is in control of all. The Bible also urges us to pray for those who govern, (1 Timothy 2:1-4).

6. Being Faithful at the Work Place

A. We are to obey our employers in the Lord. Means we should obey them, as long as their wishes don’t contradict God’s word, (Ephesians 6:5).
B. Don’t steal from your employer or deceive him. We should work for our employers as if we are working for God, (Ephesians 6:8).
C. Employers should treat their employees with respect. God will judge the employer that that oppresses his employees, (Ephesians 6:9).

Conclusion

You and I were never meant to live life apart from the knowledge of God’s faithfulness. You and I aren’t meant to live with the weight of doing life on our own. Man may fail you, but your God will not. Family and friends may not be there when you need them the most, but your God will always be there for you.

Where do you feel on your own?

In what ways do you need a fresh revelation of God’s faithfulness?

He promises to be true to you.

He promises to see you through any situation you find yourself in. 

Isaiah 54:10 says, “‘For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” 

Faithfulness is foundational to the very character of God. God’s steadfast love for you is surer than the very ground you walk on.

So, respond to God’s faithfulness today. Let his promises steady the parts of your life that feel unsure. As you step outside today, take time to look at the world around you. Think about the things you’ve put your trust in.

And remember, God promises that his faithfulness will outlast anything your eyes can see. May your affections for him be mightily shaken and stirred today.

May you all come to respond to his faithfulness with your own. And may you experience the love and joy of a Father who loves you perfectly and completely.

I want to urge you to search for yourself and know whether you have been unfaithful in any of these areas. Remember, that the one who conceals his sin shall not prosper. But God will restore us if we confess and renounce them, (Proverbs 28:13).

In the name of God, the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,

Let us Pray,

Help me Lord to follow you with my whole heart. Help me Lord to be faithful to my calling. Help me Lord to fulfil promises I make to people. Let me abound with all covenant blessings in Jesus’ name. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Amen.

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God is Asking Us …. Do We want Him to Bless Us today? Proverbs 28:18-22

“Count your Blessings!” “Hug your Blessings!” “Be a Blessing unto Others!”

Each an expression most of us know well. It was made famous by a great old hymn you may not be familiar with if you’re younger. This inspiring hymn of thankfulness to God makes for a truly wonderful meditation for your private devotions or to share in a time of quiet prayer, reflection with a small group, 

Do you want God to bless you today? Are you in the mood to be blessed? Do you want to be blessed? Do you genuinely “feel like” being blessed today? Christians obtain blessings by living like Christ. But who wants to live their life like Jesus? “Blessed to be a Blessing?” What is that supposed to mean when all is not well?

I mean, I would never turn away the opportunity to experience feel the comfort of another human being who wants to turn all of my frowns into widest smiles. But, to sort out abundant uncountable blessings from the uncountable curses, to count, to give any number, unto the uncountable blessings promised of God?

I simply do not know, perhaps I do not want to know, how high that number truly is.

Proverbs 28:18-22 NASB

18 One who walks blamelessly will receive help,
But one who is [a]crooked will fall all at once.
19 One who works his land will have plenty of food,
But one who follows empty pursuits will have plenty of poverty.
20 A faithful person will abound with blessings,
But one who hurries to be rich will not go unpunished.
21 To [b]show partiality is not good,
Because for a piece of bread a man will do wrong.
22 A person with an evil eye hurries after wealth
And does not know that poverty will come upon him.

The Word of God for the Children of God. Gloria! In Excelsis Deo! Alleluia! Amen.

Although quite precious, abounding faithfulness to God is a rare virtue today.

The Bible has many references to it. But Proverbs 28:20, in particular, says that faithfulness is the key to our abounding in our God’s uncountable blessings.

First, there are two types of blessings in general.

The first kind is known as the common blessings such as rain, sunlight, etc. One does not have to be a faithful child of God to the abundance of receive these.

The second kind is known as the unique blessings which include both spiritual and material riches but available only to God’s children.

In today’s devotional, we are going to look at the story behind the writing of the famous Hymn – “Count Your Blessings” written by Johnson Oatman, Jr. (1897)

The Story Behind Count Your Blessings

Johnson Oatman, Jr. grew up in New Jersey in the middle of the 19th Century singing hymns with his father. His life is a testimony to the legacy left by a loving Father who sings praise to God with his children!

Johnson grew up to become a bi-vocational Methodist minister and he wrote over 5,000 hymns, including Count Your Blessings in 1897. Count Your Blessings is considered his finest hymn and for over one century it has been one of our most loved hymns. It’s a song of thankfulness to God that is sung by English speaking people around the world on Thanksgiving Day and all year long.

One writer said about Count Your Blessings, “It is like a beam of sunlight that has brightened up the dark places of the earth.” Early on it was especially popular in Great Britain, where it was said, “The men sing it, the boys whistle it, and the women rock their babies to sleep on this hymn.” During the revival in Wales, it was one of the most favored of hymns sung at every service.

The Meaning Behind Count Your Blessings

The wonderful encouragement to “Count your blessings” is often misused.

It does not mean to deny that you’re having problems.

It does not mean to ignore your troubling emotions. It does not mean, “Cheer up and act like everything is fine.” That does not work and never will work!

It certainly does not lead to lasting joy and peace. The hymn is actually encouraging us to acknowledge openly that we are “tempest-tossed” or “burdened with a load of care” and bring our concerns unto God in prayer.

When we go to God with our troubles, we can begin to see that we do not need to be discouraged because “God is over all.”

In other words, we bring ourselves and our circumstances to Christ in the Kingdom of the Heavens, which he said is right “at hand” (Matthew 4:17). In the spiritual reality of God’s Kingdom is “wealth untold,” a “reward in heaven” and a “home on high,” “Help and comfort” now and “to [our] journey’s end.”

To count all of our blessings is to appreciate, one-by-one, that we have “every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). And genuine thanks and praise to God goes with openly unburdening ourselves before the listening ears of the “Father of compassion” and “God of all comfort,” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

Meditate on Count Your Blessings

In the name of God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I invite each of you readers to join me by prayerfully reading the lyrics to this great hymn, letting God use it to work within, help you count your blessings today. Ask God to make this sweet song become a beam of sunlight to brighten up any dark places in your life and inspire you to shine the light of Christ more brightly in your circle of influence.

Count Your Blessings

When upon life’s billows you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Refrain:
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings—money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Quiet Prayer and Reflection

How has God blessed you?

What has he done in your life?

As the hymn teaches, do not just look to God’s physical blessings, but also to his spiritual blessings, which are eternal and are in the heavenly realms for us to drawn on today and ever more so into eternity. 

As you quiet yourself in the presence of the Lord (Psalm 46:10-11) “count your blessings” one by one. You will find that “it will surprise you what the Lord has done.” (Indeed, experiencing a sense of surprise is one of the distinguishing marks that God has spoken to your heart or acted in your life in a special way.)

You may want to then write a prayer of thanks and praise to God. Then it’d be read, wonderful to share with your group or a friend how God has blessed you.

In the name of God, the Father and God the Son and God the Holy Spirit,

Let us Pray,

Savior Jesus Christ, I thank you that, on the basis of your merit, I have inherited a full, abundant and eternal life. Awaken confidence in me that I may receive all the blessings that you have prepared for me. In union with you, I ask for special favor today. If it be your will, grant my request and fix my eyes upon you that I may honor and glorify your name.  In your blessed and glorious name, Amen.

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