Blessing always includes the power to bl…

Blessing always includes the power to bless others.

Andrew Murray, Living the New Life

#blessing

Momma Quoted Scripture

It wasn’t just a verse or two. Momma quoted any number of scriptures to me. The first Psalm was among the most frequent. She must have thought there were some things I especially needed to hear.

What better Psalm to tell a child? Everyone talks about the good life, but this is the real deal! Better to learn it early on, as the Preacher says, “before the evil days come.”

1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

4 The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

#blessing, #judgment, #meditation, #wisdom

Length Of Time To Become A Christian?

Like Randal, I grew up in the church. And like Randal, I was a timid child as well, so I hesitated in being baptized until I was 15 years of age (Jan, 1960). My grandmother was always my great encourager, and thankfully, she was in the audience the Sunday I was baptized into Christ. What a blessing it was to have her witness the occasion. I look forward to seeing her again in eternity!

#audience, #baptize, #blessing, #child, #church, #encourage, #hesitate, #timid

My gospel blessings

Mike is right that there are too many blessings to pick one. In a word, salvation has to be it, to know God again, walk in his presence, enjoy his fellowship. So basic, that one.

But let me go to another blessing of the gospel, and that is the amazing privilege of sharing in the gospel’s proclamation. That we, as fallible mortals, have been made partners with God (see 2Cor 6:1 in NLT) in the task of communicating the salvation that has been offered to all mankind leaves me breathless at the goodness and wisdom of the Lord.

To know that the Lord uses me to bring another soul to salvation, that he has chosen every single child of his to enter into the labors and sufferings of Christ, that the joy of redemption is increased by our participation in God’s mission — this too is a blessing and a marvel and a reason for praise and thanksgiving.

#blessing, #evangelism, #gospel, #mission