Do you really want to be Happy?
Would you like to be Prosperous?
Do you want to be Favored by the God of all creation?
If so, you like me, want to live blessed. And I’d like to tell you how if you are willing to travel with me back to the beginning.
In the first book and chapter of the Old Testament, we find the Original Blessing bestowed on the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, and, subsequently, mankind.
The Original Blessing – Genesis 1:28 NMV
“And God-Elōhīm [The Living Word – The Creator] Blessed (Favored by God; happy; prosperous) them, and God-Elōhīm [The Living Word] said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
So why wouldn’t anyone want the blessing?
Good question. Obviously, I cannot speak for the first parents, but the story is that the “lure of something better” brought the initial blessing to a screeching halt. The garden deception changed our relationship with God until Abram.
Genesis 12:2-3 NKJV records the moment God’s made the promise to Abram.
“I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
While this blessing was made with the Jews, it extends to all who believe in God’s son, Jesus, and accepts Him as Lord and Savior.
“So the blessing of Abraham’s faith is now our blessing too!” Galatians 3:9 TPT.
Even during a COVID-19 crisis, and other tests and trials, we can still live the blessed life. James 1:12 TPT tells us that “If your faith remains strong, even while surrounded by life’s difficulties, you will continue to experience the untold blessings of God! True happiness comes as you pass the test with faith, and receive the victorious crown of life promised to every lover of God!”
Mark Batterson, in his book, Double Blessing, describes the benefits this way:
My challenge to you is to not miss another moment’s blessing. Do not be deceived. Keep the faith and never lose your hope in God’s initial plan for mankind.
I leave you with the blessing the Lord spoke to Moses in Numbers 6:24-27
bless you and
make His face shine upon you,
be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
give you peace.”