9/10/2006 ~ Counting Our Blessings

"... He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain
on the just and on the unjust." ~ Matthew 5:45

All material blessings bestowed upon us can not be counted.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
and comes down from the Father of lights, ... ~ James 1:17

… the very air that we breathe ...

                            ┌─> And yet more are to come.

... blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, ...
~ Ephesians 1:3-6

Ephesians = The Book of Blessings

... all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, ... ~ Romans 3:21-26
└─> Includes all who live on the earth.                                                    

... For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life
in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 6:20-23

● 1st Blessing = Forgiveness             

... forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace ... ~ Ephesians 1:7

            ● 2nd Blessing = Indwelling of the Spirit

... your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, ...
~ 1st Corinthians 6:19-20

... but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings
which cannot be uttered. ... ~ Romans 8:26-27

The Spirit helps us in our prayers.

... to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, ...
~ Ephesians 3:16

... God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond
what you are able, ... ~ 1st Corinthians 10:13

His strength is there to help us withstand temptations and trials.

 ● 3rd Blessing = Divine Providence

Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, ... ~ Psalm 68:19

God is in control and determines what is best for us.

● 4th Blessing = Chastisement        

... If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; ...
~ Hebrews 12:4-8

God chastens us when we do wrong
Without discipline there is no maturity.

┌─> Per the Law, they had to show the priests they were healed.                       

... and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. ... ~ Luke 17:11-19
└─> Only one?                                     

  • How many times have you thanked God for forgiving our sins?
    We ask for it but do we show gratitude?

  • Do we thank the Spirit for helping usin bringing our request
                                                             before the Father?

  • How many times do we thank God for discipline?
             It is for our own good to become better people. <─┘

  • We all have blessings we can and cannot count.
Is it always “give me, give me,” or do we say “thank you, thank you.”

● 5th Blessing = Being a Christian

... I go to prepare a place for you. ... ~ John 14:2-4

... And the street of the city was pure gold, ... ~ Revelation 21:21

... He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." ...
~ Revelation 21:5-8

... redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. ...
~ Revelation 14:3-5

To see the amazements of splendor with the Father on the throne
with all the redeemed ... A blessing that can hardly be described.

1st Blessing
   2nd Blessing
3rd Blessing
4th Blessing
5th Blessing

= Forgiveness
= Indwelling of the Spirit   
= Divine Providence
= Chastisement
= Being a Christian

... our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing ...
~ Ephesians 1:3

For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
~ Galatians 3:27

When we are in Christ we are entitled
to all these spiritual blessings.





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