The Blessed Man (Three Word Wednesday)


BLESSED Last Sunday at our local church Pastor Gail Stathis preached a powerful and encouraging sermon on a new series of sermons titled “Blessed” which will last until the end of January. This sermon spoke to my soul and I will share some of the notes I took. At the end of the post I will share the link where you can go and listen to it. I am sure you will be touched and blessed just like I was. The word blessed is used about 280-300 times in the Bible. There are different types of “Blessed”. God is blessed, people are blessed, towns are blessed, nations are blessed, our hands are blessed, our feet, our ears are blessed, governments are blessed, our enemies are blessed, the heavens are blessed, our neighbors are blessed, towns are blessed and the list goes on. There are things though that are not blessed. God is calling us to rise up and understand what it means to be blessed, to be a blessing and lived as a blessed person especially in the times we are living, because things are not going to get better but His church, His beautiful body will go from blessing to blessing, from glory to glory. It is important for us to learn and study and chew on what it means to be blessed. How can we be a blessed man in the Lord? Psalm 1: 1-3 1 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinnersor sit in the seat of mockers. 2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. As we can see from reading the above passage, there is a formula, a pattern of how to be blessed. A man that follows this pattern will be blessed. There are of course somethings that it says that teach us how we will not be blessed. We can see a contrast here of a blessed man/ a godly man with an ungodly one. There are things that we shouldn’t do if we want to be blessed. Psalm 32:1-2, 1 Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. 2 Blessed is the man whose sin the LORD does not count against him and in whose spirit is no deceit. Our foundation for blessing does not exist if our sins are not forgiven, Our hearts must be right before God. We must be in a right relationship with Him. Let us take a look at what we are not to do. First of all we are to do is reject ungodly council. If we want and desire to be blessed we should not walk in the council of the ungodly. We are not to walk in the council of this world. The ungodly have thrown God out of their life. They are guided by their own sense of right and wrong. The council they will give us will destroy us… They are driven by their own lust. Lust is not just something that has to do with sexual desires but it is money, fame, reputation, attention e.t.c) Ungodly advice comes in many forms:

  • in newspapers and magazines, tv shows
  • astrologers
  • friends ( not all friends are perfect)
  • psychiatrists and psychologists
  • parents, siblings, etc

Our first council must come from the ONE who is the COUNSELOR. We must avoid walking with the ungodly, with the ways of this world. We must stand out as a light. While walking with the ungodly at some point we will start standing/hanging around with the sinners. This doesn’t mean we seclude ourself out of this world. it means that we do not compromise and follow the ways of the world. We should reach a point in our life that we are so impressed by God that we break every tie with the world. We should activate our life in Christ. Now if we walk with the ungodly and stand with the sinners, if we don’t walk away then we will come to the point of sitting down and becoming comfortable with the scornful. Just look back in your life and see if this pattern has happened. I know it has in my life and recently I  must admit. A blessed man is one who does not embrace any of these things but delights in God’s word. He meditates on it day and night. God rewards him. How? Psalm 1 tells us that this man who does not do these things but delights in God will be like a tree planted by streams of water, nourished by Him, that will yield fruit in all seasons, that will not wither but will prosper. Living a blessed life means that I am happy, content in all (even if I am poor, going through difficulties, ill, etc). Take some time to listen to the sermon I am sure you will be blessed. http://www.glyfadacc.org/player/player.php?file=/GCC/2013/2013-11-17%20SUN%20EN%20GR%20The%20Blessed%20Man%20-%20pastor%20C.G.%20Stathis.mp3&db=true May you all have a wonderful and blessed day, Natasha I will be linking up with:

 

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12 thoughts on “The Blessed Man (Three Word Wednesday)

  1. There is so much wisdom in this post, Natasha. It truly spoke to me tonight. I think what hit my most is the reminder that our hearts need to be right before God. There are many times when I realize I’m in need of a good heart check.
    Thank you so much for linking up for Three Word Wednesday. You are a blessing!
    Much love,
    Beth

  2. Natasha – When I saw the name of your pastor, I recognized the name immediately as she (& her husband) had been guest speakers at our church several times years ago. She had spoken beautifully. Once I clicked on her name, I recognized her face. I am amazed at how God can weave His people together.
    Blessings,
    Joanne

    1. Wow! Joanne! That truly is amazing! Yes, I stand amazed at how God brings His children together from all parts of the world! I am truly blessed to have her as my Pastor. She is a wonderful woman of God! Blessings and love!!!

  3. ” ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.’” May it be so in each of our lives. I know I cannot do anything without Him and stand. Well done, Natasha!!! 🙂

    1. So very true my dearest Skye! I am truly blessed to have such a wonderful pastor who is truly a mighty woman of God! Love you so much Skye!!! ❤

  4. I memorized the first Psalm this year. It makes a difference when we understand what is the result of listening to, obeying and soaking in the word of God.

    1. Yes it does Helene! We need to chew on the word again and again, to sink deep in it and put it in action in our life! Thank you for stopping by and commenting! May you have a blessed day!!!

  5. It is such a blessing to have the word of God that we can enjoy, learn from, use as our standard. Thanks for reminding us where we need to go for the right counsel, Natasha. And thanks for linking up with Testimony Tuesday!

    1. Holly it is a joy and blessing to connect with you at Testimony Tuesday and to have come to know you through here. May you have a blessed day!!!

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