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Lay Claim to Your Blessings

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Psalms 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

There are 12 different types of blessings that are stated in Deuteronomy 28, the blessings chapter, and if we obey the Lord in all things we can lay claim to all of these blessings. They may not all manifest at once, but ultimately they will be evident in our lives. Abraham is an example, through his obedience he lay claim to all these blessings.

Based on Psalms 1:1, there are 3 attitudes that we must avoid in order to lay claim to our blessing. The first is to walk in the counsel of the ungodly. Taking counsel from people who have no desire to honour God is opening yourself up to be influenced to go down the wrong path. The second attitude that must be avoided is that of “standing in the way of sinners”. Standing in the way of sinners is synonymous with adopting their way of thinking and doing what they do. Although Jehoram had a righteous father in the person of Jehoshaphat, he did evil in the sight of God because he aligned himself with the daughter of Ahab, who had an ungodly mindset. As a result, he lost out on the blessings of the Lord.

The third attitude that must be avoided is that of sitting in the seat of the scornful. Being scornful is to be proud to the extent that it prevents true repentance. In 2 Chronicles 16 when King Asa was rebuked by the prophet for not depending on God, he was so puffed up that he put the prophet in prison and refused to change. As a result, the Lord later struck him with a disease in his foot. The blessings of God are ours for the taking if we stay obedient. Do not make being obedient to the word of God more difficult than it needs to be by hanging out with the wrong people.

Life Application: Claim your blessings by continually meditating upon the word of God and pray that pleasing God will be your greatest desire. 

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your blessings. May I walk in your ways to obtain all that you have declared in your word. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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