Matthew 5:10-12 NIV “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
How often do we hear people today say, “I’m blessed?” Are they being persecuted (pursued) for righteousness sake? Are they being insulted for the name of Jesus? Do people say all kinds of evil against them for believing in Christ? Jesus said this is what being blessed means. Wouldn’t Jesus know more about blessings than us? There are many reasons why people feel, “blessed.” We will discuss a few.
“I’M BLESSED I WOKE UP THIS MORNING”
Ask enough people, “How are you doing?” and it won’t be long before you hear, “I’m blessed, I woke up this morning.” I would have to agree that waking up in the morning can be a blessing, but is that what it means to BE BLESSED? It can’t be because a lot of cursed people woke up this morning too. Here’s proof:
Jeremiah 17:5 NIV “This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord.”
Proverbs 17:13 GW “Whoever pays back evil for good–evil will never leave his home.”
Proverbs 24:24-25 KJV “He that saith unto the wicked, Thou art righteous; him shall the people curse, nations shall abhor him:  But to them that rebuke him shall be delight, and a good blessing shall come upon them.”
Isaiah 5:20-24 KJV “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!  Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!  Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:  Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!  Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.”
Many of these people woke up this morning too. And they are all cursed! They’re not blessed. People who, “cast away,” (do away with) the law of the Lord (God’s word) are cursed.” People who call evil good and good evil are cursed. People who justify wicked people for unjust profits are cursed. People who trust in man for strength are cursed. People who return evil for good are cursed. People who call wicked people righteous are cursed. People who are wise in their own eyes are cursed. People who are drunkards are cursed, etcetera. Many of these people woke up this morning too. So just waking up in the morning is not the definition of what it means to blessed.
The Devil loves religious cliches like, “I’m blessed, I woke up this morning,” because these kinds of sayings blind people from the truth. You are only blessed if you are a true follower of Jesus Christ, which will bring persecution for His name. Waking up in the morning doesn’t give you automatic, “Blessed,” status with God. In fact if you are truly serving Jesus Christ your most blessed day will be when you don’t wake up anymore. Because then you will be with Him in heaven forever!😂
Philippians 1:21 NLT “For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.”
Ecclesiastes 7:1 NLT “A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. And the day you die is better than the day you are born.”
John 11:25 KJV “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”
“I GOT MONEY, I’M BLESSED”
Athough waking up in the morning and having money can be blessings these are not the definitions of what it means to BE BLESSED. Need proof on this regarding money? Read below:
James 5:1-6 NIV “Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you.  Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes.  Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.  Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty.  You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.  You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.”
WOW! Most people believe once they become rich they’ve got it made. But God says, “Woe,” to many rich people because they are cursed. They practice injustice and are greedy.
James 1:9-12 KJV “Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:  But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.  For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.  Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”
Righteous folks endure trials and will be crowned with life. The wicked who have money buy their way out of trouble (so they think) and are crowned with the second death (Revelation 21:8). WOW! According to God’s word the poor man is blessed not the rich man. God says the rich man will fade away and all of his ways. That includes all of his achievements. So being rich or having money doesn’t give you automatic, “Blessed,” status either. It’s a lie from the Devil.
1 Timothy 6:8-10 KJV “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
So many desiring to be rich have destroyed themselves God says. Because they have made money their God and are under a curse.
“I’M BEAUTIFUL, SO I’M BLESSED”
Hah hah hah I just had to talk about this one. How many Esther’s do we have out there? Women who’s beauty put them in influential positions in life, then their inner beauty shines even more, and they are used by God to save a nation of people from genocide? Hmmmmmm.🤔 If you’re not familiar with the story of Esther I encourage you to read about Queen Esther in the Bible Book Of Esther. There you will find what a beautiful, blessed woman looks like.
Today we have many pretty people who are Jezebels. That goes for males and females. We have narcissists who use their looks to gain control of and destroy others. I once had a manager (a female) who was desperately trying to gain control over me. She wasn’t drop dead gorgeous but she had some beauty. I was her #1 sales rep out of 350 employees but that wasn’t enough. She wanted more. She wanted my soul. She would sit in provocative poses at work and call my name with this sexual look on her face. I would ignore her and keep working. One day she called me in her office and said, “I know you can look at me and tell that I’m blessed!” WOW! What arrogance. Poor woman. Long story short I never gave in to her advances but instead rebuked her for pretending to be a Christian. I wound up losing that job and she saw to it that I did not receive my last pay check.
Here’s proof that being pretty or beautiful doesn’t mean you are blessed:
Proverbs 31:30 ISV “Charm is deceitful and beauty fades; but a woman who fears the LORD will be praised.”
The woman that fears the Lord is beautiful. She has a beauty that will never fade away.
1 Peter 3:3-4 KJV ‘Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;  But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”
It’s not how a woman looks or what she wears that makes her beautiful to God. It’s her inner self that can’t be corrupted; her meek and quiet spirit. Women like this are of GREAT PRICE TO GOD! So, for someone to say about themselves or about someone else they are blessed just because they are beautiful (outwardly) is a lie.
Let’s be truly blessed by seeking what God tells us being blessed means.
Psalm 1:1-2 KJV “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.  But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
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