Blessed Is He That…

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Revelation 1:3 “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”

Anytime that God says He is going to bless someone if they do something, it is worthy to stop and see what you have to do to get His blessings. You may be saved, but that does not mean that God is going to bless you when you do nothing worthy of His blessings. God’s blessings are always based on obedience and action. In Psalm 1, God shows how He will bless an individual, but His blessing only comes when that individual does what God tells them to do. I don't know about you, but I want God’s blessings on my life. The verse above shows that God will bless you depending on three things.

First, you must read God’s Word. Notice that the verse above says, “Blessed is he that readeth…the words of this prophecy…” God says in Psalm 1:1a, “Blessed is the man…” He continues this statement in Psalm 1:2 where He says, “But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” The reason the reading of God’s Word brings blessings is because it shows you what you have to do to be obedient to the LORD. People often use the excuse when they do wrong, “I didn't know better.” The reason they didn't know better is because they didn't read God’s Word, and that is their fault. God’s Word keeps you from sin. You cannot avoid reading God’s Word and know His blessings on your life.

Second, you must hear the Words of God. You only hear God’s Word through the teaching and preaching of God’s Word. In other words, don't expect God to bless you when you miss church. It is in church that you hear God’s Word being taught and preached. To miss church only causes you to miss what it takes to have God’s blessings on your life. If the only reason you go to church is to hear God’s Word taught and preached, that alone is worth it when you acquire God’s blessings on your life.

Third, you must keep what you have read and heard from God’s Word. This is a threefold command. First, it means that you must apply God’s Word to your life. To read and hear God’s Word is not enough; you must apply what you heard to your life. In other words, when God’s Word tells you some things that you are doing are wrong, you are to clean that up in your life. When God’s Word tells you to do something that you are not doing, you are to do what He tells you to do if you want God’s blessings.

Second, it means that you take action on God’s Word. God did not write His Word so that His children can sit and do nothing, but He wrote it so they would pass it along to others. Part of keeping God’s Word is doing it. God’s Word is filled with actions of faith, and it is your responsibility to do something for God to have His blessings.

Third, it means don’t change what He had told you to do. Don't expect God’s blessings on your life when you are changing what He tells you to do. You learn what you are supposed to do by the reading and hearing of God’s Word, and then you are to apply it and not change it no matter how hard it may be to do it. If you want God’s blessings, the application of God’s Word, the obedience with action, and the determination to keep doing it without change is what will bring His blessings on your life.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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