How To Be Blessed
Are you in need of God’s blessings in your life? Visiting Pastor Dr. Lawrence Powell shares Biblical wisdom and insights from Psalm 1, and what it means to be blessed and favored by the Lord. Read more below.
Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful
– Psalm 1:1
What does it mean to be blessed? To be blessed is divine benediction; to be blessed is to have the favor of God. Favor will get you into places where education can not. Favor will open doors that man cannot shut. You should be surrounded by favor like a shield.
The Lord wants you blessed. In fact, God wants you to be blessed more than you want to be blessed! When God blesses you, no one can curse you. Don’t let anyone cheat you out of your blessing; don’t let anyone make you feel bad about being blessed. God’s blessing is supposed to be upon you.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law, he meditates day and night.
To be blessed is to be happy; enviable, fortunate. But blessings are not just summed up in silver and gold. Blessings are also about character. To be blessed means to be right, or to be level. Some have money but they don’t have sanity. Others could have all the money in the world but not have peace.
How do we obtain the blessings of God? The Bible tells us to “Keep this Book of the Law always on our lips” and to“meditate on it day and night;” to “do everything written in it” and that we should “prosper even as our soul prospers.” When God puts His hand upon you He says, “Be what I’ve created you to be.” So while we can certainly benefit from the experiences of others, we must stand in the grace that God has given us. How many of us favor the righteous cause of God? Walk in the blessings of God and make your mark here on society.
3He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
To be blessed means “to be positioned to prosper and empowered to succeed.” It means that you can tackle anything that comes your way:
- If it’s going back to school, you can do it.
- If it’s paying the tuition, you can do it.
- If it’s making your marriage work, you can do it.
- If it’s getting your ministry to where it needs to be, you can do it.
- If it’s growing the church where it needs to be, you can do it.
The scripture says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me:” God’s stamp of approval is on you! So ask God to cleanse you from all unrighteousness. Get rid of the excuses, and believe that the next few months are going to be better than the last. Make this declaration today:
“I am positioned to prosper, and empowered to succeed. I’ve got the power of God so I can make a difference in my world. I can make a mark on my society that’s impossible to erase. God has blessed me so that I can be a blessing.”
You and I have a responsibility; you and I have a call: and that is to proclaim the blessings of Almighty God. Even in hostile environments and unfavorable conditions, God’s blessing is upon you. Being blessed means having all the happiness, all the “right goings”, all the prosperity and success. The evil will look upon you and be enviable of you; they will want to know the secret of your success…And you will not glory in your wisdom, your might, your good looks, your education, your business savvy: but you will give all glory and honor to God.
God says that you’re going to be like a tree; He is moving you to a place of security. This is a time to be a radical child of God: salt of the earth; a royal priesthood, a holy nation. Child of God, declare to yourself, “It’s my season.”
Adapted from the sermon, “3 Don’ts and a Do”, by Dr. Lawrence Powell at West Angeles COGIC.
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Psalm 1, 35:27, 5:12; 1 John 4:4, 3 John 1:2, Joshua 1:8, Isaiah 1:19, 1 Peter 2:9, Matthew 5:13, Philippians 4:13.
Dr. Lawrence R. Powell is the Senior Pastor of Agape Family Worship Center in Rahway, New Jersey. With over 26 years in ministry, Dr. Powell is transforming lives with his powerful, prolific and practical presentation of the Gospel. A much sought-after speaker, respected Biblical teacher, and author, Lawrence earned a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, a Master’s degree from Oral Roberts University and a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University. Through outreach, evangelism and multimedia broadcasting, Lawrence is bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ to people all over the world. Dr. Powell is the doting father of three young adults: Adria Janelle, Aaron Raphael, and Ashlyn Gabrielle.
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