105. Blessings?

The End Time Men
W.W. Fischer
Scriptures Referenced in This Chapter:
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Psa. 17:15 π Prov. 9:10 π Prov. 10:13 π Rom. 2:4

We have often been accused of seeking blessings rather than Jesus, and rightfully so. Contemporary Christian proposals are replete with processes and procedures to receive blessings, and the motives of our hearts in seeking these blessings, if exposed (and someday they will be) would reveal: selfishness, envy, jealousy, lust to rule, greed, lust to rule, greed, lust to excel, lust to be noticed, idolatry, and others (the works of the flesh).

There is something incongruous here, as getting blessings seems to bring out into the open some deep areas of darkness in us. Our exuberance of receiving blessings exhibits great shouts and exclamations, which sound good but are often only an exhibition of satisfaction of the flesh life. It’s as if we are having fellowship with these fleshly demonstrations.

Of course, we acknowledge that the goodness of the Lord leads us to repentance. ( Rom. 2:4; top ) But do we repent when we receive blessings?

What is going on here?

Almighty God wants an intimate relationship with every child of God, and He also desires that this relationship should grow deeper and deeper and that we should change into His likeness. David said, “…I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.” ( Psa. 17:15; top )

David knew the heart cry of God!

Repentance brings us closer to God and brings us to Him with the right spirit, not with the exclamation, “Look what my great faith did.”

Repentance changes us. We have misunderstood and thought that the receiving of blessings means God has forgotten and overlooked our sinful behavior.

Now if God’s goodness doesn’t bring us to repentance, He has other ways, and they aren’t too neat: “…A rod for the back of him that is void of understanding.” ( Prov. 10:13 ) “…the knowledge of the holy is understanding.” ( Prov. 9:10; top )

An example could be: You are a base runner on third base, and you get the sign from the coach for a suicide squeeze play at home plate – and the catcher is 6’7” and weighs 350 pounds.

The coach takes the sign off and you repent quickly to get closer to God, knowing that if the sign comes back on, God will run interference for you, down the baseline toward home plate.

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