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Blessings or a Curse?
by Donald Bell

How often have we heard someone talk about being blessed of the Lord? Or some false preacher says, "God has a blessing for you today!"

Most generally, when people consider their blessings, they start counting temporal things; their money, health, size of their house, a prosperous business or job, etc. But the scriptures say, "We look not at the things which are seen, but at things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal" (1 Cor.4: 18). The scriptures also speak of spiritual blessings in Christ.

Let us weigh some of our ideas about God's blessings in light of His Word. If being prosperous is evidence of God's blessings, then is being poor evidence of God's disfavor? If having health is proof of God's blessings, then does it mean that being sick is a curse from God? If the only way we can count our blessings is by looking at temporal things, then we really haven't been blessed at all, for God has given us all spiritual blessings in Christ!

He has given us redemption from our sins, regeneration by the Spirit, peace with Himself by reconciling us to Himself by the cross; in short He has made Christ unto all believers, wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption.

Anything you possess, hope to possess or can put your hand on or your physical eye can see is going to perish with the using, but Christ is the same today, yesterday and forever! If there is something in your life that you call a blessing and it keeps you from the worship of Christ and the hearing of the gospel, then you are sadly mistaken. Our Lord said, "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" (Mt. 7:19-21).

Where is your treasure? In the bank, in your job, in your children? If these things are your blessings, they are all fading away; only Christ abideth forever. Do you have your heart set on HIM?

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