Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What I Wearned Wednesday, The Right To Blessing

Every once in a while I post something that is not a recipe.  I’ve decided that when I post these things that it will be on Wednesdays mostly because I like alliteration and wanted to call it What I Wearned (learned) Wednesday!  Somebody is shaking their head at me right now, but that’s okay, I’m silly and I know it!

So without further ado, here is the first installment of What I Wearned Wednesday!

Are you hoping, waiting, and longing for God to bless an area of your life?  Crying out to God to bless you?  Wondering why he hasn’t, wondering why it is the exact opposite in fact? 

You’ve seen glimpses of what life could be; what it seems life should be, but it seems so far off.
Could it be that there is something in your life that God can’t bless?  Have you given up your right to that blessing?

What’s that?

Take Esau for example; Genesis 25:29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!”

31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”

32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.  So Esau despised his birthright. 

Esau knew the promise that God had made to make nations and kings of the lineage of Isaac, and to bless those who bless him, and curse those who curse him; Esau should have been a great man and a greatly blessed man, yet Esau forgot all about God’s promises because he could only think of what would satisfy him at that moment…He literally gave it all away for a bowl of lentils!

Esau became known as defiled, profane and Godless.

Hebrews 12:17   For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears.

It came time for Isaac to bestow his blessing before he died, and I had thought that Esau gave up his right to the blessing when he sold his birthright because they were supposed to go hand in hand; but it says that even “though he sought it diligently with tears” (isn’t that just a nice way of saying that he was throwing himself a pity party?), that it was because of his hardened heart, which caused him to never repent, that he gave up the right to that blessing.  That tells me that God would have given Esau another chance if he would have taken it!

We can’t change the things that have happened in the past or that we did in our past, but we can change the outcome when we end the pity party, and take responsibility for our part.  It’s when we repent, turn from our sins and change our ways that we once again have the right to that blessing and to those promises that God has for our lives and, and God will do so much more than we can even imagine!

Ephesians 3:20  Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

…and Amen!

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