A Systematic Expository Study of the Word of God
KEEPING THE BLESSING
Numbers 6:24-26; Psalms 65:4; 72:7; 84:7
The blessings of the Lord have been manifold upon us both as individuals and as a church during the retreat; He has been gracious to us during the retreat. Now that the Retreat is over, you will need to keep the blessings that you have received. He wants us to keep those blessings. Our desire and prayer is that we do not lose the blessings of God. We want these blessings to increase rather than decrease. Having experienced miracles, provision, salvation and deliverance, there is need for continuity. Having sung the song of praise, we want to keep the deliverance. Having eaten heaven’s bread, we do not want to enter into a period of spiritual dryness. Appearing before God regularly in services guarantees sustained blessings and spiritual progress – from salvation to security, healing to health, deliverance to dominion, and sanctification to steadfastness, baptism of the Holy Ghost to the gifts of the Holy Ghost, miracles to signs and wonders. It will help you to move on from retreat blessings to regular blessings from the Lord.
FELLOWSHIP WITH CHRIST AND TRUE CHRISTIANS
1 John 1:3; John 15:4,5,7-10; Isaiah 40:31; 1 Peter 2:1,2; 1 Timothy 4:15,16.
There is a fellowship with the Father, with the Son Jesus Christ and with the true believers who have the same blessing of salvation and sonship with you. At the Retreat, you came into fellowship “with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ” through repentance. To get the abundant blessing of God in your life, you need regular fellowship with the Lord and to continue in fellowship with other believers of like precious faith. There is need for continuity in the life of a Christian. You need to abide in the Lord and to spend quality time with Him in prayer and study of His word. Sins should not be seen in your life anymore. God wants you to grow in Him. To grow in Him you must devote yourself totally to the word of God – read, meditate on, practise, preach and defend the word of God. To keep the blessings, you need (1) daily observance of quiet time every morning, (2) daily special time for deep communion with God, (3) quiet meditation on the word of God, (4) regular worship with the people of God, (5) a conscious daily walk with the Lord, (6) constant practice of taking every problem to God in prayer, (7) decision and determination to walk by faith. When you come to the presence of the Lord, you will find the fulness of joy, peace, blessing and satisfaction. You can live in such a spiritual realm where God’s blessings flow continuously in your life.
FAMINE WITHIN THE COMPANY OF THE CHRISTLESS
Luke 15:13,14; Hosea 6:4; 7:8,9; Mark 4:18,19;Song of Solomon 1:6; 2:15; Job 23:8,9.
FLOURISHING WITH CHRISTLIKE CONVICTION AND COMPASSION
Psalm 92:12-14; Colossians 3:16,17; 2 Peter 3:18; Proverbs 4:18; Jude 20,21,24,25.
To flourish, you need Christlike conviction and compassion. “Those that be planted in the house of the Lord…” are those who are consistently abiding in the Lord and in fellowship. To flourish in the house of the Lord, you need to allow the word of God to abide in you, to dwell in you richly. If growing in grace were not possible, He would not have commanded it. Whatever levels you are at present, there is more from the presence of God. Our passage talks of a flourishing tree, flourishing Christian, fulness of grace and joy and a faithful life. In Christ, there is abundance and fulness. To flourish in the blessings of the Lord (i) we must follow Christ fully and live like Him. (ii) We must maintain a firm conviction based on Scripture and live daily to glorify God. (iii) We must be characterised by the compassion of Christ (Proverbs 11:25). The key to the flourishing life is being Christlike – righteous, kind, caring, loving, forgiving, humble and patient, merciful and compassionate, obedient and faithful unto God. A Christian with constant conviction will experience' God’s abiding presence and continuing blessing. If you are a faithful and fellowshipping Christian, then you will be fruitful and flourishing.
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