The Blessed Life…What is it? How do you get it? – Words to Live by
By Pastor Lonnie G. McCowan
Have you ever read a promise in the Bible and wondered how it could ever come to pass in your life?
Have you ever read in the bible, “by [His] stripes ye were healed” when your body was wracked with sickness and pain? Or you heard someone preach that God will meet “all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” when your bank balance was zero and your unpaid bills were piled high?
IT ALL SOUNDS GREAT But I don’t know how to get there from here. It looks impossible! Everyone who has ever lived by faith has felt like that at one time or another.
Everyone. Even Abraham, who was one of the greatest heroes who ever lived. The first time he heard God’s promises to him, he had no idea how they would ever come to pass.
He’d grown up in a totally heathen culture—surrounded all his life by people who worshipped the moon. So when God said, “I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2), Abraham had no clue how to connect with that blessing and cooperate in its fulfillment.
He must have been especially puzzled about how God was going to make of him a “great nation.” After all, Abraham’s wife was—and always had been—barren. What’s more, they’d both grown too old for baby making.
How do you get from being a childless old man with a barren old wife to being a great nation? He must have wondered. It’s impossible! but Over the years, God answered that question for Abraham. He taught him how to think in a way that would connect him with The Blessed Life. He taught him how to talk and live the life of faith; The Scriptures call him the father of faith.
Abraham’s faith made him look, sound and act different than everyone else. But it sure produced results.
It opened the door for The Blessed Life to come on his life just like it was originally designed to do for Adam and Eve when God spoke it over them. It empowered Abraham to “Be fruitful, and multiply…and have dominion” (Genesis 1:28). As Abraham’s faith connected with The Blessed Life, that blessing produced such supernatural abundance in his life that it created around him a kind of Garden of Eden wherever he went.
That’s how The Blessed Life works. It worked that way for Adam and Eve until they cut themselves off from it by yielding to sin. It worked that way for Abraham when God passed it down to him. It worked that way for Jesus during His earthly ministry, and it will work that way for us.
According to the Bible, as born-again believers we have inherited the blessing of Abraham through Jesus. God didn’t give it to us as an afterthought. He had us in mind from the start. When He blessed Abraham, He did it so that through the plan of redemption,(what Jesus went through on the cross for us) we could receive that blessing too. Galatians 3:8-9 says it this way: “The scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, in thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.” We are the people who have been made righteous by the blood of Jesus and blessed with faithful Abraham.
That means if we can find out what Abraham did, if we can learn what God taught him about how to connect with The Blessed Life, and we can enjoy the benefits of The Blessed Life as he did.
Galatians 3:13-14 confirms that. It says: “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
The last phrase of that passage leaves no doubt about it: We receive THE BLESSING, which is the promise of the Spirit, the same way Abraham did—through faith. That’s The Blessed Life! To be continued in the next issue Lonnie G. McCowan is pastor at The Miracle Center of Ventura, in Ventura, CA. He can be contacted through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.miraclecenterventure.com.