What does ”blessed” mean?

What do you think about when you hear the word, ”blessed?”

Honestly, I used to think it meant wealth, belongings, or that things just went people’s way. I say ”people” as I never thought I was blessed because of how my life had gone or looked at the time. Yet, God has shown me otherwise…

In the Old Testament, God’s blessing was in material wealth so that others would know God’s hand was upon them, but also, those individuals were ”fruitful” in that they had many children – think of the covenant made with Abraham, or that Jacob had twelve sons that would become the twelve tribes of Israel

In the New Testament, this looks very different because of the covenant we are now under. Gone is the old in the sense that Jesus is the fulfillment of the law, and any other covenant that preceded Him.

Therefore, the blessings that we receive now are Spiritual ones, and the fruit from it is love, peace, joy etc. (think the fruit of the Spirit). It doesn’t mean that God won’t provide a way for us to receive worldly things, but anyone with money can purchase a car or a house – so there has to be a difference between those who are God’s children, or not.

We need to think of blessings as Spiritual, not physical. Blessings are from Jesus, not the world. They are from the heavenly realm, not from the earth.

”All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.” Ephesians‬ ‭1:3‬

Being blessed from God means that it won’t rust or be destroyed by moths (Matthew 6:19-20)

Being blessed means that the blessing won’t grow wings and fly away (Proverbs 23:5)

Blessings from God are eternal

The Scripture below is one of my favs, because Jeremiah reminds us that Jesus Christ is our hope – He is our Saviour, and therefore we put our faith in Him.

But just like trees planted by water, no matter what life throws at us, we will always be fruitful. We will always be blessed because of our faith, hope, and love in God, but also each other

”But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” Jeremiah‬ ‭17:7-8‬

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