Monday, May 23, 2016


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1 Chronicles 4:10
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested. [KJV]

There is a measure of God's blessing in every one (Gen 1:26-28). However, when a man is blessed indeed, he is blessed with the full measure. The story behind our main Bible text talks about a man named Jabez. But Jabez knew he was not really blessed; the mother and probably others knew this too (see 1 Chr 4:9-10). Very many people who are considered blessed experience sorrow deep in their hearts. One way to know if you are blessed indeed is to gauge your joy. Is your joy full?

The common saying that "The Rich Also Cry" captures the reality that many people have deep sorrow inside even when they appear blessed on the outside. The Scriptures tell us in Proverbs 10:22 "The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it." In other words, being blessed indeed is to have no sorrow inside.

As children of God, our blessing is in Christ Jesus. We know God is well pleased in Christ so there can be no sorrow in our blessing. We have come into eternal joy that is not dependent on any eventuality. (See Isa 12:3, Joh 16:33 and Psa 16:11).

Go into today with the joy of God's blessing. Let your joy radiate and bless every one that comes your way.

Prayer confession: I am blessed indeed. I am blessed with spiritual blessing in heavenly places. There is no sorrow in me. The joy of the LORD is my strength. Amen.

- Pas Adeolu Olumodeji

YBP: Psalms 60-62

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