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God's Order For Blessing
by GBC Ministry

 Listen to the Holy Spirit speak through the Psalmist:

"Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.  And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long." (Psalm 35:27, 28)

Sow a sincere love for God's righteousness, i.e., His will accomplished in His way, and you will reap God-ordained and directed blessings.  This is God's order if you desire to truly prosper.

The sincere saint's chief joy is the righteousness of His Lord.  It is that righteousness that saved him, provokes him, and cloths him so that He is acceptable and loved by his holy, heavenly Father.  The sincere saint enjoys the peace of experiencing in truth that the Lord is his "all in all."  To him, there is simply nothing for that is needed for his joy and peace but to be in the presence of the Savior, enjoying His fellowship while listening to the tenderness, comfort and encouragement of His voice.

True to the Lord's immutable law of sowing and reaping, such an one can be sure that prosperity will follow.  What that prosperity will be cannot be predicted, for the Lord does what is best for His sheep, not, necessarily, what they might choose for themselves.  But the one who enjoys a loving relationship such as that described above can be sure of one thing:

"For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)

This is true "prosperity."  It is this assurance that produces God-honoring praise and wonder, contentment and awe, joy and peace in the Believer's life.  A life lived in the Lord remains centered around the Savior, not Self.  Every blessing is received with thankfulness.  Every trial is endured in hope.  Every loss is accepted with reverence, trust and confidence that the Lord "doeth all things well."  All of these result in the return to God of that which He desires and so richly deserves: praise.  And as sincere praise is returned to God, as His righteousness, His wisdom in all things is honored, the Lord responds by doing what He does best: He returns more blessing His thankful child.

Would you be truly blessed today?  Then rejoice, rest in, and praise your Lord and His righteousness.

"Blessed be the LORD God...who only doeth wondrous things" (Psalm 72:18).

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