January 14

Genesis 30:1-31:16; Matthew 10:1-23; Psalm 12:1-8; Proverbs 3:13-15

We often hear people talk about the blessing of God but do we really know what it means? If you look closely at the life of Jacob you see the clear picture of what the Blessing of God is and how it works.

The Blessing of God is an empowerment to succeed against all odds. The Blessing of God makes us unstoppable! Jacob had worked for his uncle and had his wages changed 10 times. He worked for 7 years in order to marry the girl of his dreams. After his wedding night, he learned that he married the wrong woman. So, he worked another 7 years for his true love! That’s 14 years!!!

When Jacob is ready to return to his homeland, he makes a deal with Laban: Give me all the spotted, specked and striped members of the flock as my pay. Right after he makes the deal, Laban has his sons remove the spotted, speckled and striped animals from the flock and take them far away so Jacob cannot find them. Do you know what happened?

God still blessed Jacob! The solid flocks still gave birth to spotted, speckled and striped offspring. This was a miracle that only the Blessing of God could produce. ” As a result (of the Blessing working in his life), Jacob became very wealthy, with large flocks of sheep and goats, female and male servants, and many camels and donkeys.” (Genesis 30:43, parentheses is mine)

The very thing that Laban sought to withhold from Jacob came to him anyway. Who have you allowed to limit your progress? Whose actions have you allowed to squash your dreams? Whose opposition has caused you to pull back from your goals? The answer should be: “No One! Because I have the Blessing of God working in my life.”

When you became a Christian, God conferred The Blessing on you! “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).

You are empowered to succeed against all odds. Now, Go out and let God prove it to you!

Tomorrow’s Reading: Genesis 31:17-32:12;Matthew 10:24-11:6;Psalm 13:1-6; Proverbs 3:16-18

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