A church with conservative services
reaching people for Christ and His kingdom.
7271 Muncaster Mill Road
Rockville, Maryland 20855
Dr. Frederick W. Carroll, Pastor
This is the month that we put great emphasis on being thankful – after all, we celebrate with MUCH food Thanksgiving Day. I want to help you consider why we should be thankful 365 days a year – because we are blessed by our heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The word blessed occurs 302 times in your Bible. Sometimes it is speaking of God being blessed and sometimes of we who follow and believe in the Lord as being blessed. Just in the book of Psalms, the word blessed appears in 47 verses. Consider a few verses today:
Psalm 2:12c Blessed are all they that put their trust in him (the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ).
Other verses that also mention blessing to those who trust are 34:8; 40:4; 84:12.
Psalm 32:1, 2 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity…
The word forgiven means literally “to be taken up and carried away!” Covered – the blemish of our sin has been put out of sight. Not inputed! That is an accounting expression meaning that the debt is not reckoned. “The bankruptcy of our sin has been taken care of.” We are indeed blessed when we trust Christ as our personal Savior. Romans 4:7, 8 quote Psalm 32:1, 2, referring to our salvation.
Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord. Sadly, this cannot be said of America today.
Psalm 94:12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of the law. The word rendered blessed is the usual word in the Psalms for ‘happy’. The heavenly Father loves us and wants the best for us. Thus, as Hebrews 12:2-11 reminds us, this is a proof we are in God’s family. Some lessons in life can only be enforced by hard experience – I’ve found this to be true, haven’t you?
Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord and whose hope the Lord is. To trust in man brings a curse (v. 5); to trust in the Lord brings blessings. Just who or what are you trusting in today? Trusting in the Lord, we are blessed indeed. We need not fear the circumstances of life.
We jump now to the New Testament. In Matt. 5, (the Beatitudes) there is a list of 8 blessed people:
Luke 7:23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. I believe this is an exhortation to John (and to us) not to abandon our faith.
Luke 11:28 …blessed are they that hear the Word of God; and keep it. When you hear the Word of God preached or read it, do you make every effort to keep and do it? In 12:37 it says, His followers, whom He shall find watching for His coming are blessed. In 12:43 Jesus said, Blessed is the servant…who takes a genuine interest in the spiritual welfare of men and women, boys and girls. Jesus will reward them liberally. Are you interested in the souls of others: their salvation and spiritual growth? You and I really need to be.
Ephesians 1:3 Here is a tremendous promise to every believer, where it states that God …hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. We have these blessings because of the Lord’s finished work on Calvary. “Everything that God has for the believer is in the Lord Jesus.” My, we are truly blessed!
Revelation 22:14 Here is the last blessed in the Bible. It says we will be blessed if we do His commandments. Not teaching salvation by works but rather works as the fruit and proof of salvation.
Yes, we truly are blessed if we are ‘born again’ Christians. This month, praise and thank the Lord that He has blessed you with all spiritual blessings…in Christ.
Counting my blessings in Christ,
Pastor Frederick W. Carroll