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A closer walk with God yields revelation, knowledge, and wisdom.

by Deacon
Curtis O. Gill

often hear people proclaiming that they are
blessed. Frequently, when I ask people how
are they doing, they often respond, “Blessed
by the best.” Other times when I ask people

how are they doing, they simply reply, “blessed.”
Others say, “I was blessed to wake up this morning.
He didn’t have to do it, but He allowed me to wake
up amongst the living and I consider that, being
blessed.” Still others say, “I was blessed to be able to
get up, cloth myself and be in my right mind.” Even
when I talk to the homeless, the alcoholics, the drug
addicts, the prostitutes, the homosexuals, the ex
offenders, the runaways, the dropouts, the welfare
recipients, the overworked mothers and fathers, many
of them say they are blessed.

I know that some of you
have a big house in the
suburbs, a good job, good
health, degree(s) of
higher learning, money in
the bank, three or four
cars in the driveway,
TVS in every room, the
latest stereo and sound
systems throughout the
house, camcorders and
video equipment, cellular
phones and many of the
other latest technological
developments to include
game boards.
Understandably, you advertise that you are blessed.
My question to you would be, if you are blessed, what
did you do to obtain favor from the Lord and finally,
what have you done to show the Lord how much you
appreciate His blessings?

With your big house, when is the last time you
dropped to your knees and proclaimed, as for me and
my house, we will serve the Lord? When is the last
time you took the opportunity to witness for the Lord
while you were on your good job? When is the last
time you used your good heath to help some of God’s
people who are suffering from ill health or being
physically challenged? I ask you, when is the last time
you exercised your degree of higher learning and
mentored some of God’s children or took time out
to rightly divide the word of truth to those who don’t
know how to read or have an understanding of His
Holy and righteous word? When is the last time you

turned your TV or stereo to a gospel station? When is
the last time you used the phone in your house or your
cellular phone to call someone and asked if they a
needed prayer or a ride to church? When is the last
time you used one of your cars to pick up someone
and give them a ride to the house of God?

Are the things you possess “blessings from God or
gifts from Satan?” I don’t want to take anything
away from you, but I would like to set the record
straight. After talking to many of you and hearing
what you had to say, I am convinced that we don’t
understand what being blessed is all about. I feel that
there are many who use the word blessed without
understanding the meaning or the prerequisites for

obtaining a Blessing from God who created Heaven
and Earth.

When you look at some of the situations and
circumstances surrounding some of the people
described above, you must ask the question, “Are they
blessings or have they been given a chance to be
blessed? Are the things they have blessings from God
or gifts from Satan? A greater question would
probably be, with the God of the universe and having
all power and owning everything, why do people feel
that they are being blessed with so little or just living?
God said in his Holy and Righteous word, “Behold, I
stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my
voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will
sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20 Our
Bible tells us that God shall supply for all of our needs,
according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
(Paraphrased Philippians 4:19) God’s word even

ARE YOU BLESSED?ARE YOU BLESSED?ARE YOU BLESSED?ARE YOU BLESSED?ARE YOU BLESSED?


My question to you would be, if you are blessed, what did you do to
obtain favor from the Lord and finally, what have you done to show the
Lord how much you appreciate His blessings?

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instructed us on what we are required do to receive
his blessings. When you consult God’s word, you find
that we are to . . . first seek the kingdom of God, and
his righteousness; and all these things shall be added
unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

Let us come together with an understanding of what
the word “Blessed” means. Blessed is a word used
in the Bible 302 times and with many different
meanings. The most important of these meanings is:
to set apart and hallow, or make holy; to confer
happiness upon; to bestow good or grant favor to; to
express a wish for happiness for some other person;
to invoke special attributes upon; and to praise or
glorify. Can we all agree on this as a definition for
blessed? Which element of this definition covers or
describes you as recipient of God’s Grace, Mercy and
Generosity toward you?

Let us examine the definition of chance: Chance is a
14th century word and is defined as something that
happens unpredictably without discernible human
intention or observable cause. The assumed
impersonal purposeless determiner of unaccountable
happenings the fortuitous or incalculable element in
existence. A situation favoring some purpose: the
possibility of a particular outcome in an uncertain
situation; or the degree of likelihood of such an
outcome. Chance is found in the Bible only 6 times.
My favorite scripture in the Bible which chance
appears is, “I returned, and saw under the sun, that
the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong,
neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of
understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time
and chance happeneth to them all. (Ecclesiastes 9:10-
12)

After examining the meaning of blessed and chance,
I again ask you, are you blessed or have you been
given an opportunity to be blessed? You alone can
answer that question. You know within your heart
what you are all about and what your relationship with
God is and no one else. “ . . . For the LORD seeth not
as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward
appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” (1
Samuel 16:7) What does God see, when he looks at
your heart? Is the reason you are doing so bad or
achieving so little because God knows your heart and
have seen you differently than man does?

Let us look now at some of the qualifications for
being blessed. Who is blessed? When you examine

the Bible, you will find that those who are chosen,
called or chastened by God are blessed. Those who
trust, fear and delight in the Lord are blessed. Those
who hear and obey the voice of the Lord are blessed.
Those who know, believe in and suffer for Christ are
blessed. There are also those who received special
blessings. I ask you again, “Are you blessed or have
you been given a chance to be blessed?”

Please review some of the examples of those who
were blessed during biblical times. We know there are
other examples, but these will allow you to evaluate
yourself in light of God’s Blessings. Who is blessed?
Those who are chosen called or chastened by God.
God’s word tells us that, Blessed is the man whom
thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that
he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with
the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in
heavenly places in Christ: Accordingly, as he hath
chosen us in him before the foundation of the world,
that we should be holy and without blame before him in
love: Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah
that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him,
and increased him. Blessed are they, which are called
unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith
unto me, these are the true sayings of God. Blessed is
the man whom thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest
him out of thy law; (Psalm 65: 4) (Ephesians 1:3-4)
(Isaiah 51:2)(Revelation 19:9), (Psalm 94:12)

There are others who will find favor and receive
blessings from the Lord. They are those who trust, fear
and delight in the Lord. The Bible gives us examples in
the following passages: Blessed are all they that put
their trust in him. Taste and see that the LORD is good:
blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Blessed is that
man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth
not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Blessed
are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still
praising thee. Blessed is the man whose strength is in
thee; in whose heart are the ways of them . . . .
Blessed is the man that trusteth in thee. Behold, that
thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.
...Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that
delighteth greatly in his commandments. Blessed is the
man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the
LORD is. My question to you is, do you trust, fear and
delight in the Lord? Be honest with yourself, for the
Lord our God knows your heart and He knows the

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