Five Principles for Receiving God’s Blessings


Daily Bible Reading – Proverbs 1-3; Romans 7

Today’s Key Passage – Proverbs 3:1-10 - CLICK HERE to read the key passage

 

The first few chapters of Proverbs contain Solomon’s fatherly advice to young people, but when I read them I can clearly hear our Heavenly Father’s advice to all of His children.  Today’s key passage is a good example of this.  I believe that most people want to lead happy and fulfilled lives.  We want to receive God’s blessings in our lives, but sometimes we do not do our part in this process.  In the first ten verses of Proverbs 3, God provides us with five distinct principles that we can follow to prepare ourselves for receiving His blessings.  Now please don’t misunderstand what I am saying here – these five principles do not guarantee His blessings in this life.  In a perfect world, following these five principles would always lead to the blessings defined in the text here and now, but as you know we live in a less-than-perfect world.  In our world, wisdom usually leads to blessings but this is not always the case.  Sometimes the sin of this world gets in the way, and sometimes God’s blessings are delayed until Jesus returns to call us to eternal life.  Whether in this world or the next, however, we can be sure that following His principles will ultimately lead to blessings.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at the five principles from today’s passage:

Obedience“do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart” (Vs. 1) – In order to practice obedience to God’s Word, we must first know what God’s Word says.  As we read the Bible and learn more about God, we can begin to keep His commands in our hearts, and can eventually get better and better at obeying Him.  As a result, His commands will, “prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.” (Vs. 2)

Integrity - “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.” (Vs. 3) – Relationships are more important than anything else in this life.  Relationships with God and with other people are key to our existence.  When you act in love and faithfulness, you build your integrity and positively impact all of your relationships.  As a result, “you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” (Vs. 4)

Trust“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Vs. 5) – God wants us to lean on Him in everything we do instead of leaning on ourselves.  When you trust God with all of your heart, you will learn to lean on Him in good times and bad.  As a result, “he will make your paths straight.” (Vs. 6)

Discernment“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.” (Vs. 7) – Most of us know the difference between right and wrong.  God’s Word and the Holy Spirit convict us of sinfulness in our lives and show us the things we should avoid.  As we turn from evil and toward God, “this will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” ( Vs. 8 )

Giving“Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops” (Vs. 9) – When we give God the “firstfruits of our crops”, we are giving Him our best in terms of our time, money, and talent.  We honor Him when we have a generous heart and give God the best that we have to offer.  As a result, “your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”

When we follow God’s principles in life, we can prepare ourselves to receive all of His blessings.  He loves us more than we can possibly imagine and He wants nothing more than to give us happiness and fulfillment in this life, but we have to do our part.  Praise Him for his goodness and for His grace today, and thank Him for all of your blessings already received, and the ones yet to come.

Can you think of any other lessons we can learn from today’s key passage?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on May 26, 2011, in 20 - Proverbs and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Good work! God will continue to bless you.

  2. I need god’s blessing thank you for this

  3. Charles Egbuedo

    Very rich blessing. Thank you

  4. Harbhajan singh Ahuja

    How to received God blessings because Iam sick and very a
    fraid. Iam hurting because of a differences relationship with my family. My life is a mess. In disappointments trouble, fear and sorrow.

    • Harbhajan singh the scripture has aleady declared by his strips u where healed.all u need do is to believe that u r healed and u confess it every passing time despite d symtoms and u will watch ur healing come thru.in ur relationship and other areas too u need Gods wisdom and power to b healed.ie u need someone to council u and pray with u.if u need my assistance u can mail me.God is ur strength

  5. Thank…I need pray from all my fellow christain.God will never lead us suffer and will never destroy us.God is mercifull really he’ll heal us from all sickness that I trust almighty God Jesus Christ..AMEND

  6. Michael Kumbamong

    I understand the message and it’s touching me alot. Thanks..

  7. Please i want to make you my conpanion in fellowship.

  8. geoffrey korir

    may the lord bless you wherever you are. Geoffrey

  9. God is our god how see and know what we need but we as people sometime is how we approach god thinking that we know everything so we put a full-stop to our blessing and then turn around and blame god but is always ready to bless us

  10. These five procedures are genuine,except the evil in most cases puts in temptations to prevent man from attaining his blessings.
    We have to put all our trust in God the almighty,and Jesus Christ our Lord and savior.
    We have to Indeed lean on God for our everything in this world.,no Jesus in your Heart,no life.thats why we name him the Life provider.
    Erus. 27/04/2013

  11. i give thanks to God forthis wonderful message, this i no that i am in line with God’s blessing today

  12. Well said,may God bless you.

  13. Thank you pastor help me please with all teachings i want to come out of strungling in the church i have a vision and im a pastor much blessed with ur teachings AMEN

  14. My name is Rodger I have hardly money to pay my rent and to put food on the table for my kids and I can’t pay their school fees I’m a single parent and I pray day and night for God’s Blessing to rain down on me but nothing. HELP!!!!!!!

    • Hi Rodger. I know that in times like these it might seem like God has forgotten you and that you are alone in this, but I assure you that is not the case. In all things God works for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Continue to be faithful in the little and trust that He has a plan for your life. I will join you in prayer asking that He will help you meet all of your needs, financial or otherwise.

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