I remember during COVID posting a comment on Facebook about counting my blessings when the price of gas fell to $1.18 a gallon. Someone commented that MY blessing was at the cost of the jobs of HIS friends who are oil workers. As I reflected upon the comment God reminded me that ALL of our blessings come at a cost to someone. The greatest blessing we experience is the fellowship of God’s presence through the gift of salvation and—THAT cost Jesus His LIFE.
As God’s child, to live in His presence is the greatest blessing we will ever experience!
After we are born again, we are invited to walk in His presence; but to do so we must walk holy. Our flesh has a natural repulsion to submitting to God because we have believed the lies of the world for so long. We think God’s way is a drag! This great deception makes us the thieves of our own joy. We miss out on so many of the abundant miracles and blessings that God has planned for us.
When we love anyone or anything more than we love Jesus—we are in love with a thief.
“All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.” John 10:8-11
All other things or people that we love more than we love Jesus are thieves and robbers. When we stray from God’s will, we stray from the very abundance which we seek to possess but will never find apart from HIM.
The gift of salvation cost Jesus a price we cannot comprehend and gives us the opportunity to receive blessings that no one can ever take away!
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