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Alexander Akhigbe July 8, 2013 at 8:32 am

My Dreams and Aspiration is that God Almighty should Bless me,Favour me,Uplift me,Finiancially and Spiritually so that I can be able to Bless and Uplift others who are in need,but the means is not there,what do I do?please, help me out.I am worried about the Suffering,Hunger,Starvation,Brains Waisting,Poor Standard of Education down there,God Bless you as you pray for me,Amen.

kris July 10, 2013 at 12:44 am

What does the Word say about being ‘Blessed’?

Eph 1:3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ:

The greatest NEED people have is THE WORD.

This is what every follower of Jesus Christ has to offer that is so needed …

Deu 30:14 But the word [is] very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it

Mat 5:3 BLESSED [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 5:4 BLESSED [are] they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Luk 11:28 But he said, Yea rather, BLESSED [are] they that hear the word of God, AND keep it.

Mat 5:5 BLESSED [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. [Meek to receive the WORD]

Mat 5:6 BLESSED [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Mat 5:7 BLESSED [are] the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Mat 5:8 BLESSED [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God. [God’s Word purifies as we put it on and do it]

Mat 5:9 BLESSED [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Mat 5:10 BLESSED [are] they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 5:11 BLESSED are ye, when [men] shall revile you, and persecute [you], and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Luk 6:22 BLESSED are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you [from their company], and shall reproach [you], and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

Luk 7:23 And BLESSED is [he], whosoever shall not be offended in me.

Luk 11:28 But he said, Yea rather, BLESSED [are] they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

Rom 4:7 [Saying], BLESSED [are] they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Rom 4:8 BLESSED [is] the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

Jam 1:12 BLESSED [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Jam 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and CONTINUETH [therein], he being NOT a forgetful hearer, but a DOER of the work, this man shall be BLESSED in his deed.

Rev 1:3 BLESSED [is] he that READETH, and they that HEAR the words of this prophecy, and KEEP those things which are written therein: for the time [is] at hand.

Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: BLESSED [is] he that KEEPETH the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Rev 22:14 BLESSED [are] they that DO his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

Psa 1:1 BLESSED [is] the man that WALKETH NOT in the counsel of the ungodly, NOR STANDETH in the way of sinners, NOR SITTETH in the seat of the scornful

Psa 2:12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish [from] the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. BLESSED [are] all they that PUT THEIR TRUST IN HIM.

Psa 32:1 [[[A Psalm] of David, Maschil.]] BLESSED [is he whose] transgression [is] FORGIVEN, [whose] sin [is] covered.

Psa 40:4 BLESSED [is] that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.

Job 10:12 Thou hast granted me life and FAVOUR, and thy visitation hath preserved my spirit.

Pro 3:1 ¶ My son, forget not my law; but let thine HEART KEEP my commandments:

Pro 3:2 For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

Pro 3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

Pro 3:4 So shalt thou find FAVOUR and good understanding in the sight of GOD AND MAN

.Pro 13:15 GOOD UNDERSTANDING GIVETH FAVOUR: but the way of transgressors [is] hard.

Jam 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Jam 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall LIFT you up.

Pro 3:13 ¶ Happy [is] the man [that] findeth WISDOM, and the man [that] getteth UNDERSTANDING.

Pro 3:14 For the merchandise of it [is]BETTER THAN the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

Pro 3:15 She [is] MORE PRECIOUS than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

Pro 3:16 Length of days [is] in her right hand; [and] in her left hand riches and honour.

Pro 3:17 Her ways [are] ways of pleasantness, and all her paths [are] peace.

Pro 3:18 She [is] a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy [is every one] that RETAINETH her.

Here is an idea….keep the Word so that you will “have to give to those who have need’ all you need other than the Word will be ‘supplied”. Start with sowing the Word and be ready to give an answer to those ask about the hope that is in you .

Col 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Act 5:29 Then Peter and the [other] apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

In your compassionate and desire to love others …give the Word for when they trust in the Lord all things shall be added to them….what their greatest need will be met in Jesus Christ …it is a good desire ….

Kris July 10, 2013 at 4:26 pm

The ‘thorns and thistles ‘ were defined in the Word as ‘PEOPLE” …..just AS the ones that hinder and choke out the life of plants in a garden..

Num 33:55 But if ye will not drive out the INHABITANTS OF THE LAND from before you; then it shall come to pass, that THOSE which ye let REMAIN OF THEM [shall be] pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.

Jos 23:13 Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out [any of] these NATIONS from before you; but THEY shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you.

Jdg 2:3 Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but THEY shall be [as thorns] in your sides, and THEIR GODS shall be a snare unto you.

These who are not “OF the kingdom of GOD” or not “OF the LORD” are described as ‘of the earth’ , ‘of the land” , “of THIS world” , “of the wilderness’ ….etc

Jdg 8:7 And Gideon said, Therefore when the LORD hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into mine hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns OF THE WILDERNESSand with briers.

Jdg 8:16 And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.

How did He ‘teach’ them? We often seek after the truth when we have been up against the opposition of our own carnal minds, false doctrines and difficulties often brought about by way of dealings in a world full of those who are not believers or servants OF the LORD. They serve to stimulate our need to learn what GOD has said about whatever situation so that we might respond in a godly way rather than fleshly ways.

2Sa 23:6 But [the sons] of Belial [shall be] all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:

Those who serve Bal or this world are dealt with best NOT BY FLESH [ hands] but through the knowing , walking and standing upon the Word of the Lord and doing what HE has said to do.

Thorns and briers are tenacious…they are difficult to ‘root’ out …yet

Isa 32:13 Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns [and] briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy [in] the joyous city:

I think of many of the contests and various ‘world series’ or Olympic games which are desirable for those who are athletes to compete with the most challenging opponents …when the Lord is victorious OVER those difficult opponents and causes his people to triumph with HIS strength and victory in Jesus then the glory is increasingly pronounced….

The greater the challenge the more impressive the victory . Nothing the opposition can through at God or His children will suffice to prove better ….God will bare His arm for those who trust in Him and do all that He has revealed to us that He would do in the Word of God .

I believe that that is why Paul was told ” MY GRACE is sufficient ‘ since it was GOD who would demonstrate His power in all of the victories He would do as Paul and others obeyed His Word to them and trust in His timing and power.

These thorns and briars were also going to rise up to positions of authority , they are also identified as ‘tares’ , “beasts” , “dragons”, “serpents” and ‘wolves’ …many analogies and figures of speech are used to convey the various traits of those who oppose God and those who follow Him.

Isa 34:13 And thorns shall come up in her palaces, nettles and brambles in the fortresses thereof: and it shall be an habitation of dragons, [and] a court for owls.

They posture as “wise in their own eyes’ but they know not that they are ‘fools’ ….owls are analogous to ‘wisdom’ as in ‘wise old owl’ are they not? They have a FORM of wisdom but not OF GOD. High minded they are ….believing in what ‘seems right but leads to death’.

Eze 2:6 And thou, son of man, be not afraid of THEM, neither be afraid of their THEIR WORDS, though BRIERS and THORNS [be] with thee, and thou dost dwell among SCORPIONS: be not afraid of their THEIR WORDS, nor be dismayed at their LOOKS, though they [be] a REBELLIOUS house.

PEOPLE have ‘looks’ …people have ‘words’ …we are not to allow these to deter our devotion to the Lord and obedient living .

Paul sites this …

1Cr 15:32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.

This ‘fight’ was not with actual animals but with men who opposed the truth as he goes on to say in the context …people who argued against the resurrection….those whose attitude was hedonism..”.eat, drink, and be merry’ with no concern about their souls and eternal verities.

Whatever the trials we face as we follow the Lord for the sake of His name and perhaps to the reaching out to those in snares that they might recover themselves out of the snare the end of all thorns and briers is …

Hbr 6:8 But that which beareth thorns and briers [is] rejected, and [is] nigh unto cursing; whose end [is] to be burned.

May they be granted repentance that they might not perish.

Kam July 22, 2013 at 10:06 pm

This story is hitting home for me. 2 months ago my life was fine I felt like I had no worries. since then everything has gone downhill I feel like im losing everything I love and my life is worsening by the day. After reading this I am asking god what is he up to? what are you trying to do in me

Darrell Hall September 11, 2017 at 1:53 pm

WOW, WOW, WOW! This article is superior. Whether “people” is or is not Paul’s thorn in the flesh, the MESSAGE of this article is, again, superior. The subtlety of satanic slippery use of man’s wisdom, as opposed to God’s, is and has been, certainly a MAJOR THORN IN THE FLESH of ALL of mankind since the beginning after the fall. Thanks for the excellent article!!! Darrell Hall.

Jennifer Molina July 16, 2019 at 1:19 pm

Amazing advice based on Gods word thanks

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