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You Are Already BLESSED!!! Matthew 5:1-3

You Are Already BLESSED! #bloggingontheGO. ***PLEASE NOTE that I must choose a NEW podcast provider to record my blogs for you to LISTEN. THANKS for your patience!*** Matthew 5:1-3 GREETINGS! BlogFam, I do realize that the essence of the title of today's blog post is not headline news. It will not be a trending topic on Twitter. It will not even be announced in the church announcements on Sunday. But today I want to tell you that YOU ARE ALREADY BLESSED and whether anyone acknowledges, admits, or announces your status as BLESSED does not matter! YOU ARE ALREADY BLESSED! You are your own headline news. You are your own trending topic. Child of God, You are the DAILY, and not just Sunday, announcement to the church, your family, your neighborhood, your community, and your world that the blessing of the Lord is upon your life! Now, BlogFam, I am clear that you might know this already. You probably feel this already. You may have even acknowledged, admitted, and announced this truth to yourself, just before you read this blog. But I just want you to be clear and convinced that YOU ARE ALREADY BLESSED! There is nothing more that you can do to be more blessed than you already are. YOU ARE ALREADY BLESSED! Now you might grow and shift and change and the potential increase that might come upon your life might give you the appearance of being MORE blessed BUT don't get it twisted! The blessing of the Lord has not increased per se, YOU have more than likely surrendered your life more deeply and have been transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you are now doing that which is the most perfect will of God so your whole life is now therefore more aligned with God which then heightens your spiritual awareness to the magnitude of the blessing that was already there!!! BlogFam, YOU ARE ALREADY BLESSED!!! This is where we must begin. BLESSED is the first word that Jesus says to open the Sermon on the Mount. BLESSED is the first word in the list of The Beatitudes. BLESSED is what you must know that you already are and is the beginnning of developing Wholesome Habits of Healthy our new series title indicates. YOU ARE ALREADY BLESSED! Matthew 5:1-3 NIV Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. AND THE VERY FIRST WORD He said: "Blessed..." Friends, I am so very clear that more follows and this verse may not be complete and shared with you today in its entirety but the THOUGHT most definitely is. YOU ARE ALREADY BLESSED! And the thoughts of God regarding the blessing upon your life are not lacking, dismissive, careless, misguided, faltering, failing, or flawed. YOU ARE ALREADY BLESSED! YOU are a complete thought, vision, dream, and hope of God. Don't get me wrong! God's plans do not begin or end with you but you are a part of God's plan. AND the very fact that you were created by God and that you are here NOW....wherever you are...YOU ARE ALREADY BLESSED. Just because your sight would dictate that your current circumstances are clueless about the blessing of the Lord upon your life. DO NOT BE FOOLED!!! Do not allow the enemy to play tricks with your eyes! For whether or not your circumstances turn around now or later, ALL things will work together for your good anyway because YOU ARE ALREADY BLESSED! I do believe this is one of those priceless teaching moments in Scripture where you just had to be there! And as grateful as I am for the writers of the text taking the time to pen what they remember about the walls falling at Jericho, the fire from heaven after Elijah's prayer, the visit of the Shepherds and Wise Men to see the Christ child, the feeding of the 5000 men not including women and children who were present , the Holy Ghost's arrival at Pentecost, and the Crucifixion of Jesus at Calvary.... I can only imagine the disciples and all the other men, women, boys and girls of the Bible telling us in heaven, you just had to be there! What you read was good but being there was PRICELESS! And in this priceless moment as recorded by Matthew, when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. Now, BlogFam, you know that there is a reason why I take my time in every blog series. It is so easy to read the text and run right through some very critical and interesting details. Yes, YOU ARE ALREADY BLESSED but I do not want you to miss the full realization or manifestation or actualization or maximization of that blessing because YOU choose NOT to go where Jesus is! The text says that Jesus was sitting down on the mountainside. But lets backtrack a few verses.... the end of Matthew 4... Matthew 4:23-25 NIV Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him. AND when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. Jesus was probably tired but was unwilling to send the people away and knowing that time was of the essence, Jesus knew to take advantage of every opportunity to preach about the Kingdom of God. So when His disciples CAME TO HIM, he began to teach them. BlogFam, YOU ARE ALREADY BLESSED! And so were the disciples and the crowds that followed Jesus. They were and had been in the presence of Jesus, the Son of God, a miraculous healer, an inspiring teacher. They were truly blessed to see, hear, and even touch or be touched by Jesus. They were already blessed yet they still came to where Jesus was. I know you are already blessed BUT are you in the place where Jesus is and where Jesus would have you to be? This is important. It is imperative that you set your heart, mind, body, and soul to be exactly where Jesus is and where He would have YOU to be. That place is YOUR blessed place and the very best place you can be. On that day in Matthew 5, the blessed place was on the mountain with Jesus. Before Jesus opens His mouth to speak in Matthew 5, they were already blessed. They did not necessarily need to hear Jesus declare that truth to them. But because they came to Jesus for more, because they were willing to listen to Jesus, because they were not satisfied with what they had already seen, in His divine wisdom Jesus reminds them and invites them to a life that is totally transformed by the blessing of God that is already upon them. The Beatitudes then become spiritual insight to the physical miracles they had already seen Jesus do. Jesus basically tells them that there is so much more to ME than what you have already experienced and the blessing that has already been declared before this moment only scratches the surface. The potential depth of the transformation of your whole life as a result of your coming to ME and listening to ME and following ME is unimaginable to you and it also carries with it a heightened awareness on your part and of those around you, regardless of their acknowledgement, admission, or their announcement, of the blessing of God upon your life. This is the beginning of developing wholesome habits as a healthy disciple of come and you listen and you follow. You may come and you may hear something from the Lord that you think that you already know... you are blessed. But sit a while, the Lord just might have more to say that will truly reveal the purpose of the blessing that you already have.... And sisters and brothers, I believe this is what we will see as we continue our journey. Again, when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them. AND the very first thing he tells them.... YOU ARE ALREADY BLESSED! GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO!!! Blessings, Delesslyn FOLLOW on Twitter @AudraSunshine and @SpiritedConcept SUBSCRIBE to get regular blog emailed updates and SHARE the blog with 3 people!!! LISTEN to Kids Korner ONLINE every Sunday evening 4:15C/5:15E at
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