Have You Been Overtaken? Would You Like to Be?

Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks. ~ Thomas Goodwin

Are you feeling blessed, overtaken by the goodness of God? Or are you overwhelmed by anxiety, debt and problems? God wants you blessed – you know that. His Word, from Genesis to Revelation, talks about His covenant of Blessing.

The first words He spoke to mankind were ‘The Blessing’: Then God blessed them, [by saying] to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion … (Gen. 1:28) Notice, the Blessing was activated by words – ‘and God said’. He created the Blessing for you the same way He made all of creation. He spoke it into existence.

When He made man ‘in our image, according to our likeness’ (Gen. 1:26), He created you to be just like Him, as a child is the image and likeness of the parent. Therefore, you have the same power – to speak His Words and, through faith in His Word, get His results. Jesus affirmed that when He told His disciples, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also, and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto my Father (John 14:12).

God affirmed and clarified the Blessing and the curse in Deuteronomy 28. The first 14 verses detail the components of the Blessing. It says you’ll be blessed …

  • in the city and the field (country)
  • in your basket and store (your possessions)
  • when you come in or go out
  • in your storehouses (bank accounts, investments, etc) and land
  • with plenty in every area of your life

In fact, it says people will recognize God’s hand on your life by how blessed and favored you are. You’ll be so prosperous that you will be able to lend and not have to borrow. You will be overtaken by The Blessing!

The next 54 verses detail the curse – sickness and disease, lack and poverty, plus a multitude of other miseries that are in the world. So how do you stay overtaken with the blessings of God instead of being overwhelmed by the problems of the curse? Let’s look at verse 1 of the same chapter. And it shall come to pass [note, God did not say maybe or possibly, He said it will], if you shall [will] hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth.

Psalm 23 is all about the Blessing of God. David described it by saying, “my cup runneth over”.  He had revelation of the Blessing in green pastures and still waters, goodness and mercy, freedom from fear and an over-laden table. But He started that Psalm by saying, The Lord is my Shepherd. In other words, David followed the Lord’s leading.

So, what do you need to do?

Hearken diligently.

Hearken means to give heed or pay attention to; to hear what is said. Genesis 3 says Adam hearkened to the voice of his wife. He heeded and paid attention to her words (and acted on them) instead of the instructions God had given him … and you know the results of that fiasco.

Jesus said, Hearken, Behold there went out a sower to sow: and went on to explain the power of the Word as seed that falls on good ground and yields great increase (Mark 4:3, 8). He wanted His hearers to pay attention – to hearken diligently. Behold means to see or observe, to pay attention to, to contemplate and inspect. Using both words in the same sentence? He really wanted your attention!

Diligent means hard-working, conscientious, meticulous, careful, thorough and earnest. God said if you will pay diligent heed to His Word, if you will dig deep by prayer, study and meditation, you will be overtaken by the Blessing.

Observe.

An observer is someone who watches or notices, a witness. Another dictionary describes an observer as someone who pays close attention to something and is considered to be an expert on that thing.

You know how easy it is to skim through something – to get just enough information or training to get by without too much effort. Observation, however, takes time and energy. You have to be diligent to observe. You can’t let your mind wander or become distracted.

Have you spent enough time and effort in The Word of God to be His witness to the world, an example of His Love and abundance? To get the Word from your head to your heart requires diligent observation. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom. 10:17). You won’t develop faith to receive if you don’t first put the Word into your heart, developing faith through diligent study. Like anything else in life, faith requires effort.

Do His commandments.

Thanks to Jesus, this is simpler than it may seem. As a New Testament believer, you have the privilege of a New Covenant – one that is much easier to keep than the Levitical Law of Moses. A covenant is a promise, a contract, or an agreement between two or more people. It stipulates the promises made by each side. Your covenant with God defines that agreement – what He will do, and what you are to do.

Jesus told you to love God and love one another. Love doesn’t steal or covet, commit murder or adultery.  Agape Love, the God kind of Love, is always giving, blessing, and trusting God to take care of your needs.

Jesus spent a great deal of time explaining the concept of faith in Luke 12. Then He ended by saying, “… seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (v. 31-32).  Then in Luke, He said, “Seek, and ye shall find …” (v. 11:9).

As you study the Word, looking up verses that pertain to your specific situations, keeping a grateful and open heart, you will surely receive insight and revelation into His plan for your life. The still small voice is more easily heard when you are attuned to His Word.

The simple way to grow in obedience and faith is to do what you know until you know more … then do that. We grow little by little, from grace to grace.

Overflow, being overtaken by the entire spectrum of Blessing, abundance and peace is not only possible, it’s God’s dearest desire for you. Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers (3 John 1:2). He designed all of creation for His kids, His family. Yes, there will always be problems to face; Jesus said so. But God guaranteed your victory, if you will hearken to His Word. That is the promise of The Blessing, the Gospel (good news) Jesus came to demonstrate and died to secure on your behalf.

Think about it. Do you want to stay overwhelmed by the problems in your life? Isn’t it worth your diligent effort to obey the voice of the Lord? The result is that you can be overtaken with every good gift and every perfect gift (James 1:17) from God the Father – the overflow of Love’s bounty and the manifold grace of God (1 Peter 4:10).

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