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Membership in God’s earthly kingdom, designed to prepare us for His more

We need to both recognize and receive God’s blessings

Do we get complacent receiving blessings? Is it such a chore to handle so much, especially so fast?

If you’re in a western 1st world, no-one has ever enjoyed so much peace, plenty, and prosperity for so long; in history!

Receiving blessings from God is not only a task in recognition, but in reception. When we receive a gift for our birthday, Christmas or surprisingly we don’t just grab it and go. We thoughtfully inspect it and graciously show appreciation for it. If it’s something we’ve wanted and longed for a while, we really treasure it.

“Things we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.”

The recognition and reception of blessings is applicable to everything regardless of our perception. Everything God gives is for our benefit. Even supposed setbacks are really setups by God. He gives us opportunities to prepare and prove ourselves for greater things with change, challenge, pain, problems, sin, and sorrow. For, “We receive no witness until after the trail of our faith.”

I have learned we are keen at comprehending pain in our lives, but not the promises. In other words, we are receiving blessing we don’t recognize.

Do we only recognize what we want not what we need?

We won’t understand all our trials or His doctrine but we can have the peace from following right principles and faith or knowledge that the “path we pursing is right in His eyes.” During the storm or dangling our feet in the sun we can see His hand in all things through gratitude. We are no taller than when we are on our knees in gratitude.

Just remember, the dial of sorrow turns to everyone, but the lack of pain, suffering, sin, or sorrow isn’t a gift. “In this world you will have sorrow, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world… for you are mine little children.”

Sometimes he calms the sea, sometimes the sailor, but always the heart. Choose faith over doubt, Christ over consumerism.

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