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You are Blessed

You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

Matthew 5:3-10 MSG

Blessed by God’s Presence

In this season of Advent, I’m ever more mindful of the nearness of God. His presence in the body and life of Jesus, the with-us God. And I love the reference in verse 5 that we are blessed when we’ve worked up a good appetite for God. At this time of the year, we are often looking for what will fill us up. Food and drink, gifts, friends and family, which are all good things in their own right. But not if they take the place of God.

Our Father has promised to fill us up when we have a good appetite for His presence. In this passage, Jesus says He is the food and drink of the best meal we’ll ever eat. That’s the blessing I want!

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