Blessed and Highly Favored!

“Hi Mark.  This is Cathy.  Are you hungry?”
“I could eat.  Why?”
“We’re slow at the restaurant and I was wondering if you wanted to come eat here today?”
“Oh, I see.  Because I’m a generous tipper?”
“You’re not that good of a tipper,” Cathy said while laughing.
I laughed too.  “Okay.  Then why do you want me to come eat?”
“I don’t know why, but I’ve noticed that whenever you come to the restaurant, we get slammed with business, and yes, I have more opportunities to earn tips.”

charlie 63The above conversation was changed a bit, but is true.  It’s something I had noticed as well, but didn’t know anyone else had.  Several years ago I begin to see that after I walked into a place of business, any business, they started getting very busy.  One day I had understanding as to why.  It is because I am a child of God and I am blessed and highly favored.  Therefore, the places I visit are blessed as well.  The blessings don’t stop there either.  I find favor among men in many ways and at many times, and am blessed.

I’m not boasting in this, you can be as well.  Mary, the mother of Jesus was blessed and highly favored and she knew it, because the Angel of the Lord told her she was.  You gain this by drawing close to God.  Know that you are his adopted son or daughter with privileges.  You have all the blessings of heaven at your disposal.  Ask for them.  Tell your Abba Father (Daddy God) what you need, and even what you want.  You might just be surprised.  A scripture says, “You have not, because you ask not!”  That is so true.  God is just waiting to hear from you.  He’s not Santa Clause, or your credit card, for He is so much more than that, but He is love, and He loves you so much!  Love him back.

Get to know him, and spend time with him.  One of the best ways to know God is to read his word, the Bible.  God reveals himself and his character throughout the scriptures.  Also look at the life of Jesus.  Jesus even said, “If you have seen me then you have seen the Father.”  Get intimate with Jesus, for you are the bride of Christ, after you accept him.  Live like you know it!  Walk around professing, “I am blessed and highly favored,” because as a child, who draws close to God, you are!

Copyright © 2019 Mark Brady.  All rights reserved.

IR

Charlie 7I got remarried yesterday evening, after being divorced for twenty-three years.  I no longer have to check that dreaded little box, “Divorced”.  I married a wonderful woman of God who is a Filipino.  The only problem is, I’m an American, and she is not allowed to enter the United States without a Visa, which could take a year or longer to arrive.  When she said, “I do,” she became an “IR”.  Instant Relative.  This status gives her priority over everyone else trying to enter America by any other means.  Work Visa, Student Visa, Fiancé Visa, etc.  It also gives her access to a “Green Card” and two weeks after she arrives in America she will get her Social Security card.  Being an “IR” has instant privileges.

When one accepts God’s free gift of salvation, through his Son Jesus, they instantly become an “IR”.  They become a son or daughter to the God of the universe.  You will walk around, with a smile on your face, knowing whose you are, that you belong to God, and He is your Abba Father.  (Daddy God)  That status brings instant privileges as well.  Like having access to the throne of God.  Being able to walk with him and talk about anything.  God will guide you, Jesus will be with you, and the Holy Spirit will comfort you.  You have a free Attorney, Jesus, to defend you against Satan’s accusations.  Also, there will be free of charge, to you, accommodations in heaven that have no check out date or time, and who could argue with the blessing of eternal life?  Yes, being a child of God is good!

“Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better? (Mat. 7:11 MSG)

There are so many reasons to accept Jesus, mainly, because He first loved us.  If you are not currently, my prayer is that you will become an “IR” with God.

Copyright © 2019 Mark Brady.  All rights reserved.