If we bless the poor, the Lord will keep us alive long enough to bless us on earth. Isn't that a wonderfulthing to know. But many of us do not consider ourselves truly blessed here on earth. We might be saying thatwe are not blessed like we would like to be blessed. We need to know something. God has made a promise. If we bless the poor, He will number our days long enough for us to give testimony that we are blessed here onthe earth. There ought to be some hope in that for somebody.
Blessing Three — Deliverance From Your Enemy
If we bless the poor, the Lord will not deliver us into the hands of your enemy. Sometimes God in Hispermissive will allows the devil to touch us. Remember Job? It was only through God's permissive will thatthe devil touched His servant, Job. But the Lord is saying if we bless the poor, He will never deliver us intothe hands of our enemies. We don't have to go through what Job went through.
Blessing Four — Strength When You are Sick
If we bless the poor, He will strengthen us on our sick bed. Have we ever been sick? Well if we haven't, weneed to just keep living. There may come a day when we will be on the bed of languishing. When we are onthe bed of affliction, it is good to know that we have some blessings in the bank. God is calling us to put someblessings in the bank so that when we are on our sick bed, the Holy Ghost can make a withdrawal on ourbehalf. It is good to have some blessings in the bank. We need to bless the poor, so we can bank someblessings in our time of sickness.
I nsensitivity Caused by Lack of Gratitude
Our problem is simply our insensitivity due to a lack of gratitude. Many of us will sit down at theThanksgiving table and will not remember the poor. We will not remember and thank God for from where Hehas brought us. God has brought us from a mighty long way.God reminded the people of Israel, His called out ones, throughout the Old Testament that when they cameinto the land and were full, to not forget the Lord their God who brought them out of bondage. Today we aresitting in houses we did not build; we are driving cars that we did not create. We are eating food that we didnot manufacture. So when we eat, and are full, we need to remember the Lord our God and how far He hasbrought us.
More Blessed to Give Than Receive
InActs 20:35, God said that it is more blessed to give than to receive. We need to ask ourselves thisquestion. On which end of the equation would we rather be? Would we rather be on the giving side, or wouldwe rather be on the receiving side? Some of us need to be more active in social ministries. We need to visitthe homeless shelter more often. We need to go on foreign mission trips. We need to see some third worldcountries, or better still, some fourth world countries. I saw Gambia several summers ago. I wouldn't call it athird world country, but a fourth world country. A peaceful country by the way, but a very very poor countrywith living conditions some of us can't even imagine. We need to understand, somehow, just how blessed weare. It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Blessing God by Blessing the Poor
When we bless the poor according to the Word of God, we bless the person of Jesus Christ.Matthew25:37-40clearly says,
"Then shall the righteous answer him. saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren,ye have done it unto me."
Jesus said feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty. Those who do not do this are thegoats. The others who do this are the sheep. Then the question came up, when did we ever see you thirsty anddid not give you drink Master? The goats were terrified. Master Jesus, please tell us when did we ever see youhungry and did not feed you? When Jesus? We never saw you in prison and did not visit you. Lord, please tellus. Master,you know if I had ever seen you naked, I would have clothed you. Jesus said that when we fail to do it untothe least of our brethren,we fail to do it unto Him. When we did it unto the least of them, we did it unto the Lord. The next poorFreely Shared